Variable bowel movements of 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' nature (constipation and diarrhoea)
Recognised by spasm, mucus, bloating, pain, irregularity
Linked to stress and emotion
How to treat Hypermotility:
Aims: to relax spasm, reduce peristalsis, improve regularity
Take: Valerian, Cramp Bark, Wild Yam (to relax spasm and relive gas)
Diet for Hypermotility:
Chew food well and eat small meals. If digestion is weak, digestive enzymes can be useful.
Drink more if stools are hard and pelleted
Steam, boil, poach, bake. Avoid fry-ups, frozen, chilled or cold foods. Stick to warm or hot
Avoid very gassy foods, baked beans, peas, beans, Jerusalem artichokes, cauliflower, broccoli,
cabbage, and apples
Avoid dairy products if diarrhoea is frequent
Only drink warm or hot drinks - avoid chilled and gassy drinks
Avoid coffee and strong tea - both are stimulants and increase bowel activity
Alcohol tends to relax and is useful in small quantities
Herb teas, peppermint, fennel, chamomile all have antispasmodic activity
Finally, avoid chewing gum!
Colonic Hydrotherapy is useful for extreme cases in speeding recovery.
Typical constipation; little peristalsis, some distention, hard on palpation.
Recognised by hard, impacted stools; lumpy, dark coloured, difficult to pass, lengthy duration
Associated with the elderly, past laxative abuse, opiates and analgesics, megacolon.
Associated symptoms, saggy skin, furred tongue, headaches and muzziness.
How to treat Hypomotility:
Aim: to restore muscle tone, soften stool, improve regularity
Treatment: colonics, several treatments with cool water
*Dr. Christophers Colon Tonic Herbs to soften stool, improve bowel muscle tone and relax spasm
*Psyllium seeds; more laxative than the powder (in chronic cases), take ½ tsp in warm water twice
daily. Once bowels are moving, use a high strength acidophilus probiotic supplement
Diet for Hypomotility:
Hugh fibre diet plus added fibre e.g. psyllium husks/seeds, linseeds, oat bran
Avoid yeasts and sugars as they add to gas production
Hugh fluid intake
Toilet retraining. Devote time every day to developing regular bowel habits.
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