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Which is the best probiotic for IBS?

by Ed

Stomach Acting Up

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When you suffer from the bloating, gas, diarrhea, and constipation of irritable bowel syndrome, you know pepto-bismol is not good enough. Many health practitioners recommend taking probiotics as part of the therapy for bringing IBS under control. The trouble is, there are a lot of different probiotics out there now, and they do not all have the same effects.

Lately, a lot of attention has been paid to Bifidobacterium infantis 35624, or Bifantis. The main effect of bifantis on the digestive tract seems to be reducing inflammation. Like all probiotics, they also help to restore the balance of flora in the intestines and improve digestive function.

A new study published in the July issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology found that Bifantis may help relieve many of the symptoms associated with IBS. It was a four week study involving 362 women with IBS. The group taking Bifantis had 20% greater relief of symptoms than the placebo group. There were no side effects reported from taking Bifantis.

A recent survey of all properly designed research studies using probiotics to treat IBS found that only bifantis showed significant improvement of symptoms. I believe there is a lot more research that needs to be done. One problem with the research so far, is that they only study one probiotic at a time. As I said they have different functions, and I believe they act synergistically. So taking a combination should be better than taking any one alone.

If you have IBS, Bifantis is certainly worth checking out. Adding it to your daily regime will probably prove beneficial.

Should you be taking Probiotics?

by Ed

Probiotics are bacterial cultures,such as are found in yogurt, that also live in our intestines. They contribute to the digestive process and keep unhealthy microorganisms, such as candida yeast, from invading our systems.

Many people have insufficient healthy bacteria, and should be supplementing with a good probiotic formula. Antibiotics and pain pain medications can inhibit the good bacteria. Eating too much sugar can encourage candida, which may overcome even a mildly weak intestine.

You should consider taking probiotics if you: regularly or recently took antibiotics; regularly use pain killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen; have recurring fungal or yeast infections; have chronic digestive disturbances, such as IBS, colitis, multiple food intolerances, or leaky gut syndrome.

How do you know which probiotic to take? Generally more expensive ones are of higher quality. You want to make sure that you are actually getting the probiotics into your body, and the better quality ones have more living bacteria. You want to take a formula with several different bacteria in it. I recommend at least acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, and lactobacillus casei. The different bacteria have overlapping and synergistic effects.

How to take probiotics. Generally it is best to take them on an empty stomach, but not when you are hungry. Stomach acid can easily kill the bacteria. First thing in the morning and bedtime work well for most people. One capsule twice a day is a good maintenance program. If you have symptoms that would benefit from probiotics you may want to take larger doses. Start at two capsules a day and slowly work your way up to six to ten a day. Stay there for a month then work your way back down. If you are healthy and maintaining a good diet, you may not need to continue taking them, as they thrive in a healthy intestinal environment. If you have any of the conditions mentioned above, it is unlikely that probiotics alone will heal you. It is best to see a health practitioner who has experience with digestive imbalances and yeast infections.

Po Chai Pills

by Ed

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I want to return to Po Chai Pills usage. One reason is that I know that Huo Xiang Cheng Chi Pien is hard to get, and they have very similar uses. Po Chai pills are very effective in relieving acute gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and heartburn. They are great for hangover, motion sickness, traveller’s diarrhea , and stomach flu. Actually, stomach flu is not caused by the flu virus, but one of a number of other viruses. They are generally short lived infections, no more than a few days. You can get similar symptoms from bacteria and parasite infections, but those will last longer and be harder to treat, requiring medical attention. If your symptoms last more than a week, it is important to see a doctor. Also see your doctor if you have any blood in your stool.

One of the things I like about Po Chai is that they come in vials of very small pills like pellets, making them much easier to get down. Great for kids, those of us who have a hard time swallowing pills, and just about anyone who is nauseous. When you have symptoms take one whole vial. After half an hour, if you don’t notice any improvement, you can take another. In general though, it’s best not to take them more than once every couple of hours, or so. Younger kids can take half a vial at a time.

Medicine Cabinet

by Ed

If you live in a city with a Chinatown, check out the herb stores sometime. There are a lot of interesting things there. There are also a few things that you can safely buy for home remedies. In this post I will talk about Chinese pills for acute digestive complaints and colds and flus. There are also many health food stores in North America that are selling these remedies now. And of course, you can find anything online.
All four of the following remedies are only for short term use. They do not boost the immune system or heal underlying digestive disorders.

Po Chai Pills: Used for any acute digestive complaint, such as diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, including “stomach flu”. Many people like to take it travelling, especially to third world countries. Be sure to consult a doctor if the symptoms do not clear up in a few days.

Yin Chiao Pills: These are best atken at the first sign of a cold or flu, especially with a sore throat. If taken soon enough, you can prevent the illness from coming on. In the first day or two, you can take up to double the dosage. In some people this may cause diarrhea, so you should cut back again. Take them for up to a week.

Gan Mao Ling: Similar to Yin Chiao pills, but more for colds with a cough. Can also double the dosage during the first day. The two can also be taken together for a stronger action, in which case do not double the dosage of either.

In my personal experience, these remedies are best for knocking the cold out before it gets a real hold on you. If they haven’t done that after two days, they are not so useful, though many people disagree with me on that. Remember the old saying: “Untreated, a cold lasts a week. Treat it and it only lasts 7 days.”

Huo Hsiang Cheng Chi Pien: Similar to Po Chai pills, but also indicated for catching a cold in the Summer, and symptoms of being out in the heat too long. People who get colds when it is very damp, with heavy head and a feeling of fullness also benefit from these pills.