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Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Wrong Brain Functioning

It is often said that irritable bowel syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, i.e. it is made when all other possible causes are excluded. A patient suspected of abdominal pain may suffer from abdominal pain for a long period of time and no treatment would seem to be of any help. A series of medical examinations can bring no results. Modern treatments for the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms have shown to be effective temporally and only in some IBS patients. But there’s a general observation that pains in the gastrointestinal tract are stronger and occur much more often in case a person is nervous, demoralized, depressed, anxious or emotionally strained. Therefore patients suffering from IBS symptoms are often left with suboptimal symptomatic treatments and the thought that all this pain is all in their heads. Still many scientific observations have proved that there’s a definite connection between these conditions and irritable bowel syndrome. It is presumed that this connection can be explained by hyperactive pain perception and sense of risk causing an increased predisposition to both emotional and physical pain.

One of the most recent investigation used the so called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in order to track changes in brain functioning in patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and healthy people. Magnetic resonance imaging showed lessened activity in the insula, corpus amygdaloideum and brain stem, moderate intestinal pain was stimulated in healthy women. These areas are associated with emotion and pain. Irritable bowel syndrome patients did not reveal lessened activity in these areas. So it is assumed that they are more steadfast and patient towards pain than people without this gastrointestinal disorder. The guesswork that the faults in experiencing pain are the basic cause of irritable bowel syndrome has appeared a long time ago. But this time it was scientifically proven that some changed brain functioning really occurs in case of IBS. So now scholars do their best to develop such IBS treatments that will affect brain centers or peripheral nerves that stand for the abnormal signaling.

IBS and tequila

This time we’ll speak about quite an unusual irritable bowel syndrome treatment – about tequila. Yes, tequila! This alcoholic beverage can be used to treat IBS.

It is noteworthy that irritable bowel syndrome has traditionally been viewed as a somewhat frustrating condition by physicians. There’s the lack of precise diagnostic criteria for this gastrointestinal disease. Moreover, there’s no disorder-specific treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. But this frustrating situation is rapidly evolving for the better. Subsequent failures to improve on a reasonable irritable bowel syndrome treatment or the development of other symptoms that are inconsistent with this disease prompted further exploration of diagnostic possibilities. Thus, the evaluation of the patient suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and thie treatment is becoming more and more rationalized.

Taking all this into account, scientist came to the conclusion that one of the natural IBS treatments is the Mexican drink tequila. Though it has not gain a big popularity on the global scale, in fact, it could become a fine agent for preventing of oncology of gastrointestinal tract.

Researchers tested the medical effectiveness of extracts of the fruit which are contained in this drink and concluded, that traditional medicines weakly protect from gastrointestinal diseases, while treatments prepared on the basis of blue agave are can become the most effective remedy against intestinal cancer, irritable bowel syndrome and regional enteritis (a.k.a. Crone’s disease).

But researchers have not come to the unanimous decision about how much it is necessary to drink tequila a day to maintain its medical effect.

Stress and anxiety increase the risk of irritable bowel syndrome

People who frequently experience stress and anxiety have a greater risk of development of irritable bowel syndrome after having a heavy gastrointestinal infection. This conclusion was recently made by British and New Zealand scientists.

The research carried out by them has shown, that psychological and behavioral factors play an important role in development of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Scientists examined more than 600 patients that endured an acute gastrointestinal infection. It is important that none of them suffered from irritable bowel syndrome before the disease.

It was established that those patients that developed irritable bowel syndrome, more often displayed symptoms of increased anxiety and emotional strain. They were more pessimistic towards their disease. Besides, anxious and stressed women were more subjected to irritable bowel syndrome than men.