Uncomfortable and unflattering bloating is one of the main symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), along with abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. All of the symptoms are frustrating, but bloating can really make you feel down. It sometimes occurs as a side effect of your treatment for the other symptoms. Thankfully, there are several steps you can take to both treat bloating and prevent it.
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), drinking herbal teas can help ease some of your symptoms. The soothing act of drinking tea is often associated with relaxation. On a mental level, it can help you relieve stress and anxiety. On a physical level, these teas can help relax abdominal muscles and relieve cramps.
Drinking tea also increases your fluid intake, which can help your digestion. It’s thought that hot beverages can help digestion, as well.
You can experiment to see how your body responds to each tea used to treat IBS. If your symptoms increase, discontinue that tea. You may want to change them up from time to time. You can also mix them together to create your own blend.
Peppermint is an herb often used to relieve digestive issues, including IBS. Drinking peppermint tea soothes the intestines, relieves abdominal pain, and reduces bloating.
Some research has shown the effectiveness of peppermint oil in treating IBS. One study found that peppermint also relaxed gastrointestinal tissue in animal models. However, more studies are needed in humans.
1. Anise tea
Anise has been used in traditional medicine to treat diseases and other health concerns. Anise tea is a digestive aid that helps settle the stomach and regulate digestion.
Anise also has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. A 2016 study found that people who took anise oil capsules significantly improved their IBS symptoms after four weeks. Further studies are needed to find out exactly how anise oil works to treat IBS.
2. Fennel tea
Fennel can be used to relieve gas, bloating, and intestinal spasms. It’s thought to relax the intestinal muscles and relieve constipation.
A study from 2016 combined fennel and curcumin essential oils to treat IBS with positive results. After 30 days, most people experienced symptom relief and had less abdominal pain. Overall quality of life was also enhanced.
Another study reported that fennel combined with caraway seeds, peppermint, and wormwood is an effective treatment for IBS. This combination helped relieve upper abdominal issues.
Unfortunately, fennel tea is on the high FODMAP (small molecule carbohydrates that are known to irritate the bowel) food list, so speak with your healthcare professional before adding it to your diet regimen if following a low FODMAP diet plan.
3. Chamomile tea
The therapeutic effects of chamomile make it a popular herbal remedy for many health conditions. A medical review from 2010 reported that the anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile can help relieve muscle spasms associated with intestinal disorders and relax the stomach muscles.
Chamomile was also shown to soothe the stomach, eliminate gas, and relieve intestinal irritation. A 2015 study found symptoms of IBS were significantly reduced, and the effects lasted for a couple of weeks after the chamomile was discontinued. However, speak with your healthcare professional before adding chamomile tea to your diet. It is not a low FODMAP item, but it can offer relief for some people suffering with IBS.
4. Turmeric tea
Turmeric is prized for its digestive healing properties. A 2004 study found that people who took turmeric in capsule form had significantly reduced IBS symptoms. They had less abdominal pain and discomfort after taking the extract for eight weeks. Self-reported bowel patterns also showed improvement.
People frequently consume ginger for symptoms associated with an upset digestive system, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. It is also commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine.
Scientific studies on the effectiveness of ginger for IBS are lacking, however. It is believed that the extract may help decrease inflammation, make the stomach lining stronger, and promote movement in the intestines.
Ginger tea can be made using pre-packaged tea bags. Recipes using fresh ginger or dried ginger are also available, such as this for ginger honey tea, and this one for turmeric-ginger tea.
Scientific evidence is lacking for certain teas that are often recommended by wellness experts. Only anecdotal evidence supports their use for IBS. These teas are:
• dandelion tea
• licorice tea
• ginger tea
• nettle tea
• lavender tea
IBS can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life. Some teas may help manage certain symptoms, but more research is needed on the extent of their efficacy. Treatment for IBS often includes multiple approaches, so some tea types may contribute to the easing of a person’s symptoms.
It is also important to remember that many studies are done on different ways of using the same herb. The herb, the tea, and the essential oil all have different potencies.
Tea preparations of herbs will likely have fewer side effects than extracts or supplements, and they are often a good addition to a healthful diet.
A doctor or registered dietitian can help a person develop an individualized plan to manage their IBS symptoms.
www.healthline.com ( The Best Teas to Drink for Relief from IBS Symptoms)
www.medicalnewstoday.com ( Best teas to drink for IBS)