A dear friend asked me, “What herbs are good for MS?” Her question led to research and I discovered that MS is a whole-body disease. This article will cover bowel incontinence.
This article is not intended to replace the care of a physician. Always discuss alternative treatments. It is highly recommended to keep a detailed journal of your herb journey.
Did you know that 95% of the body’s serotonin receptors are found in the digestive tract?
So, it is easy to see why a person with bowel incontinence may become depressed. Now, let’s go on an herb adventure and find my friend a smiling solution!
Physician Recommended Herbs: “According to Hechtman (2012) the following classes of herbal medicines are indicated in spasmodic diarrhea:
Anti-diarrheal herbs used to decrease the volume and improve the consistency of the stool; examples include Ulmusfulva (Slippery Elm) and Geranium macculatum (Wild geranium).
Spasmolytic herbs were utilized to reduce spasm in the GIT, which can result in urgency and increased frequency of bowel motions. Antispasm oldies, such as Dioscorea villosa (Wild yam), were used traditionally by the eclectics for disorders of spasm and weakness such as MS. Other spasmolytic herbs include Viburnum opulus (European cranberry bush), Dioscorea villosa (Wild yam), and Matricaria recutita (German chamomile).
Carminatives relax the sphincters in the GIT to reduce spasm and gas, which can reduce urgency and episodes of loose stools. The carminative chosen in this case was German chamomile.
Nervine tonics are useful to reduce stress which may contribute further to a reduction in bowel symptoms. German chamomile and Valeriana (Valerian) officinalis are indicated in this category.
Anti-inflammatory herbs such as German chamomile, Aloe Vera and Curcuma longa (Turmeric), can soothe and reduce bowel inflammation. Curcuma longa is particularly well indicated as it has high anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties with an ability to stimulate neurogenesis. As both MS and stress are potential causes of inflammation in the body, it was hoped that these herbs might provide some relief.”
Kratom: Research on other natural treatments included Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korth). “Kratom induces constipation through opioid and nonopioid mechanisms.” The tree is considered an herb and can be grown indoors or in a greenhouse. Most people make a tea with the leaves. A major benefit in Kratom tea is that is beneficial analyte, mitragyna is always present. When harvested from one’s own tree, safety of product is not an issue.
Kratom is an indigenous tree of Southeast Asia where it is an ordinary folk medicine and is used to welcome guests as a treat. Personally, I enjoy Kratom tea several times a week from my own trees. It relieves PTSD and chronic pain. I have not noticed any constipation but do consider that my intake is low. From a collection of 30 shredded leaves, I brew about 4 cups of tea and drink only 1/8 cup and not every day. To use Kratom tea as a diarrhea treatment, again, keep a journal for your desired effects and alternate to avoid your body’s tendency to adapt. If you want a kratom tree contact me to arrange shipment in US or pick up in NC.
“It (Kratom) is used to treat diarrhea, however, there is no scientific evidence to support the use.” In a study to investigate the effect of methanolic extract of kratom leaves on the rat gastrointestinal tract, rats were given Kratom extract at 50, 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg (p.o.) which caused a dose dependent protection against castor oil-induced diarrhea and also inhibited intestinal transit … The results suggested that methanolic kratom extract exhibited its antidiarrheal effect on rat gastrointestinal tract. The effects may occur via pathways in addition to the action on opioid receptors. High doses of kratom extract decreased the increment of body weight similar to the effect of morphine.”
FYI: Kratom tea is useful in overcoming drug addiction. https://addictionresource.com/drugs/kratom/kratom-tea/
Remember – the body adapts to the effects of herbs just like it does to synthetic pharmaceuticals, so, keep a journal and discuss rotational treatment.
I found a promising study on irritable bowel syndrome, which similarly used rodents fed castor oil, and the use of synthetic cannabinoids. But natural alternatives are the focus here.
Hallucinogenic Herb: Another interesting article relays that the major active ingredient of the plant Salvia divinorum, salvinorin A (SA) has been used to treat gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms – successfully. “Salvia, or Salvia divinorum, is an herbal mint plant and a naturally occurring hallucinogen that is native to Mexico. It is a member of the sage family. People use it as a recreational drug.” This is probably not the best natural choice unless you are into flying purple-polka dotted bats in orange sunglasses trying to sip your kratom tea. Oh my!
Do not fear – there are more choices, dear.
Simple Hemp: is known to help a variety of diarrhea sufferers.
Eating the raw flower is the best way. Try a pinch over yogurt, cereal or in a non-citrus smoothie. I eat only a half-teaspoon and have great results. The body has everything it needs for decarboxylation of raw analytes which are needed and often absent in highly processed CBD oils.
Shop wisely and look for a complete certificate of analysis for any hemp product. Read CBD profile, THC level, terpenes, residuals, pathogens, microbials, heavy metals, and mold and pesticides.
Now, look for the analytes known to treat Gastrointestinal issues – THCA (raw flower), THC, CBC, CBD, CBN and CBDV. These combined analytes are effective. Shopping wisely for a processed hemp product seems like a hassle, but it is the only way to learn which analytes are present.
Thank you for asking me about what natural herbs are out there for MS. I will gladly research any logical question.
About bowel incontinence, the choice is all yours.
Have a great day!
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