Eastport, NY (PressExposure) August 27, 2009 -- Statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Americans suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Because of feelings of embarrassment, many patients have been known to wait up to 3 years to see their doctor about IBS symptoms.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a group of symptoms that affect the colon (large intestine). If you have IBS, your colon muscles might contract too much, causing diarrhea, or not enough, causing constipation. IBS symptoms can be triggered by stress, illness, some medications and certain foods (i.e. dairy products, caffeine or alcohol).
IBS symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, bloating and gas, especially after eating. Individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome also experience constipation, diarrhea or both. Other symptoms include mucus in the stool and having the urge to move your bowels after already doing so. Oddly enough, most people with IBS only have mild to moderate symptoms. Very few people experience severe symptoms.
The cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome is unknown. However, there is a way to control it. Manuka Honey from New Zealand is used by many to successfully treat IBS. The osmotic effect of this particular type of honey helps stool to move by affecting the way fluids move into the colon. Since Manuka Honey is a natural healer, it's been found to have no negative side effects when used for medicinal purposes.
"Manuka Honey has more healing properties than any other honey," says Frank Buonanotte, CEO of Honeymark International which is the largest importer of Manuka Honey in the U.S. "These healing properties are derived from the Manuka plant which is indigenous to New Zealand. Manuka Honey's healing abilities are known to consistently outperform traditional forms of medication."