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Does Yoga Help IBS?

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common condition affecting the digestive system that has symptoms of abdominal pain, stomach cramps, gas, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. Symptoms tend to come and go over time and can last for days, weeks or months at a time.

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Although the primary cause is not known IBS has been linked to things like food passing through your gut too quickly or too slowly, oversensitive nerves in your gut, stress and a family history of IBS.
 
Unfortunately, IBS can have a big impact on your quality of life.  A study of yoga as a treatment for IBS found:
 
“The incidence rates range from 9 to 23% worldwide and 10–15% in the USA. Though the primary cause and effect are not established, these patients suffer from a host of secondary symptoms such as depression, anxiety, headaches, fibromyalgia, migraines, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Also, the quality of life (QOL) is affected to a greater extent in IBS patients compared to organic GI disorders. Stress impacts the gut physiology leading to brain-gut axis dysfunction and influences the development and exacerbation of IBS.”

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Does Yoga Help IBS?

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