Five best natural home remedies to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)!

Symptoms of IBS can be managed by making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Updated: Jul 11, 2016, 10:40 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can be uncomfortable and embarrassing too. IBS is a common problem that affects the large intestine, causing abdominal cramping, bloating, and a change in bowel habits.


But, symptoms of IBS can be managed by making simple changes in your diet and lifestyle. Yet, for most people who have irritable bowel syndrome, home treatment may be the best way to manage this condition. Here are the five best home remedies for treating irritable bowel syndrome:


Ginger plays an important role in traditional healing in cultures around the world. It is also one of the most commonly used natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome as it reduces gas and bloating. Ginger also reduces inflammation in the intestines and helps relax the intestinal muscles.


Fennel seeds

Regular use of fennel seeds has been proven effective for many people with serious digestive disorders like IBS. Fennel can relieve the intestinal spasms and bloating commonly associated with IBS. The volatile oils in fennel seeds are also believed to stimulate bile for better digestion, thereby helping to ease digestive discomfort.



Flaxseeds are an excellent source of both dietary fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids that are known to support the immune and digestive systems. Flaxseeds are also good for treating diarrhea.


Studies have shown that peppermint helps to relieve symptoms of IBS, including pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea. Peppermint contains menthol oil, which has antimicrobial properties that can help freshen bad breath and soothe digestive issues.


Yogurt is another popular home remedy for treatment of IBS-related diarrhea due to the presence of ‘live cultures’ in it. Live cultures are friendly bacteria that provide several potential health benefits, including stomach health.