Natural Treatment of Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Abstract

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a medical condition affecting the small intestine. In people suffering from this condition, there is an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine, or different types of bacteria that are normally present in the small bowel start growing atypically in the small intestine. SIBO is a serious condition that can lead to a leaky gut. Hence, it requires timely treatment. Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company offers some beneficial herbal products for managing SIBO in a natural manner.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Overview

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) – sometimes known as blind loop syndrome – is a condition which is marked by the presence of an abnormally excessive number of bacteria in the small intestine. The condition occurs when the naturally-occurring bacteria in the small intestine multiply abnormally, or when bacteria from some other part of the digestive tract (particularly the colon) travel to the small intestine, thereby increase the overall bacterial population in the small intestine.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

Although the presence of bacteria in the gut (digestive tract) is quite normal because they play a vital role in the digestive process, the overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine can be a problem because it can have a negative impact on the structure and function of the small bowel. In people affected by SIBO, the bacterial overgrowth can cause damage to the cells which line the small bowel. The condition can cause a leaky gut, as well as hamper the digestive process and interfere with the absorption of nutrients by the body.

SIBO is a disorder that mostly affects women, older adults, and people suffering from digestive disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Causes

The exact cause behind the occurrence of SIBO is not clearly known. However, some of the factors which can lead to the condition are:

  • Abnormally sluggish movement of the digestive system
  • Weak immune system
  • Physical abnormality of the small intestine
  • Malfunctioning of the muscular activity of the small intestine
  • Low or inadequate stomach acid
  • Changes in pH in the small bowel.

In addition to these factors, the occurrence of SIBO is also linked to some other health conditions, including Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Cirrhosis, Viral gastroenteritis, Celiac disease, Hypochlorhydria (low levels of stomach acid), Portal hypertension, and certain surgeries or gastric bypass procedures.

Small Intestinal Bacterial overgrowth (SIBO): Symptoms

The symptoms of SIBO are commonly associated with the gut. The symptoms include:

  • Stomach pain, particularly after eating food
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Nausea
  • Cramps
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Loss of appetite
  • Unintended weight loss.

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO): Treatment

The treatment of SIBO is focused at bringing the growth of bacteria in the small intestine under control. The treatment from the condition usually includes the use of certain antibiotics. Moreover, in some cases, SIBO patients suffering from malnutrition or dehydration due to the condition may require intravenous (IV) therapy for nutrition and fluids.

Natural Treatment of SIBO

Natural Treatment of SIBO

Planet Ayurveda offers the following herbal products for Natural Management of SIBO

1 Mahashankh Vati

Mahashankh Vati, these tablets are prepared from a combination of powerful natural ingredients which have proven digestive, appetizer, and analgesic properties. The ingredients include Chitraka(Plumbago zeylanica),Pippali (Piper longum), Shankha (Calcium compound), Sarjakshar(Sodium Carbonate), Yavkshar (Potassium Carbonate), Shudh Parad(Purified Mercury), Shudh Tankan(Purified Sodium Biborate), etc.

The use of these tablets is helpful in managing SIBO because the natural ingredients can treat digestion-related disorders, maintain body metabolism, keep the abdominal organs healthy, reduce intestinal pains, relieve gastritis, maintain a good appetite, and balance Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.

Dosage: 2 tablets, twice daily after meals.

2 Sanjivani Vati

Sanjivani Vati is a time-tested formula for treating a number of diseases including indigestion, auto-immune disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, etc. The herbs from which these tablets are prepared include Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Shudha bhallataka (Semecarpus anacardium), Shudha vatsnabh (Aconitum ferox), Vacha (Acorus calamus), and Vidanga (Embelia ribes).

The use of the tablets is beneficial in managing SIBO because the herbal components can improve the functioning of the liver, eradicate the accumulated endotoxins/metabolites and other waste materials, improve the digestive process, facilitate the elimination of all the mid-way metabolites from the system, and remove blockages in the intestinal channels.

Dosage: 2 tablets, twice daily after meals.

3 Belgiri Churna

This churna is a wonderful herbal powder prepared from pure ‘Bael’ fruit, which is also called Bilwa or Siriphal (Aegle marmelos). The herb is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, and mild laxative properties.

The use of the churna is beneficial for managing SIBO because it can support the digestive system, treat chronic diarrhea, cure peptic ulcers, treat stomach disorders, treat indigestion and bowel infections, and balance Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas.

Dosage: 1/2 or 1 teaspoonful of the churna with plain water, twice daily.

4 Praval Panchamrit Tablets

These tablets are a classic Ayurveda mineral formulation, prepared from five ‘bhasma’ — Praval bhasma (Clax of coral), Mukta bhasma (Calx of pearl), Shanka bhasma (Calx of conch shell), Sukti bhasma (Calx of pearl oyster shell), and Karpadika bhasma (Calx of cowry shell).

The use of these tablets is beneficial in managing SIBO because the five bhasmas can synergistically support healthy digestion, promote healthy functioning of the liver, activate the scavenging of free radicals, treat bloating and indigestion, manage ulcers, and balance Vata and Kapha doshas.

Dosage: 1-2 tablets, twice daily after meals.

5 Digestion Support Capsules

These capsules are prepared from some extremely beneficial herbs which can ensure the overall health of the digestive system. The herbs include Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare), Pippali (Piper longum), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), and Dhania (Coriander sativum).

The symptoms of SIBO can be managed with the help of these capsules because the ingredients have the ability to assist the digestive process, maintain the natural PH of the stomach, improve appetite, maintain the proper metabolism of the body, strengthen the immune system, and balance Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas.

Dosage: 1 capsule, twice daily after meals.

Conclusion

Planet Ayurveda’s Herbal Products for Managing SIBO are prepared from 100% pure and natural ingredients. The products are completely safe to use because they do not contain any artificial colors, chemicals, preservatives, binders, fillers, or additives. However, patients suffering from SIBO should use the products in consultation with an expert Ayurveda Practitioner.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.