Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS is a disorder of the large intestines. Irritable bowel syndrome has no cure. People who are affected by this disorder sometimes have crippling pain. There are medications that help, but sometimes the medications are ineffective. New research has shown that Manuka Honey can help with the symptoms of IBS or Irritable bowel syndrome.
What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
If you are reading this article you probably have irritable bowel syndrome or you know someone who has irritable bowel syndrome. It is estimated that 1 in 7 adults have IBS. Often times, the symptoms are unbearable. Fortunately, in the past 10 years, there have been great strides made in the treatment of IBS. However, we still do not have a cure.
Often times when patients are diagnosed with IBS, they are left confused because the doctor cannot tell them how they contracted the disorder. In fact, the diagnosis of IBD usually comes after months or years of having abdominal pain.
It has always been speculated that the root cause of IBS is bacterial overgrowth.
Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
There are two main symptoms of IBS. These are abdominal discomfort and changes in stools patterns. Some people have diarrhea and some people have constipation. If a patient does not have abdominal pain, they cannot have the diagnosis of IBS.
Besides the interference with the daily life of patients and caregivers, socioeconomic costs of IBS have increased, as the majority of IBS patients are young (20-39 years).
- Abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Right or left side pain
- Nausea or severe nausea
- GERD symptoms
- Mucus in the stool
Diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Clinical Criteria for Diagnosis
In the absence of physical findings or biological markers, the diagnosis of IBS rests on the physician’s recognition of classic clinical symptoms and the exclusion of other diseases. The presence of abdominal pain or discomfort is essential to the diagnosis of IBS.
Manuka Honey and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Manuka honey has been around for centuries. Everyone has heard about the benefits of honey at one time or another. However, Manuka honey from New Zealand has special properties because of the Manuka trees. These bees pollinate the Manuka tree. These trees frow exclusively in Eastern New Zealand.
Manuka honey is an antioxidant with antiviral and antibacterial properties. Inflammatory bowel disease is a dysfunction of the gut. Although there is no cure, there are things that we know are contributors to the flare-up of this disorder.
Some things that cause flare-ups are :
- White bread
- Raw vegetables and sugary fruits
- Stress is a big trigger
Manuka Honey and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
I have had digestive issues since I was in my 20’s. I took acid reduction meds for years and years which did not help me at all. I day I ate some buffalo wings and I had the worst pain radiating up to my left shoulder. I thought I was having a heart attack.
I went to the emergency room and it was found that I had gallbladder disease. I had a HIDA scan and my gall bladder was found to be working at 1%. I was immediately scheduled for gallbladder removal. I had an uneventful surgery.
I had a lot of pain after surgery. I was told there would be minimum pain. I was discharged and I still had pain.
Symptoms I Had of IBS
I truly believe my problem was never gallbladder disease. I believe it was always IBS not diagnosed. My gall bladder was removed in December 2015. My digestive health had down spiraled since. I had tried every medication and remedy under the sun to help. The bloating, pain, indigestion, and just feeling miserable was very difficult.
I am a nurse and I work 12-hour shifts. So as you can see this was very hard on me.
I am a natural born researcher, so I went on a search to try and find something to help me. I started reading about Manuka honey and IBS. Now honey is forbidden on the FODMAP diet plan because of the high sugar content. However, there are just too many positive reviews for Manuka honey to ignore this.
I want to be clear, Manuka honey is not a cure for IBS, but it does help improve the debilitating symptoms.
Manuka Honey Exerts Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Effects in Gastric Ulcers
The objective of a study was to see the effects of Manuka honey in the treatment of gastric ulcers. Three different groups of rats were treated with three different concentrations of Manuka honey. These rats had acetic acid-induced gastric ulcers.
Many people with irritable bowel syndrome have gastric ulcer symptoms. Treatment with Manuka honey significantly decreased the ulcerated area. It also reduced inflammation.
This is the Type Of Manuka Honey I Used: Wedderspoon Raw Premium Manuka Honey KFactor 16, 17.6 Oz, Unpasteurized, Genuine New Zealand Honey, Multi-Functional, Non-GMO Superfood
I bought this particular brand of Manuka honey because of the awesome reviews that were in Amazon. The first day I put a half teaspoon in my green tea. Within 30 minutes, my stomach was gurgling and making all sorts of noises. I do not have a gallbladder so my digestion is totally messed up. My gall bladder was removed 4.5 years ago and every day since then, I have gall stomach bloating.
I was also diagnosed with H. Pylori bacteria to complicate matters. I took the antibiotic therapy but the symptoms came back so I was back to square one.
As of this writing, I have been on Munaka honey for 4 days. So far, the bloat has gone down tremendously. I am also begging to tolerate more foods. Now, this remedy is not a license to eat bad things that you know are a trigger for your IBS.
This particular product also got good reviews on Amazon: Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Drops, Lemon + Bee Propolis, 4.0 Oz, Unpasteurized, Genuine New Zealand Honey, Perfect Remedy For Dry Throats
This is a throat lozenge that people use for sore throat and cold symptoms. Just make sure you don’t have an allergy to bee pollen when you consume these because they have Bee Propolis in them.
Irritable bowel syndrome is a devastating disorder that can cause havoc to someone’s life. For many people, traditional medications are not effective. For some people, they can get relief from the symptoms of IBS by using Manuka honey.
Have you had a positive experience using Manuka honey, leave a comment!
Phyllis Robinson MSN, RN is a Registered Nurse of 27 years. Phyllis is passionate about the prevention and healing of heart disease using traditional and alternative methods. She has experience in emergency room, telemetry, infusion, and critical care. Phyllis currently practices in an intensive care unit.