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The irritable bowel is one of the most common diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Diagnosed when a doctor has ruled out other possible causes, it is based on a functional disorder of the intestine and manifests itself through long-lasting or recurring abdominal pain, a feeling of fullness and diarrhoea or constipation, which occurs for a total of at least three months within a year.
Chinese Medicine believes in the early stage of this disease, the Spleen and Liver are out of balance. For a long time, the Spleen Deficiency can do further damages to both, Kidney and Spleen.
Stagnant Liver Qi leads to Heat and Rebellious Liver Qi invading and disrupting Spleen and intestinal function leading to alternating constipation and diarrhoea, cramping abdominal pain relieved by bowel movements (dry and bitty or loose stool), flatulence, mucus in the stool.
Deficiency and Damp lead to poor transportation function of Spleen, Damp Retention, poor appetite, indigestion, loose stools or diarrhoea, distension and fullness, lassitude.