15 December, 2011
Does Aloe Vera Help Ileocecal Valve Syndrome?
The ileocecal valve separates the small intestine from the large intestine. Ileocecal valve syndrome is a rare disease in which the ileocecal valve is faulty and allows toxins from the colon to enter the small intestine, where the toxins are then absorbed. Aloe vera is a common holistic remedy for ileocecal valve syndrome. Consult your physician before you begin using any natural remedy or supplement for your condition.
Symptoms and Diagnosis
Ileocecal valve syndrome is difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other digestive ailments, such as irritable bowel syndrome. These symptoms include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, tenderness in the lower right portion of the bowel, duodenal ulcers, low immunity, fatigue, acne and migraines, according to Louise Tenney, author of "Colon Health." A physician usually diagnoses ileocecal valve syndrome with a CT scan. The CT scan may reveal swelling around the ileocecal valve, or an enlarged valve or enlarged portion of the intestine near the ileocecal valve.
Treating with Aloe Vera
Aloe vera gel, as well as aloe vera juice may help soothe the ileocecal valve. Aloe has anti-inflammatory properties as well as antibacterial properties and it promotes healing, reports Asa Hershoff, N.D. and Andres Rotelli, N.D., authors of "Herbal Remedies." Consult a physician or medical professional skilled in natural healing for the appropriate form and dosage of aloe vera. Natural healing experts often list aloe vera as a remedy, but do not list an appropriate dosage in their texts.
Other Holistic Treatments
In addition to aloe vera, natural healers such as Gary Null, author of "Get Healthy Now" recommend taking lipid-soluble chlorophyll, slippery elm bark and echinacea to help treat ileocecal valve syndrome. Monitoring your diet may also help reduce the symptoms of ileocecal valve syndrome. For example, reducing your meat consumption and eating a diet that is high in fiber from whole grains and raw fruits and vegetables may help soothe the ileocecal valve as well as the intestines.
When to Consult a Physician
Consult your physician if your symptoms do not improve after changing your diet and taking the recommended dose of aloe vera gel or juice. Your physician may recommend additional changes to your diet or a different supplement. In severe cases, surgery may correct a faulty ileocecal valve, tightening it and preventing waste from the colon from flowing back into the small intestine. Surgery is usually a last resort, used when less invasive treatments fail.
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