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Re: Flaxseed Oil

Re: Flaxseed Oil

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Posted by Harry on November 09, 2000 at 13:38:06:

In Reply to: Re: Flaxseed Oil posted by Sera on November 06, 2000 at 22:16:50:

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: : : I know the fatty acids in flax seed oil are great for cellular membranes' defenses and helps reduce risks of cancer. What I don't understand is why or how it effects IBS. I've been lurking here a while and started trying it in addition to fiber pills. I think it might be helping but I'm not sure if it's just psychosomatic. (Brief case history: I have terrible diarreah every morning, nausea, frequent pain and cramping and sometimes nearly black out because of it).

: : : Can anyone explain what flax seed oil does to help diarreah, cramping, and whatever else its been said to do?

: : : Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my message.

: : Hi Sera,
: : As you know I reply to alot of messages. I have from time to time suggested using flaxseed oil caps and other essential fatty acids to aid in stool formation and generally to help cell repair of the GI tract. I have never heard of using it alone for any other problems associated with IBS like cramping or bloating. There was a message posted on 9/07/00 from Judy L about how flaxseed oil cured her IBS. But, her IBS was a result of gallbladder removal. You may want to read her message and my reply.

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: : I take Essential Fatty acid because I think it is a healthy supplement to take and it is not manufactured by your system or other things you take or eat and they are essential for your body to function.That's why they are called Essential. I have found that oils in general slow your digestion down so it would account for helping the diarrhea phase of IBS and help damaged colons.

: : I hope someone else answers your message and gives us more complete information.
: : I assume you are taking the minerals and vitamins that are being washed away by diarrhea ---could reduce cramping.
: : There is a good homeopathic remedy for nausea --Ipecac 30X--- taken as needed.It relaxes the neumo-gastric nerves that gives you that bad nausated feeling.
: : I hope this helps! God Bless---Harry

: Thanks Harry. I didn't really think flax seed oil
: did anything for IBS, but I do remember that post you mentioned. When people talk of flax seed oil they always talk about the anti-cancer benifits but never anything digestive. I wonder if it does help and how. I don't think it has anything to do with vitamins and minerals being washed away because presumagly if they're being washed away, digestion isn't going to help reassociate them into the sytem.

: You mentioned Ipecac 30X. Could you tell me bit more about that? Usually, when I have nausea I can't put anything in my stomach at all and sometimes have to resort to suppositories (very unpleasant). Does it make you drowsy or disoriented? I know compazine did that to me and most other non-homeopathic drugs make me feel "not all there". I can't remember which it was, but one drug they had me on for nausea gave me panick attacks. I'd love to hear about Ipecac and what your expereinces are with it if you have the time.

: Thanks again,
: Sera

Hi Sera,
Sorry I didn't answer your message sooner---I just miss it. Ipecacuanha as used homeopathically is use in very --very small amounts and are dissolved under your tongue. As I said its chief action is on the ramifications of the pneumogastic nerve. If given in material doses will make you throw up. It has been used for nausea homeopathically for well over 100 years and I have used it for about 25 years --it works. In homeopathy it is used for many other problems even nose bleed and some types of cramping. If you are interested in finding out more about homeopathy, there is an educational site that is not great but good:
Take Care----Harry

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