18/10/2010 12:42 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Meditation And IBS

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - the most common condition seen by UK gastroenterologists - have you thought of meditation as a possible cure?

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It worked for a client of Darren Main, USA-based meditation instructor and author of Inner Tranquility - A Guide to Seated Meditation (£6.99, Findhorn Press), published in January 2011.

The woman in question had been living with abdominal bloating, excessive flatulence, and bouts of diaorrhoea and constipation for years, despite working with six different specialists and a nutritionist.

30 days of meditation
"She was so desperate, she was willing to try anything and made a commitment to my recommended 30 days of meditation" says Darren.

"At the end of the 30 days, I received the sweetest 'thank you' email from her. Her symptoms had almost completely disappeared for the first time in years, and while she also needed to maintain a mindful diet, she was convinced that her meditation practice was a major key to her recovery."

Over the years, Darren has seen all sorts of gastrointestinal (GI) issues improve as a result of a regular meditation practice.

The physiology of meditation
When the body is in fight or flight mode, the organs of digestion and elimination are compromised; they get less blood flow and become constricted. Meditation can help reverse the distressing symptoms of such stress by supporting the colon and other organs of the gut to relax and rebalance.

"Ulcers, colitis, Crohn's disease and many other GI conditions have been shown to heal significantly by simply using meditation as a complement to a combination of natural and allopathic therapies" says Darren.

Scientific studies apart, devoted meditators know directly from their own experience that regular, long-term meditation somehow magically heals us on every level, body, mind and soul.

Has meditation worked wonders for your health? Perhaps in unexpected ways? We'd love to know what's helped you.