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Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

Ileocecal valve syndrome is known as “The Great Mimicker” and is easily overlooked due to the fact that the signs that it presents can be linked to many other imbalances and disorders. Are you wondering what ileocecal valve syndrome is?  The ileum, the last portion of the small intestine leads to the cecum, the first portion of the large intestine. The division point is the ileocecal valve, the part of the intestine responsible for allowing food to pass through the small intestine into the large intestine in addition to being a one-way valve designed to prevent waste materials from reentering the small intestines.  

ICV Syndrome Symptoms 

A dysfunctional or stuck valve will allow a waste product to venture back into the small intestine, think about the way a backed-up kitchen sink drain works and allows water to travel backward into the sink. When the valve becomes stuck, digestion gets disrupted causing unhealthy toxins to build up leading the body absorbing toxins. Why is this disorder so easily overlooked by medical professionals?  Common signs that are often seen in other disorders include a combination of the following symptoms: 

  • Right side pelvic or shoulder pain 
  • Flu symptoms 
  • Nausea  
  • Low back pain 
  • Pain surrounding the heart 
  • Tinnitus 
  • Nausea 
  • Bad breath 
  • Dizziness  
  • Facial pallor 
  • Fainting 
  • Headache 
  • Bowel disturbances (constipation/diarrhea)
  • Dark circles under the eyes 
  • Dizziness 

Causes of ICV Syndrome  

Pay attention to dietary habits and keep the emotions in check, both play a role in ICV. Considering where the ileocecal valve is located in the solar plexus chakra and its relation to the digestive organs. The solar plexus is an energy hub and is the 3rd chakra located above the belly button and in the right abdomen. The solar plexus is responsible for personal power, confidence, and self-esteem.

Are you familiar with the fight or flight response to stress and how it affects the nervous system as blood rushes throughout the body and to other muscles and organs?  The bowel tends to be where emotions are being held in and when there is a release of the emotions, an emotional release may also occur. Additional physical imbalances related to the solar plexus chakra may include: 

  • Stomach ulcers 
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Intestinal tumors 
  • Diabetes 
  • Hepatitis 
  • Indigestion 
  • Adrenal imbalances 
  • Cirrhosis 
  • Arthritis 

Treatment Options  

Treatments that work in the healing process in addition to diet and exercise changes include: 

  • Chiropractic adjustments 
  • Applied Kinesiology 
  • Temporary elimination diet. Foods to be avoided for two to three weeks include: 
  • Roughage: Popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, whole grains 
  • Raw fruits and vegetables: Celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes 
  • Spicy foods: Chili powder, hot peppers, salsas, black and cayenne pepper, paprika, cloves, cinnamon 
  • Stimulants: cocoa, chocolate, caffeine products 

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