The Ileocecal Valve (ICV) can be a huge factor in our health and wellbeing. It is a very common condition and it can result in an extensive list of distressing symptoms. It is often the cause of “just not feeling well” syndromes, what might seem unrelated physical pain to emotional trauma and other specific symptomatic patterns.
An example of Ileocecal Valve (ICV) malfunction symptoms include (this is not a complete list but gives an example of the diversity of the effects people can suffer.)
Arthritic type aches and pains
Distension of belly
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Dark circles around the eyes
Elbow pain, pseudo tennis/golfers elbow
Flu like symptoms
Fatigue and lethargy
Hip pain (particularly on the right)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Numbness and tingling
Pallor, grey/white complexion
Palpitations or feeling of a “heart flutter.”
Post nasal drip
Post viral syndrome
Skin problems, exacerbated eczema or psoriasis
Sudden low back pain
Tired all the time
Thirst, sudden and excessive
And MANY MORE!
The Ileocecal Valve controls the flow of digested food when it is time for it to leave the small intestine and carry on into the large intestine to become faeces. As a valve, it should open and close at appropriate times. If it remains open for too long or not long enough then all sorts of problems can occur.
The valve in its normal relaxed state should be closed (but not stuck). The valve is kept shut by hydraulic pressure from the ascending colon and peristaltic action (wave-like muscle contractions) of the large intestine. It should open only after digestion is complete so that partially digested food and digestive secretions formed in the stomach and small intestine, known as “chyme” can pass through to the "caecum" which is the beginning of the large intestine.
The ICVs first job is to hold the chime in the small intestine until all the desirable absorption has taken place. The second job is to prevent the chime that has passed on to the caecum (in the large intestine) to become faecal matter from flowing back into the the small intestine.
The valve is made up of two parts: A sphincter muscle under autonomic nervous control (the nervous system that also controls the lungs and heart,) and a mechanical valve-like structure at the beginning of the caecum.
If the valve spasms due to excessive neurological input then it can stay open and leak, which allows toxic material into the small intestine. If material flows back from the caecum then it will bring unwanted bacteria and contaminants into the areas of the body used for absorption. This causes the body to poison itself and can lead to a myriad of symptoms as listed above.
If the valve is flaccid it stays closed it causes decaying and rotting of food in the small intestine due to the delayed transit time. This also toxifies the small intestine causing a wealth of symptoms as listed above.
When the ICV is not functioning properly it causes the body to steadily and continuously poison itself due to toxins which should be flowing out of the body. These complications can exist for years, intermittently or permanently.
The ICV can malfunction due to:
Mind - There is also an emotional connection related to the limbic system (our reward pathway), hence the phrases related to stress, “gut reaction” and “sick to the stomach.” Emotional issues such as negativity, thoughts, ideas, fear, phobias and anxieties.
Chemical - too much raw food, bran, roughage, alcohol, fizzy drinks, caffeine, crisps, nuts and even whole grains. Lack of hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes minerals and vitamins to break down food.
Physical - Stress, sitting at a desk, not getting enough exercise can affect our physical structure, for example, our muscles and nerves in an around the ICV, as well as sitting at a desk and not getting enough exercise.
Energy - Geo-pathic stress such as electricity pylons, microwaves, telephone frequencies, wifi and electronic devices. As well as excesses and deficiencies in meridian points.
ICV malfunctioning causes "auto-toxicitiy," which gives rise to a huge and seemingly unrelated symptoms which will not be resolved without correcting the ICV.
Do you identify with any of the symptoms listed above?
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