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Ileocecal Valve and AK

The ileocecal valve separates the contents of the small intestine from the contents of the large intestine. The valve can be dysfunctional in one of two ways. It can be “stuck” open or closed.

If the valve stays open, toxic contents from the large intestine can get into the small intestine. The large intestine contains toxic waste to be removed from the body. The small intestine absorbs nutrients. An open ileocecal valve is a lot like having your septic tank drain into your well.

            If the ileocecal valve is closed, it allows waste material to stay in the small intestine too long. The closed valve also causes toxic material to be absorbed back into the body.

            An open or closed ileocecal valve can cause a variety of symptoms, many of which do not seem to involve the bowel. These include:

·       Shoulder pain

·       Low back pain

·       Dizziness

·       Flu-like symptoms

·       Busitits-like pain

·       Ringing in the ears

·       Nausea

·       Sinus congestion

·       Headache

·       Thirst

·       Dark circles under the eyes

·       Bowel problems


               Treatment includes making sure that you drink adequate water. You also need to avoid certain foods like: raw fruits and vegetables (short term), high fiber foods (like whole grains, popcorn and nuts), spicy foods, cocoa, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol. It is allowed (even encouraged) to eat cooked vegetables. These short term dietary changes are to reduce the irritation to the valve.

               There are points that can be stimulated to assist the nervous system in correcting this problem. Also, holding an open ileocecal valve closed or a closed on open can help to alleviate symptoms.

               Come into the office for an evaluation and we will determine if you need to address problems with the ileocecal valve, treat it and show you the appropriate points to stimulate.