Ileocecal Valve Syndrome

What is the Ileocecal Valve?

The ileocecal valve is located between the ileum (the last portion of the small intestine) and the cecum (the first portion of the large intestine). It is a one-way valve that allows digested foods to pass from the small intestine into the large intestine and keeps waste materials in the large intestine from flowing backwards into the small intestine.

What is Ileocecal Valve Syndrome?

Ileocecal Valve Syndrome occurs when the valve gets irritated & becomes a two-way valve allowing waste materials from the large intestine to back up into the small intestine. The small intestine absorbs these toxic waste products which then cause the symptoms below.

What are the symptoms of Ileocecal Valve Syndrome?
  • Muscle Pain/Spasm/Soreness Nerve Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Gas/Bloating Constipation or Diarrhea Nausea/Loss of Appetite Irritability/ Depression

(above are the most common symptoms and, very often, the only symptoms present)

What causes Ileocecal Valve Syndrome?
  • Infection: Viral/Parasitic/Fungal/Bacterial
  • Adrenal Gland Exhaustion
  • Caffeine
  • Emotional Stress
  • Too much crunchy food/not chewing well (popcorn, nuts, seeds, chips, pretzels, etc.)
  • Food Sensitivities
 How is Ileocecal Valve Syndrome treated?
  • 2-3 chiropractic treatments to stimulate nervous system control of the ileocecal valve.
    Avoidance of crunchy foods & cold liquids/foods for 2 days after treatment specific supplements as needed: adrenal support, anti-viral, anti-parasitic, etc.
    Diet Change as needed: avoidance of caffeine, allergenic foods, etc.