Spider Venom Could Help Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome has become an increasingly widespread problem for people. While doctors are not positive as to what exactly causes IBS, they believe that factors such as diet, hormones, stress, and certain medications may play a part. An incredible 10-15 percent of people worldwide suffer from IBS. Symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation. However, scientists now believe that hope of some relief may prove to come from an unlikely source.

A recent study performed by an international team of researchers revealed that they could locate the protein involved in transmitting the pain caused by IBs by using spider venom. The study looked at 109 venoms from spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. The most promising results came from the venom of a tarantula from West Africa called Heteroscodra maculate. The venom activated the protein known as NaV1.1 in nerves and muscles, which also happens to activate during epilepsy episodes. This suggests that the pain people with IBS experience is caused by this NaV1.1 protein. Now that scientists have isolated the probable cause, they can work to find ways to block the protein from activating, and therefore eliminate the pain caused by IBS.

Do you or someone you know suffer from IBS? How do you deal with it currently?

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