Ileocecal Valve

Monday, November 23, 2015

What is the ileocecal valve?

The ileocecal valve, like it says in its name is a valve. Where is this valve? The ileocecal valve (ICV) is located where the ileum (end of your small intestine) and cecum (beginning of your large intestine) join together.

What does the ileocecal valve do?
The two main functions of this valve is to:
1. Allow all of your digested food to pass through to your large intestine.
2. Prevent the digested food and waste from going back into the small intestine.

When the ICV becomes a problem, it can become spastic, where the valve will remain open. This is allowing the toxic waste that you should be eliminating to be back up into the small intestine. Your small intestine then begins to absorb these toxins, which leads to a number of symptoms.

When the ICV becomes stuck closed, the food you have digested is being stuck in your small intestine where your body then begins to absorb toxins also which leads to a number of symptoms because it cannot pass through to your large intestine.

Here are some signs and symptoms:
- back pain
- headaches
- allergies
- fatigue
- dark circles under your eyes
- indigestion (gas, bloating)
- pain in the lower right of the abdomen (often mistaken for appendicitis)

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing any of these symptoms and cannot figure out what exactly is causing them to have headaches, fatigue, back pain, etc., seek out a practitioner that specializes in applied kinesiology.

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