Ileo-Caecal Valve Imbalance

Do you have an Ileo-caecal valve (ICV) imbalance?

Digestive problems could be an ICV Imbalance

Some signs & symptoms of an ICV which is out of balance:

  • Abdominal pains and cramps
  • Bowel irregularities – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, fluid retention
  • Digestive problems such as IBS, Crohn's etc
  • Nausea
  • Bad breath
  • Frequent infections such as: Athlete's foot, Thrush, Fungal nail infections
  • Fever – here your body is attempting to rid itself of toxins by pushing them to the skin's surface
  • Right sided pelvic pain
  • Back pain across the lower back
  • Right Bicipital tendon pain (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Pain in the right side of the upper neck
  • One-sided headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Big toe pain and stiffness (gout)
  • Unexplained thirst
  • Stress related problems from panic attacks to depression
  • Mood swings; grumpiness; bad temper
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Low energy levels, feeling sleepy or tired all the time
  • Feeling “spaced out”, detached, unable to concentrate
  • Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Sore points along the Large Intestine Meridian: LI 4; LI11; LI15
  • Dark circles under the eyes

These are all signs of a toxic system.

What exactly is my Ileo-Caecal Valve?

The Ileo-caecal valve is a one way valve comprised of smooth muscle which regulates the flow of the digestive contents between the small intestine and large intestine.
In good health, the ICV remains closed whilst the food in the small intestine is digested and absorbtion of nutrients takes place. The ICV then opens to allow the digested food into the large intestine (colon) after which it closes.

There are 3 types of ICV Dysfunction -
Too open (open too long): Either food can travel too quickly through the small intestine, causing insufficient absorbtion of nutrients and mostly undigested food can enter the colon where it ferments and causes gas and possibly diarrhoea OR waste products can slip back into the small intestine where toxins can become absorbed by the wall of the small intestine into the bloodstream, causing the liver to work overtime. Not good!

Too closed (not open long enough); waste products do not move from the small intestine into the colon quickly enough when the ICV is stuck in a closed position, leading to dehydration of the colon and constipation. Psychologically, the body is holding on to stuff, holding the person together and the digestive flow is interrrupted. The person is trying to keep in control or worrying and is suffering constant stress day after day

Torsion – either clockwise or anti-clockwise. These twists and turns, caused by muscle spasm can restrict the natural flow of the digestive system.

Causes of ICV dysfunction:

  • Stress / worry - constant worry and stress or physical and emotional shocks play a major part in the function of the ICV
  • Dehydration - your body needs enough water to function correctly
  • Your Posture - slumping stresses the whole digestive system
  • How you eat – eating too quickly, under-chewing your food, over-eating, eating foods you are sensitive to. Food intolerances can be tested during a Kore Therapy session when the ICV has stablised.
  • What you eat – frequent triggers of ICV dysfunction tend to be fizzy drinks; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; small seeds; spicy foods; raw foods such as cabbage, carrots, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, tomatoes.

Where is my ileo- caecal valve?

If you would like to check out your own ICV then here's how -
This is probably best done lying down, in order to have the area as relaxed as possible.

  • Locate the top of the bone of your right hip
  • Locate your navel
  • Find the mid-point between the two and using 3 fingers press gently into the abdomen, just below this point. Do not press too hard as it can be very tender here. You may have to move your fingers around to locate the exact spot but you will know when you have found it!
  • Does it feel tender? Can you detect any tightness? If so, your ICV may be out of balance.


What can Total Balance do to help?
Combined with Anmo Fu massage, corrections can be made to the ICV.
This may take a couple of (or more) sessions of Total Balance Therapies to completely correct and it is vital that this correction is carried out and that the strength here is established prior to any food intolerance testing.

Foods which may irritate a sensitive ICV

  • Beans and lentils – due to the abrasive nature of the skins
  • Grains, seeds and nuts – which again can be too abrasive for a sensitive digestive system
  • Raw fruit and veg – cooked ones are fine and should be consumed, especially dark, leafy greens
  • Onions, garlic and leeks
  • Hot spices such as cayenne, chilli, cinnamon, curry, ginger and pepper
  • Caffeine (in coffee, teas, cola drinks), chocolate, alcohol
  • Fermented products such as vinegars, soy sauce, pickles, MSG (E621)

It may be wise to avoid these foods for a couple of weeks following your ICV rebalancing work, in order to allow the area to heal.

To book your Total Balance Therapy appointment, please telephone 07971 207833

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This information is not intended as a substitute for conventional medical diagnosis or treament. It is always advisable to seek the advice of your GP prior to making any changes. Please note that I do not diagnose or treat specific ailments or illnesses, rather I treat the person who may have imbalances in the body which manifest as physical discomfort or ailments. I make no claims that the therapies I offer treat or cure any specific health problems.The aim of the treatment is to allow the body to relax and rebalance itself.