The ileocecal valve is a valve between your small and large intestines which is under nerve control. This valve holds material in your small intestine until digestion is complete. The small intestine can be considered the kitchen area of your bowel; it is where the major amount of food absorption takes place. When the process is complete, the material becomes waste to be removed from the kitchen area. At this time the ileocecal valve opens to allow the material to go into the large intestine, or the garbage area of your bowel.[219]

Sometimes the valve fails to open properly.  This causes the waste material to remain too long in the small intestine.  Since the small intestine is where the major amount of food is absorbed, the body begins to absorb the toxic waste material, causing your entire system to become toxic. When your body is toxic, the weakest parts in your systems, organs, and muscles become more susceptible to problems. This is the reason so many varied symptoms can arise from a closed ileocecal valve.

There are several steps necessary to return your ileocecal valve to normal function.

The valve is under nerve control. A chiropractor can find the areas of nerve involvement and correct them.  Your ileocecal valve could go back to functioning properly after an adjustment from a chiropractor. However, there is a possibility that the problem may return unless certain precautions are taken to avoid the re-irritation of the valve.  You should watch your diet, and it is often necessary to supplement your system with calcium and/or vitamin D. If it is advisable for you to stimulate certain nerve reflexes, your chiropractor can show you how to do so.

The ileocecal valve is often found in the general population. It is responsible for a myriad of symptoms, and is sometimes called the great mimicker. As a result of ileocecal valve involvement, an individual can have any of the following symptoms: shoulder pain, sudden low back pain, pain around heart, dizziness, flu symptoms, Pseudo bursitis, Pseudo sacroiliac strain, Tinnitus, nausea, faintness, Pseudo sinus infection, Pseudo hypchlorhydria, headache, sudden thirst, pallor, dark circles under eyes, and bowel movements.  These symptoms usually improve after getting out of bed and moving around and will usually intensify upon remaining in bed.

It is recommended that you should eliminate certain food from your diet such as all roughage food, which would include popcorn, potato chips, nuts, seeds, whole grains, etc. You should also avoid raw fruits and vegetables, which includes celery, cabbage, lettuce, carrots, apples, oranges, salads, pickles, tomatoes, etc., but these foods can be eaten if cooked and will cause no problems.  Spicy foods should also be removed from your diet such as chili, peppers, tacos, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, etc. Liquors, alcoholic beverages, cocoa, chocolate, and caffeinated products should be avoided.

In some instances of chronic ileocecal valve problems, it is valuable for the individual to stimulate certain nerve areas at home.  These areas can be stimulated by using a rotary massaging motion with the pads of your fingertips.  Find the tender spots, use a moderately hard, irritating pressure.[218]