Category: Digestive Health

4 Natural Cure For Ulcerative Colitis – How To Cure Ulcerative Colitis

Colitis is a sub-acute or chronic disease of the colon and rectum of variable aetiology and unpredictable prognosis. It is a specific and non-specific inflammatory disease of the large bowel which is confined to mucosa. It affects the inner most lining of the large intestine. Symptoms usually develop over time, rather suddenly. As the materialisation is increasing, the incidence of ulcerative colitis is encountered more frequently in hospitals. In modern medicine, many drugs are available for the treatment of ulcerative colitis like—Sulfasalazine, etc. having both anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties but these drugs have gigantic list of possible side effects.

herbal remedies for ulcerative colitis

Even after taking steroids and sulfasalazine, patients suffer from the disease. So, the patients are always seeking some alternative therapies that promise more effective and safer outcomes as modern medicine has no known cure for this disease. Allopathic treatment only reduces the signs and symptoms of the disease but Ayurveda offers comprehensive treatment of the disease including diet, medication. Panchkarma therapies and home remedies for ulcerative colitis.

Ayurvedic treatment is a fine conservative and remedial method for the treatment of ulcerative colitis without having side effects. So, there is a need to come across ancient system of medicine which has no side effects. Reports say that ulcerative colitis is affecting 10-15 new people per 1,00,000 population every year, equally affecting both the genders. Most patients are in between the age group of 20-40 years.

According to Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic physicians found excellent results in the patients suffering from  Ulcerative Colitis with certain Ayurvedic treatments, home remedies and modifications in the diet. The Ayurvedic treatment significantly corrects bleeding in stool and bleeding frequency which are the cardinal features of ulcerative colitis and also acts upon the psychological stress thus curing the disease by acting on the cause.
  • According to Ayurveda, ulcerative colitis is a disease having Pitta origin having varying degrees of Vata involvement. The excessive consumption of Pitta aggravating foods damage both Rakta dhatu and Mamsa dhatu. It is a disease of Purishvaha strotas.
  • Raktatisara is mentioned as an advanced stage of Pittatisara. Sushruta mentioned about this disease 3000 years ago that “Pitta” type people are more prone to Ulcerative Colitis. When Pitta dosha gets imbalanced, it vitiates intestines and causes “Pittaja Grahani”. Pittaja Grahani produces the classical symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis but vitiation of Pitta when reaches extreme causes severe inflammation, ulceration and rectal bleeding (active phase).

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Causes of Pittaja Grahani disease according to Ayurveda

  • Mandagni (low digestive fire leading to poor digestion and poor appetite)
  • Consumption of heavy to digest foods in diet
  • Improper and irrelevant diet habits.
  • Intake of Pitta aggravating diets like—excess spicy, pungent, acidic/sour foods
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Anger
  • Stress

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Diarrhoea with blood or pus
  • Rectal pain
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Dark patches under the eyes
  • Urge to defecate
  • Ongoing diarrhoea that doesn’t respond to over the counter medications
  • Diarrhoea that awakens you from sleep

How To Cure Ulcerative ColitisDiet & Home Remedies

  • Take the powder of Bael fruit with equal quantity of jaggery three times a day.
  • Include fresh pomegranate juice in your diet on regular basis.
  • Cumin seeds and tender leaves of Guava are taken and fine paste is prepared. 20 gram of this paste is taken along with buttermilk twice daily. It helps in reducing the frequency of episodes of bowel habit.
  • The fruit cover of Pomegranate is rubbed with lemon juice and fine paste is made. This should be taken twice daily with warm water. It helps in restoring the capacity of intestine.
  • Mix the sandalwood powder (5 grams) with non-refined sugar (3 grams) and honey (3 grams) and make a paste. Take this paste with rice-washed water twice a day. This remedy helps in relieving bleeding and diarrhoea.
  • Take 5 grams of connessi bark (Kutaj bark) and 5 grams of pomegranate bark. Add 2 cups of water and boil until one cup of water is left. Filter it and take this drink with little honey. This remedy is helpful in blood in stools.
  • Banana is rich in astringent principles so it acts as a natural styptic and helps in controlling diarrhoea and bleeding per rectum.
  • Honey is rich in astringent principle. It has wound healing property and has soothing effect on the wall of intestine. In addition, it adds nutritional value to the diet as the patient suffering from ulcerative colitis has the problems like—mal absorption and dehydration.
  • Nutmeg—It soothes and heals the wounds of intestines.
  • Cumin seeds—Cumin seeds improves digestion as well as these seeds are not spicy.
  • Neem—Decoction of neem is useful in healing the intestinal wounds. It is also a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Bael fruit—It is natural anti-inflammatory and styptic.

Diet in Ulcerative Colitis

A strict diet rich in astringent principles helps to keep the disease under good control. Diet plan is crucial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis  because of its higher chance of recurrence.

  • Eat small, frequent meals and over-eating must be avoided.
  • Drink plenty of buttermilk
  • Avoid dairy products like—milk, cheese, curd, meat, fish, eggs as they are prone to irritate the colon and rekindle inflammation.
  • All white flour products like—refined flour, white sugar are extremely harmful.
  • Foods which have detoxifying and cleansing effect on the intestines such as—bottle gourd, turmeric must be included in the diet.
  • Crohn’s disease often leads to mal-absorption syndrome. As a result, patient has inadequate level of nutrient elements like—zinc and iron. Hence, it is advisable to take Yashad Bhasam or Lauh Bhasam as per doctor’s advice.

Herbs for ulcerative colitis

  • Kutaja (Halorrhena antidysentrica)
  • Pomegranate, Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
  • Musta (Cyprus rotundus)
  • Lodhra (Symplocos racemosa)
  • Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)
  • Patha (Cissampelos pareira)

Homemade Remedies to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Naturally

Hemorrhoids, with other name, piles can have severe outcome on our daily life, manifested by clumps of swollen veins around the area of anal opening or the anal canal, which is characterized by severe pain at time of passing stools, bleeding occurs during bowel movements, itching and pain in anal area for a long time brings about distress, so these symptoms bring about uncomfortable feeling each time one visits the toilet, and feels embarrassed in sharing the problem and asking for help.

Hemorrhoids can either be internal or external. Internal hemorrhoids develop within the anus or rectum. External hemorrhoids develop outside of the anus

Causes for Hemorrhoids-Possible factors include:

  • Straining during a bowel movement
  • Problem arises from chronic constipation
  • Sitting or standing for a long time and specially sitting on the toilet
  • A family history of hemorrhoids, where it can be passed on genetically from parent to child.
  • Risk also develops during pregnancy, where enlarged uterus presses on the vein in the colon, causing it to bulge.

Ayurvedic View for Hemorrhoids

  • Hemorrhoids called Arsha in Ayurveda, as per Ayurveda is caused due to vitiated Vata resulting in low digestive fire which leads to continuous constipation. Also accumulation of waste products in the body and varicose veins in the rectum promote the development of hemorrhoids.

Symptoms for Hemorrhoids

  • Irritation
  • Discomfort around anus
  • Pain and bleeding may occur during defecation
  • Itching
  • Pea-sized swellings

Homemade Remedies to Get Rid of Hemorrhoids Naturally

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  • It can be managed naturally using some home remedies. Here are some homemade remedies which are easy to apply in our daily routine to get relief from the discomfort caused by hemorrhoids.

Use Aloe Vera gel

  • Aloe Vera is natural way to heal different kinds of infections involving hemorrhoids. Aloe plant can used directly, by cutting its leaf and open to extract the gel, which can be applied twice a day at the anal area. Other way to get relief is drinking daily plenty of Aloe Vera juice to heal internal piles. These help in making the stools so much softer, causes ease in passing them.

Sitz baths

  • A Warm bath is very effective to get relief from pain associated with hemorrhoids. People with painful hemorrhoids should lay on their back in warm water for 15 minutes, several times a day — mainly after a bowel movement. It helps to relieve pain, itching and burning sensation. This remedy is even useful in cleaning the anus and lessen the bacteria. After this therapy, do dry that area with a hair dryer because moisture might further irritate the sensitized skin.

High Fiber Diet

  • There is need to bring a change in diet, consume high fiber foods and also drink adequate amount of water.
  • High Fiber Diet helps to soften the stool, thereby eases in passing out, hence lessens the pressure on the hemorrhoids. Besides they support to regulate bowel movements which is helps to manage hemorrhoids.

High Fiber Diet includes:

  • Whole grains: – Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Barley, Millets, Maize etc.
  • Fruits: – Banana, Apples, Pears, Avocados, Artichokes, Peas and Winter Squash, Prunes etc.
  • Vegetables: – Broccoli, Dark Leafy Greens, Beans etc.
  • Avoid consuming foods rich in saturated fats, refined flours, sugar and red meat as these can exaggerate the hemorrhoids.
  • Psyllium Seed Husks –Rich in fiber, which can make the stools much softer, making the stools to pass out easily through anus and it will help to relieve pain and bleeding that happen due to hard stools and thus providing time to hemorrhoid to get heal.
  • Ground flaxseeds are also high in fiber content, and good for hemorrhoid.

Turmeric (Haldi)

  • Turmeric has antiseptic and ant-inflammatory properties, helps in healing of hemorrhoids. So, have a teaspoon of ground, fresh turmeric root, to get relief from it.

Potatoes

  • Take 2 washed potatoes and cut them into small slices and then blend these chunks in a blender, till they get into liquid form. One can add little water, in case it is dry. Spread this mixture over clean handkerchief or a thin gauze bandage and folding it up in half. After this preparation apply it on the hemorrhoids for around 5-10 minutes, this relieves the symptoms of pain

Oils for Hemorroids

  • Coconut Oil – Direct application of coconut oil, mainly virgin coconut oil to hemorrhoids, after bowel movement, properly cleaning the infected area, then rinse it and repeat this therapy twice daily. It is very helpful to feel better because of its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic in nature.

Almond Oii

  • In a small bowl take some pure almond oil and then dip a cotton ball into this oil and apply it on the infected area. Repeat this similar procedure for a several times to get relief from hemorrhoids naturally.

Things to avoid:

  • Reduce the intake of salt and avoid spicy foods, red meat, fatty and over-processed foods. Stop the consumption of alcohol and tea in excess.