Category: Digestive Health

If You Suffering from Ulcerative colitis? – Natural Diet and Home Remedies

Introduction

Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic auto immune disease of the large intestine or colon wherein inflammation brought on by the faulty immune response creates ulcers or sores in the lining of the colon.

Due to changing eating habits as well as changing lifestyle, abdominal problems like- gastritis, bloating, constipation are becoming most common. These issues are looked quite simple to handle but if not diagnosed or treated early may result into a disease called as “Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis treatment in Ayurveda

According To Ayurveda

  • As Ayurveda believes in curing the disease from the root, this problem has a proper solution. According to Ayurveda, it initiates with mild diarrhea then it leads to stools with Ama [toxic substances] then results in constipation.
  • In Ayurveda, it is also known as Pittaj Grahani

Lifestyle Changes

  • Simple lifestyle changes and little change in diet can help in not only relieving the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis, but also managing the problem and lengthening the time between the flare ups.

7 Home Remedies for Ulcerative Colitis

Home Remedies/ Natural Diet to Manage Ulcerative Colitis

  • A very effective and easy home remedy to deal with UC symptoms at home is to eat mints.
  • Mint helps in improving the functioning of digestive system and nervous system.
  • By eating mint, the saliva glands start working more and this helps with digestion.

Chamomile Tea

  • Chamomile Tea is another home remedy with amazing curative powers.

How To Make

  • It can be prepared by boiling two spoons of Chamomile flower powder in a glass of water for about 10 minutes, strain it and add some honey for the stage.
  • Chamomile helps in reducing inflammation in the colon as it has a soothing effect on the intestinal tract.
  • It can be taken daily by the patient.

Calendula Flower Tea

  • One may also prepare Calendula Flower Tea in the same way and drink it as a safe remedy for UC.

Apple Cider vinegar

How to Take

  • Apple cider vinegar (two spoons) mixed with honey in a glass of water right before each meal is another effective solution for UC.
  • It can be taken twice a day.

Plain Cultured Yogurt

  • Plain cultured yogurt/ curd has probiotics (live bacteria) which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system.
  • One needs to increase the intake of Probiotics in the diet.

Fresh Juices

  • Carrot juice,Pomegranate juice (50 ml daily)
  • Rose Petal juice
  • Marigold Flower Juice
  • Coriander Leaves juice
  • Indian Rosewood leaves juice

How to Take

  • It can be taken on a daily basis (1 spoon two to three times a day).
  • This provides the body with antioxidants and helps in treating UC.

Olive oil

How to Take

  • Olive oil (two spoons) mixed with a glass of warm water
  • It can be taken daily for a week.

Benefits

  • Olive oil is known for immunomodulatory properties and monosaturated fats.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties as well and is perfectly safe to be used in treating UC.

Fenugreek Seeds

How to Take

  • Fenugreek seeds may be boiled in water for 10 minutes, strained and some jiggery powder may be added to it for taste.
  • This mixture can be taken on empty stomach daily for a week.

Benefits

  • Fenugreek seeds help in speeding up the recovery by providing a protective coating along the intestinal tract.
  • Fenugreek seeds are known for its anti-inflammatoryproperties, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, iron and calcium content.

Coconut Water with Honey

How to Take

  • A very easy way to treat UC at home is drinking coconut water with honey mixed with it on empty stomach first thing in the morning for at least one week.

Benefits

  • This drink boosts energy, prevents dehydration, enhances immunity and helps cure ulcers.

Rice Water

How to Take

  • Rice Water is also considered a good option to ease the symptoms of UC.
  • It can be prepared by boiling a cup of rice in three cups of water for twenty minutes.
  • After the rice settles down, strain it and drink the remaining water.

Best Fruits to Eat in UC

  • The best fruits that a UC patient should take on a regular basis are apples and bananas.
  • One should try to eat steamed apples, two times a day to alleviate pain and heal sores of the colon.
  • Apples are rich in phosphorous and iron and are very helpful in treating UC.
  • Seedless grapes, peaches, soft melons and avocados may also be taken

Turmeric

  • Turmeric may be mixed in a glass of warm milk and taken before bed time for a week.
  • It is well known for its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Wheat grass

  • Wheat grass is an anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties too.
  • It is very soft on the stomach and provides instant relief from the severe pain of UC.

How to Take

  • One can easily prepare wheat grass juice by mixing two spoons of wheat grass powder in warm water.
  • The mixture can be taken twice daily for one week.

Tips

  • It is very important to increase the intake of water.

Diet Plan for Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Recommended Diet – Foods to Eat & Avoid

  • The recommended diet includes vegetables like turnip, potatoes, radish, carrot, bael fruit, spinach, Bottle Gourd, Ridge Gourd, Ash Gourd, Songe Gourd and Round Gourd and green lentils. Vegetables should be without seeds.
  • Soft Bland Foods– These kinds of foods are very beneficial in some of the digestive tract problems such as ulcerative colitis. Soft, bland foods which can be used in ulcerative colitis are oatmeal, puffed rice, hominy grits, wheat cream, boiled eggs, gelatin, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables such as asparagus, mushrooms, carrots and spinach and brown rice.
  • Taking Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are also recommended. Vitamin C is easily found in foods like red bell peppers, parsley, strawberries and spinach.
  • It is very important to avoid foods that can aggravate the UC symptoms. One needs to avoid dairy products like milk/cheese/butter, foods rich in fiber like cauliflower/cucumbers, spicy foods or spices like red chili, cloves, black peppers, turmeric and asafetida, citrus fruits like lime, lemons, orange, pineapples and tomatoes, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. It is advised to minimize the consumption of kidney beans, chick peas, black eyes beans, black grams, brinjal, ladyfinger etc. Eating small meals frequently works best for UC patients.
  • The best thing to do is to avoid stress as much as you can by practicing stress relieving techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Once stress is under control, the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate becomes normal and blood and nutrients move into the core to support digestive function.

Top 7 Pain Relieving Remedies in Ayurveda Without Aspirin

Painkillers or analgesics are one of most widely categories of medicines. Analgesics are used at every instance, either it is traumatic or other complications. These are used for a variety of health conditions such as joints pain, migraine, arthritis, stomach pain, toothache etc.

As per modern classification, there are two categories of analgesics:

  • Narcotics
  • Non-narcotics

The basic principle of these painkillers is that they break the message transmitted from the affected part to the brain through neurons. Analgesics either break the pain signals arriving from the body parts to the brain or interrupt the brain to receive the message by neurons transmitting the pain signals. The side effects of these analgesics are obvious such as nausea, diarrhoea, pruritus (itching sensation), tenderness, jaundice and severe pain in the right upper quarter of the abdomen.

It has been proved in the research that the treatment with a product containing diclofenac sodium as topical applicants is linked with liver dysfunction, resulting in severe hepatic reactions, liver transplantation or even death.

Pain Relief Remedies

Management of Pain according to Ayurveda

  • Ayurvedic approach to pain is holistic and looks to place the root cause of the disease, in contrast to simply dealing with the symptoms only.
  • The classical Ayurvedic text specifies about the species of plants that are used for muscularity relaxants and for other pain management.
  • Ayurveda uses single drug or multiple drug mixtures of herbs as well as mineral compounds for relieving pain.

Ayurveda Categorises The Painkillers into 3 Groups

  1. Local Analgesics
  2. Central Analgesics
  3. Body-ache medications

Local Analgesic : These analgesics are topically applied to a particular part of the body and include paste preparations such as Belladonna.

Central Analgesics : These analgesics are more powerful than local analgesics and sometimes are combined with strict dietetic restrictions such as Dhatura.

Body-ache Medications : These analgesics are used in Ayurvedic practice to fight against stress and fatigue. There are more than 100 plants in Ayurveda that are recognised to have pain relieving properties such as Patala and Balam.

Various Herbs and Plants Described in Ayurveda as Natural Painkillers are

Ayurvedic Remedies for Pain Relief

Garlic for Earache:

  • Garlic has been traditionally used in rural India for earache.
  • Garlic contains certain active ingredients such as sulphur, selenium and germanium which have positive physiological effects on pain.

How to use: Pour 2 drops of warm garlic oil into the affected ear for 7-10 days until it is completely cured.

Honey for Mouth Ulcers:

  • As a part of lifestyle, Ayurveda suggests honey gargle for mouth sores.
  • It is recommended for better voice, improved speech and to prevent all types of infections and inflammation.
  • It is very effective in decreasing painfulness and heals the tissues as well.

Vinegar for Acid Reflux and Heartburn:

  • In a research, it was concluded that there are good results of vinegar in heart burn and acid reflux particularly the Apple cider vinegar.

How to use: Take 30 ml vinegar mixed with water after a heavy meal to make digestion and metabolism smoother.

Clove for Toothache Relief:

  • Cloves have been used by Indians since thousands of years. It contains eugenol which works as anaesthetic and has anti-bacterial effects.
  • It has also been reported that the consumption of 2 gm clove powder improves the cholesterol level and maintains pH in the gastro-intestinal tract that in turn avoids all kinds of oral infections.

How to use: Apply clove oil to the affected tooth or chew 1-2 cloves.

Ginger Root for Muscle Pain:

  • Ginger has positive effects on reducing swelling and stiffness as well. The main element of ginger is Gingerols that is effective in treating muscular pain.

How to use: Include 5 gm fresh ginger or 2 gm dried ginger as a part of your diet to prevent muscular and joint pains.

Treatment of Diabetic Pain with Turmeric:

  • Ayurveda suggests the use of turmeric as a part of diet to avoid the problems of diabetes as well as pain associated with it. It is considered as one of the most effective natural pain relievers known to exist and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It contains curcumin as an active ingredient which is responsible for its properties.
  • Turmeric decreases the pain and irritation experienced by patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, IBS, arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Buttermilk for Pre-Menopause:

  • Ayurveda suggests buttermilk for pre and post-menopausal syndromes as well as for menstrual pain. It is also effective in curing vaginal infections as well as itching. It is also effective in curing yeast infection. It is quite favourable in treating gynaecological conditions.

How to use: Take a plain glass of buttermilk with cumin seeds. You can buttermilk twice or thrice a day.  The calcium content in buttermilk dispassionate the physical and psychological irritability associated with PMS.

Cherries:

  • Cherries are packed with certain anti-oxidants known as anthocyanins which are responsible for giving them red colour and for relieving pain.
  • Research has indicated that anthocyanins, an active element in cherries is ten times more beneficial in lowering pain than common painkillers such as Ibuprofen without causing any side effects.

Epsom Salt Bath for Leg Pain:

  • Epsom salt that is rich in magnesium, is an excellent pain reliever. This remedy is also helpful for patients suffering from arthritis as it soothes leg pain. Salt also possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it effective in relieving pain. Regular soaking of infected parts in warm salt water acts better than topical painkillers and antibiotics.

Massage/Snehana:

  • In the world of Ayurveda, oil massage or sneham is considered as a very rewarding therapy for treating pain and other ailments. It pacifies Vata, mobilises the toxins, maximises circulation and therefore relaxes the overall body.

Cumin:

  • Cumin is an aromatic spice and mild pain reliever.

How to use: For stomach pain, make a mixture of 1/3 tablespoon of cumin powder, a pinch of asofaetida and a pinch of rock salt. Mix and chew it thoroughly followed with a drink of warm water