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How to Treat and Prevent Ulcerative Colitis Flares Naturally

OVERVIEW

It is inflammatory disease which includes colon, rectum along with a small part of small intestine. Ulcerative colitis comes under the category of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Crohn’s disease comes under the second category of inflammatory bowel diseases. It can sometimes results in serious problems, as it is a chronic disease.

Due to changing eating habits as well as changing lifestyle, abdominal problems like- gastritis, bloating, constipation are becoming most common. These issues looks quite simple to handle but if not diagnosed or treated early may results into a disease called as “Ulcerative Colitis”. From the past few years, there is a rise in number of patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. Unfortunately, according to modern medicine, it is considered as incurable disease.

It is also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) which is regarded as a chronic ailment of colon. According to modern medicine, it is believed that food allergy, intake of certain medicines for a long duration, intake of antibiotics for a longer time, incompatible food, eating late nights can result in developing this disease.

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 leads to stools with Ama [toxic substances] then results in constipation.
  • In Ayurveda, it is also known as pittaj grahani.

Classification of Ulcerative Colitis

It is the most serious & common disorder and is classified into 3 types on the basis of severity

  1. Mild
  2. Moderate
  3. Severe

MILD– The characteristic features of mild ulcerative colitis are-

  1. Four or less than four stools per day
  2. Stools may with or without blood
  3. No systemic disturbances
  4. No change in the ESR value [erythrocyte sedimentation rate]

MODERATE- The characteristic features of moderate ulcerative colitis are-

  1. More than 4 stools daily
  2. Few systemic disturbances

SEVERE– The characteristic features of severe ulcerative colitis are-

  1. Not less than 6 stools daily
  2. Stools with blood
  3. More systemic disturbances like fever, anemia, tachycardia
  4. Greater changes in the ESR value[ erythrocyte sedimentation rate]

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Commonly the patients have ulcers in their inner lining of the colon who suffers from the ulcerative colitis shows symptoms like:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Stool in blood
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain in rectal area
  • Increase in bowel sounds
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Malnutrition [poor health]

Symptoms vary with the location of ulceration:

  • When inflammation occurs in rectal along with sigmoid region then sufferers have symptoms of urgency, painful feeling during defecation, bleeding in the rectal area.
  • When inflammation occurs in rectum with left part of colon then sufferers have symptoms of pain in left part of abdomen, abdominal cramps, weight loss, watery stools mixed with blood.
  • When inflammation covers whole colon then the individual have symptoms of fatigue, fever, night sweats, abdominal pain and abdominal cramps.

Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis

As ulcerative colitis involves only colon and rectum, it is easy to diagnose. Some of the diagnostic tools are as follows-

  1. Flexible sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy– colonoscopy is the preferred choice as it can be uses to see the whole colon.
  2. Biopsies which are collected during the procedure of colonoscopy/sigmoidoscopy
  3. x-ray of abdominal area
  4. Stool analysis
  5. Barium enema
  6. MRI or CT scan
  7. Urine and blood test to check for inflammation, anemia and malnutrition.

Natural Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis with Diet

As a healthy diet which is rich in all vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins and fats prevents in remission of ulcerative colitis, so diet is a crucial factor in the patients having ulcerative colitis. The diet should include various foods:

Low-fat dairy products

  • The dairy products can be consumed in moderate amounts until unless it does not cause any trouble in the digestive tract.
  • A low quantity of milk does not harm stomach.
  • If milk leads to trouble in digestive tract like gas, bloating, or a stomach upset, then start drinking soy milk or lactose free milk.

Fruits and vegetables

  • A diet including variety of different fresh fruits is very much beneficial for patients who are having ulcerative colitis.
  • So fresh fruits which provides greater amount of vitamins, nutrients, water but less fibre are doing wonderful job to prevent pain in abdomen, abdominal cramps and disturbed bowel movements.

Fresh fruits that are easily digested in the patients suffering from ulcerative colitis such as bananas, avocados,cooked apples, seedless grapes, peaches

  • Healthy fats like vegetable oils
  • Fish, Lean meat and poultry
  • Vegetables but 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.

Natural Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis

Aloe Vera:

  • Aloe Vera helps in the treatment of ulcerative colitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. According to some studies, it is believed that patients having aloe Vera for 4 weeks shows better results rather than people who are not having.

How to Use

Mix aloe Vera gel into a glass of water and then drink it on the daily basis before going to bed.

Andrographis paniculata

  • This herb helps in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. This herb is most commonly used to treat this disease.

Boswellia

  • This herb helps in the treatment of ulcerative colitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. This herb helps in protecting our body from cells of ulcerative colitis.

Curcumin

  • This herb’s abilities to reduce cytokines and interleukins associated with inflammatory bowel disease, helps in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. According to some studies, it is believed that if patient continue to have curcumin or turmeric on daily basis, will show betterment of symptoms of ulcerative colitis.

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)