Category: Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis And Sexual Health

Abstract

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease in which there is irritation in the large intestine (colon), inflammation as well as ulcer formation in colon. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease i.e. white blood cells that usually protects the lining of the colon, may cause inflammation and ulcers. Ulcerative colitis may cause problem in sexual life i.e. sexual health is hampered. So in this article we are going to discuss about ulcerative colitis in detail as well as sexual problem or health in ulcerative colitis. We will also discuss the Ayurvedic aspect of ulcerative colitis and also Ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis. So please be with me till the end.

ulcerative colitis

Introduction

Inflammatory bowel disease is a disease in which there is chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. This disease is of two type’s i.e. ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases. This disease can be a life threatening condition. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease which starts from rectum and spreads to the colon or large intestine. The large intestine includes ascending colon, descending colon, sigmoid colon and the last portion of rectum is the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis not only hampers the physical and mental health of patient but also hampers sexual health. Due to Ulcerative colitis there is decrease in sexual desire in women and also erectile dysfunction in men. In Ulcerative colitis there may be diarrhea with blood, cramping, weight loss, fatigue and abdominal pain. Ulcerative colitis is not fatal, but may cause life threatening complications. Immune system dysfunctioning is the main cause of Ulcerative colitis. Treatment mainly includes steroidal use and diet modification as well as lifestyle management.

Incidence

  • Age: – between 15-30 years of age.
  • Heredity (family history)

Ayurvedic Aspect of Disease

In Ayurveda Ulcerative colitis is correlated by prurisha veh strotsa dushti janya raktatisara in which there is predominance of pitta and to some extent vata also. Ayurvedic treatment subside the pita and vata predominance and also helps in balancing all the three dosha present in the body. By lifestyle modifications we can maintain a balanced health and enhance life.

Types of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Ulcerative proctitis (only inflammation of rectum)
  • Proctosigmoiditis (inflammation of rectum and sigmoid colon)
  • Left-sided colitis (left sided inflammation i.e. in descending colon)
  • Extensive or pan colitis (inflammation of entire colon)

How Ulcerative Colitis Affects Our Sexual Health

Due to this disease some patient might get depressed, as it is one of the main causes of unhealthy sexual life. Due to excessive fatigue patient might causes reduced interest in sexual intercourse. In some women, suffering from this disease might get pain while having sex. As a result of this they lose interest in sexual activities. Due to the medications in treatment of ulcerative colitis may hampers the sex drive of the patient. In ulcerative colitis after surgery, ostomy bag is attached to collect the waste matters, sometimes this may cause embarrassment and reduces the sex drive.

Causes of Ulcerative Colitis

The exact cause is unknown and some causes are listed below

  • Genetic
  • Stress
  • Spicy food
  • Immune system malfunctioning
  • Smoking
  • Excessive use of NSAIDS
  • Air pollution, bacteria or virus invadating

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

The symptoms of Ulcerative colitis are listed below

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea with blood
  • Rectal pain
  • Mucous in stool
  • Weight loss
  • Bloating sound in abdomen
  • Decreased appetite
  • Joint swelling as well as pain
  • Skin problem
  • Mouth sores

Diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Medical history (family history)
  • Physical examination (per rectal examination)
  • Blood test
  • Stool test
  • CT Scan
  • Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Complications of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Colon cancer
  • Blood clots
  • Arthritis
  • Uveitis
  • Jaundice
  • Liver cirrhosis

Prevention of Ulcerative Colitis

Lifestyle modifications

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid having stress
  • Exercise daily
  • Walk for at least 30 minutes.
  • Do not skip the meal
  • Avoid dairy products as well as citrus fruits intake.

Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

  • Immunomodulator
  • Anti- inflammatory drugs
  • Antibiotics
  • Anti diarrheal medications
  • Analgesics
  • Vitamin supplements
  • Surgery (removal of entire colon)

As there is no treatment of Ulcerative colitis, but only management of symptoms is there i.e. symptomatic treatment in modern medicines. Ayurvedic treatment helps in treating the disease along with the all-round development, pacifying tridoshas of the body and wellbeing of the human body. The fact that Ayurvedic treatment takes time and that often results are delayed cannot be denied. Moreover, a plus point of Ayurvedic treatment is that it does not involve any side effects.

Some Ayurvedic herbs which help in treatment of Ulcerative colitis as well as maintain good sexual health

  1. Kutaj
  2. Nagarmotha
  3. Dhanyak
  4. Sugandh Bala
  5.  Bilva
  6.  Praval
  7. Mukta
  8. Shatavari
  9. Katfal

Herbs Description

1. Kutaj

Kutaj is an Ayurvedic herb which is used in treating diarrhea and dysentery. Kutaj is also good in relieving stomach infections in the body.

2. Nagarmotha

Nagarmotha or Mustak is Ayurvedic herb which is used in relieving bacteria and germs which may enter the stomach. Nagarmotha also helps in relieving fatigue and weakness from the body.

3. Dhanyak

Dhanyak is Ayurvedic herb which helps in increasing the appetite and taste of the mouth. It helps in detoxifying the impurities from the body.

4. Sugandh Bala

Sugandh Bala is one of the Ayurvedic herbs which is helpful in curing infections as well as helps in cooling the body.

5. Bilva

Bilva is an Ayurvedic herb which is used in strengthening the digestion and very beneficial in ulcerative colitis. Bilva acts as anti-inflammatory agents and also helpful in relieving constipation.

6. Praval

Praval is the Ayurvedic herb which helps in relieving digestion problem and also enhances immunity. Praval is also helpful in enhancing the bone strength in the body.

7. Mukta

Mukta helps in improving digestion and also helps in treating insomnia, anxiety and depression. Mukta is very good in regulating blood pressure and also maintaining proper functioning of the cardiac system.

8. Shatavari

Shatavari is an Ayurvedic herb which is a very good antioxidant. It also helps in relieving ulcer related problems and is also helpful in boosting the immune system.

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Conclusion

In this article we have discussed about Ulcerative colitis as well as maintain good sexual health and also the Ayurvedic aspect of disease as well as Ayurvedic remedies and Ayurvedic herbs regarding this. We have discussed about the causes of unhealthy sexual life due to ulcerative colitis and also the symptoms, diagnosis as well as treatment of this in modern. Ayurvedic herbs also helps in pacifying the tri dosha from the body mainly pita and for some extent vata dosha of the body. . Ayurveda helps in curing the disease from the route cause and helps in maintaining the healthy lifestyle. Ayurveda is an ancient therapy which helps to cure the patient by the root cause and also helps the patient to attain a healthy lifestyle. For more details of our products check out our website www.planetayurveda.com.

How to Balance Pitta Dosha with Ayurveda

ABSTRACT

Doshas are the humor and elements of the body which are responsible for a person’s physiological, mental and emotional health. Each one of these doshas have their own respective functions in our body. These doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Where vata represents the movement and nervous system, pitta represents digestive elements or juices and kapha ensures the lubrication of joints. The imbalance in any of these elements will deteriorate one’s health and give rise to various health conditions. In this article we will discuss the pitta dosha and how it can be managed using various ayurvedic herbs.

INTRODUCTION

Pitta dosha is generally said to be associated with the digestion and metabolism where pitta works by its properties of ushna(hot) and tikshna by initiating enzyme secretion. It has other properties according to the properties of their subtypes like ranjaka (coloring), bhrajaka, sadhaka, pachaka and alochaka pitta. Where pachaka pitta refers to digestion and this form of pitta exists primarily in the stomach and the intestine. Each one of them possesses different properties. Ayurvedic medicine is based on the idea that the world is made up of five elements- akash (space), vayu (air), agni (Fire), jala (water) and prithvi (earth).

A combination of each element results in three humors or doshas vata, pitta and kapha which are responsible for a person’s physiological, mental and emotional health. Each and every person has a unique ratio of each dosha if a person is having pitta dosha in predominance while others may be mostly of vata and kapha dosha. Balance of all three doshas is adequate to maintain a healthy mind and body balance. As per the quotation samdoshas samagnisch sama dhatu mala kriya prasantamindriya mana swasth ityabhidhiyata. If our body is in proper balance with the proportion of doshas, agni and dhatu then the patient is said to be in a state of physical, social and mental well being.

pitta dosha

Place of pitta dosha

The important site and location of the pitta dosha is as follows-

  • Sweda- rasa dhatu end product of food digestion
  • Lasika- lymph
  • Rudhira- blood
  • Amashaya- small intestines are sites of pitta.

Pitta dosha is based on fire and water. It is commonly described as ushna(hot), laghu(light), tikshan(sharp) and sara(mobile). Grisham ritu or summer season is known as the pitta season. People with pitta dosha have intelligence, self master skills, good metabolism and healthy skin and hair. All metabolic activities, appetite, hunger, color, complexion and body’s circulation are dependent on pitta dosha. When pitta is out of balance then the body may lead to many diseases like inflammation, acne and acidity.

SUB-TYPES OF PITTA DOSHA

TYPE OF PITTA DOSHA LOCATION AND   FUNCTION
Ranjaka Located in the liver and spleen, it is responsible for converting rasa dhatu into rakta dhatu
Pachaka Located in the stomach and intestine, it controls the digestive system
Sadhaka Located in the head and heart. It attends mental functions such as knowledge and intelligence
Bhrajaka Located in the skin, it gives color and complexion to the skin
Alochaka Located in the eyes and helps in vision

Food to eat in pita

Pitta is said to be aggravated by the diet rich in rasa like amla (sour), lavan (salty) and katu (pungent) and is mitigated by madhura (sweet), tikta (bitter) and kashay (astringent) rasa. So, people having a pitta body type should refrain from having a diet rich in rasa amla (sour), lavan (salty) and katu (pungent) like grapes, papaya, onions, eggplant, almonds and various other things.

FOOD TO CONSUME IN PITTA BODY TYPE FOOD NOT TO CONSUME IN PITTA BODY TYPE
Sweet and bitter vegetables like celery, carrots, cucumber and cabbage. Spicy hot food, soy sauce, urad dal and things having salty and sour content.
Fruits like sweet ripe oranges, pear, bananas, melons and mangoes. Cashew, sesame seeds, peanuts, egg yolk and thyme.
Herbs and spices like black pepper, cumin, cilantro and turmeric. Honey, jaggery and white sugar. Spices like garlic, cloves, mustard seeds and hing.

Summer is said to be the season of pitta which is a combination of fire and water elements, pitta has the characteristics of being hot. When there is excess pitta in the body you may experience the following:-

  1. Feeling of heat generation in the body.
  2. Acid reflux
  3. Nausea
  4. Diarrhea
  5. Anger and hot flashes
  6. Excessive sweating
  7. Foul body odor
  8. Irritability
  9. Insomnia
  10. 10.Inflammation of the joints

According to ayurveda due to the inconsistency of them chronic diseases occur. There are 40 types of diseases caused by pitta dosha.

Among the forty nanatmaja vyadhi of pitta dosha some of the diseases are given below:

  1. Daha (burning)
  2. Amlaka
  3. Antar daaha (burning sensation inside the body)
  4. Ati sveda (excessive sweating)
  5. Ushmaadhikya (excessive temperature)
  6. Kaamla (jaundice)
  7. Jivadana (hemorrhage)
  8. Tamah pravesha (fainting)

Symptoms of Pitta Imbalance

  1. Daha- burning sensation
  2. Ushna – heat
  3. Sweda- perspiration
  4. Kandu- itching
  5. Kotha- putrefaction
  6. Srava- discharge
  7. Raaga – redness

General Treatment for pitta diseases

  1. Pita is treated with herbs having Madhura, tikta and kashaya rasa.
  2. Herbs having cool potency
  3. Virechana- purgation
  4. Parisheka- effusion
  5. Abhyanga- massage with herbs having pitta-pacifying qualities.

Importance of virechana in pitta imbalance

Purgation or virechana is the treatment for curing the pattika disease after administration virechana eliminates vitiated pitta from its root from the level of intestines. It also alleviates the entire vitiated pitta from other parts of the body.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

In ayurveda shamana is done by using madhura(sweet), tikta(bitter) and kashaya(astringent) rasa. The goal of treatment is to cleanse the body of undigested food. These cleansing mechanisms are described among panchkarma to maintain balance in the body.

Panchkarma includes five types of shodhana karmas.

1. VAMAN

  • Vaman is done to detoxify vitiated kapha dosha.

2. Virechana

  • Virechana is done to detoxify vitiated pitta dosha.

3. Basti

  • Basti is done to detoxify vitiated vata dosha.

4. Nasya

  • Nasya or nasal administration of medicated oil and herbs are used for relieving doshas from the head.

5.Raktamokshana

  • Raktamokshana is done to expel out vitiated rakta dosha.

FORMULATIONS TO BALANCE VITIATED PITTA DOSHA.

  1. Shadanga Paniya
  2. Ushirasava
  3. Praval Panchamrit ras
  4. Amalaki Rasayan
  5. Kamdudha ras

ASANAS TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY PITTA BALANCE

  1. Dhanurasana
  2. Bhujangasana
  3. Ardha matsyendrasana
  4. Setu bandhasana
  5. Ushtrasana

Some effective herbs by planet ayurveda to balance pitta dosha

1. Pitta Balance

This herbal formulation is made up of rasaushadhi like jahar mohra pishti, kaharava pishti, akik pishti, mukta pishti and giloy satva(Tinospora cordifolia) herb. Akik pishti and mukta pishti are helpful in balancing excess acid in the stomach and provides immediate relief from acidity and heartburn but also improves digestion and reduces constipation.

Dosage– 1 to 2 capsules twice daily with water after a meal.

2. Panchatikta kwath

This formulation is made of guduchi(Tinospora cordifolia), nimba(Azadirachta indica), patola(Cucumis acutangulus), kantakari(Solanum virginianum) and parpata(Fumaria indica) etc. which is useful in reducing inflammation and fever like conditions.

Dosage– 2 tsp before food with equal amount of water

3. Shankh bhasma

It is made of the conch or sea shell for managing conditions like acid reflux, also called GERD. Sankha bhasma has a kshar (alkaline) property which helps in neutralizing the excess acid production. It works by its sheeta (cold) property. It is useful in controlling acidity, abdominal pain and ibs like condition.

Dosage– 125-250 mg twice a day

4. Praval panchamrit ras

This herbal formulation is in the form of tablet or powder formed by Mukta bhasma, shankh bhasma, shukti bhasma, praval bhasma and the latex of arka. It has a calming effect on curing bloating, anorexia, ascites, indigestion and gastritis like conditions and is helpful in balancing vata and kapha dosha

Dosage-2 tablets  twice daily with honey, ghee and milk after a meal.

CONCLUSION

Pitta dosha is one of the three doshas of our body which has its own natural properties and functioning in the body. When these doshas get out of balance they cause different health conditions which are aggravated by the consumption of rasa opposite to that of their nature. Pitta dosha is similarly maintained by giving up on certain items leading to its aggravation like amla(sour), lavan(salt) and katu(pungent) rasa and also by shodhana(detoxification) and shamna(pacification).