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Colitis and Ulcerative colitis

Herbal Ayurvedic Remedies beneficial for Colitis

What is Colitis?

Colitis is generally used to describe inflammatory diseases of the lower intestine. It includes Crohn's disease and chronic ulcerative proctitis. Ischemic colitis refers to an inflammatory intestinal condition that affects the elderly. Ulcerative colitis is one of the most serious forms of colitis in which tiny ulcers and other inflammations develop in the colon and cause bloody stools or diarrhea. Ulcerative Colitis requires close medical attention.

Ulcerative colitis is usually diagnosed in young adults but can occur at any age. It may also be associated with other disorders such as eye problems and arthritis. Ulcerative colitis tends to recur and the risk of colorectal cancer increases after 8 to 10 years.

Who can get affected by colitis?

Colitis affects upto 2 million people in the US. It can affect men and women, young and old. Colitis generally develops in people while in the teens although it can start during childhood as well. It is most common in the US, England and Northern Europe. People of Jewish origin are most vulnerable while people of African descent are least likely to get it. Ulcerative colitis is rare in Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. However it is now also being observed in developing countries giving rise to the notion that as diets move away from traditional whole grains toward processed foods, the body's digestive system starts to suffer.

What are the symptoms of Colitis?

  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent diarrhea with blood or pus in the stool
  • Bowel movements or diarrhea in the night
  • Low fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • weight loss

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis depend on the severity of the disease
  • In mild cases, there can be up to 4 loose bloody stools a day which may temporarily relieve abdominal pain
  • Moderate cases may bring 4-8 bloody stools every day along with low fever and weight loss
  • In severe cases, there will be more than 6 bloody stools or diarrhea daily and also during the night. There will be fever of 100F or higher and symptoms of anemia

It is important to call your doctor if
  • You have constant pain and high fever as you might have toxic megacolon
  • You have bleeding from the rectum with clots of blood in the stool
  • You have heavy diarrhea

What causes colitis?

The inflammation in colitis is actually a defense mechanism of the body. While normally immune cells are activated if the body is exposed to foreign substances such as bacteria, viruses etc., in colitis, the immune cells of the intestine are activated even when there may be no infection present. While nothing has been proved conclusively, the causes of colitis have been ascribed to
  • Eating a highly processed diet without adequate roughage.
  • Chronic use of laxatives
  • Bacterial and parasitic infections such as salmonella poisoning
  • Certain antibiotics such as amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, chlindamycin, lincomycin, penicillin,tetracycline or trimethoprim. When the drugs are discontinued, colitis symptoms disappear.

Herbal Remedies for Colitis

Triphala capsules

Turmeric capsules

Boswellia capsules

Ashwagandha capsules

Triphala aids in strengthening the digestive tract and aiding in smooth bowel movements. Turmeric, Boswellia and Ashwagandha are well known soothing herbs. They have been known to be beneficial in conditions such as colitis, crohn's disease, arthritis

What are some natural remedies for Colitis?

  • Avoid dairy products
  • Squeeze garlic into foods as that helps in stimulating antibacterial action
  • Omega-3 fatty acids from fish and flaxseed oil are also helpful.
  • Powdered psyllium in cold water followed by another glass of water will help to give stools more bulk
  • It has been shown that Boswellia helps reduce the immune cells that promote inflammation while increasing the number of immune cells that inhibit inflammation. In fact the combination of boswellia with ashwagandha is considered the best ayurvedic remedy for conditions like Colitis. Turmeric taken in capsule, powder or raw form is also considered very beneficial for ulcerative colitis and ulcerative proctitis.

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