Ayurvedic medicine for ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the large intestine, also known as the colon, in which the lining of the colon becomes inflamed and develops tiny open sores, or ulcers, that produce pus and mucous. The combination of inflammation and ulceration can cause abdominal discomfort and frequent emptying of the colon.

Ulcerative colitis is the result of an abnormal response by body’s immune system. Normally, the cells and proteins that make up the immune system protect from infection. In people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), however, the immune system mistakes food, bacteria, and other materials in the intestine for foreign or invading substances. When this happens, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation and ulcerations.

The disease usually begins in the rectal area, and may involve the entire large intestine over time. Because ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition, symptoms usually develop over time, rather than suddenly.

Ulcerative colitis is a global condition affecting people world over. It may affect any age group, although there are peaks at ages 15 – 30 and then again at ages 50 – 70. Male & Females are equally affected.

Signs and Symptoms

About half of all the patients with ulcerative colitis experience mild symptoms. Variability of symptoms reflects differences in the extent of disease (the amount of the colon and rectum that are inflamed) and the intensity of inflammation. Generally, patients with inflammation confined to the rectum and a short segment of the colon adjacent to the rectum have milder symptoms and a better prognosis than patients with more widespread inflammation of the colon.

The main symptoms are:

  • Abdominal Discomfort Or Cramps
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Diarrhea
  • Other symptoms include
  • anemia
  • fatigue
  • fever
  • nausea
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • rectal bleeding
  • Abdominal sounds
  • Mouth ulcers
  • loss of body fluids and nutrients
  • skin lesions
  • growth failure in children

UC can also cause problems such as joint pain, eye irritation, kidney stones, liver disease, and osteoporosis.

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis do tend to come and go, with fairly long periods in between flare-ups in which patients may experience no distress at all. These periods of remission can span months or even years, although symptoms do eventually return. The unpredictable course of ulcerative colitis may make it difficult for physicians to evaluate whether a particular course of treatment has been effective or not.

Types

The different types of ulcerative colitis are classified according to the location and the extent of inflammation:

  • Ulcerative proctitis – In this form of ulcerative colitis, inflammation is confined to the area closest to the anus (rectum), and for some people, rectal bleeding may be the only sign of the disease. Others may have rectal pain and a feeling of urgency. This form of ulcerative colitis tends to be the mildest.
  • Proctosigmoiditis – This form involves the rectum and the lower end of the colon, known as the sigmoid colon. Bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and pain, and an inability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to do so (tenesmus) are common problems associated with this form of the disease.
  • Left-sided colitis – As the name suggests, inflammation extends from the rectum up through the sigmoid and descending colon, which are located in the upper left part of the abdomen. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain on the left side, and unintended weight loss.
  • Pancolitis or universal colitis – refers to inflammation affecting the entire colon (right colon, left colon, transverse colon and the rectum). Symptoms of pancolitis include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramps, significant weight loss, fatigue, fever, and night sweats. Patients of this type suffer more severe disease and are more difficult to treat than those with more limited forms of ulcerative colitis.
  • Fulminant colitis. This rare, life-threatening form of colitis affects the entire colon and causes severe pain, profuse diarrhea and, sometimes, dehydration and shock. People with fulminant colitis are at risk of serious complications, including colon rupture and toxic megacolon, a condition that causes the colon to rapidly expand.

Causes

The causes of ulcerative colitis are not known. To date, there has been no convincing evidence that it is caused by infection or is contagious.

People with this condition have problems with the immune system, but it is not clear whether immune problems cause this illness. Although stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms, they do not cause ulcerative colitis.

Risk factors include a family history of ulcerative colitis, or Jewish ancestry.

Complications

Possible complications of ulcerative colitis include:

  • Severe bleeding
  • A hole in the colon (perforated colon)
  • Colon narrowing
  • Severe dehydration
  • Inflammation of the joints (arthritis)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Liver disease (rare)
  • Kidney stones
  • Osteoporosis
  • Inflammation of skin
  • Sores (lesions) in the eye
  • An increased risk of colon cancer
  • A rapidly swelling colon (toxic megacolon)

Diagnosis

Colonoscopy with biopsy is generally used to diagnose ulcerative colitis.

Other tests that may be done to help diagnose this condition include:

  • Barium enema
  • Complete blood count (CBC), C-reactive protein (CRP), Sedimentation rate (ESR), Liver function test (LFT), Electrolytes, Renal function tests
  • Stool analysis
  • X – ray
  • CT Scan

Ayurveda Management

Ayurveda is a natural system of healing and health maintenance. According to Ayurvedic medicine, healthy digestion plays an integral part in establishing good health and well-being. When the digestive system fails to function optimally, the body becomes congested, blocking circulation and inhibiting movement of toxins out of the body. Therefore, it is imperative that people work to establish good digestion.

As per Ayurveda, Ulcerative colitis can be considered as ‘Pittaja Grahani’.

In Ayurveda, it is known that perfect health exists when the three fundamental energies (doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are in balance. Out of these three, when Pitta dosha gets imbalnced, vitiates intestines and causes Pittaja Grahani.

Pitta energy fuels all the biochemical activities, including transformation, digestion, metabolism and assimilation. Pitta is responsible for all the enzymatic and endocrine activity, regulation of body temperature, pigmentation, vision, intelligence, vitality, ambition, courage and understanding. The key qualities of pitta are hot, quick, light, liquid, spreading, slightly oily and fleshy smelling.

Causes of Pittaja Grahani disease are Mandagi (poor appetite and poor digestion), irregular, improper and irrelevant diet habits, heavy to digest or indigestible foods, junk food, Pitta aggravating diets like excess of spicy, pungent, acidic, sour, alkaline nature foods, food items which produces burning sensation in the body, exposure to excess hot climate, alcohol, smoking, excess anger etc. Non-following of the healthy diet habits (Pathya) in certain digestive disorders, especially the conditions of post diarrhea and irritable bowels, are also one of the causes of this disease.

Pittaja Grahani produces the classical symptoms of Ulcerative colitis. Vitiation of Pitta, when reaches extreme will causes severe inflammation, ulceration and rectal bleeding (active phase or flare-up).

At CHARAKA, we offer very effective treatment for Ulcerative colitis based on the classical principle of Ayurveda and our research. Our treatment of Ulcerative colitis is focused in healing the ulcers and restoring the normal function of colon and maintaining the overall health of the digestive system.

Treatment involves Shamana chikitsa (internal medicines), Shodana chikitsa (Panchakarma therapy), life style modifications and very strict diet regime. In more severe case Panchakarma therapy plays a vital role as it quickly detoxifies & rejuvenates the digestive system, controls the inflammation, rectal bleeding and heals the ulcerations.

Usually results are very good with Ayurvedic line of treatment. Early cases tend to respond quickly than chronic. If patient can stick to all the guidelines as advised, even complete cure can also be achieved.

Soul Food: The Ayurvedic Diet and How It Helped Me Manage IBD

My aunt Asha Wollman is an Ayurvedic doctor in Mumbai, India, and a practitioner of Chinese medicine. She recommended that I spend some time with her and seek help from Eastern medicine.

I was skeptical. But after considering life-altering surgery versus a more holistic approach, I decided I had nothing to lose.

I packed my bags and flew back to my birth country. The scents of jasmine, sage, and sesame hit me as I marched up the long white stairs into the flat where my aunt kept her practice. Inside, on Asha’s desk, sat one of her books on the Chinese philosophy of Oriental medicine. It was entitled Go With the Flow, and that’s what I intended to do.

Asha began treating me with Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda is the traditional Hindu system of medicine that seeks balance in bodily systems through the use of diet, exercise, and breathing. It’s a highly personalized yet highly scalable form of medicine with scriptures dating back 7,000 years.

Asha assessed my doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha), which constitute balance between the mind, body, and spirit. When a person’s doshas are unbalanced, they create disharmony and can cause problems like disease.

Through analysis, my aunt found that I had an increase in Pitta and Vata, which meant that my constitution was out of balance. When a constitution is in excess you can experience emotional, mental, physical complications. Autoimmune diseases are powered by an increase in the fire dosha of Pitta. Vata controls blood flow and the elimination of wastes. She concluded the increase of Vata was causing my IBD to flare up. She built a highly detailed plan formulated specifically for me, which included acupuncture, a balancing diet, and exercise.

I did acupuncture three times a week for two and a half months to address the inflammation. Asha gave me a Vata and Pitta balancing diet that consisted of foods like lots of orange cooked vegetables, mung dal, and basmati rice. I was not allowed to eat anything raw or gassy. (Although the diet was temporary, I still turn to it when I feel a Crohn’s flare coming on.)

In addition, she guided me through meditation and yoga, which I was required to do with her two to three times a week to help me learn to be better in tune with my body and how my mind affected my stomach. (I realized through meditation practice and mindfulness that when I was nervous, I had to run to the bathroom.)

All these things helped me to learn that my illness was more than a part of my body: It was related to my thoughts, my mood, my behavior, and my lifestyle.

Within two months my IBD had calmed, and astoundingly, has been mostly in remission ever since.

The salt room at the Juhi Center in New York City Photo Courtesy of the Juhi Center

My Experience Set Me on a New Life Path

The diet literally saved my life, and the wisdom that I discovered from this experience is what motivated me to open my own practice for personalized holistic healing when I returned to the States.

I still go to regular checkups with my gastroenterologist and take medication as required. But I also closely monitor what I eat and remain on top of my daily meditation and yoga practice as prescribed by my Ayurvedic doctor.

My experience taught me that it’s never just the disease that needs to be treated, but the whole body.

Tips for People Interested in Ayurvedic Medicine to Treat Digestive Problems

For a simple, everyday Ayurvedic detox beneficial for any kind of digestive problem, try the following: Take sips of hot water (don’t burn yourself!) throughout the day. Warm water acts like a turbo charge revving your body’s engine to operate with greater horsepower, as your system activates to lower the temperature of the water.

Castor oil is good for anyone with stomach pain and especially people with IBD. You can apply castor oil directly to your belly and cover with a towel and a heating pad. Do this for 10, 15, or 20 minutes two to three times a day.

Speak to your doctor or nutritionist about incorporating foods with digestive enzymes into your diet. Digestive enzymes break down protein, fatty acids, and carbs to help nutrients absorb into the body. They have really helped me.

It’s important to remember that an Ayurvedic diet is not a one-size-fits-all solution to health problems. It’s not even a diet in the traditional sense of the word. Rather, an Ayurvedic diet is a lifestyle plan tailored to your specific body so you can achieve optimal balance from the inside out. An Ayurvedic diet includes everything from your day-to-day habits, to the food you eat, to the particular kind of exercise you are getting. It’s unique to the individual. And it helped me to achieve optimal health.

Colitis: Inflammation of the Colon

Colitis refers to inflammation of the colon. The disease results from prolonged irritation and inflammation of the delicate membrane which lines the walls of the colon, and almost always, the rectum. Colitis refers to inflammation of the colon. The disease results from prolonged irritation and inflammation of the delicate membrane which lines the walls of the colon, and almost always, the rectum.

Generally, colitis is classified into two types:
Specific: This happens due to protozoal and/or tubercular infiltrations
Idiopathic: This type is rare but the specific cause cannot be pinned down and is generally called ‘ulcerative colitis.’ Amoebic colitis is the most common manifestation of this type.

Chronic ulcerative colitis is a severe, prolonged inflammation of the colon or large bowel in which ulcers form on the walls of the colon. Currently, there is not much scientific/medical data on managing ulcerative colitis. Usually, the approach taken is to take antibiotics that act as intestinal disinfectants and control diarrhea.

In time, cortico-steroids were introduced as a revolutionary method to manage this disease, but the side effects proved to be too severe while showing poor results. Then there came along salazopyrine, which was said to have minimal side effects, but it created dependency and worsening of the condition without regular drug supply. The only alternative seems to be surgery – a complete colectomy (removal of colon) or proctocolectomy with ileostomy (removal of anus with colon, and creating an alternative opening in the abdominal wall). These procedures permanently impact the lifestyle of the patient due to several restrictions imposed upon them.

The psychological side of colitis also plays an important role. Research shows that stress and strain can act as causative and aggravating factors. This is why the psychosomatic aspect of this disease must also be taken into consideration when treating the patient.

Ayurveda and Colitis

In classic Ayurvedic literature, colitis has been named as ‘grahani.’ Its clinical description is exactly the same as chronic colitis. The principal diagnostic symptoms of grahani are frequent loose motions with profuse mucus discharge and foul odor. In ulcerative colitis, one may also experience bleeding which is also the case in grahani.

Grahani is considered to be a syndrome in which the digestive fire or agni is impaired. This is due to the aggravation of Pitta dosha, with certain degrees of Vata dosha imbalance. When agni is dampened, toxic waste material (ama) starts to accumulate which is then passed through stools. An excessive consumption of Pitta-aggravating foods or lifestyle can cause damage to the rakta dhatu (blood tissue) and mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue) leads to the accumulation of ama that begins to form deposits from between the villi in the intestines, compromising the functioning and immunity of the intestines.

Vata dosha may also be aggravated in the early stages which leads to inflammation, mucus and edema.

The Ayurvedic treatment of colitis consists of rekindling the digestive agni, thereby reducing the formation of ama. While Ayurvedic medicines are extremely effective in regularizing agni, yoga can go a long way in catalyzing the stability of agni, and in fact even continuing to function optimally when medicines are withdrawn. One is only considered as cured of this disease if the agni remains stable without the need for external medicines.

Symptoms of Colitis

Colitis usually begins in the lower part of the colon and spreads upwards. The first symptom of the issue is an increased urgency to move the bowel, followed by cramping pains in the abdomen and sometimes, bloody mucus in the stool. As the disease spreads upward, the stool become watery and more frequent and are followed by rectal straining. The patient is usually malnourished and may be severely underweight.
Here’s a quick look at the major symptoms of colitis:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain, usually in the lower left quadrant
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Low-grade fever
  • Rectal pain
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Skin lesions
  • Sounds from the abdomen
  • Loss of appetite
  • Rumbling sounds from the stomach
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Distended abdomen
  • Unpleasant body odor

Root Causes of Colitis

One of the causes of colitis is chronic constipation and the use of purgatives. Constipation causes an accumulation of hard fecal matter which is never properly evacuated. Purgatives used as a cure only result in increasing irritation.

Often colitis results from poorly digested roughage, especially of cereals and carbohydrates, which causes bowel irritation.

Other causes of the disease are an allergic sensitivity to certain foods, intake of antibiotics, prolonged illness that restricts flow of blood to the colon and severe stress (which compromises the immune system).

A gluten allergy can also be at the root cause of colitis.

Colitis may manifest as a symptom for more serious ailments like cancer or TB.

Diagnosis of Colitis

The following tests are used to determine colitis:

  • Stool test: To exclude any infective pathologies
  • Blood tests:
    TBC and CBC: Due to the continuous loss of blood, there is anemia
    TLC and ESR: These are raised due to inflammation
    KFT, LFT, Lipid profile, Iron studies, etc.: These are done to exclude the possibility of any other pathologies in case of cause unknown
  • Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy: These are used to get a direct view of the intestines.
  • Barium Enema X-Ray: This is a test to confirm the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.
  • CT Scan and MRI: This could also lead to significant findings that can help patients get better, personalized treatment.
  • Ultrasound: To rule out other pathologies like the growth of tumor, tuberculosis, etc.

Home Remedies for Colitis Treatment

There are several natural ways to treat colitis at home safely and effectively.

  • Coconut water: Tender coconut water contains many enzymes and nutrients that help settle the stomach while providing adequate nutrition lost by excessive motions. This is one those natural remedies for ulcerative colitis that makes for a refreshing and replenishing drink.
  • Doob grass (Durva / Cynodon dactylon): Take 3-4 teaspoons of doob grass juice, mix water and drink on an empty stomach in morning.
  • Marigold (Genda): Crush the golden yellow petals to extract the juice. Consume 20 ml twice daily.
  • Wheatgrass: This is one of the most effective natural remedies for ulcerative colitis. Start with consuming 3-4 teaspoons of the juice daily and gradually work up to 3.5 ounces.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil is top home remedy for mild to moderate colitis. Simply take 1-2 tablespoons of the oil regularly.
  • Ginger: Grate a small finger of ginger into a cup of water. Simmer for 10 minutes over a low flame. Cool and strain, add lemon juice and honey before consuming.
  • Turmeric: Grate a fresh piece of turmeric into a cup of water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. Cool and strain, then add lemon juice and honey.
  • Apple cider vinegar: ACV is one of the best natural cures for colitis. Take about 30 ml (a tablespoon) of ACV with “mother.” Add a teaspoon of honey for extra benefit and drink thrice daily before every meal.
  • Fennel: Chew some saunf or fennel seeds after meals for its cooling effect.
  • Rose: Gulkand or rose petal jam can have an extremely cooling effect in case of ulcerative colitis. Take about 10 grams on a daily basis to relieve any burning sensation in the stomach.
  • Pomegranate: Pomegranate juice is very effective in replacing the nutrients lost in case of ulcerative colitis. Take 100-150 ml of pomegranate juice with 1 tsp. yastimadhu powder (licorice root) daily to benefit from it. Drinking the decoction of the pomegranate peel is once or twice daily is very beneficial for arresting loose motions.
  • Buttermilk: Drink a glass of buttermilk (takra) with 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of roasted cumin seed powder and rock salt to taste. Consume twice a day.
  • Drumstick (Moringa): Boil 4-5 drumsticks in water. Peel off their skins and make into paste. Sieve through and extract the juice. Add the juice to a glass of coconut water. Add a teaspoon of honey. Mix well and drink once a day.
  • Spice mix: Powder together equal quantities of cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom and nutmeg. Have one teaspoon of this powder twice a day with water.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Colitis

Herbs
  • Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis): Kumari or aloe vera can act as a cleansing agent for the mucus on the colon walls. As one of the really potent herbal remedies for colitis one can combine fresh aloe gel with up to a table spoon of psyllium husk (isabgol) and consume to inhibit the production of prostaglanins and interleukins, the compounds associated with colitis symptoms. You can also add a little turmeric or haldi to this drink to fight inflammation.
  • Kalmegha (Andrographis Paniculata): Kalmegha is one of the great Ayurvedic healing herbs for ulcerative colitis. The decoction of Kalmegha is given in a dose of 20-30 ml or 1-3 mg of the powder to treat inflammation of the colon.
  • Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum): Fenugreek or methi can create a protective layer on the inner lining of the colon, soothe inflammation and has essential healing agents like Vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and protein. To use fenugreek as a natural treatment for colitis, soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Strain and drink the water daily.
  • Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna)`: This herb is very effective in reducing inflammation and abdominal swelling. Arjuna is best for balancing the Pitta dosha and nourishing the rakta dhatu (blood tissue). As a natural treatment for ulcerative colitis, Arjuna can help restore the lining of the intestine and arrest bleeding.
  • Bael (Aegle Marmelos): For colitis, one can consume the steamed tender fruits of bael with honey, followed by some buttermilk added with Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) powder. Paste of the tender fruit mixed with dry ginger powder and jaggery can also alleviate severe colitis.
  • Kutaj: This herb tones the gastrointestinal system. 2-3 gms of kutaj powder can be taken with warm water to help with diarrhea, dysentery, ulcerative colitis and IBS.
  • Isabgol (Psyllium husk): 3 teaspoons of isabgol mixed in a cup of fresh curds can arrest loose motions. Psyllium husk coats the GI tract and adds bulk to stools while curds are full of probiotics for healthy gut flora.
Ayurvedic Supplements (to be taken under physician’s guidance – Consult Now)

Amoebica Tablet

Isabbael (H)

Kutjarishta

Vatsakadi Churna

Arjuna Capsules

Vasaka Powder

Kamdhudha Ras

Kutajghan Vati

Bilwadi Churna

Sutshekhar Ras

Panchamrit Parpati

Prawal Panchamrit

Shankha Bhasma

Ramban Ras

Diet
  • Diet plays an important part in the treatment of colitis. According to the Ayurvedic diet plan for ulcerative colitis, it is advisable to observe a juice fast for five days or so, in most cases of ulcerative colitis. Papaya juice, raw cabbage juice and carrot juice are especially beneficial. Citrus juices should be avoided.
  • After a juice fast a patient should gradually adopt a diet of small, frequent meals of soft cooked or steamed vegetables, rice, porridge, dalia (broken cereals), and well-ripened fruits like banana and papaya. Yogurt and homemade cottage cheese. All food must be eaten slowly and chewed thoroughly.
  • Avoid Pitta aggravating foods as they can produce heat in the body. Follow a Pitta pacifying diet.
  • Ideally, caffeine and dairy products should be avoided.
Lifestyle
  • During the first five days of the juice fast the bowels should be cleaned daily with a warm water enema. A buttermilk enema taken twice a week is also soothing and helps in re-balancing the bacterial flora in the colon.
  • Complete bed rest is very important.
  • One should eliminate all causes of tension and face the pain with patience.
  • Counteract stress with relaxation techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
Yoga
  • Thunderbolt Pose (Vajrasana)
  • The Knee to Chest (Pawanmuktasana)
  • The Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana)
  • Half Lord of the Fishes Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
  • Skull Shining Breath (Kapalbhati Pranayama)
  • Corpse Pose (Shavasana)

6 Ways to Naturally Treat Ulcerative Colitis

Is yoga the key to soothing ulcerative colitis? Will an herb provide relief? Natural remedies for ulcerative colitis (UC) may not be your primary treatment approach, but they can help you manage symptoms and reduce the frequency of flares.

To date, there is no cure for UC, a chronic disease of the large intestine (colon) in which inflammation brought on by a faulty immune response creates sores or ulcers in the lining of the colon.

The chronic condition affects nearly 1 million Americans and tends to run in families. Epidemiological research shows that “Westernized” populations and people with diets high in fat are at higher risk for UC, as well as Caucasians and Ashkenazi Jews. But no one has yet uncovered the main cause of the disease.

“Although the official cause of ulcerative colitis has evaded the medical community, it’s important to understand that it results from an interaction of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors,” says Benjamin Snider, ND, a naturopathic doctor in private practice in Kitchener, Ontario.

Treatments for ulcerative colitis include medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, and steroids to control inflammation and other symptoms of the condition. Surgery to remove the colon and rectum is another form of treatment if medication doesn’t prove effective.

There are still other, nonmedical forms of relief. Research shows that a number of natural treatments, including everything from lifestyle changes to herbal medicine, are effective for colitis. Exercise, stress-reduction techniques such as tai chi and yoga, and a healthier diet full of foods with soluble fiber have all been identified as beneficial to managing UC symptoms. A review article published in July 2014 in the journal PLoS One found that mind-body practices like tai chi, qigong, meditation, and yoga reduced inflammatory markers in the body.

Less is known about other natural treatments, like herbs and supplements. But they’re a valid form of UC therapy that doctors are prescribing more frequently. A review published in October 2014 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that herbal therapy in combination with traditional medicine may provide new and better alternatives to ulcerative colitis treatment. The list of herbs that work best include:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Butyrate
  • Tormentil extract
  • Wheatgrass juice
  • Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric)

Snider stresses that a holistic approach that factors in lifestyle, stress, supplements, and some natural remedies for ulcerative colitis offers the best chance at healing.

Read on to learn about some different kinds of natural therapies.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis

About Ulcerative Colitis

As the name says the colon becomes inflamed and there is formation of ulcers on the inner lining of the colon. It mainly affects the large intestine (the colon) rather than the small intestines. The ulceration is caused by uncontrolled inflammation going on underneath endothelial layer of the colon. These ulcers become painful and bleed profusely after every effort to pass stool. The colon becomes swollen and painful which leads to feeling of fullness and perpetual feeling of going to pass on the stools. This process of defecation becomes a nightmare for the sufferer as stools can be explosive, full of blood, mucous, pus or everything together sometimes.

The disease has a huge impact on psychology of the person as well. It is very depressing to see one’s own blood going in the toilet. This leads to depression and negative thoughts about life. The patient becomes so restless that disturb normal work routine, feeling of hopelessness and despair starts to cloud his mind all the time.

Causes of Ulcerative Colitis

According to modern medicine, there are no certain causes of ulcerative colitis. The disease is caused by many unknown factors. There are sometimes genetic reasons associated to this disease. Stress, diet, lifestyle, lack of sleep, too much consumption of irritating foods, alcohol and so many more causes ulcerative colitis. There are many patients who visit us and say we never consumed alcohol and never took non-veg diet but still the incidence is more in people who were having high protein consumption and love for fast food, frozen, packaged food, soft drinks and alcohol.

Is Ulcerative Colitis Genetically Transferred?

There are about 30 genes which have been mapped and linked to this disease but the research is still going on to ascertain the reasons. The hereditary factors are all kept into consideration but there are many patients who visit us and there are no near or even distant relatives who complained of this disease.

Ayurvedic Medicines for Ulcerative Colitis by Planet Ayurveda

According to Ayurvedic point of view it comes under “Purishavaha srotas”. Ulcerative colitis cause “Raktatisara” in patients along with imbalance of (Vata, Pitta & Kapha) doshas in body. Planet Ayurveda brings to you the most potent Ayurvedic medicines like Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack. Only the best quality herbs are chosen for the preparation of these Ayurvedic medicines and are made on the principles of Ayurveda. The medicines offered by Planet Ayurveda are natural, pure and vegetarian. Also, there are no chemicals, additives and preservatives which makes it free from side effects.

Dosage

  1. Arjuna Capsules – 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.
  2. Vatsakadi churna – 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meal or you can boil the powder – 1 teaspoonful in 400 ml water, keep it boiling until it remains 50 ml. Strain it and drink the water. Leave the residue. Do it twice daily. Make fresh every time.
  3. Pitta balance – 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meal.
  4. Kutajghan vati – 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meal.

Products Description

1. Arjuna Capsules

Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) bark standardized extract is used to make this formulation. The tree bark is famous in Ayurveda for its wound healing properties. This protects the endothelial layer of the arteries from injuries caused by stress, free radicals and other harmful substances. Similarly it works in the inner lining of intestines. It helps to heal the ulcers, stop the bleeding, control the diarrhea and prevent inflammation. Arjun capsules also improve the hemoglobin and overall strength of the person.

2. Vatsakadi Churna

This churna is one of the most effective formulation for ulcerative colitis in Ayurveda. Vatsakadi churna is a mixture of various ulcer healing herbs like Kutaz (Holarrhena antidysenterica), Saunf – (Foeniculum vulgare), Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Dhania (Coriander sativum), Anar (Punica granatum), Choti Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum) and Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans). These herbs work in a synergistic manner to restore the imbalance of various body metabolic reactions. It helps to heal the ulcers and get to rid of the disease.

3. Pitta Balance

Calcium compounds have a great role to play in controlling this disease. Pitta balance is a combination of various classical Ayurvedic calcium compounds which help to control the bleeding and have a cooling effect on the body. This formulation also helps to replenish the calcium with natural calcium compounds like pearls and corals calcium. In Ayurveda, Mukta pishti is made by taking purified powder of pearls and pestle it with rose water under moonlight for 30 nights. This becomes so effective that the bleeding stops within first few dosages and there are no side effects. The aggravated “fire element” or Pitta becomes balanced. The inflammatory processes stop and disease goes into remission or towards care.

4. Kutazghan Vati

Kutaz (Holarrhena antidysenterica) is a wonderful herb. The name is also antidysenterica. It is nature’s wonder which has power to stop all sort of diarrhea. The diarrhea can be due to inflammatory bowel diseases, colitis or infective diarrhea. It helps to burn “ama or endotoxins”, stops inflammation, stops fermentation going on inside the intestines and heals the ulcers. The product called “Kutazghan Vati” are tablets made from the bark of this tree and are used for healing ulcers in this disease.

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Diet and Lifestyle

There seem to be a significant association between ulcerative colitis patient’s diet, lifestyle and this disease. If not known the direct cause behind this disease, the flare ups are certainly caused due to these factors. There are certain foods which can cause ulcerations in the intestinal lining or even mouth ulcers. A thorough look into food patterns of the patient is required to ascertain which foods to be avoided.

Ayurvedic view of Ulcerative Colitis

From Ayurvedic view point, Ama producing foods, Pitta Aggravating foods are not really good for this disease.

“AMA” is produced in the intestines if the food is not digestive properly and fermentation of food starts in the intestines. This can be understood as intermediate chemicals of body’s incomplete metabolic reactions. Low digestive fire ( low agni) is one of the reason of formation of such metabolites or the endotoxins or “AMA”.

Consumption of heavy, greasy, cheesy foods leads to disruption of digestive fire. This leads to indigestion. The undigested food starts to rotten and ferment. This starts up inflammatory processes.

Avoid Milk in Ulcerative Colitis

In ulcerative colitis patients, the milk and dairy products should also be avoided. There are many people who consume food over the previously undigested food. People consume ice creams or cold drinks along with food or just after the food. This leads to low digestive fire and formation of Ama in the body.

Avoid Pitta Aggravating Foods

Pitta aggravating foods are the ones which produce heat in the body after eating them. All spices, sour fruits like lemons, oranges, pineapple, (all citrus fruits), yogurt, curd, cheese, tea, coffee, non-vegetarian diet & alcohol are known as Pitta aggravating foods. These should be always consumed in moderation by Pitta body type people and ulcerative colitis patients should avoid them.

Stress leads to Ulcerative Colitis

Stress seems to play an important role in all sorts of diseases including ulcerative colitis. As we discussed, it’s just the inflammation of internal layer of the colon. All inflammatory reactions are flared up by stress. If we don’t attribute the stress as a causative agent to this disease but we have to include this as a major reason for flare ups and obstruction in healing. So it is very important to keep the stress at minimal level to attain state of remission and care ulcerative colitis permanently.

Herbs and Foods which are good for Ulcerative Colitis

There are certain cooling herbs and food items which should be consumed if someone is suffering from this dreadful disorder.

Coconut water is very good. All bitter tasting vegetables are good. These are gourds, long gourd, round gourds, bitter gourd, pumpkins. Pumpkins are excellent for colitis patients. Licorice in small quantity is very good. Just chew some twigs every day. Drink 20 ml pumpkin juice twice daily.

Plain grass mainly Doorva Grass (Latin – Cynodon dactylon) is very good to stop bleeding and heal the ulcers. Just take the green grass. It’s growing everywhere. Take out the juice. 20 ml twice daily is good.

Marigold flower petals: Marigold is everywhere. The beautiful yellow petals can be washed, crushed and made into juice. Consume 20 ml twice daily.

Allopathic Drugs used by Patients for the Disease

There are many medicines which are used by various patients to fight this disease but they have so many dreadful side effects. The drugs are anti-inflammatory (Sulphasalazine, Mesalazine – Mesacol and others), immunity suppressant (Imuran – methotrezate, Azathioprine and others) and corticosteroids (like Wysolone, Prednisone).

Can Allopathic Medicines be Consumed along with Ayurvedic?

Yes, the Allopathic medicines can be consumed along with Ayurvedic combo pack mentioned above. Slowly as the situation improves, the dosage of allopathic drugs can be reduced. There are no side effects of the above mentioned combination. These are plant based supplements containing pomegranate fruit rind, fennel, cardamom, coriander, bael fruit and things like this. So these do not have any side effects and are not contraindicated in any disease (except constipation).

Ayurvedic Treatment For Ulcerative Colitis!

There are many different Ayurvedic medicines used in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, and one of the most common ways of treatment is to use a combination of the four best medicines, which work in unison to get rid of the disease.

  1. Kutazghan vati: This medicine is derived from the tree Kutaz. Its scientific name is Halorrhreana anti dysentrica. The name itself suggests how effective the tree is in treating the disease. Diarrhea can occur due to many reasons, and one of the reasons is ulcerative colitis. If diarrhea is due to this, then it can get treated by taking Kutazghan Vati tablets, which are made from the bark of the tree.
  2. Pitta balance with calcium compounds: When pitta or the gastric juices flow more inside the intestines, it leads to bleeding due to the ulcers inside, which needs to be balanced and controlled. The use of calcium compound rich Ayurvedic medicines serve the perfect remedy. Calcium is extracted from naturally occurring things like pearls and corals. When the tablets made from such calcium compounds are consumed, the inflammation within the colon goes down, bleeding reduces and gradually stops, and the internal irritation diminishes.
  3. Vatsakadi churna: Tablets made from elements like fennel, coriander, Aegle Marmelos, Nutmeg, pomegranate, Green Cardamom, work like magic in treating ulcerative colitis. These are all ulcer healing items, proven beneficial for ages, and cure fast. The main function of a combination of these herbs is in restoring the metabolic imbalance carried on in the body. The ulcers are healed soon with their use, and the body balance is restored.
  4. Arjuna capsules: One of the wound healing barks, really very famous in Ayurveda, is the bark of the Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) tree. This helps in many ways to heal wounds, and specially the endothelial layer inside the body arteries are healed from injuries related to free radicals, stress and other toxins. The same effects of the Arjuna tablets are seen inside the inner layers of the intestines. The ulcers are cleaned with time with the consumption of these tablets, while the bleeding also stops, and the diarrhea which was due to the inflamed colon gets cured. Moreover, the hemoglobin level is also normalized in the body, which was once affected due to bloody diarrhea.

Ulcerative colitis is a painful situation, but can be healed totally with proper administration of Ayurvedic medicines. These 4 essential medicines must be taken in combination without suddenly stopping them. They must be continued until the symptoms and irritation go away. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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