Herbal Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis — Recommended Diet
Due to relapsing- remitting pattern, Ulcerative colitis, a digestive tract disorder affects a person’s social and psychological wellbeing.
As name clears, inflammation of colon along with ulcers or sores formation which worsts the symptoms of condition. Ulcerative colitis involves the innermost layer of colon along with rectum. Symptoms develop usually over the time.
IBD is inflammatory bowel disease like chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis which is different from IBS or irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike IBD, IBS is less serious problem that does not cause inflammation, ulcer or damage to the bowels. In IBS, digestive system looks normal but does not work properly.
Ayurvedic Approach :
Grahani is the prime disease of gastro intestinal tract that is quite common among people and seen in daily practice.
Shasthipittadhara naam ya kala parikirtita!
Pakwaamashyamadhyastha grahani sa prakirtita!!– SUSHRUA UTTAR STHAN 40/169
As per Sushruta, sixth pittadhara kal present between amashya and pakwashya is known as grahani which makes a major part of GIT.
Nidan And Samprapti — Ayurveda calls this illness as Grahani. This is often caused by the build from toxins (ama) as a result of excessive heat/ pitta that increase by the intake of sour, bitter and spicy food, alcohol, tobacco and caffeinated beverages. Extremely negative emotions like anger, hate also stress additionally worsen heat within the body. Ama (a noxious element) is incredibly sticky that deposits itself between the villi within the intestines, forming a smooth coating that impairs the normal functions of the intestines to create malabsorption.
According to most of the Acharyas, Grahani is Agni Adhistaan, Grahani and agni are interrelated, having Adhar- Adheya- Sambandha. Mandagni is the main cause for ama utpatti that is responsible for almost all ailments.
Grahani is one among Astamahagadas (8 major diseases) which make it very difficult to diagnose, manage and treat.
Grahani Samanya Lakshan — Colon gets vitiated with ama or toxins and presents with symptoms like ama-pakwa mala with foul smell which is badha- abdha roopa along with shoola!
Savrana Aantra Shoth/Ulcerative Colitis Is Related To Raktaatisaar –
Atisaar or diarrhea though is a lakshan of many diseases but it is quite common as a pradhan vyadhi (main ailment).
;Guden bahudravasaranamtisaarh (Madhukosh)’’
Passing of unnatural, large quantity;s liquid material from anus very oftely is known as atisaar.
Its Types are –
Charak — Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Sannipat, Shokaj and Bhayaj
Sushruta — Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Sannipat, Shokaj and Amaj
Vagbhat — Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Sannipat, Shokaj and Bhayaj
Pitta atisar when gets vitiated again, it leads to Raktaatisar.
Let’s know more about Raktaatisaar (Ulcerative Colitis)
People with Pitta Atisar have tendency to develop Raktatisar when they do not follow pathya aahar and vihar. Again consumption of hot, spicy and fried food along with stress, anxiety etc leads to raktaatisaar which is a serious condition and needs serious attention.
Parson with raktatisaar presents with raktasraava with mala which may create several other complications.
Lets know in detail what modern science says more about ulcerative colitis,
Ulcerative colitis’s Causes may include
- Allergy To Some Specific Substances
- It May Be Hereditary
- Stress Can Also Contribute
- Low Immune System Too Plays A Major Role
Presents with Symptoms like –
- Abdominal cramps
- Gas bloating
- Diarrhea with blood or pus
- Weight loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fever sometimes
- Skin lesions -rare
Types are –
- Ulcerative Proctitis ( soreness and inflammation of the area around the anus)
- Proctosigmoiditis (inflammation of the lower end of colon with rectum)
- Left sided colitis (Inflammation extends from the rectum up through the sigmoid and descending colon)
- Pancolitis (inflammation of almost whole colon)
- Fulminant colitis (entire colon is involved)
Herbal Treatment for ulcerative colitis- Ayurveda Approch
- Ayurvedic treatment involves gently eliminating the toxic ama, restoring health digestion and creating a bacteria friendly environment in the body.
Being a boon to mankind Ayurveda has a lot to give. It has explained so many amazing herbs for the cure of raktaisaar or ulcerative colitis.
Kutaj, Arjuna, Dhaniya, Jayphala, Dadima, Bilva, Guduchi etc are wonderful herbs proved very effective in taking care of this bothering disease. Kutaj (Holarrhena antidysenterica ) works wonder here. Kutaj or vatsaka is a main herb used to treat diarrhea, ulcerative colitis, IBS etc.
About herb Kutaja — Holarrhena antidysenterica
This is called as kutaja because kuta means mountains. This tree is usually found in mountain regions.
Also known as kalinga because found in Orissa of india.
Found in vindhyamountain so called as Vataska too.
As botanical name suggests it is an herb of choice for amoebic dysentery. Kutaj help to remove amoeba from the body and maintains the normalcy of digestive system.
Being Ruksha, Sheeta And Kashaya it is Kapha , Pitta Shamak therefore useful in many diseases due to blood and lymphoid system.
Planet Ayurveda, a manufacturing herbal company formulates herbal products for various ailments. Herbs used here are of standardized extracts of pure quality herbs. These are best- Quality, Purity and Potency wise which are effective to use without any side effect. No added colors, preservatives or chemicals are added as Planet Ayurveda believes your health its responsibility.
It has an Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack which is solution for all its bothering and troublesome symptoms, contains herbs well known for their actions and properties on digestive system.
Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack :
- Kutajaghan Vati
- Vataskadi Churna
- Cap Arjuna
- Cap Pitta Balance
Kutaj is an amazing herb here that is blessed by nature with so many health benefits and best qualities. This comes in the form of tablets that is made from best quality kutaj herb (Holarrhena antidysenterica). As it has anti-dysenteric properties, helps in blazing ama or toxins and also discontinues swelling of colon, fermentation and sore formation.
DOSE — 2 tablets thrice daily after meal with plain water
Effective herbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda that is made from pure herbs like Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Dhania (Coriander sativum), Bael (Aegle marmelos), Choti elaichi (Elletaria cardamomum) etc. This is an excellent preparation for chron’s disease, ulcerative colitis and abdominal discomfort.
DOSE — One tsp full twice daily after meal with plain water
Cap. Arjuna :
Arjuna capsules are formulated from herb called Terminalia arjuna’s bark which is a huge tree grows in many parts of south Asia. It contains active constituents namely tri-terpine glycosides like arjunetosides 1,2,3 and 4. Arjunine and arjunetein. It has alkaloids, which help in healing the wounds. It protects the arterial endothelium and cures the large intestine in a wonderful way. It provides relief from ulcer, diarrhea and bleeding. Also, it reduces the inflammation and pain. These are packed in veggie capsules.
DOSE — 2 capsules twice daily after meal with plain water
Cap. Pitta Balance:
This herbal medicine combines the elements, which are rich in calcium like the coral calcium, pearls etc. It imparts a cooling impact to the body of the individuals and helps in managing the bleeding. It lowers the high blood pressure and the level of stress and anxiety. It cures acidity, provides relief from ulcers, improves vision and increases the bone density.
DOSE — 1 capsule twice daily after meal with plain water\
REGULAR USE FOR RECOMMENDED TIME OF PERIOD IS MUST FOR SOON RECOVERY AND BETTERMENT!
Guidelines Regarding Diet and Life Style
Diet has major role in ulcerative colitis so along with herbal remedies, it’s very important to follow recommended diet also.
Here is the food items need to avoid and prefer.
Foods to Avoid –
- Very Spicy, Hot and Sour Food Items
- Noodles, Pasta, Pizza, French Fries, Burgers
- Biscuits, Chips, Namkeen / Snacks
- Non-Veg Diet
- Carbonated Beverages/ Soft Drinks Like Pepsi, Coke.
- Milk Or Cheese
- Dried beans
Foods to Prefer In Moderation
- Raw Vegetables
- High Fiber Leafy Vegetables
- Brown Rice
- Plain Yogurt if suits
- Lady Finger (Okara or Bhindi)
- Brinjals (Baingan)
- Idli ( with Rice )
- Plain Dosa without Sambhar
Foods to Prefer/Best Foods
- Pomegranate Juice
- Green Grass Juice
- Buttermilk With Cumin Seeds
- Moong Dal
- Round Gourds
- Bottle Gourd
- Ash gourd
- Ridge Gourd
- Coconut Water
- Herbal Tea Made From Cumin, Ajwain, Fennel
- Rose Petals And Marigold Flower Petals to chew
Originally published at www.theayurveda.org on March 16, 2016.