Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Ayurvedic Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is also termed as INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE which occurs in large intestine. There is basically an ulcer formation that takes place specifically in large intestine. There are other inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s disease and others but ulcerative colitis mainly affects large Intestine.
Ulcerative colitis is also termed as the inflammation of the lining of large intestine , or the colon.
It is disease in which patient generally suffers with diarrhoea mixed with blood which is scientifically termed as melena.
It is a type of IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) which is why it is sometimes confused with CROHN’S DISEASE but CROHN’S DISEASE can affect the whole intestine whereas ULCERATIVE COLITIS remains constrained to large intestine
The disease is most commonly found in the Northern/Western countries of the world, Western diet and sedentary lifestyle enhance its chances of prevalence. Stress and anxiety also plays an important role in bouts of bloody, explosive stools. There are sometimes 30-40 times a person has to go for evacuation. This not only affects the person physically but also drains him mentally.This disease sometimes can be linked to genes.
1) Diarrhoea mixed with blood and mucus
2) There is gradual loss of weight
3) Anaemia is present due to loss of blood along with stools
4) Abdominal pain (varying degrees )
5) Painful bowel movements
6) Fatigue, Weakness, Tiredness
Sometimes there can be some extra intestinal symptoms (symptoms that occur outside the intestine) they are as follows :
1) Ulcers in the mouth often termed as aphthous ulcers
2) Ankylosing spondylitis
3) Deep venous thrombosis
4) Clubbing (a deformity of feet and fingers )
· Blood Test :- Haemogram , TLC ,DLC , Platelet Count, ESR and others
· X-RAY (ABDOMEN)- Barium meal exam
· Stool Culture
· Urine Test
Ulcerative Colitis is generally confused with Crohn’s Diseases. This is another type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
· LOW RESIDUE DIET SHOULD BE CONSUMED
· FIBRE DIET SHOULD BE TAKEN
· MILK SHOULD BE AVOIDED
· BEANS SHOULD BE AVOIDED
· COFFEE AND TEA SHOULD BE AVOIDED
· CHOCOLATE AND ALCOHOL ARE S CONTRAINDICATED
· ONIONS AND SODA SHOULD BE AVOIDED
1) Kutajghan vati – 2 tablets twice daily, 1 hr. After meals
2) Vatsakadi churna -1 teaspoonful twice daily
3) Cap. Pitta balance -1 capsule twice daily
4) Cap. Arjuna- 2 capsules twice daily
LATIN NAME: HOLORRHENA Anti- DYSENTRICA , commonly refeered to as in english as kurchi bark , conessei bark , And in hindi it is termed to as GIRI MALLIKA, SHAK
It is a tree which is almost 4 to 10 feet tall , kutaz is one the best herb that is considered worldwide for diarrhoea, fermentation going on inside the intestines, acid formation in intestines and frothy, mucus rich, bloody stools.
Kutaz is even prescribed to a patient suffering from T.B along with diarrhea. It is very effective in treatment of ulcerative colitis and diarrhea of any type.
Kutaz ghan vati promotes dipan and pachan (Digestive) which cures indigestion. Due to its Kashaya ras ( astringent properties) it is used as an astringent that helps in decreasing the frequency of motions of the patient suffering with diarrhoea
It contains standardized bark extract of Terminala arjuna tree bark.
LATIN NAME of the Herb : TERMINALIA ARJUNA , it is commonly called as Arjun or koha
It is a tall tree, it’s bark is most predominately used for making formulations. This herb is used for strengthening the inner lining of the large intestines which gets affected in the ulcerative colitis , Arjuna also has magnificent wound healing properties and is best prescribed for heart diseases, injuries in the internal lining of arteries, small blood vessels and intestines. It helps to maintain the blood pressure and is cooling in nature. It also helps to stop the bleeding.
Pitta means fire element. The fire element is disturbed in case of ulcerative colitis. It is very important to restore the balance. This is a classical ayurvedic formulation to restore the balance of the “Pitta” i.e. the fire element.
It contains cooling substances like Praval Pishti ( Coral calcium), Mukta Pishti ( Pearl calcium) and others like Akik Pishti ( Agate), Kamdudha Ras and Giloy ( the herb- Tinospora cordifolia)
Praval pishti used in this formulation is well known natural Calcium supplement which is used to manage the the pitta and kapha imbalance in body. It also helps in improving immunity.
Mukta pishti hepls in stopping diarrohea with bleeding and is also used for the treatement of excessive burning sensation. It acts on rakt dosha and pitta dosha ( Bleeding disorders ). Giloy is known as the wonder drug which is helpful in detoxification and also helps in boosting the immunity.
It contains ingridents like Kutaz ( Halorrhena antidysentrica), Saunf (foeniculum vulgae ), Bilva (aegle marmelos), choti elachi ( elletaria cardamomum ), and jaiphal (mystrica fragnas ). All these herbs are having wound healing, ulcer healing, anti-diarrheal, anti-infective properties. They work together to give excellent results in ulcerative colitis.
Some herbs like saunf and choti elachi helps in improving appetite and help in digestion of food and gets rid of flatulence. Choti elachi is also used as an antiemetic . Bilva used in this formulation is also known as golden stone apple , and it helps in providing strength to the intestines and rejuvenating . This herb is considered to be one the best medicine for patients suffering with gastrointestinal diseases like Ulcerative colitis. The herb Jaiphal used in this formulation is a helpful as a powerful anti-inflammatory and having ulcer healing capabilities.