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Monday, May 8, 2017

Ayurvedic Treatment for Pancolitis - Symptoms, Causes & Complications | Ulcerative Colitis

Pancolitis (also called Pan-ulcerative and total colon) is a type of ulcerative Colitis in which entire colon becomes inflamed and disease spreads throughout large intestine from cecum to rectum. It is a very severe type and chronic in nature.

The inflammation destroys the cells that normally line the colon wall. As a result, sores and ulcers develop in those damaged areas. Extend of inflammation may vary in degrees up into the upper parts of the colon. That's why it is important to know how much of the bowel in the disease is affected.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PANCOLITIS?

  • Blood Discharge in stool
  • Abdominal severe pain and cramps
  • Tenesmus - It is a sensation to pass stools, even though your bowels are already empty.
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Fever

WHO GETS PANCOLITIS?

The disease usually begins in people aged 15 and 30 although it can appear at any age. It seems that both men and women are equally affected by ulcerative colitis. Approximately 20% of patients present with Pancolitis.

types of ulcerative colitis, ulcerative colitis

WHAT CAUSES PANCOLITIS?

Abnormal activation of the immune system in the intestine: Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease. Normally the body's immune system protects you from infection. In autoimmune disorders, this goes away and the immune system attacks own healthy body tissues. In Pancolitis, tiny ulcers develop on the entire internal lining of the colon and these may bleed and produce pus.

Genetic factors: Ulcerative colitis does run in families. As many as one in five individuals with UC will have another family member with UC. Ten percentages of identical twins both develop UC. If you have Pancolitis, there is an increased chance that your children, brothers and sisters will also develop the disease.

Environmental factors: It includes intestinal infections, air pollution, certain diets, sanitation and hygiene, where you live in the world, and use of certain medications.

Certain foods and beverages can make the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis worse. These may include the following:

  • Dairy products
  • High fiber foods (like beans, bran, nuts and seeds.) and Vitamin B6
  • Alcohol
  • Fried items and fatty foods.
  • Caffeine
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Stress can make the symptoms of UC worse.

CAN PANCOLITIS CAUSE COMPLICATIONS?

Some patients do have complications in their skin, eyes, joints or liver as a result of their UC disease. People with pancolitis have a slightly higher risk of developing colon cancer than the general population. As a result, cancer screening with colonoscopy is recommended in all patients after the disease has been present for eight to 10 years.

WHAT TREATMENTS ARE THERE FOR PANCOLITIS?

Pancolitis can be treated by medicines but sometimes surgery may be necessary. Some people also change their diet and lifestyle to support their medical treatment such as exercise, improving quality of sleep, reducing stress. There is not certain treatment in allopathy but Ayurveda has an excellent management for the same.

AYURVEDIC CONCEPT OF PANCOLITIS

From ayurvedic view point, pancolitis can be known as pittaj Grahani. Three fundamental energies (doshas: vata, pitta & kappa) should be in balance stage to get perfect health. Pitta type people are genuinely more –prone to have this. Here, Pitta dosha gets imbalanced, obstruct intestines and causes Pittaja Grahani. Excessive consumption of Pitta aggravating Foods (such as excess of spicy, pungent, acidic, sour, alkaline nature foods, food items which produces burning sensation in the body) damage both rakta dhatu (blood tissue) and mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue). This leads to formation of ama that gets deposited between the villi in the intestines, forming a smooth coating that impairs the normal function and immunity of the intestines. Later it becomes more extensive over time and effects the entire colon called Pancolitis.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR PANCOLITIS

Ayurvedic treatment is mostly recommended by doctors all over the world. Ayurvedic treatments were both safe and effective, providing symptomatic relief of Pancolitis with no harmful side effects. There is a combination of Ayurvedic herbs which will be very useful for Pancolitis. This combo pack includes 4 herbal remedies- Kutazghan Vati, Pitta Balance, Arjuna and Vatsakadi Churna.

Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1) Kutazghan Vati

It is an herbal formulation and available in tablet from. It has an anti-dysentery properties and power to stop all sort of diarrheas, intestinal infections, bleeding disorders. Kutajaghana helps the body to be free of ama (toxins) and provides the relief in the inflammation of colon, rectal bleeding and abdominal cramps.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily after meals.

2) Pitta Balance

Pitta balance contains several natural ingredients that bring pitta in balance and subside the aggravated signs and symptoms of Pancolitis. It has a cooling effect on the body and responsible for digestion, metabolism and conversion of bigger molecules in to smaller. It contains - Prawal pisti (coral calcium), Mukta pisti (Pearl calcium), Akik Pishti (Agate calcium), Jahar mohra pisti (calcium compound), Kamdhandhu ras (Calcium compound) and Giloy Satva (Tinospora cordifolia extract).

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily after meals.

3) Arjuna Capsules

This formulation is prepared from bark extracts of arjuna tree. This bark is famous for its wound healing properties. It is helpful to provide the relief in symptoms associated with Pancolitis like ulcers, rectal bleeding, bloody stools, abdominal cramps and weight loss.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily after meals.

4) Vatsakadi Churna

This is a most effective natural remedy for Pancolitis, which provides relief from various gastro intestinal disorders. Vatsakadi churna contains several herbs that are effective for proper functioning of digestive system. It has Halarrhena antidyssentrica (kutaz), Aegle marmelos (bilva), Foeniculum vulgare (Saunf), Coriander sativum (Dhania), Cyprus rotundus (Nagarmotha), Punica granatum (Anar), Eletteria cardomum (Choti Elaichi), and Myristica fragrans (Jaiphal).

Dosage: 1 tsp. twice daily with plain water after meal.

DIET THERAPY

  • Tender coconut water [Note: Diabetes patient should avoid taking tender coconut milk as there is more carbohydrates and calories]
  • Black raisins water [Soak 30 raisins in 200ml water overnight, grind and strain]
  • Apple juice
  • Brown rice ganji

TIPS TO DEAL WITH PANCOLITIS

  • Eating smaller meal more frequently throughout the day may help your Pancolitis. Example: Try to eat 5 small meals each day rather than 3 large meals.
  • Drink plenty of liquids to keep yourself hydrated
  • But avoid caffeinated, carbonated and alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid taking spicy and hot foods
  • Learn to manage your stress
  • Exercise regularly
  • When you are feeling overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths
  • Take time each day to do something relaxing that you enjoy, such as visiting with friends or reading books.

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