ULCERATIVE COLITIS- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that affects the lining of the digestive tract.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • CAUSES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • DIAGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • TREATMENTS FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • PROGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • COMPLICATIONS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • ULCERATIVE COLITIS  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS
  • YOGA FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloody stools
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  •  Urgent need to defecate

CAUSES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • The exact cause is not known
  • Hereditary factors
  • Diet modifications
  • Malfunctioning of the immune system

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

The inflammation of the crypt in the intestine progresses to tiny focal aphthoid ulcers. These ulcers develop into deep and intervening mucosal oedema. Finally, the symptoms are manifested.

DIAGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Faecal occult blood testing
  • Colonoscopy is the ‘gold standard’ method of detecting intra-luminal colonic lesions. 
  • Sigmoidoscopy

·       CT scan

·       MRI

·       Laboratory tests

TREATMENTS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

·       Anti-inflammatory drugs

·       Analgesics

·       Immune suppressors

·       Treatment for diarrhoea

·       Nutrition therapy 

PROGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Symptoms are manageable in the early stage. Undiagnosed and untreated ulcerative colitis leads to complications.  

COMPLICATIONS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Bleeding
  • Dehydration
  • Colon cancer

ULCERATIVE COLITIS AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,ulcerative colitis can be managed based on the principle of grahani and pravahika.
  • Symptomatic treatments are more effective with ayurvedic medicines

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Excess consumption of acrid, dry,  ununctuous food
  • Vata and pitta dosha vitiation
  • Suppression of natural urges 
  • Defect in digestion – Agni mandyam

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • SULA – abdominal pain

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Due to the causative factors, doshas become vitiated with the predominance of vata and pitta dosha, resides in the intestines and finally ulcerative colitis is manifested.

LAKSHANA – AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Anaha – abdominal discomfort
  • Adhmana
  • Atisara – diarrhoea
  • Sula – abdominal colic
  • Bloody stools – raktasrava

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Symptoms are manageable with proper ayurvedic management

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Kutajarishtam
  • Dadimashtaka churna – mixed with buttermilk
  • Kapithashtaka churna
  • Varanadi kashayam
  • Triphala guggulu
  • Gandhaka rasayana

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Ayurvedic medicines for internal administration for ulcerative colitis

HOME REMEDIES FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Intake of water frequently to avoid dehydration due to diarrhoea
  • Intake of water boiled with coriander and cumin seeds

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Avoid food items that produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Intake of more water and dietary fibres, goat’s milk

YOGA FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and effective in abdominal discomfort

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

                             The practices of shatkriya or yogic cleansing techniques purify the body and prevent digestive problems. 

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