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Acupuncture for Colitis

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Nutrition and Supplementation

Your body is unique and so your nutritional requirements can differ from others and also can be based on certain factors.  In this regard, you need to talk to a health care provider who is trained in the holistic healing arts to determine what you need. He/she can do a thorough nutritional evaluation of you including an extensive digestive stool examination.

Natural and wholesome foods are the most ideal foods for every person. A diet consisting of complex carbohydrates can furnish the body with sufficient fiber. This diet can include fresh fruits to prevent constipation. Raw juices and vegetables generate and maintain good health. Other items in your diet should also include whole grains and legumes.  It’s good to take in barley, lentils and brown rice for your further fiber requirements. Leafy green vegetables should also be included in your diet as they are rich in magnesium that helps regulate bowel movements. You can get protein from certain kinds of vegetables as well as from meats such as lamb, turkey, chicken, and broiled and baked fish. When eating dairy products, remember to get the ones low in fat since they’re much easier to digest compared to high-fat milk. Try not to take in food and drinks containing, caffeine, carbonated beverages, sugar, and red meat as they all have the tendency to inflame and irritate the colon.
Try to add spices in your food since they help improve the digestion process. Horseradish and cayenne also enhance digestion. Dill and basil on the other hand help to relieve a painful stomach.

When preparing your food, eating raw food is preferable in order to absorb a lot more nutrients. If you want your food cooked, try steaming instead of boiling them. At all times avoid foods cooked in the microwave oven or foods that have been irradiated.  Always drink lots of liquids, preferably a minimum of 8 glasses each day.

Some of the daily supplement recommendations that can treat and/or prevent the onset of colitis include:

About 50 – 100 mg of vitamin B complex – Vitamin B complex is needed for good digestion and for the easy breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fats

Twice a day intake of 500 mg of L-glutamine – You can take this supplement on an empty stomach to maintain good absorption of nutrients in the intestines. You can take it with juice or water as well as with 100 mg of vit C and 50 mg of vitamin B6

Free-form amino acid complex – This supplement are to be taken two times a day before eating or on an empty stomach or as directed. This type of amino acid supplies the body with protein requirements.

Prodophilus formula – Should be used as indicated on the label. It stabilizes the intestinal bacteria
Proteolytic enzymes – This is also taken as pointed out on the label. These enzymes are essential for good efficient digestion of proteins.


This therapy uses essential oils of rosemary, neroli, lavender, roman chamomile and black pepper to treat colitis symptoms.

Somatic and Bodywork Therapies

Mild hand therapies can greatly relieve constipation, spasms and inflammation. They include massage, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy as well as energy work, manual deep tissue techniques and movement re-education.


Alternating hot and cold compresses (contrast therapy) or a warm hip bath with water to the waist daily can substantially help lessen the discomfort. When colitis attacks are felt, you can try applying a moist and hot compress on your stomach.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture – Acupuncture treatment for colitis addresses colitis symptoms such as weight loss, stomach pain, gas, fever and diarrhea as well as their cause which may be autoimmune dysfunction, food allergies or stress.

Certain acupoints in the body are treated with ultra-thin acupuncture needles. The acupoints are determined based on the patient’s symptoms and complaints. Usually the stomach and bladder meridians are affected making them the prime focus of treatment as well as acupoints associated with the colon.

Acupressure – Certain acupoints related to the Spleen (Spleen 6) and Stomach (stomach 36 ad 40) as well as certain acupoints located on the back and front of the ear all applied with hand pressure to treat colitis symptoms. If the patient has diarrhea, Conception vessel 6 and Stomach 25 may be included in the treatment. Through acupressure, colitis symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, and fever can be easily treated.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

This component of TCM believes that irritable bowel syndrome and colitis are the result of anxiety and sadness that can cause blockages in the meridians causing chi stagnation. To strengthen the blood, kidneys and liver, the herbalist can recommend multi symptom preparation such as Cyperus and Inula formula and Bupleurum (ginseng stomachic pills). These herbal remedies are also good in treating poor digestion, hardening loose stool, improving appetite and treating colitis-related gas.

Herbs can also be used to relieve tension and stress, lessen allergic reactions and beef up the immune system.

Yoga and Meditation

Certain yoga poses can lead to the bettering of blood flow especially to the intestines and help lessen the tight nerves and muscles that come with colitis. These poses include:

Half twist
Elevated lotus

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Written by Valerie

June 1st, 2014 at 2:14 am

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