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Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture are Excellent Modes of Treatment for Acute and Chronic Colitis

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The inflammation of the colon is referred to as colitis. There can be a lot of different factors that can lead to this condition. : IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food poisoning, Crohn’s Disease and other inflammatory disorders, and chronic or acute inflammation. Mucus, gas, diarrhea, bloody stools, stomach pain, and abdominal bloating are some of the symptoms of colitis.

Steroids are the usual prescribed treatment for a worsening case of colitis. These drugs were only meant to temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of this condition and not to cure it completely. These medications must be taken for long periods of time, and if they are discontinued the symptoms will recur. If strong corticosteroids are used for an extended period of time, it may lead to severe side effects. Some colitis sufferers who have been taking steroids for decades or several years can actually make their condition even worse. The heart may weaken and may even develop cardiovascular or cardiac problems such as a heart attack. Long term intake of steroids can also give rise to joint problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Besides these consequences and side effects, these steroids were not developed to really cure the colitis.

Colitis Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Based on the theory of Chinese medicine, colitis is the result of a dysfunction of the spleen and stomach systems of the body. Therefore, the objective of Chinese medicine treatment for colitis is to focus on improving and normalizing the energy channels of the stomach and stomach. This kind of treatment is a natural way of stopping or, at least, lessening the symptoms of diarrhea, mucus, and bleeding. It can also serve to boost the immune system of the body as well as improve the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

A treatment protocol based on tens of centuries of medical experimentation and practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a type of treatment that is unique for each patient. This implies that a practitioner of TCM needs to gain a detailed understanding of the situation of the patient. A wide range of factors affect the way colitis is addressed. There will be patients who after eating fatty foods, or when angered stressed or stressed may suffer from painful diarrhea and/or dry mouth. The pulse and the tongue must also be examined in order to determine whether the condition is due to a yang or yin deficiency. Although treatment protocols may differ between patients, the basic remains the same, which is to enhance the functions of the stomach and spleen systems.

Case Histories

A 52-year old male came into my clinic and when I examined him, he presented with symptoms of colitis. He reported having frequent bowel movements (20 or more) a day that is usually accompanied by bleeding and plenty of mucus. When he consulted with his doctor, his doctor could not find anything wrong with his health. The patient allowed his condition to continue until his suffering became more and more intolerable that he decided to try acupuncture. I treated him with regular treatments for a couple of weeks. Along with acupuncture, I gave him a two week’s prescription of a brew of Chinese herbal formulas which he was required to drink every day. I recommended a change in his diet. He was to avoid eating inflammatory foods. After three weeks, his follow up visit showed zero signs of any colitis symptoms. He has not returned ever since.

Another case was about a 40 year old female who had been suffering symptoms of colitis for nine months. She had been suffering from substantial loss of blood every day due to her daily rectal bleeding that was accompanied by mucus in the stool. One of her relatives recommended acupuncture. She came to my office and after diagnosing her condition, I performed acupuncture treatments for a month. After, completing her treatment plan, her symptoms totally vanished. I inserted needles into specific meridians that were meant to help restore balance in her body.

Case Analyses

The first case is a sample of acute colitis. I diagnosed my patient with damp-heat syndrome that inhibited the functions of the spleen and abdominal systems in his body. The disruption of vital energy in those systems was evident.

The second case was a classic type of chronic colitis. My patient’s colitis came about due to a deficiency of her stomach and spleen systems. Acupuncture was still able to improve her condition by relieving the colitis symptoms even if her condition was chronic.

It is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to maintain or bring back balance to the human body in order to preserve the overall health of the patient. Using Traditional Chinese medicine modes of treatment such as acupuncture can enhance and normalize or regulate the internal systems of the body. TCM practitioners are trained to identify, target, and treat both the external manifestations of the condition and the underlying cause of the problem. This is the reason why Chinese medicine is an excellent way of treating colitis. It is important for the patient to seek treatment the soonest time possible in order to receive the best outcomes for a 100% recovery.

Another important component in the treatment of colitis is the dietary aspect of the treatment. Patients should at least, minimize or totally avoid foods that tend to produce mucus in the body. These include greasy/spicy deep fried foods, raw/cold foods, and dairy products (ice cream, cheese, milk, etc.). Foods recommended for eating include cooked, bland, and easily digested foods.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983

Written by Valerie

April 10th, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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