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An inflammation of the lining of the large intestine (colon) is known as colitis. Factors that can lead to this inflammation include use of antibiotics, or viral or bacterial infection among other causes. A more severe and chronic ulceration and inflammation of the colon is ulcerative colitis. It’s cause is unknown and has been associated with a high chance of colon cancer. Its cause is unknown.

While surgery and drugs are conventional modes of treatment for an inflamed colon, various safer andfalternative treatments are also available. Whatever treatment one chooses, self-treatment for this condition is not recommended.

Herbal Medicine for Colitis

Different kinds of herbs have the ability to relieve colitis and ulcerative colitis symptoms. Certain types of herbs known as demulcents can soothe the mucous lining of the colon and set off the creation of more mucus to reduce symptoms and lessen irritation. Two of the most commonly used demulcetns are marshmallow root and slippery elm bark.

A popular naturopathic herbal remedy is Robert’s Formula. It is usually prescribed for intestinal inflammation and irritation. It is made up of various herbs such as cabbage powder, goldenseal, echinacea, comfrey, marshmallow root, and slippery elm.

Nutritional Therapy for Colitis

To reduce ulcerative colitis (UC), or even cure the condition, nutritional therapists believe that the way to do it is to change the diet of the patient. One of the largest contributors to the development of colon inflammation is food sensitivities or allergies. Dairy products, corn, and wheat are known allergens. Sticking to an elimination diet can identify the foods aggravate the symptoms.

The colon does not optimally function once the colon is inflamed. This may result in to nutritional deficiencies and an upset in the normal bacterial composition of the intestines. Probiotics is a treatment that can help reestablish the healthy levels of the natural bacteria in the intestines. Lactobacillus acidophilus and other beneficial flora can be taken in liquid, capsule, or powder form. Note: if the patient is lactose intolerant, Lactobacillus acidophilus should not be given.

Nutritional inadequacy is another severe problem in both types of colitis is. Nutritional deficiency can arise for several reasons:

• Mucosal irregularities which lead to poor absorption of nutrients
• Certain Western pharmaceutical drugs (such as corticosteroids) can disrupt nutrient metabolism
• Nutrient loss can be due to chronic diarrhea

To avoid stomach pain and diarrhea, colitis and UC sufferers may eat less than needed. To address this, they can take supplements by injection or orally and eating more frequent but smaller meals. A health practitioner can use elimination diet to identify the foods that the patient is sensitive or allergic to. An elimination diet might work like this:

The foods commonly eaten by the patient are eliminated from the diet for two to three weeks. The diet instead can of foods such as spinach, peaches, apricots, olive oil, apples, cherries, cranberries, iceberg lettuce, lamb and rice. These foods typically are not known allergens.

The food challenges can commence if symptoms have disappeared or abated by the end of this period; more foods should be taken out from the diet If the symptoms still prevail.

Every two dats, commonly eaten foods are reintroduced,any appearance of symptoms should be noted.

Other Colitis Treatments

Ayurvedic Medicine — Ayurvedic healers can treat both UC and colitis with dietary changes, mediatation, and herbal therapy.

Aromatherapy –Colitis relief can be gained with massages and essential oils (such as peppermint and patchouli).

Colon Therapy, Fasting, and Detoxification – Juice or water fasts can give the inflamed lining of the colon time to heal. Before food allergy tests start, fasting can be used to cleanse the body.

Homeopathy – Extremely effective, homeopathy is a very effective colitis treatment, however, it is important to have a complete evaluation by a professional before the treatment begins.

Chiropractic Medicine –The spine can be readjusted by a chiropractor, any spine misalignment impact the functionof the digestive tract.

Traditional Chinese Medicine — Treatment can include yoga, breathing exercises, herbal enemas, herbal treatments, moxibustion, and acupuncture.

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Written by Valerie

December 26th, 2016 at 8:15 pm

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