Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease with a relapsing nature, which causes inflammation and ulceration of inner lining of the colon and rectum. The inflammation usually begins in the rectum and spreads upward to the entire colon. It is a very challenging disease, can occur at any age but its onset is most common among people between ages of 20 to 40 years of age. Now a days its seen in kids as well.
Bleeding in stool with increased bowel frequency are the main features of this disease. Weakness is more common due to loss of water and blood in stool.
According to Ayurveda, Ulcerative colitis is a disease of Purishavaha srotas. It can corelate with “Pittaja Grahani“ in Ayurveda.
Causes of Pittaja Grahani (UC)
Samprapti (pathogenesis) -
Pitta dosha gets aggravated due to above causes that leads to mandagni (Low digestive fire).Mandagni leads to accumulation of undigested food (Ama) that further damages Rakta dhatu ( Blood tissue) and Mansa dhatu ( muscle tissue). Vata dosha in large intestine also aggravates and affects the pitta and kapha dosha that causes inflammation, mucous accumulation and edema .
Aggravated Pitta, when reaches extreme it leads to severe inflammation, ulceration and rectal bleeding . This is the active phase or flare-up of UC - This can compare to Pittaja Grahani with raktatisara.
Sign and Symtoms-
Ayurvedic herbs & medicines with Pittaghna ( Pitta balancing), Shothagnha ( Anti- inflammatory), Aampachak ( removes toxins from the body) , Stambhak ( anti dysentric) and raktstambhak ( Hemostatic) properties helps to treat UC.
Arjuna, Bael, Yashtimadhu, Lodhra, Kutaja , Arjuna
Indukant grhitam, Guluchyadi kahsyam, Kutajarishatm, Vilwadi gulika, Vilwadi lehyam, Kutajghan vati, Dadimashtak churna.
Medicines should be taken strictly under Ayurvedic Physician’s guidance.
Diet- Diet plays a vital role in UC treatment
Ulcerative Colitis vs. Crohn’s Disease
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are both types of inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS). Both have similar symptoms but they affect different parts of the GI tract and not the same.
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