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Ulcerative Colitis Homeopathic Treatment



Ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, is characterized by abdominal pain and diarrhea. Like Crohn's disease, another common IBD, ulcerative colitis can be debilitating and sometimes can lead to life-threatening complications.

Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It occurs only through continuous stretches of your colon, unlike Crohn's disease, which occurs in .es anywhere in the digestive tract and often spreads deep into the layers of affected tissues.
There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis and even bring about a long-term remission.


Ulcerative colitis is a long-term (chronic) condition affecting the colon. The colon, also known as the large intestine, removes nutrients from undigested food and expels waste products through the rectum and anus when you pass stools (faeces).

Conditions that cause inflammation of the intestines, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, are known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD should not be confused with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is a different condition and requires different treatment.

Ulcerative colitis causes the colon to become inflamed and in severe cases, ulcers (painful sores) may form on the lining of the colon. These ulcers can bleed and produce mucus and pus.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include bloody diarrhoea, abdominal pain, a frequent need to go to the toilet and weight loss. Symptoms can vary from mild to severe. For some people the condition is a minor inconvenience, while for others it can seriously affect their quality of life.

Ulcerative colitis is an unpredictable condition. Symptoms can flare up and then go into remission for months or even years.

The causes for the condition are unknown, though research suggests that both environmental and genetic factors are involved.

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease that damages the digestive tract lining. It's typically found in the colon and rectum

Cause & Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact causes of ulcerative colitis are unknown.

  • Genetics plays some role. Between 10 - 20% of people with ulcerative colitis have family members with the disease.
  • Ulcerative colitis is diagnosed most often in people ages 15 - 35.
  • Ulcerative colitis is more prevalent among whites than people of other races. Jewish people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) descent have a higher than average risk for developing this disease.

 

Symptoms

 

  • The cardinal symptom of Ulcerative colitis is diarrhoea with or without bleeding. The other common symptoms include:
  • Sudden urgency to have a bowel movement and bowel incontinence,
  • Lower abdominal discomfort or cramps,
  • Fever, lethargy, and loss of appetite, and
  • Tenesmus (ineffective, painful urge to move one's bowels). 
  • Weight loss.

The symptoms of ulcerative colitis depend largely upon the extent of involvement of the disease in the intestine. In certain cases it is limited to the rectum (ulcerative proctitis) in these cases mild to moderate rectal bleeding may be the only symptom. 

In certain severe cases were the ulceration spreads to the whole intestine (Pancolitis or universal colitis) symptoms like; fever, weight loss, anaemia, anorexia, Joint pains, and night sweats are present along with the other symptoms. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis follow a pattern of waxes and waning

Homeopathic treatment:

The homeopathic treatment for Ulcerative Colitis on the concept of immuno-correction, using medicines which are supposed to correct the immune mechanism which is responsible for the formation of ulcerations in the colon. Homeopathy aims at immuno-modulation using the medicines which are also capable of addressing the genetic predisposition,  helping the disease process at a deeper level.

Homeopathic treatment can relieve the bleeding and diarrhea and can shorten flare-up`s duration. It can also bring about a long-term remission and prevent new attacks.


Research suggests that ulcerative colitis may be an autoimmune disease and a virus or bacterium may trigger the disease. Homeopathic treatment reinforces the immune system and helps the body`s defense against infection. Homeopathy is compatible with conventional treatment and you can take homeopathic medicines when you are on other medications too. Homeopathic therapy is natural and has no side effects.
Stress is one of the triggers that can set off a flare-up. Homeopathic medicines are very effective in ulcerative colitis because they balance the immune system, treat the intestinal symptoms and also relieve stress.

One may expect a definite improvement in about four months. The total length of medication may be anything between six months to two years or longer, depending on various parameters. Tapering of the conventional treatment can be achieved over the period of time, in coordination with a local gastroenterologist.

 

Ulcerative colitis classification

Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. For these reasons, doctors often classify ulcerative colitis according to its location.

are the signs and symptoms that may accompany ulcerative colitis, depending on its classification:



• Ulcerative proctitis. In this form of ulcerative colitis, inflammation is confined to the rectum and for some people, rectal bleeding may be the only sign of the disease. Others may have rectal pain, a feeling of urgency or an inability to move the bowels in spite of the urge to do so (tenesmus).


• Left-sided colitis. As the name suggests, inflammation extends from the rectum up the left side through the sigmoid and descending colon. Signs and symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and pain, and weight loss.

• Pancolitis. Affecting the entire colon, pancolitis causes bouts of bloody diarrhea that may be severe, abdominal cramps and pain, fatigue, weight loss and night sweats.

• Fulminant colitis. This rare, life-threatening form of colitis affects the entire colon and causes severe pain, profuse diarrhea and, sometimes, dehydration and shock. People with fulminant colitis are at risk of serious complications including colon rupture and toxic megacolon, which occurs when the colon becomes severely distended.

The course of ulcerative colitis varies, with periods of acute illness often alternating with periods of remission. But over time, the severity of the disease usually remains the same. Only a small percentage of people with a milder condition, such as ulcerative proctitis, go on to develop more severe signs and symptoms.

Ulcerative colitis vs crohns disease

What are the Complications of Ulcerative Colitis:-

Patients with ulcerative colitis limited to the rectum (proctitis) or colitis limited to the end of the left colon (proctosigmoiditis) usually do quite well. Brief periodic treatments using oral medications or enemas may be sufficient. Serious complications are rare in these patients. In those with more extensive disease, blood loss from the inflamed intestines can lead to anemia and may require treatment with iron supplements or even blood transfusions. Rarely, the colon can acutely dilate to a large size when the inflammation becomes very severe. This condition is called toxic megacolon. Patients with toxic megacolon are extremely ill with fever, abdominal pain and distention, dehydration, and malnutrition. Unless the patient improves rapidly with medication, surgery usually is necessary to prevent colon rupture. 


Colon cancer is a recognized complication of chronic ulcerative colitis. The risk for cancer begins to rise after eight to ten years of colitis. Patients with only ulcerative proctitis probably do not have increased risk of colon cancer compared to the general population. Among patients with active pancolitis (involving the entire colon) for 10 years or longer, the risk of colon cancer is increased compared to the general population. In patients with colitis limited to the left side of the colon, the risk of colon cancer is increased but not as high as in patients with chronic pancolitis.



The current estimates for the cumulative incidence of colon cancer associated with ulcerative colitis are 2.5% at 10 years, 7.6% at 30 years, and 10.8% at 50 years. Patients at higher risk of cancer are patients with positive family histories of colon cancer, long durations of colitis, extensive colon involvement, and primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), another complication of ulcerative colitis.

Since these cancers have a more favorable outcome when diagnosed and treated at an earlier stage, yearly colon examinations may be recommended after eight years of known extensive disease. During these examinations, samples of tissue (biopsies) can be taken to search for precancerous changes in the lining cells of the colon. When precancerous changes are found, removal of the colon may be necessary to prevent colon cancer.
Complications of ulcerative colitis can involve other parts of the body. Ten percent of the patients can develop inflammation of the joints (arthritis). Some patients have low back pain due to arthritis of the sacroiliac joints. Rarely, patients may develop painful, red, skin nodules (erythema nodosum). 

Yet others can have painful, red eyes (uveitis, episcleritis). Because these particular complications can risk permanent vision impairment, eye pain or redness are symptoms that require a physician's evaluation. Diseases of the liver and bile ducts may also be associated with ulcerative colitis. For example, in rare patients with a condition called sclerosing cholangitis, repeated infections and inflammation in the bile ducts can lead to recurrent fever, yellowing of skin (jaundice), cirrhosis, and the need for a liver transplant. 

Homeopathic treatment:

The homeopathic treatment for Ulcerative Colitis on the concept of immuno-correction, using medicines which are supposed to correct the immune mechanism which is responsible for the formation of ulcerations in the colon. Homeopathy aims at immuno-modulation using the medicines which are also capable of addressing the genetic predisposition,  helping the disease process at a deeper level.

Homeopathic treatment can relieve the bleeding and diarrhea and can shorten flare-up`s duration. It can also bring about a long-term remission and prevent new attacks.


Research suggests that ulcerative colitis may be an autoimmune disease and a virus or bacterium may trigger the disease. Homeopathic treatment reinforces the immune system and helps the body`s defense against infection. Homeopathy is compatible with conventional treatment and you can take homeopathic medicines when you are on other medications too. Homeopathic therapy is natural and has no side effects.
Stress is one of the triggers that can set off a flare-up. Homeopathic medicines are very effective in ulcerative colitis because they balance the immune system, treat the intestinal symptoms and also relieve stress.

One may expect a definite improvement in about four months. The total length of medication may be anything between six months to two years or longer, depending on various parameters. Tapering of the conventional treatment can be achieved over the period of time, in coordination with a local gastroenterologist.

 

Self Care Measure:

Patients should strive to eat a well-balanced healthy diet and focus on getting enough calories, protein, and essential nutrients from a variety of food groups. These include protein sources such as meat, chicken, fish or soy; dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese (if the patient is not lactose-intolerant); and fruits and vegetables.

Depending on your nutritional status, your doctor may recommend that you take a multivitamin or iron supplement. Other types of dietary supplements, such as probiotics (healthy bacteria like lactobacilli), are being investigated for ulcerative colitis, Studies suggest that probiotics do not help much for remission, but they may have modest effects for reducing disease activity and improving symptoms in people with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis.

Certain types of foods may worsen diarrhea and gas symptoms, especially during times of active disease. While people vary in their individual sensitivity to foods, general guidelines for dietary management during active disease include:

  • Eat small amounts of food throughout the day.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water (frequent consumption of small amounts throughout the day).
  • Eat soft, bland foods and avoid spicy foods.
  • Avoid high-fiber foods (bran, beans, nuts, seeds, and popcorn).
  • Avoid fatty greasy or fried foods and sauces (butter, margarine, and heavy cream).
  • Limit milk products if you are lactose intolerant (or consider taking a lactase supplement to improve tolerance). Otherwise, dairy products are a good source of protein and calcium.
  • Avoid or limit alcohol and caffeine consumption.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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