What is Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a serious health condition that affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum. This condition is caused when you develop inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. This condition is also called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A person who is suffering from this condition may experience symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cramps, rectal bleeding, etc. However, the symptoms will not show suddenly. It will develop over a period. The cure of this condition is not known but certain medications can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of the disease.

What are the Symptoms of Colitis?

The symptoms depend on the severity of the disease. In some severe cases, a person may experience serious symptoms like rectal bleeding, fever, weight loss and acute diarrhea with blood. In most of the cases it starts with abdominal discomfort and pain. Sometimes you may experience cramps as well.

What are the Causes of Colitis?

The possible cause for ulcerative colitis can be an immune system malfunction. While your immune system attempts to battle off an overrunning virus or bacterium, an unusual immune reaction triggers the immune system to attack the cells in the intestinal region, which may cause inflammation and lead to this condition.

Diet and stress can exacerbate the condition but is not the cause. However, doctors are still not sure what causes ulcerative colitis and it is still unknown.

When to see a Doctor?

Ulcerative colitis is a serious illness and needs medical intervention to reduce its intensity. So if you notice any of the following symptoms, without a further delay, consult a doctor.
Abdominal discomfort or pain, Blood in the stool, diarrhea with blood which is not going with the over-the-counter medications. Also if you have a fever which is lasting more than a day or two with the other symptoms, then you may be suffering from a severe infection and need to visit a doctor.

Lifestyle Prevention of Colitis

  • The exact prevention of colitis is unknown as the causes are unknown. However, lessening the intensity of the disease is possible by some preventive measures.
  • A person suffering from ulcerative colitis should never opt for any spicy food. Also drinking alcohol and consuming tobacco should be stopped completely. Any foods that may irritate your colon should be avoided.
  • If a person suffers from this condition, they generally have a weak colon. Strengthening the colon is important. Leg lifts are a great workout for them to strengthen the wall of the colon. You can lift both the legs or one at a time if you find it difficult initially. All you have to do is to lie flat your back and lift the legs gradually keeping the knees straight. This is a very common exercise to strengthen the core.
  • Some Yoga postures can also help you bolster your colon. Try postures like Chest-Knee, Plow-nose, Locust-Pose, etc.

Common Ayurvedic Remedies for Colitis

Curative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Shatavari, Shanka bhasma, Kama dudha and Sanjivani mix | Aloe Vera gel
Preventative Ayurvedic Herbs:
Andrographis paniculata extract, Aloe Vera gel, Wheatgrass juice, Plantago ovata seeds, Boswellia serrata gum resin
Avi Kumar

Avi is an irreverent hard-core Engineer turned Marketer, who is focused on unveiling the secrets of Ayurveda, scientifically. His aim is to research Ayurveda, take what works, discard what's superseded by new discoveries, and in all increase in human knowledge.

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