Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease, 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. This disease can
occur at any age but its onset is most common among people between ages of 15 – 40. Ulcerative colitis also appears to run in some families.
Autoimmune factors, food allergies, collagen disorders, genetic factors and
infection are some of the factors that cause inflammation in cases of Ulcerative
Colitis. According to Ayurveda, all the factors that imbalance Pitta are responsible
for this problem. These include eating while watching TV or walking, excessive
heat or exposure of the sun, excessive alcohol and smoking, excessive mental
activity, skipping meals, spicy, sour or stale and infected foods, etc.
Irregular bowel movements
Bluish or yellowish undigested stool
Unpleasant body odor
Lack of appetite
Occasional rectal pain
Burning sensation in chest and throat
Known as Pittaj Grahani in Ayurveda, Ulcerative Colitis is primarily
a disease of Pitta Dosha, with varying degrees of Vata involvement
in some cases. The excessive consumption of Pitta-aggravating foods
and lifestyle initially damages both rakta dhatu (blood tissue) and
mamsa dhatu (muscle tissue), leading to formation of ama that gets deposited
between the villi in the intestines, forming a smooth coating that impairs the
normal function and immunity of the intestines. Vata Dosha in the lower
colon is also aggravated and in the early stages blocks the Pitta and
Kapha channels, causing inflammation, mucous accumulation and edema.
Ayurvedic treatment of Ulcerative Colitis involves gently eliminating the ama,
restoring healthy digestion and creating a bacterially-friendly environment
in the body. After the basic strength and immunity of the body is restored,
the treatment focuses on natural healing of the ulcers.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Have soup prepared by boiling split gram (split legumes), buttermilk, and
yogurt prepared from skimmed milk and goat’s milk.
Increase use of cumin seeds, coriander, and celery seeds in cooking.
Avoid whole peas and beans, broccoli, potato, garlic, jaggery, yam, sweet
potato and other indigestible foods; fried, oily and highly salted foods;
and fermented and packaged foods.
Improve eating habits by having food in calm surroundings without watching
television, listening to music, or working on the computer. Chew the food
properly and completely. Eat slightly less than your appetite.
Avoid tea, coffee, and alcohol.
Some Home Remedies
Have 1 glassful of buttermilk with ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, a
pinch of roasted cumin seed powder, and rock salt to taste. Have this twice
a day with breakfast and lunch. (Avoid having it with the evening meal.)
Mix powdered dried ginger root, black pepper, and long pepper in equal amounts.
Take ½ teaspoon of the powder with water twice a day.
Make a powdered preparation of cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, and asafetida.
Have 1 teaspoon of this powder twice a day with water.
Make a preparation of ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg powder, ½ teaspoon
powdered Indian gooseberry fruit and ½ teaspoon of celery seeds. Have
this at bedtime with water.