Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disorder that causes inflammation in the digestive tract. It usually only occurs in the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum. Having ulcerative colitis puts a patient at increased risk of developing colon cancer.
According to Ayurveda, it can be correlated to the disorder Raktaja Pravahika, which manifests in the form of atipravahana of purisha (repeated defecation), atidrava purisha pravritti (watery stool), udarashoola (abdominal pain), and stool that is picchila (sticky), saphena (frothy), and rakta yuktapurisha (blood-mixed).
The following case study presented by Dr. Vishwanath Guddadar explains the full course of an Ayurvedic treatment plan that heals one person’s chronic ulcerative colitis and reduces stress. Two key products Musta Arishtam and Draksha Arishtam are utilized for fast relief of symptoms. Arishtams have the ability to quickly penetrate and offer fast results.
A 52-year-old male client had abdominal pain with bloody stool, weight loss, anemia, and general debility. For the month before he visited Dr. Vishwanath’s office, he started having fevers, burning sensations, weakness, and anorexia.
He was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis more than 5 years ago. He is a businessman and experiences high stress from work. His diet and daily routine were highly irregular.
- Pulse: 80 beats per min
- Cardiovascular system: normal
- Central nervous system: normal
- Respiratory rate: 22/min
- Respiratory system: frequently suffering from cold flu.
- Jivha (tongue): sama (ama/toxins)
- Mala Mutra Pravrutti (urine and stool): sarakta mala (bloody stool), altered bowel habits going 4-5 times per day with rectal bleeding.
- Prakruti (body constitution): pitta pradhana kapha
- Bala (strength): pravara (strong)
- Jatharagni (digestive fire): agnimandhya (Low)
- Nidra(Sleep) - disturbed
- Weight -
- Height - 5’ 6”
Assessment of Daily Routine
He used to eat a lot of spicy, sour and salty foods like yogurt, chips, sour sauces and pickles. He was going to sleep very late at night. Every day he was consuming alcohol along with dinner, had a habit of eating leftover foods, and consuming excessive amounts of red meat. His mealtimes were irregular and often expressed anger while eating along with constant thinking and worrying.
Due to the above etiology factors, pitta dosha and rakta (blood) became aggravated causing the formation of ulcerative colitis.
Diet and Lifestyle Changes Recommended
- Go to bed early and wake up early.
- Avoid all pitta dosha aggravating factors like anger, eating sour, salty, spicy foods.
- Reduce intake of alcohol.
- Practice yoga and pranayama to reduce stress.
Recommended Herbal Supplements
- Musta Arishtam
- Dadimashtaka Churnam
- Drakshadi Kwatham
- Draksha Arishtam
- Vilwadi Lehyam
- Brahmi Capsules
- Anu Oil
In this case Dr. Vishwanath prescribed ama pachana to reduce toxins and sthambana chikitsa (cessation of bloody diarrhea) with the help of Musta Arishtam and Dadimashtaka Churnam. Then later, shamana chikitsa (palliative therapy) was administered with the help of Drakshadi Kwatham, Draksha Arishtam, and Vilwadi Lehyam. These three products helped reduce the aggravated pitta dosha and at the same time nourish the raktadhatu (blood tissues).
Later on, the client was advised to take Nasyakarma (nasal drop therapy) with Anu Oil to strengthen nerves and to take Brahmi Capsules to reduce stress, calm the mind, and vata dosha. The entire program took 30 days to reduce symptoms of bleeding, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and weakness. By following a strict Ayurvedic daily regimen, he has recovered from the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
How An In-Depth Health Consultation Can Help Heal Ulcerative Colitis
According to Ayurveda when pitta dosha is aggravated and has vitiated the blood tissues it causes ulcerative colitis. If you experience the symptoms associated with ulcerative colitis, it’s important to identify the root cause and make the appropriate changes to your diet and lifestyle. An Ayurvedic practitioner is trained to understand the root cause of vitiated doshas and will recommend the right combination of foods and herbal supplements for fast relief.
Enlisting the expertise of an Ayurvedic practitioner offers a fresh look at your overall health as well as your chronic symptoms. You will receive a personalized diet, lifestyle, and herbal protocol that will balance your aggravated doshas.
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