Ailments & Remedies

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Ulcerative Colitis

 

Overview

Ulcerative Colitis is a gastrointestinal disorder marked by chronic inflammation in the large intestine and rectum. There are recurrent attacks of abdominal pain, chills, fever and intense diarrhoea, sometimes with blood and mucous.

 

Causes

Although there is no known cause for ulcerative colitis, there are certain notions as to why it may develop. The condition could be as a result of nervous tension and similar psychological factors. It is also thought that it can be triggered by environmental factors. Certain food products may contribute to inflammation of the colon. Another possible cause of ulcerative colitis could be due to the abnormal functioning of the immune system and there are also indications that it could be inherited.

 

Symptoms

Ulcers and marked redness in varying degrees occur in the lower part of the digestive tract.  There might also be blood and mucous present in the stools. Severe diarrhoea by way of several watery bowel movements a day is another symptom. People suffering with ulcerative colitis may also have varying degrees of abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue. Weight loss and anaemia usually occur in those suffering with ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis has also been linked to joint pain and arthritis due to its classification as an auto-immune disease.

 

Diagnosis

A physical examination will be carried out along with a detailed medical history of the patient. To make an accurate evaluation, the doctor will usually prescribe tests to confirm their diagnosis. The various tests that are usually undertaken are; a blood test to check for anaemia and signs of inflammation; a stool sample to check for inflammation and bleeding and to check to see if there are any bacteria, viruses or parasites present; a colonoscopy is the most accurate method for making a diagnosis. This is when the doctor inserts a long, flexible, lighted tube connected to a computer into the anus to see the inside of the colon and rectum. This will allow the doctor to see an inflammation, bleeding or ulcers on the wall of the colon. The doctor may also taka a biopsy at this stage to view a sample of the tissue from the lining of the colon further.

 

Treatment

A change in diet is usually recommended in order to identify foods that may aggravate the condition. A nutritionist will be valuable in providing alternatives to ensure nutrients are received from other foods. If the condition is aggravated by stress, then counseling or emotional freedom technique may be beneficial. Although ulcerative colitis needs to be monitored by a doctor, therapies such as homeopathy, ayurvedic medicine and acupuncture can greatly assist in strengthening the body and looking at the condition and treating the root cause.



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