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    Ulcerative colitis (PittajaGrahani)

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    Ulcerative colitis-PittajaGrahani

    Ulcerative colitis(UC) in children is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory disease of the GI tract that affects the large bowel characterised byremitting and relapsing inflammation of the large intestine. UC, Crohn’s disease (CD) and indeterminate colitis account for the disorders that represent the inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).


    In Ayurveda AcharyaCharaka used the word Mahasrotas for whole digestive system. Factors affect Jataragni (digestive fire) cause the diseases of digestive tract and various kind of diseases of gastro intestinal system have been described.In Ayurveda, it is known that perfect health exists when the three fundamental energies (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) are in balance. Out of these three, when Pitta Dosha gets imbalanced, vitiates intestines and causes PittajaGrahani.Dr.Gupta’s IAFAhas a separate pediatric wing which provides skillful management for all ailments related to children.

    Causes of Ulcerative Colitis

    Etiology is multifactorial and currently held paradigm involves a complex interaction of 3 elements- Genetic susceptibility, host immunity and environmental factors.It may be triggered by a virus or bacteria. This interacts with child’s immune system and causes an inflammatory reaction in the intestinal wall. Children with ulcerative colitis often have problems with their immune system.People between the ages of 15 and 30 are at greatest risk of developing this condition. This issue can also start in children and older adults. It affects males and females equally. It also seems to have strong familial inheritance.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Ulcerative Colitis-Pittajagrahani

    Symptomsof Ulcerative Colitis

    The following are the most common symptoms for ulcerative colitis. However, symptoms differ in each child. They include,

    • Abdominal pain
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • Fatigue
    • Weight loss

    • Loss of appetite
    • Rectal bleeding
    • Loss of body fluids and nutrients
    • Anemia caused by severe bleeding

    Extra intestinal manifestations include,

    • Skin lesions
    • Joint pain

    • Inflammation of the eyes
    • Liver disorders

    In Ayurveda symptoms include,

    • Passing stool as yellow, green blue, black Blood and pitta present 
    • Exceedingly foetidsmell
    • Thirst
    • Burning sensation

    • Sweating
    • Fainting
    • Colic pain
    • Inflammation and suppuration in anus

    Dr.Gupta’s IAFA offers fruitful Ayurvedic Management for Ulcerative Colitis. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® is committed towards providing the outstanding service for all the health problems of your children through Ayurveda”.

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    Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
    Master’s in Health Administration

    Diet in Ulcerative Colitis

    Do’s (Pathya) in Ulcerative Colitis

    • Physician can provide a more individualized nutritional plan. 
    • Old basmati rice (>3 months), barley, mung dal, urad dal, saffron, coriander, cumin, fennel, navy beans, kidney beans, green lentils.
    • Cow’s milk and butter, goat’s milk and butter.
    • Almonds, water chestnut, pomegranate, banana, mango, limes, and kiwi fruit

    Don’ts (Apathya) in Ulcerative Colitis

    • All leftovers
    • Spicy foods
    • White sugar, wheat, pasta, red grapes, vinegar, mustard, salty and acidic foods should be avoided.

    Yoga Therapy for Ulcerative Colitis

    Specific Asanas (Yoga), Pranayama, meditation, deep relaxation techniques , helps to arrest the progression of the disease.

    Postures include,

    • Bhujangasana
    • Mayurasana
    • Paschimottanasana
    • Matsyendrasana
    • Sarvangasana

    Pranayama include,

    • Shitali
    • Kumbhaka

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis

    Treatment is focused in healing the ulcers and restoring the normal function of colon and maintaining the overall health of the digestive system. ShamanaChikitsa (internal medicines)  andShodhanaChikitsa (Panchakarma therapy) are the main line. In more severe case Panchakarma therapy plays a vital role as it quickly detoxifies and rejuvenates the digestive system, controls the inflammation, rectal bleeding and heals the ulcerations.

    Internal Medicines for Ulcerative Colitis

    • Chiruvilwadikashaya
    • Kaidaryadikashaya
    • Dadimastakachurna

    • Mahatiktakamkashaya
    • Dadimadighrtam
    • Mahatiktakamghrtam

    External Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis

    • Picchavasti( Enema therapy)

    Single herbs used infor Ulcerative Colitis

    • Indrayava (Holarrhenaantidysenterica)
    • Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum)
    • Patha (Cissampelospareita)
    • Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia)

    • Musta (Cyperusrotundus)
    • Bilva (Aeglemarmelos)
    • RaktaChandana (Pterocarpussantalinus)

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What isUlcerative Colitis?

    Answer:  Ulcerative colitis as a diffuse non-specific inflammatory disease of unknown origin that continuously effects the colonic mucosa starts from the rectum and often forms erosion and or/ ulcers.

    Question: What are the causes of Ulcerative colitis?

    Answer: Ulcerative colitis is a disease with multifactorial origin. Involvement of genetic and environmental factors have been considered as causative factors though there is no any exact etiology found.

    Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatmentforUlcerative colitis

    Answer: Aim of treatment is to minimize symptoms and remissions, to avoid complications and complete cure without recurrence. So Ayurvedic management in the form of diet (Ahara), drugs (Chikitsa – Shamana and Shodhana], exercise (Vihara) and change in life style can be adopted.


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