Ulcerative Colitis (Pittaja Grahani)
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Ayurvedic Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis - Causes, Symptoms
Ulcerative colitis (UC) in children is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory disease of the GI tract that affects the large bowel characterized by remitting and relapsing inflammation of the large intestine. UC, Crohn’s disease (CD), and indeterminate colitis account for the disorders that represent inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs).
In Ayurveda, Acharya Charaka used the word Mahasrotas for the whole digestive system. Factors that affect Jataragni (digestive fire) cause diseases of the digestive tract and various kinds of diseases of the gastrointestinal 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 Pittaja Grahani.
Dr. Gupta’s IAFA has a separate pediatric wing that provides skillful management for all ailments related to children and produces safe and effective herbal remedies that are very useful in the ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Causes of Ulcerative Colitis
Etiology is a multifactorial and currently held paradigm that 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 a 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 the 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 a strong familial inheritance.
Ayurvedic Reference of Ulcerative Colitis (Pittaja Grahani)
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
The following are the most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis. However, symptoms differ in each child. They include:-
- Abdominal pain
- Bloody diarrhea
- 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 foetid smell
- Burning sensation
- Colic pain
- Inflammation and suppuration in the anus
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Diet in Ulcerative Colitis
Do’s (Pathya) in Ulcerative Colitis
- Physicians 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, help to arrest the progression of the disease.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis
Ayurvedic treatment for ulcerative colitis is focused on healing the ulcers and restoring the normal function of the colon and maintaining the overall health of the digestive system.
Shamana Chikitsa (internal medicines) and Shodhana Chikitsa (Panchakarma therapy) are mainline. In more severe cases 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
- Chiruvilwadi Kashayam
- Kaidaryadi Kashayam
- Dadimashtaka Churna
- Mahatiktakam Kashayam
- Dadimadi Ghrita
- Mahatiktaka Ghrita
External Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis
- Picchavasti (Enema therapy)
Single Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis
- Indrayava (Holarrhena antidysenterica)
- Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum)
- Patha (Cissampelos pareira)
- Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
- Musta (Cyperus rotundus)
- Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
- Rakta Chandana (Pterocarpus santalinus)
- Child Health and Ayurveda, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Ulcerative Colitis Chapter No. 45, Page No.186-189.
- Ashtanga Hridaya Nidanasthana, Atisaragrahani Nidana, Chapter 8, Sloka 24.
- Agnivesa. Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthana, elaborated by Charaka and Drdhabala, commentary by Sri Chakrapanidutta, edited by Vaidya Trikamji Acharaya, prologued by Prof. R.H. Singh; Chaukhambha Surabharati Prakashan, Varanasi, 2017; 552: 19-69.
- Sri Sushruta. Sushruta Samhita, Uttar Sthana, elaborated by Sri Dalhan and Sri Gayadash, Hindi Commentary by Dr. Kebal Krishna Thakral; Chaukhambha Orientalia, Varanasi, 2016; 3(321): 40-116.
- Sri Vagbhata, Ashtanga Hridayam Chikitsa Sthana Commentary by Dr. Brahmanand Tripathi, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Pratishthan, Delhi, 2015; 689: 9-82.
- Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Aspects of Allergies and Fungal Infections, Edition 2021, Ulcerative Colitis Chapter No. 49, Page No. 304-308.
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta (B.A.M.S., M.H.A.)