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    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)

    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
    • 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 foetid smell
    • Thirst
    • Burning sensation

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

    Dr. Sahil Gupta

    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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    Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist
    CEO & Founder of IAFA®

    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.


    Postures include:-


    • Bhujangasana
    • Mayurasana
    • Paschimottanasana
    • Matsyendrasana
    • Sarvangasana


    Pranayama include:-


    • Shitali
    • Kumbhaka

    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)


    1. Child Health and Ayurveda, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Ulcerative Colitis Chapter No. 45, Page No.186-189. 
    2. Ashtanga Hridaya Nidanasthana, Atisaragrahani Nidana, Chapter 8, Sloka 24.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. Sri Vagbhata, Ashtanga Hridayam Chikitsa Sthana Commentary by Dr. Brahmanand Tripathi, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Pratishthan, Delhi, 2015; 689: 9-82.
    6. 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.)

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What is Ulcerative Colitis?

    Answer: Ulcerative colitis is a diffuse non-specific inflammatory disease of unknown origin that continuously affects 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. The involvement of genetic and environmental factors has been considered as causative factors though there is no exact etiology found.

    Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment for Ulcerative colitis?

    Answer: Aim of treatment is to minimize symptoms and remissions, 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 lifestyle can be adopted.

    Question: What is the treatment of ulcerative colitis?

    Answer: In modern medicine, corticosteroids, antibiotics, amino salicylates etc. are prescribed but when the patient doesn’t get relief, surgery is required but Ayurvedic treatment promises effective result as it focuses on eliminating the root cause by eliminating toxins, stimulating digestive fire and preventing its recurrence.

    Question: What is the Ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis?

    Answer: Ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis includes agni deepana (enhancing digestive fire), ama pachana (digestion of toxins), grahi (stopping diarrhoea), stambhana (arresting bleeding), dhatu poshaka  (providing nutrition at the tissue level) and sattvavajaya chikitsa (psychotherapy) according to the condition of patient.

    Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis effective?

    Answer: Ayurvedic treatment of ulcerative colitis is very effective as it is a combination of personalized herbal medicines, diet and lifestyle plans. Usually results are quite good with Ayurvedic line of treatment.

    Question: Why one should choose Ayurveda?

    Answer: Unlike other treatment methods that jump straight to the management of symptoms, Ayurveda addresses the root cause of the disease. It begins the treatment by detoxifying the body so that the treatment can work better. 

    Question: What is the recommended diet in ulcerative colitis?

    Answer: Avoid the consumption of products prepared from white refined flour, fermented food, alcohol, tea, coffee, spicy food. Include fresh coconut water, pomegranate juice, ash gourd, bottle gourd etc. in the diet.


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