Ulcerative colitis is an Inflammatory Bowel Disease, that affects the large intestine and also causes diarrhea, bloody stools, and abdominal pain. Ulcerative colitis mostly only affects the colon of the intestine, unlike Crohn’s Disease which can cause inflammation throughout the digestive tract. The disease can be chronic in nature and cause extreme discomfort.
In this article, we will talk about the top 7 effective Herbs that can significantly contribute to treating ulcerative colitis successfully and soothing its symptoms.
Effective Herbs to Treat Ulcerative Colitis
1) Ghritkumari (Aloe vera)
The anti-inflammatory properties of Ghritkumari have a very therapeutic effect on soothing the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis. The consumption of gel helps in gaining relief from the inflammation caused by this condition.
2) Patha (Cissampelos Pareira)
The herb helps in managing diarrhea due to its anti-diarrheal property. Its microbial action targets disease-causing organisms and keeps a check on the growth of bacteria in the large intestines. It prevents excessive loss of fluid from the body and helps in better fluid absorption. Its Ushna and Vata balancing properties help in improving the digestive fire and thicken loose stool by better water retention and controlling the frequency of loose motion due to diarrhea.
3) Ativisha (Aconitum Heterophyllum)
According to Ayurveda, this herb possesses digestive balancing properties as it is:-
- Deepani – Increase digestion strength
- Pachani – Digestive in nature
- Artisahara – Relieves Diarrhea
- Amahara – Fights indigestion and increases metabolism
- Vishahara – Antitoxic in nature
- Vamihara – Relieves vomiting
- Ama Atisara – Helps in treating diarrhea, dysentery that is associated with indigestion
- Grahi – Absorbent by nature
- Shothahara – Anti-inflammatory property, also reduces swelling and cramps
The tuberous root of the herb is used for treating various conditions in Ayurveda, individually in powdered form or in combination with other different herbs. 1-3gms of the herb may be given to adults per day and about a single gram to children in divided doses.
4) Indrayava (Holarrhena Antidysenterica)
Also known as Kutaja, the herb is used for treating IBD, diarrhea, and other digestion-related problems. The barks, leaves, flowers, and seeds of the plant are used for medicinal purposes.
For treating ulcerative colitis and intestinal worms, a decoction is made using Indrayava and bael leave in equal parts. Regular intake of this decoction on a daily basis significantly helps in treating the IBD condition.
5) Musta (Cyperus Rotundus)
The herb helps in providing relief against abdominal cramps caused due to gas or flatulence. Its deepan and pachan properties increase the digestive fire and help in regulating digestion processes. It helps in water retention in the body and improves absorption power. It thickens the stool and reduces the frequency of loose motion during diarrhea.
6) Bilva (Aegle Marmelos)
The leaf contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that are used for treating inflammation. It also helps in controlling chronic diarrhea due to the presence of tannin bael. The laxative properties of the herb help in cleaning the intestines and preventing constipation. It also contributes to treating stomach ulcers due to the high tannin content in the leaves.
Bael Sharbat is a famous drink enjoyed during Indian summers. Its cool potency keeps the body cool during summers and is rich in nutrients as it is a high source of iron, calcium, vitamin, potassium, and carbs.
7) Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
Also known as Giloy, this is a magical herb in the world of Ayurveda. It helps in treating a vast range of disorders and conditions, Ulcerative Colitis and IBD being two of them. It helps in treating diarrhea, hyperacidity, indigestion, and flatulence.
Natural Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis by making use of these herbs can help in overcoming digestion problems without interfering with your overall wellbeing. To understand more about these herbs, their dosage, and how to procure them, you may contact us at IAFA®, where we can help you by providing personalized consultation along with prescribing the right dosage of the herbs and making them readily available to you.