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Ayurvedic Treatment of Colitis
According to modern health sciences there is no exact etiologic factor for colitis. Involvement of genetic and immune factors is suspected as the etiologic factor. We cannot do anything with the genetic factors and about immunologic involvement also the modern health sciences are helpless. As per modern health science the treatment is targeted towards controlling inflammation, replacing nutritional and blood losses and preventing progression or complication of the disease.
Ulcerative colitis is treated as an autoimmune disease. Treatment is with anti-inflammatory drugs, immunosuppressant, and biological therapy targeting specific components of the immune response. Colectomy (partial or total removal of the large bowel through surgery) is occasionally necessary, and is considered to be a cure for the disease.
Medications treating ulcerative colitis include
- Anti-inflammatory agents such as Aminosalicylate drugs, systemic corticosteroids, topical corticosteroids these Anti –inflammmatory drugs decrease intestinal inflammation direct contact with the inflamed tissue. Beside these drugs corticosteroids that decrease inflammation throughout the body without direct contact with the inflamed tissue
- Immunomodulators drugs are necessary when patient is severe and Anti-inflammatory drugs are not responding properly. These drugs reduce the cells which are responsible for body’s natural immunity.
Long term use of thee drugs have some harmful effects on the body. Common side effects of drugs include:
- Nausea, Diarrhoea, headache, abdominal pain, hair loss etc are side effects of aminosalicylate.
- Corticosteroids have some serious and permanent effects that can occur with high dosages and/or prolonged use. One of these conditions is steroid-induced osteoporosis. Others effects are Susceptibility to infection, Weight gain, Acne, Excess hair growth, high blood pressure (hypertension), Diabetes etc.
- General side effects of immunosuppressants may include nausea, vomiting, and liver or pancreatic inflammation. Patients should receive frequent blood tests to monitor bone marrow, liver, and kidneys. Patients who take cyclosporine A or tacrolimus need to have their blood pressure and kidney function checked regularly. Immunosuppressants are usually not recommended for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
As per Ayurveda our body is regulated by three bio humours Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These three regulate the body completely. Among these Doshas the Pitta Dosha is the fire factor. Generally the Pitta is responsible for all the digestion and assimilation activities in the body physically as well as psychologically.
Our digestive system is the main area of this Pitta Dosha where it is responsible for digestion, assimilation and absorption of the food stuffs. But due to dietary and lifestyle factors this Pitta is too much aggravated it will result in what the fire does? – The burns. The same burns are the ulcers in the internal lining of the large intestine – the colon. Inflammation accompanies these ulcers.
So as per Ayurveda the main line of treatment will be to harmonize the Pitta Dosha; to correct the digestion; and promote healing.
We at eVaidyaJi Wellness have developed a complete program for the treatment of the colitis and we have got about 75% results of the treatment. This treatment is being done by restoring the normal, process with in the body.
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