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Colitis refers to the inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. It is a symptomatic diagnosis associated with a variety of causes that lead to abdominal cramps, tenderness, bloody diarrhea etc. There are a variety of causes ranging from autoimmune disorder, certain drugs, infections, toxins, parasites etc.

 


Ayurvedic Description Of Colitis:

According to Ayurveda, colitis can be correlated with Pittaj grahani, which is primarily a disease of Pitta dosha with varying degrees of Vata involvement. When Pitta vitiation reaches to extreme; causes severe inflammation, ulceration and rectal bleeding. Pittaj grahani is caused due to mandagni or poor appetite and digestion, irregular, improper and irrelevant diet habits. Pitta aggravating diets like excess of spicy, pungent, acidic, sour, alkaline nature foods, food items which produces burning sensation in the body, exposure to excessive hot climate, alcohol, smoking, anger etc. Not following the healthy diet habits in certain digestive disorders, especially the conditions of post diarrhea and irritable bowels are also one of the causes of this disease.


 

Signs & Symptoms

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  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea with blood or without blood
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Fatigue

Causes and Risk Factors

Infection

Colitis can be caused by the infection of C. difficile, viruses and other parasites

Family History

In various cases of colitis, the problem of colitis is known to be in the family of the patients.

Lifestyle

Poor lifestyle, sedentary habits, keeping a long gap between 2 meals, excessive smoking and alcohol consumption, tea, and coffee are the leading factors in causing Colitis.

Medical Conditions

Conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis), ischemic colitis, allergic reactions are also known causes of Colitis.

Self Care Tips

  • Drink adequate amount of water everyday.
  • Avoid the intake of processed, baked and junk foods items.
  • Add fresh fruits, leafy, pulpy and vegetables in the daily diet to get adequate roughage in the food.
  • Burning and pain can be controlled with cumin water or buttermilk processed with roasted cumin powder.
  • Avoid food items that cause constipation.

Ayurvedic treatment of colitis is focused on restoring the normal function of colon and maintaining the overall health of the digestive system.

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