Naturopathic medicine can offer support but not a cure for ulcerative colitis. Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum. Inflammation usually begins in the rectum and spreads upwards to the entire colon, and provokes episodes of diarrhea. Ulcers form in places where the inflammation has killed cells that line the colon. The ulcers bleed, producing pus and mucus.
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
Aside from diarrhea, ulcerative colitis is characterized by the following symptoms
- allergic reactions
- discharge of mucus and pus
- eye issues
- inability to absorb nutrients
- joint pain
- lack of appetite
- loose stools
- neck and lower back pain
- rectal bleeding
Ulcerative colitis can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to other intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and to another type of IBD called Crohn’s disease.
The Causes of Ulcerative Colitis
The cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown, and currently there is no cure, except through surgical removal of the colon. One theory suggests that some agent, possibly a virus or an atypical bacterium, interacts with the body’s immune system to trigger an inflammatory reaction in the intestinal wall. Bacteria may also stress the lower intestine and produce toxins that encourage intestinal cells to secrete salt and water and interfere with their normal functions.
Salmonella, Shigella species, Campylobacter jejuni, and Clostridium are examples of bacteria associated with colitis. Birth control pills and the rotaviruses may also cause the condition.
Colitis is more common if you have first-degree relatives with the condition, such as a mother, father, sister, or brother
Coping Strategies for Colitis
In general, most patients can control mild symptoms of colitis by making simple lifestyle changes such as avoiding foods that upset their intestines. Common foods that provoke the condition include deep-fried and fatty foods, milk, cream and soft cheeses, as does smoking nicotine and drinking alcohol. Drinking eight to ten ounces of water a day may also help manage the pain of ulcerative colitis.
Avoiding restaurants, particularly fast food places, where food is undercooked or at risk of contamination from parasitic infections like giardia.
Naturopathic remedies may include herbal and homeopathic solutions to treat cramps and diarrhea. A special diet, with high levels of hydration may also be recommended to a sufferer of colitis.
If the condition is aggravated by food allergies the NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) are a non-invasive, drug free, natural solution to alleviate allergies of all types and intensities using a blend of selective energy balancing, testing and treatment procedures from acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractic, nutritional, and kinesiological disciplines of medicine.
Services provided at the Pinewood Natural Health clinic include NAET allergy testing, acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathic remedies and dietary counseling and homeopathy. Our integrated practice has a special focus on anti-aging therapies, weight loss, allergy testing, therapeutic massage and cancer support. Feel free to contact us online https://pinewoodhealth.ca/contact/. You can also call us at our Toronto Clinic at (416) 556-8100 or at the Pickering Clinic (905) 427-0057.