ULCERATIVE COLITIS is an inflammation or irritation on the colon, the inner lining of the large intestine. The colon is the part of the intestine where there is reabsorption of waste material and water for excretion. It also includes the lining of the rectum.
The inflammation of the colon’s inner lining leads to swelling which can create a painful bowel movement, ulceration, rectal bleeding and bloody stools (bloody diarrhea). In medical terms, the disease is classified in “Inflammatory Bowel Disease.” ULCERATIVE COLITIS occurs in 1 out of 20 cases in 100,000 people in a year and an incidence of 8 to 246 in 100,000 individuals.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS is present all over the world but is most common in northern Europe, England, and the United States. It is prevalent in individuals of Jewish descent. ULCERATIVE COLITIS is less found in South America, Asia, and Eastern Europe and rarely present in the black population. For some unknown causes, an increased frequency of this disease has been found in developing countries. It can also reveal that Western or industrial food and lifestyles improve the prevalence of this disorder.
ULCERATIVE COLITIS is an alternating disease with some symptom-free periods and periods of aggravated symptoms. In the people with ULCERATIVE COLITIS, the immune system is chronically and abnormally gets activated when there are no known attackers. The intermittent abnormal activation of the immune system results in ulceration and chronic inflammation.
Shortly, it is an autoimmune disease which involves the fighting of the immune cells of the body with the own tissues, causing the harm to the colon’s lining and rectum and disturbing its task and generating the abnormal symptoms such as painful defecation and bloody diarrhea. It results in overall distress in the individual where all the activities get affected.
CAUSES OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
ULCERATIVE COLITIS initiates during early adulthood and adolescence, but it also begins during childhood or later in life. The reasons can be:
- Individuals with Milk allergy
- Diet: increased intake of vitamin B6 and unsaturated fat may increase the chances of developing ULCERATIVE COLITIS.
- Attacks precipitated by alcohol and high protein meat
- A diet involving a high amount of sulfur
The latest studies have revealed that individuals with an increased degree of stressful events or emotional upsets in life such as divorce or death have renowned for precipitating the disorder.
SYMPTOMS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
Because of its autoimmune nature, the signs are not limited to rectum and colon, but there is also an attack of immunity cells in other body parts, the symptoms are shown with the first signs. The individuals suffer from diarrhea mixed with mucus and blood, of continuous onset that is present for an extensive period.
- The crampy pain in the abdomen when passing the stools
- Mild to severe painful bowel movements
- Loss of weight
- Due to recurrent blood loss – eye conjunctiva, anemia – pale of palms and nails.
- Individuals with ULCERATIVE COLITIS can get aphthous ulcers including the pharynx, palate, lips, and tongue.
- Extraintestinal features
- Joints: arthritis, inflammation of joints particularly the spine, swelling and pain in the joints
- Involvement in the eyes: redness of the eyes
- Skin: node sites and redness
- Inflammation of the veins – swelling and inflammation of veins – resulting in thrombosis
- Clubbing: Defect at the end of the fingers
DIAGNOSIS OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
For diagnosis, the best test of ULCERATIVE COLITIS is the sigmoidoscopy for looking at the inner nature of the lining of the rectum and colon. While doing the endoscopy, the doctor can see the vasculature, any out-growth such as polyps and ulceration.
The professional may choose to decrease the extent of the exam if there is severe colitis for reducing the chances of perforation in the colon. In some severe cases, it is not done for limiting the spread of the disease.
Several investigations of blood can also be performed for knowing the status of general health:
- Renal Function test
- Urine Routine
- Electrolyte studies
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
- Stool culture for ruling out the infectious and parasites causes
TREATMENT OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
The conventional therapy for ULCERATIVE COLITIS is dependent on the extent of disease involvement and its severity. The aim is to encourage the remissions with the medicines, followed by controlling the maintenance of drugs for preventing the relapse of the disorder. If there is severe anemia, iron supplementations play an essential role. ULCERATIVE COLITIS is also treated with a diversity of medications involving 5-ASA drugs like mesalazine and sulfasalazine.
Due to short-term healing properties and immunosuppressants properties, the corticosteroids like prednisone can be used, but they are not best for treatment for the long term, as their risk is more as compared to the benefits.
The side effects of the drugs cause a significant impact on the body, mainly they re immune-suppressive, they make the immunity of the body weak. They cannot hinder the progress of the disease. Some most common side effects of the drugs are:
- Increased sugar levels of blood
- The weakness of the bones
- Peptic ulcer
- Swelling of the face
- Avascular necrosis of the head
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
All autoimmune disorders are associated with stress. The homeopathy for ULCERATIVE COLITIS assists in building up the immune system of the body, thus resisting any pressures for affecting the system and thus aiding to achieve good health in general.
The latest medications can deal with the disease symptoms and can make you free of symptoms, but they cannot do anything for your intermittent levels of anxiety and stress. It needs healing within it in which there is an excellent scope of homeopathy. So the effect is not permanent and soothing along with the disastrous side effects for long term.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINES FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
The homeopathy for ULCERATIVE COLITIS can assist in managing the symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of the disease, and the treatment of ULCERATIVE COLITIS depends on the case analysis of an individual. Here are some well-known medications for ULCERATIVE COLITIS:
For Bleeding and Loose Stool from Rectum – Merc Sol
It is among the top medicines for ULCERATIVE COLITIS, and it is best for the situations of excessive bleeding and loose stools. The stools are recurring. So, after passing of stool multiple times, there is not relaxation. Such individuals require feeling chilly all the time.
For unvarying push up to Pass Stool with Marked Tenesmus – Nux Vomica
Nux Vomica is the best medicine for ULCERATIVE COLITIS with little and frequent stool and labeled tenesmus. Tenesmus is the hopeless push up to pass the small stool. Before crossing the stool, abdomen pain is also seen. Nux Vomica also provides excellent assistance in the cases in which taking alcohol or spicy food increase the severity of the symptoms.
For Loose Stool with Blood and Mucus – Merc Cor
Having ULCERATIVE COLITIS with blood, mucus, and loose stool, Merc Cor is the best medication. The stool is offensive and hot. When the stool is passing, the burning sensations may take place. Colicky and cutting pain may result in the abdomen.
For Bloody Diarrhea with Marked Weakness – Phosphorus
For the treatment of ULCERATIVE COLITIS cases when there is bloody diarrhea associated with weakness, Phosphorus is excellent medicine. The blood is bright red, and the stool is watery, gushing, and copious. After passing the stool, the individual feels tired, and cramping pain may take place in the rectum. In cases of inflammation of the rectum, phosphorus is given such as in proctitis.
For Marked Urgency to Pass Stool – Aloe Socotrina
One of the best medications for ULCERATIVE COLITIS with the strong desire to pass the stool is Aloe Socotrina with the main symptoms. The strong desire of passing the stool exists more in the morning. There is an intense burning in the rectum as well as in the anus. Another important aspect of using Aloe Socotrina is the passing of jelly-like mucus in the stool.
For Severe Pain in Rectum While Passing Stool – Nitric Acid
When passing the stool, if there is severe pain in the rectum, Nitric Acid is the best choice of medications in these cases of ULCERATIVE COLITIS. There is cutting or tearing pain felt by the individual. The pain remains for several hours after passing the stool. In such cases, the bright red and profuse bleeding may be indicated along with the stool.
For Gastric Complaints and Joint Pains – Colchicum Autumnale
High medication for ULCERATIVE COLITIS is Colchicum Autumnale when there is joint pain with the gastric complaints. The gastric symptoms involve the pain in the rectum and stool with mucus. The pain in the rectum persists for a long time after the stool is passed. The joints can be stiff and swollen when there is a pain in the joints. The pain gets severe if someone touches the bones slightly.
The homeopathic medicines deal with the mind and their influence on the body. The severe cases of ULCERATIVE COLITIS can improve the quality of life and the disease condition, and if remained with treatment can cause remissions.
HOMEOPATHIC TREATMENT for ULCERATIVE COLITIS in Philadelphia
At the Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic led by the famous homeopathic practitioner and medical doctor Victor Tsan you will receive natural, harmless and effective treatment for ULCERATIVE COLITIS based on a combination of homeopathy and acupuncture.
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