Colitis-Inflammation of Large Intestine
Mucus colitis is a common disorder of the large bowel, producing discomfort and irregular bowel habits.
The colon is part of the large intestine, the final part of the digestive system. Its function is to reabsorb fluids and process waste products from the body and prepare for its elimination.
The colon consists of four parts: descending colon, ascending colon, transverse colon, and sigmoid colon.
Persons who suffer from an irritable colon have irregular and erratic contractions which are specially noticeable on the left side.
Symptoms of colitis can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs.
Rectal pain and passing small amount of blood with stool.
Urgency to defecate and inability to defecate despite urgency
Weight loss, Fatigue, Fever
This disease spreads upwards, the stools become watery and more frequent and are characterised by rectal straining.
Some persons suffer from constipation alternating with period of loose bowel movements. But still others may suffer from a persistent diarrhoea for years together.
The person usually malnourished and may be severely underweight and suffer from frequent insomnia.
Ulcerative colitis in its severe form may also lead to nutritional problems.
This may gradually result in nervous irritability, exhaustion and depression.
In very severe cases, the person may even develop suicidal tendencies.
The main cause of colitis is chronic constipation and the use of purgatives. But purgatives used as a ‘cure’ only increase irritation.
In addition, the intake of antibiotics may also upset the bacterial flora in the intestines and interfere with proper digestion.
The usual treatment of colitis with suppressive drugs is based on the assumption that colitis is due to germ infection, which it is not.
These drugs drive back into the system and the toxic matter in the colon which nature is endeavouring to eliminate in the form of mucus.
They suppress the symptoms temporarily, without removing the cause. In such cases, the symptoms recur and colitis becomes chronic.
Plain warm water or warm water with a little olive oil used as a wash-out is the only method of softening and removing the accumulations of hardened matter sticking to the walls of the colon.
Diet plays an important part in the treatment of colitis.
It is advisable to observe a juice fast for five days or so in most cases of ulcerative colitis. You may dilute juice with little boiled water.
Papaya juice, raw cabbage and carrot juices will be especially beneficial. But avoid citrus juices.
In addition, you must clean your bowl daily with a warm water enema.
After the juice fast, you should gradually adopt a diet of small, frequent meals of soft cooked or steamed vegetables, rice, dalia (coarsely broken wheat), well ripened fruits like banana and papaya, yogurt and home-made cottage cheese.
Keep in mind that you must eat food slowly and chewed thoroughly.
Foods which should be excluded from the diet are white sugar, white bread and white flour products, highly seasoned foods, highly salted foods, strong tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages and foods cooked in aluminium pans.
Ripe bananas are highly beneficial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Because ripe banana is bland, smooth, easy to digest and slightly laxative.
Hence relieve acute symptoms and promote the healing process.
Another effective remedy for ulcerative colitis is buttermilk.
Buttermilk enema twice a week is also soothing and helps in re-installing a healthy flora in the colon.
Another valuable remedy for colitis is tender coconut water, it is soothing to the soft mucosa of the colon.
Cooked apple also aids the healing of ulcerative conditions because of its ample concentration of iron and phosphorous.
You should have a bowel movement at the same time each day and spend 10 to 15 minutes in the endeavour.
Drinking two glasses of water the first thing in the morning will stimulate a normal bowel movement.
Complete bed rest and plenty of liquids are very important.
You must eliminate all causes of tension, adjust to your disability and face discomfort with patience.
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