Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long term inflammation and ulcers (sores) in your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Symptoms typically develop over time rather than suddenly.
Symptoms – mild to moderate
– Diarrhea, often with blood or pus
– Abdominal pain and cramping
– Rectal pain
– Rectal bleeding – passing small amount of blood with stool
– Urgency to defecate
– Inability to defecate despite urgency
– Weight loss
– In children, failure to grow
It is best to see you doctor if you experience abdominal pain, blood in your stool, ongoing diarrhea, diarrhea that awakens you from sleep or unexplained fever lasting more than a day or two.
Though ulcerative colitis may not be fatal, it may in some cases, cause life-threatening complications.
– Severe bleeding
– A hole in the colon (perforated colon)
– Severe dehydration
– Liver disease (rare)
– Bone loss (osteoporosis)
– Inflammation of your skin, joints and eyes
– An increased risk of colon cancer
– A rapidly swelling colon (toxic megacolon)
– Increased risk of blood clots in veins and arteries
Often times, these symptoms may correlate with other conditions, requiring the ruling out of other possibilities. Blood tests, Stool sample, Colonoscopy, Flexible sigmoidoscopy, X-ray, CT Scan or Magnetic Resonance Enterography may be used to identify and diagnose Ulcerative Colitis.
How we treat ulcerative colitis naturally:
As with most conditions, symptoms are simply the way the body communicates that something is off balance. Whether this relates to improper nutrition, increased stress, hormone imbalance, eating too much of the wrong foods, lack of exercise, etc. it is important to take a complete history, assess lifestyle habits that include diet, exercise sleep, detoxification of the body, medications/supplements, mental/emotional state and lab work to determine all factors that may be involved in the manifestation of symptoms.
Often we will incorporate a detox program that will enhance detoxification, improving organ function as kidney filtration while at the same time deceasing inflammation and pain. It is important to note that as we remove obstacles that hinder proper function, we will begin to see great improvements.
Based on the results, we will make necessary adjustments where appropriate for healing and restoration of proper body function. Though at times it may be necessary to utilize medications as steroids, antibiotics or others, they do not address the underlying reasons as to why the imbalance is taking place and often have other side effects that may interfere with the desired recovery. For this reason, if you desire a more complete resolution of all symptoms, working together with the natural processes of the body and experiencing these benefits long term, it is necessary to look deeper than simply the symptoms that manifest.
Options that may be utilized to help treat the underlying causes may include herbs, dietary changes, supplements, acupuncture, emotional balancing via The Emotion Code and/or other methods for optimal function.
Each treatment plan will be tailored to the individual. Our goal is to improve your overall quality of life, not simply treat the symptoms.