Questions and Answers on the Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis
Thank you for the nice article, I learned a lot from
reading it. Could you please clarify yet one more point: is it possible
to cure U.C. completely? That is - to reach a stage, when the person is
not only in a long remission, but really rid of the disease till the
rest of this lifetime? Have you managed to go to that stage with your
patients and how would you know if you are there?
Thank you again,
Hi Denitsa, thank you for your excellent question. This is really a question of semantics, since Ulcerative Colitis is a biomedical name for a Pitta Kapha flare up, or Damp Heat in the Large Intestine pattern in Chinese Medicine. Dosha always has the tendency to increase, so someone with a history of Pitta Kapha increase always has to pay attention to stress management and diet, just as we all do.
Getting rid of the disease for the rest of your life is possible, yes, but that does not mean that you can suddenly go back to eating fast food and not managing stress.
If you define cure as lack of symptoms, definitely possible. But even those people can back slide.
The way you will know you are disease free is that you will
be able to go back to a normal healthy diet, as opposed to a more
restricted medicinal diet, without any symptoms. You will have normal elimination without pain.
it often remain the area in your body where disharmony manifests. I just
recently had someone come in who I have not seen for 10 years. He was
cured 10 years ago, and now has too much stress and was slacking on his diet, and he started to feel
just the tiniest discomfort, so he came in for acupuncture treatment.
He had 6 acupuncture treatments and got back on track with his diet, and all is again well. The same scenario really holds true for lots of diseases from asthma to migraine even to back pain. You gotta have the healthy lifestyle that treats the disease and keeps it gone. Hope this helps!
Could you advise
if fasting is something you would recommend for someone who has just
recently been experiencing inflammatory symptoms of the
colon/intestine/rectum? If so, what kind of fast and for how long? Many
First it depends on the specific symptoms, and dosha in Ayurveda. Kapha types can take the strongest fasting (see the
article on fasting). Pitta next, and Vatta has trouble with fasting. So check your dosha always.
Fasting does not cure IBD, but certainly one can rest the system with fasting tailored to your dosha. Almost anyone can one do a monodiet fast of
kitcharee for 2-3 days or even a week, which I often recommend at the start of treatment, adapted to your dosha. I also like to use the burdock
vegetable cleanse i have written about.
After that, its important to not that inflammation tends to be Pitta imbalance. So I recommend you eliminate all Pitta
aggravating foods, such as hot-spicy and sour. I would recommend fasting from
all refined flour and sugar, of course that is a general health
guideline. Second, fasting from wheat and even gluten can be helpful in some cases. No fried food or fast food of course. Be very strict
for a while with that, and, if you are a meat eater,
restrict meat to bone broth and very overcooked meat in soups.
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