What is ulcerative colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease, in which there is chronic inflammation of the inner lining of the large intestines, that comprises of colon and rectum.
Due to inflammation, the cells on the inner lining die, developing tiny ulcers on the inner lining of the large intestine, causing the bowel movements to take place very quickly, followed by frequent evacuation. Inflammation usually spreads from rectum in the upward direction towards the colon. The ulcers may cause discharge of mucus and pus in the stool.
Men and women are equally predisposed to ulcerative colitis. This disease is equally reported in people of all age groups, but it mostly begins during adolescence and is commonly diagnosed between 15 and 35 years of age. After 50 years, again the prevalence of this disease increases, especially in men.
There is no defined treatment for ulcerative colitis in conventional methods of medicine, but the best homeopathy doctor can provide very effective and efficient treatments in these cases.
The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is still unknown. But it is believed that, immune system malfunction is the most probable cause for ulcerative colitis. In which, the immune system while fighting back the viruses and bacterias start killing its own cells in the digestive tract too. But it’s still not clear that why immune system selectively affects the large intestine cells only, and not the others.
Previously it was suspected that stress and diet may play a role in causing it, but now it is believed that these factors only add up or aggravate the symptoms, but do not cause the disease.
It is also believed that heredity has a role to play in passing over this disease in generations as it is common in members of the same family, but in most of the cases family history of ulcerative colitis is not found.
Sign and symptoms
Colon is the part of the large intestines. It helps in absorption of water from the undigested food materials. In the case of ulcerative colitis due to inflammation of the inner lining of the colon, absorptive function is seriously hampered, resulting into symptoms like
- abdominal pain
- rectal bleeding
Other than that, some commonly produced symptoms may include:
- Urgency for defecating
- Difficulty in passing stool despite of feeling of emergency
- Rectal pain
- Weight loss
- failure in children to thrive
Ulcerative colitis may cause other associated symptoms like:
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Skin problems
- Eye inflammation
- Nausea and reduced appetite
- Mouth sores
Men and women are equally at risk for developing this disease. Some risk factors that are involved in causing it are:
- Most commonly begin in people before the age of 30, yet it can happen at any age and may develop even after 60 years of age.
- White people are more prone for developing this disease
- People having the family history of ulcerative colitis are at higher risk of developing this disease
Some possible complications that may develop due to ulcerative colitis are:
- Perforation in colon
- Severe bleeding
- Inflammation of skin, joints and eyes
- Severe dehydration
- Increased risk of colon cancer
- Increased risk of blood clots in veins and arteries
- Toxic mega colon, in which swelling rapidly increases in colon
- Rarely liver diseases
After carefully taking the medical history of the patient, doctor may suggest some tests to confirm the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis, like-blood tests, stool sample, colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, x-rays, CT scan, etc.
Homeopathy addresses the root cause of the disease. In the case of ulcers colitis, it helps in treating and strengthening the immune system of the body, which is responsible for causing the ulcers in the large intestine. This way homeopathy not only cures the root cause of the disease, but also the presenting symptoms.
Best homeopathy doctor in such cases go for the individualised medicines to get the symptoms cured from the roots. This type of treatment involves careful study of the characteristic symptoms of the patient physically, mentally and emotionally. It is very effective way of treating the cases of ulcerative colitis in the most natural and holistic manner.