Treating Ulcerative colitis naturally with Homeopathy
In this post I am going to discuss Homeopathy for Ulcerative colitis and many of the numerous natural treatments & remedies that it has to offer for all kinds of people.
A few months ago, I posted on social media that it had come to my attention that Ulcerative colitis was a side effect of the thyroid medication Levothyroxine. One of my patients had been able to wean herself off Levothyroxine whilst under my care for hypothyroidism with Homeopathy. However, she had become pregnant and was advised by her GP to go back on the drug in case her thyroid hormone levels were affected. This subsequently had a terrible effect on her health and shortly after going back on Levothyroxine she developed severe diarrhoea, abdominal cramping, fatigue and weight loss. She stopped taking the thyroid medication and I was able to treat the colitis with homeopathy.
What I found interesting was that she said she had joined an Ulcerative Colitis group on Facebook in which people were posting how their symptoms were not improving, even though they were under the care of their GP and taking standard medication for this condition. She was pleased as shortly after starting the appropriate remedy for this condition her symptoms had started to improve. At the time of writing, after two appointments, her symptoms had improved by 70%. Another Ulcerative colitis patient who I saw earlier this month reported that her symptoms were now 95% better after only two appointments. I felt prompted to write this blog as I to share that it is a condition that can be treated successfully with homeopathy without the need for prescription medication that A might not be that effective and B have harmful or unpleasant side effects.
I should stress that homeopathy is an individualised form of medicine where all symptoms, both emotional and physical are considered in depth. So, a remedy that may work for one person does not necessarily work for another. You have to match the individual symptoms to the corresponding remedy.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which abnormal reactions of the immune system cause inflammation and ulcers on the inner lining of your large intestine and rectum.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis
Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Signs and symptoms may include:
- Diarrhoea, 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
Possible contributing factors include:
- Autoimmune component
- Too much fat in diet
- Emotional stress
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Lack of fibre in diet
- Lactose intolerance
General medical treatment includes:
Aminosalicylates, also known as 5-ASAs, are a group of medicines commonly used to treat Ulcerative colitis. They are often the first medicines prescribed to people who are newly diagnosed with ulcerative colitis
The most common side effects of the 5-ASA drugs (occurring in more than 10 percent of people) include headache and malaise (a vague feeling of illness), cramps and gas. Watery diarrhoea is common with one of rarely used 5-ASA formulations (brand name: Dipentum), occurring in about 15% of people.
Uncommon side effects
Uncommon side effects include hair loss, skin rash, and a worsening of inflammation of the colon (colitis); these occur in 1 to 10 percent of people.
Corticosteroids are a more powerful type of medicine used to reduce inflammation. They can be used with or instead of 5-ASAs to treat a flare-up if 5-ASAs alone are not effective.
Corticosteroids provide patients with vast relief quickly, but they’re not a long-term solution. Side effects include weight gain, moon face, acne, irritability, and insomnia.
If used over a longer period of time side effects may include delayed healing of cuts, easily bruising, Increased blood pressure due to salt and water retention and diabetes.
This class of medication controls or suppresses the body’s immune system response so it cannot cause ongoing inflammation,which may take several months to begin working, are generally used when aminosalicylates and corticosteroids haven’t been effective or have been only partially effective.
Side effects depend on the types and doses you take. High doses can cause serious side effects as your immune system is turned down, you’re at a higher risk of infection. Most common side effects include blood infections such as MRSA, fungal infections, and skin infections such as cellulitis.
Foods that may aggravate ulcerative colitis symptoms:
- milk and other dairy products
- coffee, tea, sodas, and other caffeinated products
- fruit and fruit juices
- fried foods
- high fat foods
- high fibre foods, including whole grain bread
- Cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli
- beans and other legumes
- steak, burgers, and other red meats
- artificial colours and sweeteners
Foods to introduce for ulcerative colitis:
- Slippery elm bark
- Raw cabbage juice
- Alkaline broth (cabbage juice, potato water and Chlorophyll or carrot)
- Psyllium husks (non-acute stage)
- Detoxification fasts
- Rice, soya and millet generally well tolerated.
Supplements for ulcerative colitis:
Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Zinc
Curcumin (500mg daily)
Homeopathy for ulcerative colitis.
Extreme irritability. Symptoms often caused by anger and indignation. Depressed and joyless.
Agonizing pains in abdomen causing patients to bend double. The pain is worse from the least amount of eating and drinking. Diarrhoea caused by pain, anger and indignation. Painful haemorrhoids.
Apathy and depression. Agitation. Mental confusion. Feelings of sadness and despair which improves on rising.
Colic and Diarrhoea. Stools with urgency and a nauseating fetid odour.
Nervous and anxious. Anguish and restlessness. Anxiety about health.
Abdomen swollen and painful. Burning pains. Haemorrhoids burn like fire. Crampy pains in bowels.
Ill effects of anger and humiliation. Guilt or shame. Ailments from suppressed anger.
Dysentery like stools. Worse after least food and drink. Stools smelling like rotten eggs. Very sensitive Haemorrhoids which are worse by touch.
If you suffer from Ulcerative colitis, whatever the cause, and want to discuss further how homeopathy can help you please feel free book in for a free 15 minute appointment.