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Ulcerative Colitis, Insomnia, Weakness and Ayurveda

Q: suffuring from ulcerative colitis and insomenia,weakness what medicines you suggest

Dr Kirti Says

Thank you for your enquiry.

As per your enquiry you have ulcerative colitis, insomnia and weakness.

Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and it affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and the rectum.

The exact cause of Ulcerative Colitis is not known however autoimmune factors, food allergies, collagen disorders, genetic factors, infection and psychogenesis have all been suggested.

The inflammatory process is thought to be triggered by one or a combination of some of these factors.

The psychological factors like feeling of anger, anxiety, stress, depression are also important in aggravating the course and the symptoms of the disease.

According to Ayurveda Pitta Prakruti (constitution) individuals are more susceptible to Ulcerative Colitis.

The causes of ulcerative colitis according to Ayurveda are, skipping meals, not maintaining regular meal timings, eating late at night, eating spicy, sour or stale and infected foods etc.

Indulging in many arguments, eating while watching TV or walking, watching too many violent movies, excessive heat or exposure of the sun, excessive alcohol and smoking, excessive mental activity, getting angry, late night parties, lack of physical activity etc.

Thus in your case due to ulcerative colitis you have insomnia and vice versa. Moreover due two reasons the food is not digested properly, moreover the nutrients are not being absorbed and thus you suffer from weakness.

All this factors aggravate pitta Dosha and cause ulcerative colitis.

Moreover in a Pitta constitution individual Pitta gets aggravated very quickly with the above factors and patients develop diarrhea, later that may progress into bloody diarrhea.

A careful medical history is very important to reveal a gradual progression of the condition months or years before a disease entity is recognized.

The "pre"-symptoms include, periods of urgency to defecate, mucous in the stools,very mild intermittent abdominal cramps,  unexplained fatigue,  weight loss, dullness of the complexion.

Nervousness, mild vertigo, intolerance, unpleasant body odor, occasional sharp rectal pain, dark yellow urine, premature ejaculation, low sperm count, longer duration of menstruation, and a sensation of fullness in the lower abdomen.

Usually these symptoms are ignored or treated symptomatically, but the report of bloody diarrhoea triggers a sigmoid- or colonoscopy and biopsy (chronic inflammation, crypt atophy) which confirms the diagnosis.

Blood tests (looking for anemia, elevated WBC counts, CRP, and ESR) and barium meal enemas are also sometimes performed.

According to Ayurveda, ulcerative colitis is primarily a disease of Pitta dosha with varying degrees of Vata involvement.

There are two major forms of treatments in Ayurveda for ulcerative colitis, Vasti therapy (oil/decoction enemas) and oral medications.

Normally, vasti therapy is administered initially and followed by several months of oral medications. Panchakarma Therapies of varying duration are also strongly advised.

Vasti Therapy (enema therapy) is one of the important therapies in Ayurveda.

According to Ayurveda vata Dosha is very important Dosha. It is the main driver of the body, the doshas, all the tissues (dhatus) and all of the waste products (malas).

It is responsible for the eliminations of the waste products out of our body, assists metabolisms, controls the movement of body (both physical & mental) including respiration, circulation etc, relays all sensory input to the brain.

Moreover if Vata gets imbalanced it causes the Pitta or kapha to be imbalanced as well. It is the root cause of many diseases.

Vasti therapy is the principal treatment for the Vata Dosha. Once we control this Dosha we can control the other two.

Moreover diet and lifestyle changes are important as well.

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Dr. Kirti Paik-Inkar
  • Dr. Kirti Paik-Inkar

    Specialty: Physiology

  • Dr. Kirti received her Bachelor of Ayurveda and Medical Science from the University of Pune in 2002 and her Doctor of Medicine in Physiology from the University of Nagpur in 2005. In addition, she earned a Masters Degree in Health and Social Care from the University of Worcester (UK) in 2008 as well as a Diploma in Massage (Abhyanga and Mardana) in 2000.


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