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|Colitis refers to inflammation of the colon. The disease results from prolonged irritation and inflammation of the delicate membrane
which lines the walls of the colon. Chronic ulcerative colitis is a severe prolonged inflammation of the colon or large bowel, in which
ulcers form on the walls of the colon.
Colitis usually begins in the lower part of the colon and spreads upwards. The first symptom of the trouble is an increased urgency
to move the bowel, followed by cramping pains in the abdomen and, sometimes, bloody mucus in the stools. As the disease spreads
upward, the stools become watery and more frequent and are characterized by rectal straining. The loss of blood and fluid from the
"bowels results in weakness, fever, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and anaemia. Other symptoms are a bloated feeling,
|constipation alternating with diarrhoea or persistent diarrhea for years together, and insomnia The patient is usually malnourished
and may be severely underweight.
One of the causes of colitis is chronic constipation and the use of purgatives. Constipation causes an accumulation of the hard faecal
matter which is never properly evacuated. Purgatives used as a 'cure' only increase irritation. Often colitis results from poorly
digested roughage, especially of cereals and carbohydrates, which causes bowel irritation. Other causes of the disease are an
allergic sensitivity to certain 'foods, intake of antibiotics and severe stress.
Colitis Remedies with Banana:
One or two ripe bananas taken every day are one of the most effective home remedies for ulcerative colitis. Being bland, smooth,
easily-digestible and slightly laxative, they relieve the acute symptoms and promote the healing process.
Colitis Remedies with Buttermilk:
A glass of buttermilk taken daily is another effective remedy for colitis. It is the residual liquid left over after the fat has been
removed from curd by churning.
Colitis Remedies with Epsom Salts:
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salts in 2 cups of water. Saturate a flannel cloth in the salt solution and place over the abdomen. Keep warm
with a heating pad or water bottle for 3-4 hours.
Colitis Remedies with Apples:
Steamed apples also aid the healing of ulcerative lesions because of their ample concentration of iron and phosphorus.
Colitis Remedies with Rice:
Rice has a very low fibre content, and is, therefore, extremely soothing in colitis. A thick gruel of rice mixed with a glass of
buttermilk and a ripe banana, given twice a day, forms a very nutritious, well-balanced diet in this disease.
|Special Colitis Remedies with Apple Cider Vinegar
Dip a flannel cloth in apple cider vinegar and place on the abdomen. Cover with plastic and allow to stay in place for at least 4
hours. This should provide relief
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