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Herbs for ulcerative colitis

In the following text, we will focus on the condition called ulcerative colitis. Other names used for this condition, include the proctitis and colitis. This condition is created by the inflammation of the colon and rectum, but other areas can also contract this inflammation, though these two are the most common ones. The problems are created in the large intestine and are named ulcers, but they are usually referred to as sores. We have stated that large intestine is usually affected, while the small experiences such problems very rarely. Just one part of the small intestine, named terminal ileum, is susceptible to this condition. The most common symptom of this condition is diarrhea, but in some cases, when ulcers are created in the areas where cells are destroyed by the inflammation, pus and bleeding from the ulcers is possible.

Causes

The disease that produces inflammation in the colon and small intestine is called ulcerative colitis, and it is created in the bowel system by the inflammation. The reason why we mention this disease is the fact that these two conditions are very similar, and that diagnose can sometimes be difficult to make because of their similarities. Third condition with similar symptoms is the Crohn's disease, and it is usually created in the esophagus, large intestine, stomach, anus, duodenum, mouth and appendix, but the most affected location is the small intestine. It can be differed from ulcerative colitis because the problem with Crohn's disease is located deeper within the intestine wall. The period between 15 and 30 years of age is the most affected period of life. The condition can be evident in lower numbers among people above 50. People under 15 are the greatest ulcer free group of people. This condition makes no difference between women and men, since it affects them equally.

Treatment

What can a person experiencing ulcer problems do, in order to relieve the symptoms? Remedy which can be used is aloe vera, since the anti-inflammatory effect of this plant has been used in liquid form to treat ulcerative colitis. Other herbs used in the treatment are butyrate (used as enema for ulcerative colitis on the left side), licorice root (not advises to use), and slippery elm, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effect, and slows down the digestive system. Anti-inflammatory ability can also be found in herb named boswellia. For the reduction of inflammation, you will need to consume omega-3 fatty acids, which are very effective in treating Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Remember to consult a professional prior to the use of any of the stated remedies.

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