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Ulcerative Colitis
 
Standard Definition

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the large bowel (colon) characterized by bloody diarrhoea. Evaluation and diagnosis by your healthcare practitioner is essential, and will be made in conjunction with a gastroenterologist. Conventional treatment for UC is often essential in emergency circumstances. However, this treatment may only offer partial relief and in some cases cause significant side effects. If you have UC and wish to use natural treatments you should work closely with a healthcare practitioner who has trained in nutritional, herbal or integrative medicine.

 
 
Underlying Disruption in Function

The exact cause of UC is not known definitively, but it most likely involves multiple factors including infectious, genetic, immunologic, psychologic, environmental, and nutritional factors. UC prevalence is higher in industrialized nations, supporting the idea that diet or other environmental factors are contributing factors. In those with a genetic predisposition UC may be triggered by exposure to an infectious agent or toxin, leading to stimulation of the inflammatory response. Dietary patterns and nutritional deficiencies may also play a role in the development and maintenance of the inflammatory cycle. Also, stress can activate inflammation in the bowel, and it has been shown that UC can develop within 1 year of a stressful life event such as the death of a loved one. Stress typically makes the symptoms worse.

 
 
Possible Causes, Triggers & Exacerbating Factors
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Diet high in sugar, animal fat and cholesterol
  • Stress
  • Intestinal infection
 
 
Common Signs & Symptoms
  • Violent, urgent diarrhoea
  • Blood and/or mucus in the stool
  • Abdominal tenderness, pain, cramping
  • Fever
  • Palpitations, rapid heart beat
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Constipation (less common)
  • Anaemia
  • Joint and muscle pain, arthritis
 
 
Possible Additional Integrative Medicine Diagnostic Tests

This is additional information that does not replace nor negate conventional diagnosis. Other tests may be useful depending on the individual circumstance.

  • Digestive function assessment
  • Biochemical assessments
  • Allergy and food intolerance testing
 
 
Links & Other Information

Contact YourHealth for referenced material regarding this condition, any of the diagnostic tests or therapies mentioned.

 

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