Ulcerative Colitis is a condition wherein the patient suffers from ulcers and inflammation on the colon and the rectum. The most prominent symptoms of this condition are abdominal pain, weight loss, anaemia and diarrhoea with traces of blood and they occur intermittently. Ulcerative Colitis may also lead to complications like inflammation in the joints, the liver and the colon and sometimes lead to colon cancer. The main causes of Ulcerative Colitis are lowered immunity and genetic disorders, however, the condition could occur due to abnormalities in the gut bacteria. Diagnosis is done by a process called colonoscopy with tissue biopsies. Ulcerative Colitis is a type of an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) along with Crohn's disease and microscopic colitis.
Ulcerative Colitis, in Ayurveda, is a condition that occurs due to an imbalance in the Pitta and Vata Doshas. We, at Green Gram wellness Village, have two major forms of ayurvedic therapies to treat patients suffering from this condition – Ayurvedic herbal medicines and Vasti therapies.
We have elaborated some of the therapies below for a better understanding.
Sneha Vasti – Sneha Vasti is a process of Ayurvedic enema. At Green Gram Wellness Village, we pay close attention to maintaining hygienic conditions for the patients. So we ask the patient to take a warm water bath before beginning the process of Sneha Vasti. We make necessary arrangements to ensure the patient is comfortably lying down on a cot with one thigh folded and the second extended. The mixture of oils required for this process is a concoction of carefully chosen oils from our 22 years of research and experience in the field. The specialist applies some oil to the rectum area and introduces a lubricated enema nozzle filled with our medicated herbal oils into the rectum very carefully and skilfully while massaging the abdomen. We let the patient lie comfortably till the oils are expelled from the system. We observe the patient and advise food intake accordingly.
Kashaya Vasti – Kashaya Vasti – Kashaya Vasti is an ayurvedic enema technique. We, at Green Gram Wellness Village, prepare a mixture of herbs, rock salt, honey and oils and pour it in a leather sac and heat the sac by immersing it in hot water. We then tie the sac carefully to a vastiyantra (an instrument used to carry out enema). At this stage, we have the necessary oils and the instrument ready to carry out the process of enema. We always make arrangements to ensure the patients are comfortable prior to and during the process and ask the patient to lie down on his back while our experienced specialist introduces the herbal mixture via the instrument carefully and skilfully into the anus of the patient. We allow the patients to continue lying down comfortably till they experience an urge to pass stool. Post a clear bowel movement, we request our patient to take a warm water bath and consume digestible food.
While our patients are undergoing one or a combination of these therapies at the Green Gram wellness Village, we ensure that the food served to them adds to the nourishment and reduces the physical discomfort caused by the condition. Hence, we use ingredients that have nourishing as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties. This plan of specific foods for the patients is referred to as Pathya and it is made specific to the individuals.