Ulcerative Colitis (UC) is a very unpleasant and debilitating condition. It affects the colon and rectum and typically involves only the innermost lining (mucosa) of the gut wall. It manifests as continuous areas of inflammation and ulceration, with no segments of normal tissue. There is strong evidence that environmental factors are far more important than genetic factors in UC. (see research: 2,1)
The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Patients also may experience anaemia, fatigue, weight loss, loss of appetite, rectal bleeding, loss of body fluids and nutrients, skin lesions and joint pain. About half of the people diagnosed with ulcerative colitis have mild symptoms. Others suffer frequent fevers, bloody diarrhoea, nausea, and severe abdominal cramps. Ulcerative colitis may also cause problems such as arthritis, inflammation of the eye, liver disease, and osteoporosis.
In clinical trials, it was noted that natural interventions provided beneficial effects and patients with Ulcerative Colitis, who received herbal medicine, had a remission rate of 64% compared to 44% for pharmaceutical treatment. (see research 1,6)
The Gastro Clinic approach to Ulcerative Colitis includes Herbal Medicine and nutritional advice to help reduce the inflammation and heal the mucosal lining of the colon.