Colitis is inflammation of the colon (large intestine). The causes include: infections, whether caused by a virus, parasite or food poisoning, inflammatory disorders (ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease), lack of blood flow (ischemic colitis) and prior radiation to intestine.
Treatment of colitis depends on the cause. Many cases can be resolved by maintaining a clear liquid diet to rest the bowel, and using drugs to control pain.
Some patients with a more severe episode of colitis require intravenous fluids and other medical interventions.
For milder cases there are several home remedies to relieve colitis.
Flax seed – Put a handful of flax seeds in a glass of water. Let stand for 12 hours, strain, and drink water.
Hot water bottle – Place a hot water bottle (not hot enough to burn yourself, though!) on your abdomen.
Cabbage water for colitis – Put a few cabbage leaves in a pot with water and boil for 10 minutes. Let it cool and drink the water.
Rice water – Put half a cup of rice in a pot and add three cups of water. Boil water over low heat for 20 minutes. Strain and drink the water.
Chamomile tea to soothe the colon – The wonderful chamomile tea, an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Aloe vera juice for colitis – I have seen already prepared aloe vera juice in stores lately. This juice is very effective in healing the mucous membrane of the colon.
Apples and papaya – Add apples and papaya to your diet. These fruits help relieve colitis.
Acupressure to Relieve Colitis
1. Using your thumb, apply strong pressure to the point that is in the back of the hand in the middle of the thumb and index finger.
2. Apply strong pressure to the point that is three inches down from the knee, and 1 inch outward.
3. Apply medium pressure to the point that is 2 inches down from the navel.
Keep the pressure on these three points from one to three minutes and relax. Repeat.
Homemade Compresses to Relieve Colitis
The following recipes are for external use only.
Apple cider vinegar compress
To relieve the pain caused by ulcerative colitis, dip a washcloth in apple cider vinegar and place it on the abdomen. Cover with kitchen plastic wrap and leave it on for four hours.
Castor oil compress
Dip a clean piece of flannel with castor oil and apply on abdomen.
Cover it with a piece of cloth and kitchen plastic wrap. Put a hot water bottle on the compress and leave it on for an hour or two. It can be repeated as often as desired.
Tip: If you store the compress in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator, you can reuse it 25 to 30 times.
Epsom salts compress to relieve colitis
Mix 2 cups of Epsom salts in two cups of water. Soak a piece of flannel in the mixture and place on the abdomen. Put a hot water bottle or heating pad on top to keep the compress warm. Leave it on for 3 to 4 hours.