Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which abnormal reactions of the immune system cause inflammation and ulcers (sores) on the inner lining of your large intestine and in the lining of your colon.

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Your Guide to Understanding Ulcerative Colitis

What is Ulcerative Colitis?

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that primarily affects the colon and rectum. It is characterized by inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the large intestine, leading to symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. The condition is considered to be an autoimmune disorder, and its exact cause is not fully understood.

How can Naturopathy help treat Ulcerative Colitis?

Naturopathic approaches to treating ulcerative colitis often involve dietary modifications, such as the adoption of an anti-inflammatory diet and identification of trigger foods, along with the use of herbal supplements and probiotics to support gut health.

Naturopaths may recommend stress-reducing techniques, such as mindfulness and acupuncture, as part of a holistic approach to managing symptoms. However, it's important for individuals to work with a healthcare team, including a gastroenterologist, to ensure that all treatment options are coordinated and aligned with their specific needs.

What causes Ulcerative Colitis?

The exact cause of ulcerative colitis is not fully understood, but it is believed to result from a combination of genetic, environmental, and immunological factors. Potential contributors to the development of ulcerative colitis may include a malfunctioning immune system that leads to an abnormal inflammatory response in the digestive tract, genetic predisposition, environmental triggers, and an imbalance in gut microbiota. However, the precise interplay of these factors in causing ulcerative colitis remains a subject of ongoing research and investigation.

What treatments might help Ulcerative Colitis?

Treatment for ulcerative colitis aims to reduce inflammation, manage symptoms, and promote long-term remission. This can involve medication to control inflammation, relieve symptoms, and suppress the immune system. Additionally, lifestyle modifications such as dietary changes, stress management, and regular exercise can play a role in managing the condition. In some cases, surgical options may be considered, especially if medications are ineffective or if there are complications.

Signs of Ulcerative Colitis:

Ulcerative colitis manifests with a range of symptoms, including abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea often containing blood or pus, urgency to defecate, rectal bleeding, weight loss, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, and tenesmus (the sensation of incomplete bowel movement). It's important to recognize that the combination and severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis:

Ulcerative colitis can cause abdominal pain, ongoing defecating problems with blood, a strong need to go to the bathroom, bleeding from the bottom, losing weight, feeling tired, having a fever, not feeling hungry, and feeling like you can't completely empty your bowels. These symptoms can be different for each person.

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When is the right time to see a Naturopath for Ulcerative Colitis?

The decision to see a naturopath for ulcerative colitis should be made in conjunction with a healthcare team, typically after consulting with a gastroenterologist and considering individual treatment goals. Naturopathic care for ulcerative colitis often involves dietary modifications, herbal supplements, probiotics, stress-reducing techniques, and other holistic approaches that aim to support gut health and reduce inflammation.

Meet our Lead Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Dr. Giuliana (Rea) Vicinanzo

Dr. Giuliana (Rea) Vicinanzo

Naturopathic Doctor (ND)

Licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) by College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

Dr. Giuliana uses orthomolecular medicine (i.e supplementation), nutrition and dietary interventions, botanical medicine, acupuncture, hydrotherapy, physical therapy, counselling and many other modalities to help patients achieve their goals. 

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