19 Home Remedies To Treat Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune condition that involves an inflammatory bowel caused by inflammation of the colon and rectum.

The main cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. However, it is believed that genetics, immune system, and the environment plays a major role. Stress also tends to aggravate its symptoms.

Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include; rectal bleeding, pus production due to the ulcer, diarrhea, bloody stools, rectal pain, fever, and abdominal discomfort.

If you have ulcerative colitis you should minimize your consumption of foods such as; coffee, alcohol, nuts, seeds, tea, dairy products, and fatty meats, as they may trigger its symptoms.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with ulcerative colitis;

  • Eat small meals throughout the day as this would reduce chances of abdominal cramps and discomfort.
  • Locate where the bathroom is when you are in a new environment as this would keep you calm in case of a flare-up.
  • Always take your medication. Don’t be tempted to skip them.
  • Be prepared. Carry emergency supplies such as extra underwears and toiletries.
  • Take plenty of fluids as ulcerative colitis could lead to diarrhea, loss of appetite and dehydration.
  • Keep a food journal to monitor which foods trigger flares.
  • Get enough rest and sleep as these are important for anyone with chronic diseases.
  • Make an attempt to find exercises that work for you as exercise would improve your overall wellbeing.

Below are 19 home remedies and natural treatments for ulcerative colitis pain and symptoms;

1. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe vera has a soothing effect on the digestive system. Being an anti-inflammatory agent, it helps in fighting inflammation and provides a great relief from the associated symptoms.

Consume a quarter cup of aloe vera gel for at least 6-8 times per day. You may also drink the aloe vera juice to get rid of the ulcerative colitis. Just take 2 tablespoons of the juice and consume it. Now drink a glass of water. Do this 2-3 times each day for several weeks until you get rid of the problem.

2. Slippery Elm

The mucilage content present in slippery elm forms a gel-like coating in the inner lining of the bowel. This helps in reducing inflammation and other symptoms associated with it.

Take two cups of hot water and add 1 teaspoon of slippery elm and some sugar in it. Consume it two times every day to cure your digestive system. Alternatively, you may also drink a tea made by steeping a tablespoon of slippery elm powder in a cup of hot water. Drink it at least two times daily for effective results.

3. Olive Oil

Olive oil is another great remedy for ulcerative colitis. The high amount of monosaturated fats present in olive helps in reducing the symptoms. It also reduces inflammation due to olive oil’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Consuming olive oil on a regular basis may also provide an added protection against the problem. To get rid of colitis just add 2-3 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet.

4. Turkey

Studies show that the body may suffer from insufficient levels of protein due to a flare-up of ulcerative colitis. The inflammation and irritation of the intestines may make you deficient in proteins. Since turkey is high in proteins, it is helpful in balancing the protein levels in the body and speed up the healing process. Including turkey in your diet, thus, boosts your protein levels and helps in repair and regeneration.

5. Fresh Fruits

No wonder, fruits are the best food for health. Consume fruits like bananas, cooked apples, peaches, avocados, seedless grapes and soft melons. These are easy to digest and provides dietary fibers and nutrients needed by the body. Avoid consuming fruits like berries, plums, rhubarb, coconut, and dried fruits as these contain a very high amount of fiber which may not be suitable if you are dealing with diarrhea.

6. Yoghurt

A weak immune system is one of the biggest causes of ulcerative colitis. Hence, consuming foods rich in probiotics such as yogurt may help in relieving the symptoms to some extent. It will help in increasing the number of good bacteria in your gut and boosts its health. Use plain cultured yogurt in your diet in moderate amounts to increase your immunity and fight the disease.

7. Calendula

Calendula has a soothing effect on the gut and help in relieving the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. It also reduces inflammation and promotes healing naturally. Just steep some 1-2 teaspoons of calendula flowers in a cup of hot water for 10-12 minutes. Strain it and drink the concoction 3 times a day to improve your digestion.

8. Psyllium Seeds

Psyllium seeds are high in soluble fibers that help in increasing the mobility of the gut and provides a great relief from diarrhea associated with ulcerative colitis.

Take a cup of warm water and add ground psyllium seeds (1-2 teaspoons). Immediately drink the solution before the psyllium soaks up the water and becomes thick. Do this once daily. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day as low hydration levels may lead to constipation. In some cases, psyllium seeds may worsen the condition. Consult with your doctor before you try this remedy.

9. Ginger

Being an anti-inflammatory agent, ginger would help in soothing the irritated lining of the gut and provide relief in a natural way. It is also rich in antioxidants that speed up the healing process. Make ginger tea by boiling 2 tablespoons of grated ginger in a cup of water. Bring it to boil and simmer for about 10 minutes. Strain and add lemon and honey to add taste. Sip the tea slowly.

10. Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is highly effective in treating the symptoms of ulcerative colitis. It can reduce diarrhea and rectal bleeding and the associated pain. Start by taking  4 tablespoons of wheatgrass juice every day and gradually increase your doses to up to 3.5 ounces in a day.

11. Fenugreek

Fenugreek forms a protective coat in the gut lining relieving ulcerative colitis in an incredible way. Fenugreek fights inflammation and boosts the body with minerals, vitamins, and proteins. Crush some fenugreek seeds and add it to a cup of hot water. Let it steep for 5-7 minutes. Strain it and sip the concoction once every day to get rid of the colitis.

12. Chamomile

The soothing effect of chamomile helps in reducing pain and inflammation in a fast and effective way. Simply take a cup of boiling water and add 3 teaspoons of dried flowers of chamomile. Steep for 10-12 minutes and strain it into another cup. Drink this tea 3 times in a day to get rid of the condition.

13. Fish Oil

Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids beneficial for treating colitis. It reduces inflammation and soothes the inner lining of the intestines to reduce any flare up. Take about a gram of fish oil supplement for effective results, You may slowly increase your dose to 2-4 grams depending on your condition.

14. Turmeric

Turmeric contains a substance called curcumin which is anti-inflammatory in nature. Hence consuming turmeric can help in fighting chronic inflammation of the gut. Put some grated turmeric root in a cup of water. Bring it to boil and simmer for another 8-10 minutes. Strain it and add some honey and lemon juice to enhance the taste. Consume this turmeric tea 3 times in a day.

15. Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is another natural source of omega fatty acids that promote healing and reduces inflammation in the gut. Include 1 teaspoon of the oil in your diet for effective results.

16. Iron And Folic Acid

Iron and folic acid may help in boosting the production of red blood cells in the body to promote healing. Consume foods that are rich in iron such as beef, liver, leafy vegetables, black beans, and egg yolk. Also include foods high in folates such as broccoli, avocados, and beets to boost its level in your body and treat ulcerative colitis.

17. Licorice Root

Licorice has been used, in Chinese medicine, for thousands of years due to its great healing properties. It helps in reducing inflammation and pain associated with the condition. Simply consume licorice root extract in a dose of 6 grams daily for a 130-pound individual. Do not consume it for more than 4 weeks. Avoid using it during pregnancy or if you have a liver, kidney or heart condition.

18. Boswellia

Boswellia or frankincense is a great remedy for ulcerative colitis. It contains an acid, boswellic acid, that has an anti-inflammatory effect on the gut which promotes a faster healing. Take about 550 mg of frankincense each day for 3 weeks to get rid of the ulcerative colitis symptoms. Avoid using it during pregnancy.

19. Bland Foods

Spicy food can aggravate ulcerative colitis and increase the intensity of flare-ups. Eat bland foods such as mashed potatoes, brown rice, gelatin, puffed rice, cream of wheat, oatmeal, canned vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, spinach, and mushrooms. These foods are easy to digest and may help in keeping your digestive system healthy while providing nourishment to your body.