Colitis is an inflammation of the colon. It is a painful condition that causes diarrhea and constipation, abdominal cramps, bloating, flatulence and gastrointestinal gases. The intensity of the symptoms depends on the intensity of inflammation. In order to sooth symptoms of colitis, you may use several herbs. Turmeric, sage, ginger, bark of the French maritime pine and yams have strong anti-inflammatory effect that alleviate pain. Additionally can be used, soothening herbs such as comfrey, Althea and antimicrobial herbs such as echinacea and garlic.
When colitis is accompanied by anxiety is good to use sedative herbs such as valerian and lemon balm. Main causes of colitis are stress, poor eating habits, medication, drinking coffee, alcohol and smoking. In acute phase of disease, avoid food rich in fibers, whole grain cereals, raw vegetables and nuts. Also avoid foods that may irritate the gut such as vinegar, pickles, fried and spicy foods or food rich in lactose and gluten. You can drink goat milk and eat soups, eggs, fruits, vegetables slightly cooked, banana and avocado. Aloe is administered in order to heal inflammation (60ml) before meal. Avoid taking aloe if there is intense diarrhea.