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Ulcerative_Colitis Treatment at sunridge medicalUlcerative Colitis is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease that causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) to form in the inner most lining of the large intestines (colon) that produce pus and mucous. Ulcerative colitis is and autoimmune condition that results in an abnormal response in the body. When healthy, the cells and protein that make up the mmune system protect the body from infection.
With ulcerative colitis, the immune systems mistakes bacteria, food and other materials in the intestine as foreign substances. As a results the body sends white blood cells into the intestinal lining where they produce inflammation and ulcerations.
The causes of ulcerative colitis are uncertain, although there seems to be a predisposition to the disease passed down genetically. Those already susceptible to the disease can be triggered by environmental factors such as diet. A specific ulcerative colitis diet is sometimes recommended. Stress may irritate the disease though this is not believed to be a direct cause.

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Nella, Vancouver, Canada – Nella’s doctors in Canada suggested she have her entire colon removed due to her ulcerative colitis. Instead she came to Sunridge Medical and is now in complete remission.

Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis symptoms wax and wane with periods of virtually no symptoms between bouts of intense symptoms. Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. Roughly 10% of people have severe symptoms that can require hospitalization. The most common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are diarrhea with blood or pus and abdominal pain. Other symptoms can include:

Less common symptoms

Ulcerative colitis may affect as many as 700,000 Americans. Men and Women are equally likely to be affected, and most people are diagnosed in their mid-30s.
Coelho MR, Romi MD, Ferreira DMTP, Zaltman C, Soares-Mota M. The Use of Curcumin as a Complementary Therapy in Ulcerative Colitis: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Clinical Trials. Nutrients. 2020 Jul 31;12(8):2296. doi: 10.3390/nu12082296. PMID: 32751776; PMCID: PMC7468803.

The objective of this study was to systematically review the literature to verify the efficacy and safety of curcumin as a complementary therapy for the maintenance or induction of remission in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A comprehensive search was conducted by two independent authors in MEDLINE (PubMed), Scopus, Web of Science, the Cochrane Library, Lilacs, Food Science and Technology Abstracts, and ScienceDirect. The search terms “curcumin”, “curcuma”, “inflammatory bowel disease”, “proctocolitis”, “crohn disease”, and “inflammation” were combined to create search protocols. This study considered randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in any language before March 2020 that evaluated the effects of curcumin on inflammatory activity and the maintenance or remission of IBD patients. After duplicates were removed, 989 trials were identified, but only 11 met the eligibility criteria. Five of these were considered to be biased and were excluded. Therefore, six trials were considered in this review. All the studies included in the systematic review were placebo-controlled RCTs conducted on individuals with ulcerative colitis (UC). All the RCTs reported that curcumin was well tolerated and was not associated with any serious side effects. Studies show that curcumin may be a safe, effective therapy for maintaining remission in UC when administered with standard treatments. However, the same cannot be stated for Crohn’s disease due to the lack of low bias risk studies. Further studies with larger sample sizes are needed before curcumin can be recommended as a complementary therapy for Ulcerative Colitis.

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