The Fundamentals

Colitis, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is inflammation of the colon. It is marked by offensive watery stools with mucus and pus, intermittent fever, and abdominal pain, tenderness or colic. Ulcerative colitis is ulceration of the colon's mucosa, while pseudomenbranous colitis is associated with antibiotic therapy. Clostridium difficile is a toxin in antibiotic that diminishes the normal colon flora and may permit difficile to overgrow and cause necrosis of the intestinal mucosa. Symptoms include diarrhea with gross blood and mucus, abdominal cramps, fever, and leukocytosis. About 4-10 days after beginning the antibiotic therapy, symptoms begin. Part of the treatment is discontinuation of the antibiotic. Radiation colitis is caused by damage to the bowel from radiation therapy. Symptoms are similar to inflamed bowel and include pain, cramps, rectal bleeding and diarrhea.

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(Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

olitis, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome, affects some 35 million Americans. More than half of these are women between the ages of 20 and 40. Because the symptoms can be caused by many other conditions, and include diarrhea or constipation, bloating, gas, and abdominal pain, it is important to be diagnosed before beginning any treatment. Many herbs may be helpful in relieving some of the symptoms of colitis. Chamomile tends to relieve gas and calm intestinal spasms. Additionally, it fights inflammation and soothes the gastrointestinal tract, helping to fight both constipation and diarrhea. To help alleviate cramping caused by irritable bowel, Cramp Bark has proven effective due to its ability to relax smooth muscle tissue. Fennel Seed has been used in the treatment of gas pains and bloating, and the relaxing and astringent actions of Hops Strobiles can be applied to mucous colitis. Cascara Sagrada is clinically proven to be effective against constipation, which is one of the symptoms of colitis.
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