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Crohn’s disease is a type of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Crohn’s disease was recognized in the early 1930s and it predominantly affects individuals in industrialized countries affecting the psychosocial well-being of the affected persons. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract- usually, the small intestine- and will be mostly inflammatory in origin which can be better diagnosed through colonoscopy, CT, Endoscopy, and different inflammatory marker blood tests.
The disease is idiopathic and granulomatous affecting females and males equally. It has an early onset around 15 years of age and worsened symptoms during the early seventies. Crohn’s can affect the entire wall of the gastrointestinal system. The Gastrointestinal tract breaks down food and helps in the absorption of nutrients and removal of waste materials. During the inflammation, the immune system of the body damages the inner mucosa of the gastrointestinal system and causes incomplete digestion of the food resulting in diarrhoea and abdominal pain. The chronic inflammation results in scars leading to narrowing of the gastrointestinal tract. These changes altogether result in a cascade of symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhoea, fever, tiredness, anaemia, mouth soar, reduced appetite, and weight loss.
Genetic predisposition is a major factor in this disease which increases its complexity when influenced by the environment and immune system. One in every 250 Australians is affected by the disease as per the research studies. Due to the onset in the early adult age work-life balance is severely affected resulting in low productivity. A steroid medication, smoking, and a high carbohydrate diet can worsen the condition.
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The ayurvedic holistic approach is based on the assessment of Vata (air factors), Pitta (fire factors), and Kapha (water factors). This concept in Ayurveda emphasizes the need for a healthy digestive fire to maintain the proper functioning of organs and organ systems. Ayurveda advises herbs that can improve digestion (Agni Deepana), process toxins (Ama pachana), and healing (Ropana).
The susceptibility to the disease can be assessed by the body constitution type!
The involvement of genetic factors in the disease throws light on the fact that apart from the pharmacologic interventions a deeper level of understanding is needed to rebuild future generations. Research data shows sensitivity to Crohn’s disease for Vata-Pitta body type. Knowing your Prakruti helps in better assessment and treatment.
- The therapeutic benefits of herbs are accelerated in Ayurveda by combing different herbs and processing them in different media. These traditional herbal preparations help in boosting immunity, improving digestion, and refusing oxidants. Significant improvement in bowel frequency can be attained by this treatment. Research studies show successful remission of the disease with the safe use of turmeric herbal preparations.
- Ayurvedic detox therapies called Panchakarma aim at rebuilding the body at the cellular level. Other massage therapies like Abhyanga (Hot oil Massage), Shirodhara (Streaming of warm oil to the third eye), and Avagaha (Abdominal bath in warm herbal tea) help in healing the ulcers and regularizing Agni (the digestive power).
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Produce as such will not lead to a disease condition. It depends upon the tolerability and sensitiveness of every person’s body to that particular food. That is the reason we should focus more on Preventive therapy which can deal with the Relapsing nature of the disease. In case of chronic inflammation low fiber and liquid-rich diet will be helpful. Eat smaller meals with mindfulness. Never be in a hurry to finish the food. Reduce nuts and raw green leafy vegetables as the insoluble fiber content present in these may hinder digestion
- Pomegranate, buttermilk, banana, oranges, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, kiwifruit, and honeydew melon are recommended. Vegetables like asparagus and potatoes can be eaten well cooked. Eat steamed vegetables and soup added to rice.
- Refines grains like wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, etc. can be used which are fortified with vitamins and minerals to ensure proper nutrition. Protein-rich foods like peanuts, almonds, and cashew can be included in the diet in minimal quantity. Probiotics help in digestion and building up a healthy immune system.
- Bowel movements should be monitored with the intake of diet. Chocolates, butter, cream, etc. can increase bowel movements if not properly monitored.
- Take care during the intake of sweeteners and processed foods.5. Instead of drinking coffee and tea drink plenty of water and vegetable and fruit juices mixed with water to maintain adequate hydration and nutrition. A high-fat diet, bulky grains, hot spices, and alcohol should be avoided.
- Lactose intolerant people should be very careful while using milk and milk products. Similar symptoms can also occur with Fructose and galactose intolerance.
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