Colitis – chronic inflammation of the colon – is an extremely painful condition marked by frequent bouts of blood-streaked diarrhoea. If the patient has not already undergone food allergy tests, these should be undertaken before treatment begins.

In Chinese Medicine colitis has a variety of causes, from deficiency and cold in the stomach and spleen to dampness and heatqi stasisblood or food stagnation of possibly a yin deficiency.

Colitis is a troublesome and relatively common complaint which seems to respond rather more positively to Chinese Medicine remedies than to modern medicine, which usually treats the patient with steroids or by surgery to remove the most severely affected parts of the colon. A Chinese Medicine practitioner will prescribe Dandelion, poriaastragaluspeony and ginseng for a patient with colitis.

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