Ulcerative colitis is a long-term condition where the colon and rectum become inflamed. The colon is the large intestine (bowel) and the rectum is the end of the bowel where stools are stored. Small ulcers can develop on the colon’s lining, and can bleed and produce pus.
Symptoms of ulcerative colitis include recurring diarrhoea which may contain blood or pus, stomach pain and the frequent urge to empty your bowels. Chinese medicine attributes this to both Damp and Heat which burns the insides, causing damage to the blood vessels and poisoning the intestines.
Damp-Heat toxins must be cleard from the intestines and Pu Gong Ying (Herba Taraxaci) would be used for this. When the problem is long-term there may also be Spleen deficiency, which a Chinese Medicine practitioner will treat with tonifying herbs such as Huang Qi (Radix Astragali).
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