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Colitis Discussion
By DragonHawk:

Mouse, Have you ever come across colitis. A friend of mine suffers from this quite badly - it will leave her pretty much disabled for up to a month. She has lots of issues going on for her which she will not face - drink is a problem as is her attitude towards her husband - I feel if it wasn't for the children they would be separated right now - and he is a great guy - but I wonder is there an underlying problem that she is not dealing with? If so, these issues are coming all in all sorts of directions - they have lost at least 3 homes that I can think of through money problems and don't seem able to get a grip on reality -carrying on spending cash to keep up appearances etc. they are now so much in debt that I would be suicidal. I have tried many times to get through - despite the fact that we have been close friends for 15 years, I cannot seem to be able to talk to her about all this - or at least it does not go in. I just seem to see a blank look - as if my word are going straight through. Can you see any correlation - a basic problem that I might be able to tackle - I feel as if i am only hitting the symptoms - not the cause -you certainly have helped me understand what is going on for me - just wondered if you could work your magic in this situation.

Silver Eagle Dream Dancer:
My MIL had this for years. Also known as IBS. I worked on her for many years on a healing basis and experienced the same thing you did... just hitting the symptoms. They don't really know what causes it, as far as I know but they class it under auto immune disorders. From hers... I could tell it was directly linked to hidden self-destruction - very strong emotions of guilt, abandonment, responsibility. She eventually got a colostomy and two years later is still doing well. But she suffered for 5 years, tons of steroids, pain and worry before she finally had to have the colostomy to save her life. I have not medical basis for this.. but intuition was strong that if she could've worked out all those feelings in the early stages, it never would've developed into something serious.

Unregistered Guest:
Colitis refers to inflammation of the colon .The diseases results from prolonged irritation and inflammation of the delicate membrane, which lines the walls of the colon. Chronic ulcerative colitis is a severe prolonged inflammation of the colon or large bowel, in which ulcers from on the walls of the colon. One of the causes of the colitis is chronic constipation and the use of purgative. Constipation causes an accumulation of the hard fecal matter, which is never properly evacuated. Purgatives used as a cure only increase irritation. Often colitis results from poorly digested roughage, especially of cereals and carbohydrates, which causes bowel irritation. Other causes of the disease are an allergic sensitivity to certain foods, intake of antibiotic and severe stress. Diet plays an important part in the treatment of colitis. It is advisable to observe a juice fast for five days or so, in most cases of ulcerative colitis. Papaya juice, raw cabbage juice, and carrot juice are especially beneficial. Citrus juice should be avoided. After a juice fast a patient should gradually adopt a diet of small, frequent meals of soft cooked or steamed vegetables, rice, porridge, dalia, and well ripened fruits like banana and papaya. Yogurt and homemade cottage cheese. All food must be eaten slowly and chewed thoroughly. During the first five days of the juice fast the bowels should be cleaned daily with a warm water enema .A buttermilk enema taken twice a week is also soothing and helps in re-installing useful bacterial flora in the colon. Complete bedrest is very important. The patient should eliminate all causes of tension and face his/her discomfort with patience. Foods and herbs indicated: Banana Tender coconut Rice Wheat grass www.allayurveda.com/Newsletter_march.htm

Slippery Elm Food is generally made by mixing a teaspoonful of the powder into a thin and perfectly smooth paste with cold water and then pouring on a pint of boiling water, steadily stirring meanwhile. It can, if desired, be flavored with cinnamon, nutmeg or lemon rind. This makes an excellent drink in cases of irritation of the mucous membrane of the stomach and intestines, and taken at night will induce sleep. Another mode of preparation is to beat up an egg with a teaspoonful of the powdered bark, pouring boiling milk over it and sweetening it. Taken unsweetened, three times a day, Elm Food gives excellent results in gastritis, gastric catarrh, mucous colitis and enteritis, being tolerated by the stomach when all other foods fail, and is of great value in bronchitis, bleeding from the lungs and consumption (being most healing to the lungs), soothing a cough and building up and preventing wasting. botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/e/elmsli09.html

Supplements and herbs In chronic colitis, supplementation should focus on soothing and healing the mucous membranes as well as replenishing the nutrients that are lost. Be sure to take supplements that are most easily assimilated. Lactobacillus acidophilus combination supplements are beneficial in keeping the bowel flora well balanced, since the friendly bacteria are often disturbed in colitis. The essential fatty acids are necessary for rebuilding cells and providing energy. As precursors for the body's own prostaglandins, they serve as anti-inflammatories that are easy on the system. Essential fatty acids are available in evening primrose oil, fish oils and cold-pressed flax seed oil. Medicinal clay treatment for at least a week is most beneficial for intestinal inflammation by lining the walls of the colon and protecting it from irritation by toxins and abrasive matter. Add the medication you are taking to clay water. Clay helps absorb toxic waste from the intestines and is excellent in promoting healing. Beta-carotene and vitamin E promote mucous membrane healing and are often poorly absorbed by those with intestinal problems. To prevent scarring, vitamin E should be continued even when improvement is noticeable. The B vitamins are often deficient and supplementation with folic acid has reduced diarrhea in cases of deficiency.

Magnesium is helpful to calm spasms. Lack of this mineral can lead to irritability, cramps and weakness. Find a good multivitamin that has a complete supply of vitamins and minerals. Glutamine will help in the regeneration of colon cells. The plant enzymes bromelain and papain restore digestion. Use herbs that nourish the mucous membranes, glands, improve digestion, circulation and intestinal health, and strengthen the nerves. Aloe vera juice heals and aids in the smooth functioning of the colon. Take 1/2 cup daily for at least six months. After improvement, take 1 tbsp. daily for maintenance. A combination of burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and Turkish rhubarb effectively treats intestinal inflammation. Take 2 oz. twice daily. Stinging nettle helps to reduce inflammation. For a couple of weeks, take 2 tbsp. stinging nettle juice with some water three times daily fifteen minutes before meals. Sufficient silica in the intestines will reduce inflammation, and strengthen and rebuild connective tissue. Take 2-4 capsules of vegetal silica from spring horsetail twice daily with food. Hops is nerve calming, sleep promoting and strengthens the stomach and intestinal tract in nervous-based colitis. For stomach discomfort, add 2-3 tbsp. whole hops soaked in 1 cup of cold water and sip slowly throughout the day, just before meals. To soothe nerves, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 tbsp. of whole hops, valerian and lemon balm and drink before going to bed. Chamomile enemas help remove bacterial toxins. Comfrey enemas fight bacterial infections and aid in the healing of bleeding ulcers. Echinacea has an excellent effect on the intestinal bacteria. Add 10-20 drops of Echinacea tincture to enema water. Psyllium seed husks help soften stools and soothe bowel irritation. Take 1 tbsp. in a glass of water or juice before bedtime. Psyllium forms a soft, gelatinous bulk substance which attaches itself to the trapped matter in the bowel pockets and eliminates it in hard, rope-like fecal waste. Sometimes this encrusted waste will be pulled from the colon wall much like pulling off a scab, causing bleeding. The colon will clear up if the herbal treatment is continued. Take 4 capsules of slippery elm daily to help control diarrhea and soothe inflamed tissue in the colon. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic and will help stop bleeding. Take several times a day for not more than two days, during acute flare-ups. Combine with myrrh to reduce inflammation.

Yucca saponin reduces the tendency to develop accumulations of undigested toxic waste which decomposes in the colon, producing foul-smelling gases. Putrefaction in the intestinal tract becomes a fertile field for parasites, worms and harmful bacteria. More useful herbs Avens, Bayberry, Bistort, Bitter Melon, Cabbage, Calendula, Fireweed, Goldenrod, Greater Burnet, Licorice, Marshmallow, Nutmeg, Partridgeberry, Peppermint, Plantain, Sage, Stone Root, Witch Hazel. What else you can do Hot body wraps and dry brushing and, later in the healing stage, sauna and swimming help increase*circulation and promote healing. Bedrest, warmth and relaxation will help improve this condition. Abdominal exercises strengthen muscles start gently and gradually build up strength. Walking helps to stimulate the bowels. How much to take Lactobacillus acidophilus combination, 3 capsules or 1 tsp Evening primrose oil, 1-2 capsules three times daily Beta-carotene, 25,000 IU Vitamin B complex with extra folic acid, 5 mg daily (folic acid and B12 should be no less than 1 mg) Multivitamin, as directed on the label Glutamine, 500 mg three times daily Medicinal clay, as recommended on the label Vitamin E, with mixed tocopherols, 400 IU Magnesium, 500 mg, preferably in divided doses Digestive enzymes, three times www.herbs2000.com/disorders/colitis.htmThere is some indication that collodial silver can relieve the symptoms of colitis, also.

DragonHawk, SEDD is right. Colitis is also called "Spastic Colon" and "IBS" which stands for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I've posted IBS here, look about halfway down... You might find it insightful for your friend.

From SEDD’s point: Yes i can see that this would be the case here too - linked also to lack of self-esteem - things have got a lot worse since her mother had to be put in a home due to Alzheimers - which would be the guilt - abandonment could be to do with her father dying - responsibility could be to do with her kids…I fear the same outcome for my friend as for your mother SED - i have tried to talk to her on numerous occasions but she is very resistive to working through her issues so I don't know what to do - I can see that things in her life could get a lot worse before they get better, but i cannot tell her this without risking our friendship - we have been friends for about 15 years and i am God-father to their youngest son. I am aware of IBS and the connection here - though i did think colitis was something more than IBS - and less treatable? I think i am really asking for a bit of advice on what to do in this situation - what can we do as a healer, with this illness when the person we want to help will not accept our help or does not want to talk through the issues?

Mizz Mo:
I've suffered from this for years. This last episode I decided to do something different, instead of going thru the intense pain from this, I used 2 of my stones. I often use bloodstone and quatum silica for soft tissue/blood ailments. I taped them to the area of pain, and within a half hour, the pain was gone. Generally I have pain for at least 7 days. But I would still use other methods to help cleanse and slowly bring back nutrients into the body.

Silver Eagle Dream Dancer:
Good grief.. how'd I miss this! There is a truth to being a healer that is seldom talked about cause it stinks. You may have the skill... you may have the materials... you may have the brains... you may have that connection to spirit - but only they have the choice. If they refuse your help in whatever creative way you offer it - and I tried MANY with my MIL then they refuse and you have to leave it alone. The only other thing I would suggest is having a chat with her Higher Self and see if it has any ideas. In extreme cases, that's what I do. Sometimes, I'm told to just leave it alone and that's one of the hardest things about it. Their will, their life, their choice.

It comes down to respecting their choice to be a victim of themselves. It takes a great deal of will and energy to keep yourself down. Water naturally seeks its own level and so would the destructive energies if they weren't willfully keeping it down somehow. Not pretty, not fun, but true - unfortunately. If she will do what Mizz suggests - that's worth a shot. (BTW HI MIZZ!!) But if she doesn't want to - then leave it at that. I will add that, sometimes when you make the choice to accept their choice - it changes and they start to open up a bit. That happens, partly because one of the reasons they keep themselves down is to gain that sympathy. When you let go and switch your energy and response - it throws them off a bit. They aren't able to attach and control your response. Being off balance by the change in exchange - they open up a bit and sometimes that changes everything. But, you have to truly let go and that's the hardest part. (if that all made any sense)

I am suffering from IBS for the last, presumably, 9 years. I find I can live with it. Some days are worse than others. ... but then I grew up believing you were healthy in between being sick! ;) When it really hurts, which is not often, I help myself with some of my stones, otherwise I just leave it alone. One major culprit for me is dairy, but then I had problems with that all my life. So I try to behave!

Mizz Mo:
Also I find if you have a spiritual belief system helps. Once the person decides to open to other aspects, there’s a better chance, if you believe you can help yourself. These same two stones I gave to our paranormal psychic. Doctors found lumps on her breast. She wore the stones in her
bra for a day, and went back to the doctor, and they couldn’t find any more lumps. I recently spent last weekend with her, and asked if her lumps ever came back, and no they haven't.

Yes, I understand this now - other things have happened in my friend's life since that have shown me that there is no point in trying to help my friend on any front! So I have decided to just leave the situation for the Universe to resolve how it thinks fit. However, I will ask her higher self what can be done to help all the situations in her life that create pain for her. I will pass your advice on to her next time she has an episode! However, your advice could help me at this time, so maybe this is why I had to come back to this thread right now! Thank you all for your advice! Mizz Mo:

Bringing this back up, because I am now into another bout of this. the stones did help the severity of this, but going into day number 4. I went out the other night with a friend. She told me her mom suffers from this, and then it dawned on me to ask my sister, who had a bowel reconstruction a few years ago, and yes, it was from diverticulitis. I have to make some changes in my diet, and when the ins kicks in, go to the doctor and force them to look into. Last time I went, they wouldn't even discuss it, even though I was having a serious bout with it then. Has anyone heard of candida? This popped up with the searches I've done, and could probably be the source to many of the ailments I suffer from. Like arthritis, bowel problems, stomach problems, headache, the list is enormous.

Silver Eagle Dream Dancer:
Yep... commonly known as yeast infections or sensitivities. If you have reactions to yeast, like in breads and stuff, it can cause nasty colon and digestive troubles that can mask themselves as something else. I had a friend who didn't know for years that his problems were yeast related and thought it was Lactose intolerance. I'm sorry to hear yours has flared up again

Hi Everyone, I am late responding as I just got around to reading this thread. I am very familiar with IBD - Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. My youngest daughter has suffered from Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis since her early teens and she is now in her middle thirties. When she is out of remission, her severe, persistent symptoms must be treated with medications that she detests but nothing else seems to help. Sometimes she must be hospitalized while other times she manages to get things under control. Diet and stress are extremely important during this period and she usually lives on Ensure. Having both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis increases her risk of developing colorectal cancer, so she must have a colonoscopy done every year, which of course is a concern to us all. Hope I am not stepping out of line here or offending anyone, by writing that Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS differs from Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease and like some of you here, I too suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome is a disorder and not a disease that interferes with the normal functions of the large intestine (colon). It is characterized by a group of symptoms - crampy abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea. IBS can causes a great deal of discomfort and distress, but it does not permanently harm the intestines [thank goodness]and does not lead to intestinal bleeding or to any serious disease such as cancer.

Most of us learn how to control the symptoms with diet, stress management, and medications if needed. I agree with (((Wisowl))) who mentioned dairy products ... can definitely be a culprit in irritating the intestine as can excessive fiber. Also, SEDD makes an important point, excellent wisdom.

In my first energy class I learned about the ileoceccal valve that rhythmically opens and shuts to process waste material. This valve can play havoc with the body's stress response. During the course, we were also taught how to determine which meridians and chakras needed to be balanced, massaging our neurolymphatic reflex points, and energy techniques for relieving pain and a few other things that escape me at the moment.

I am interested in what you learned about this valve and if there is anything you can do to control this (i.e. exercise, breathing, meditation etc.) valve when under stress. My friend has explained the difference between IBS and Colitis - and I have bouts of IBS when i am really stressed - and seeing that this valve has effect on our stress response interested me as controlling my stress responses appears to be something I am learning right now! Massaging my kidney meridian really seems to help - so just wondered if you remembered which meridians/acupressure point you were taught....Is the valve you talk about at the junction of the stomach to the small intestine: small to large: large to anus: or somewhere else? Someone once told me that I had a problem with a valve from my stomach to my small intestine - but my anatomy book said there was not a valve there??

SEDD, thank you for the aspect of when being allowed to help and to heal and when not. I found this post from you and was very happy to read it. May be it will be helpful to start a separate new thread about this: Healing - when is it "allowed" and when not... (This is a very general title for now...) Thank you for the post you wrote about this!

Sorry for the delay in responding, I have been in and out of town and mostly away from a computer. And when I get a chance to visit here, I often get lost such a large site to browse. The ileoceccal valve is situated between the small and large intestines and rhythmically opens and shuts to process waste materials. What is really interesting, you mention massaging your kidney meridian and finding some relief and this valve is governed by the kidney meridian. Here is the method I was taught to reset our ileocecal valve. I hope this helps. Place your right hand on your right hip bone area making sure your hand is over the ileocecal valve with your little finger at its edge. Place your left hand at the corresponding spot at the inside of your left hip - this is known as the Houston valve, and what you are trying to achieve is a symmetry between them. Exert pressure as you massage and slowly drag your fingers of each hand up several inches, about 7" making sure you breath out with a deep inhalation. Finally shake the energy off your fingers with an outbreath and return to the original position. Repeat four times. You can also try thumping your thymus gland. This is a great exercise if you are feeling surrounded by negative energy. Move your fingers down a couple of inches into the center of your sternum. As you breathe deeply, firmly tap your thymus point with the four fingers of each hand for about 20 seconds.

Don't worry about hitting the exact spot, the surrounding area will do just fine as you will hit the right spot. Hope this helps.

Dancing Deer:
DragonHawk, WolfSpirit- you haven't posted about your friend in a while- not since you said you didn't think there was anything you could do to help her. The one thing I noticed that no one else mentioned is that drink is a problem. If your friend is drinking alcohol heavily that alone could be the cause of her intestinal problems. Alcohol in large quantities is very corrosive to the digestive track and will make any digestive problem worse .... and indeed can be the cause of many digestive problems. Also if she is drinking heavily the refusal to look at her problems and the lack of progress you've made in trying to help her is probably in part due to the alcohol. Even if you could persuade her to try some of the wonderful healing methods mentioned by others on this thread, if she continues to drink, they will not do much to help her. As SEDD said earlier only she can choose to accept or refuse healing - and with someone heavily involved in alcohol that also applies. It is very sad and unfortunate that healing cannot begin to take place until the one in need of healing is ready to do anything to feel better.... including giving up their favorite beverage(s) and their life style that supports their drinking.

You have been a good friend for many years and I know it hurts you to watch your friend suffer, but all you can do is tell her the truth and let her know that when she is ready to make some changes, then you'll help as you can. She has been very fortunate to have a friend like you!

Hey Lotus, thanks for the info...this is so weird...I been having problems in the area of my right hip/gut/top of leg for about 18 months now and I remember that when it started I was having real bad gut-cramps. I will try the techniques you mention. When you say that you raise the hands up - do you mean that you physically pull your belly up towards your chest? I do recall my chiropractor doing something similar when these pains started - maybe I had misunderstood her and this was the valve she was working on. It’s funny, but when I was a kid, I had severe problems in this area that they thought was appendicitis - but when they opened me up, my appendix was fine.....

Dancing Deer, Since first posting this thread a lot has changed for my friend - she was not ready to heal - but things did get to a pretty bad state which culminated in a short separation from her husband. Luckily this appears to have been the wake-up call she needed and things are much better now - certainly as far as the drinking is concerned - and a house move and other factors have eased the pressures she was facing, so I am hoping that the colitis is in remission for time being! But I agree, I don’t think the amount of alcohol she was consuming was good for her in many ways! Thanks for your concern!

Yes my friend, if I am understanding your question correctly, it is the physical I am referring to.

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