The colon is the large intestine and an important part of the digestive system that stores waste products before excretion.
Waste material gets excreted through the rectum and anus found at the ending of the colon.
When the colon gets inflamed, patients are said to suffer from ulcerative colitis.
They suffer from inflammation and ulcers on the inner linings of the colon. This causes severe abdominal pain, rectal bleeding and diarrhea.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are both called inflammatory bowel disease.
This chronic condition can last for years. Family members of those with ulcerative colitis are at higher risk of contracting this disease. It affects those in developing countries and especially people of Jewish descent.
There is no known reason for this. The causes of ulcerative colitis are also not known. Doctors think that it is probably caused by some kind of abnormal activity of the immune system that affects the intestines.
However, there is no concrete evidence about the reasons for this disease or even if it is contagious.
Wheatgrass is biologically referred to as triticum aestivum and is the young wheat plant. The cotyledons of the wheat plant are used to make juices, powders and other supplements.
Wheatgrass possesses many health benefits and it was first introduced to the world in the 1930s by Dr Charles F. Schnabel, an agricultural chemist.
Wheatgrass is said to contain many reviving properties and is used to treat bowel problems, nausea, constipation, high blood pressure, acidity and so on. It promotes weight loss, helps in detoxification and it can be used for oral care.
Wheatgrass for Ulcerative Colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a bowel disease that causes severe abdominal pain, fever, weight loss, diarrhea, and bloody stools. It is usually treated by dietary regulations, medication and surgery for severe cases.
Wheatgrass is often touted as a food that can help improve symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Studies have been conducted on the uses of wheatgrass juice for ulcerative colitis, 23 patients who had ulcerative colitis were selected for a placebo-controlled study that was randomized.
Of the 23, some were given 100cc wheatgrass juice and some a similar placebo every day for a month. Patients were monitored during this period for signs of rectal bleeding, and bowel movement using a sigmoidoscopic evaluation, patient’s dietary records and assessment by a doctor.
At the end of the study, it was found that those who were treated with wheatgrass juice demonstrated a definite reduction in rectal bleeding and in overall activity of the disease.
The colon of 78% of the patients showed an improvement against only 30% of those on the placebo.
Most did not demonstrate any side effects although some did experience nausea. Many (41%) showed and increase in energy.
The conclusion after this study was that wheatgrass juice could be a safe and effect adjuvant or single treatment for ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis could be an autoimmune disease. This could be the reason why wheatgrass helps such patients for it is a strong immune modulator.
Those who wish to use wheatgrass to treat symptoms of ulcerative colitis must consult their doctor. Medical experts believe that wheatgrass cannot be used as a alternative to treat ulcerative colitis but only as a complementary treatment along with other conventional medication.
If not taken from a good vendor, wheatgrass can be contaminated by bacteria and mold from the soil and humid conditions and this can cause various food borne illnesses that could mimic symptoms of ulcerative colitis. Thus, always take wheatgrass of a reliable brand.
Anyone who suffers from gluten intolerance and allergies to wheat or grass products or have celiac disease must avoid consuming wheatgrass.