Diet plan and lifestyle changes are crucial in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, because of its higher chance of recurrence. It is one such disease, where Ayurveda offers comprehensive treatment including Panchakarma, herbal medicines, home remedies and diet. Ayurveda ulcerative colitis diet plan – Must Have Foods -
Apart from following home remedies for ulcerative colitis, a strict diet rich in astringent principles helps to keep this disease under good control.
Ulcerative colitis food to follow -
Old rice – If rice is an integral part of diet, then prefer rice which is at least one year old.
Water used to wash rice – is even helpful in controlling diarrhea. It helps to check the bleeding.
Scum of parched grains - Parched grains is prepared by dry roasting.
Lentil - soup or rasam or any such liquid preparation made using lentils.
Pigeon pea (liquid) – soup or rasam or any such liquid preparation made using arhar / toor dal / / pigeon pea / red gram.
Small sized fishes
Goat milk, clarified butter (ghee) prepared with goat milk - we have already learnt that goat milk is lighter than cow milk for digestion and hence, goat milk and its products are preferred during ulcerative colitis.
Buttermilk -Butter milk is lighter in nature, be it prepared from cow milk or goat milk.
Fresh flower of banana, unripened banana fruit - Rich in astringent principles, acts as natural styptic and avoids diarrhoea and bleeding per rectum.
Honey - Honey is rich in astringent principle. It has wound healing property and has soothing and healing effect over the intestinal wall. Honey also adds nutritional value to the diet, which is quite necessary in ulcerative colitis, as the patient will be suffering from dehydration and lack of proper absorption. Honey Benefits.
Jambuphala – Jamun fruit is astringent and styptic.
Wild ginger and ginger - Improves digestion, corrects enzyme balance at stomach and intestines.
Lotus stalk - In some parts of India, lotus stalk is used as a vegetable. Useful to block excessive bleeding and diarrhoea.
Wood apple - Also known as elephant apple.
Bael fruit – Natural anti inflammatory, and styptic.
Pomegranate - We have learnt previously, the benefits of pomegranate. Both the sweet and sour varieties of Pomegranate are very useful to check diarrhoea and bleeding per rectum.
Palm fruit – Light to digest, high in nutrition.
Wood sorrel – leaves are used to prepare soup. Sour in nature. Also used in decoration of dishes.
Nutmeg - Soothes and heals the wounds of intestines.
Cumin seeds – Improves digestion, at the same time, it is not very spicy.
Coriander – Coriander is a natural coolant. Balances Pitta.
Neem - Decoction of neem is useful to heal the intestinal wounds. Neem is also a powerful antibacterial and anti inflammatory. But caution should be exercised in diabetics, while giving neem.
All such other diet, which is not very heavy in stomach and which aid in digestion is beneficial in ulcerative colitis.