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Review and implications of traditional Indian medicine for inflammatory bowel disease

Two classes of Ayurvedic formulation, fermented preparations and Ghrita are employed for the maintenance of intestinal disorders.

The current mainstream management of IBD includes antibiotics, corticosteroids, thiopurines, anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) antibodies, and aminosalicylates [2]. They have severe side effects such as diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, and osteoporosis when used for the long term. The Indian System of Medicine which mainly comprises of Ayurveda (meaning the science of life) is one of the […]

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10 Things you need to know about inflammatory bowel disease

Posted: December 17 2019

1. It’s not just about poo When people think about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – the umbrella term for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – they tend to only consider the digestive symptoms, which include stomach pain, bleeding when you go to the loo, and diarrhoea. While these can be debilitating, IBD actually goes far beyond this. […]

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Specialised immune cells could help repair inflammatory bowel disease damage in children

Posted: December 17 2019

“This study offers new hope for kids with IBD who urgently need new treatments by showing that Tr1 cells have the potential to reverse the damage caused by IBD,” said senior author Dr. Megan Levings, an investigator and head of the Childhood Disease Research Theme at BC Children’s and a professor in UBC’s department of […]

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Living hydrogel can help heal intestinal wounds

Posted: December 17 2019

IBD patients suffer from pain, extreme discomfort, and numerous other symptoms caused by continuously relapsing and remitting inflammatory lesions in the layer of cells that lines the intestinal lumen (mucosa). The exact causes for IBD still are poorly understood, but it is clear that a misdirected immune system is at work, and that certain components […]

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Delicious holiday treats for people with ulcerative colitis

Posted: December 13 2019

The holidays are fast approaching, which means that there will be plenty of great food available — including dessert, of course. Problem is, if you have ulcerative colitis (UC), you may have more trouble indulging in sweets than people without inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Although food doesn’t cause UC, certain foods can aggravate your symptoms. […]

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Personal Story

‘People think when you have inflammatory bowel disease that you just go to the toilet a lot, but it’s more than that…’

Posted: December 5 2019

I was actually diagnosed during Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week two years ago, which was a bit of a coincidence. It just came out of nowhere – I had been pregnant with my second baby and there were some things during the pregnancy that I suppose were a sign that something was going on, but […]

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Personal Story

‘It’s humiliating when someone tuts at you for using a disabled loo’

Posted: December 5 2019

Two years after his diagnosis, Mesha decided to have an operation to have a stoma created, where an ileostomy bag is attached. This means that his body now bypasses the large intestine and the waste is collected in the bag that sits outside his body. Now, he works as a personal trainer and when his […]

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Investigating the human intestinal mucus barrier up-close and personal

Posted: December 5 2019

We have a mutualistic but complicated relationship with the collection of microbes in our gut, known as the intestinal microbiome. This complex community of bacteria breaks down different food components, and releases nutrients such as vitamins and a plethora of other factors that control functions in tissues way beyond the intestinal tract. However, the sheer […]

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Mental health diagnoses common in IBD, but may be lessening in veterans

Posted: December 3 2019

“The aim of this study was to identify temporal trends in incidence and prevalence of these mental health problems, including anxiety, depression and PTSD in this population of veteran patients with IBD,” they wrote. “Identifying these comorbid mental health problems within this patient population would improve health care practices by helping providers streamline appropriate treatment […]

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Personal Story

Allison Zuck’s personal experience with Crohn’s

Posted: December 3 2019

When I first started experiencing the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease, I was just 20 years old. It was the beginning of my junior year of college – I was studying abroad in Versailles, just outside of Paris – and I noticed something was wrong within my first month there. I was having constant stomach […]

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