Colitis Tea

Ulcerative Colitis Diagram
Diagram showing extent to which ulcers can appear in parts of the large intestine.

What is Colitis?

Colitis occurs when there is an inflammation of the tissues lining the large intestine. Symptoms typically include abdominal cramping and pain, bloating and diarrhea (in some cases bloody diarrhea). In some cases, Colitis may impact other parts of the body causing fever and chills, fatigue and dehydration. Ulcerative colitis can manifest to other parts of the body causing mouth ulcers, swelling of the joints and skin inflammation.

Causes of Colitis

Infections, allergic reactions, loss of blood supply or chronic diseases can be the cause of Colitis. Bacteria that can cause colitis include Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella, Clostridium difficile, Escherichia coli, Yersinia, Chlamydia, Neisseria, and tuberculosis.

Symptoms of Colitis

Ulcerative colitis symptoms can vary, depending on the severity of inflammation and where it occurs. Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Diarrhea, often with blood or pus
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Rectal pain
  • Rectal bleeding — passing small amount of blood with stool
  • Urgency to defecate
  • Inability to defecate despite urgency
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • In children, failure to grow

Most people with ulcerative colitis have mild to moderate symptoms. The course of ulcerative colitis may vary, with some people having long periods of remission.

Managing Colitis Symptoms

The key to managing an ulcerative colitis flare is to get a confirmed diagnosis and begin treatment as soon as possible. But doing so can be tricky, because people with the condition may attribute their symptoms to other GI problems.

The goal for remission is to feel well enough that you forget that you have the condition for most of the day; in other words, you experience few, if any, symptoms.

How the Feel Better Digestive Tea may help with Colitis Symptoms*

Chamomile Flowers: Especially helpful in dispelling gas, soothing the stomach, and relaxing the muscles that move food through the intestines.

Peppermint Leaves: May help in the treatment of stomach ailments and digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.

Marshmallow Leaves: Commonly used by mouth to treat stomach ulcers, diarrhea, constipation, swelling of the stomach lining, and pain and swelling of the mucous membranes that line the respiratory tract.

Fennel Seeds: Fennel seeds may help get rid of bacteria that can cause gas in cases of food poisoning or an upset stomach. Fennel seeds may also reduce inflammation.

Lemon Balm: Lemon balm contains a compound known as rosmarinic acid that appears to have potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.