How does it feel when you suffer from abdominal cramp and pain, bloody diarrhea and the inability to have a bowel movement although there is a push to do so? It’s painful, frustrating and the most stressful time in your life. I personally went through the above problems, diagnosed at the age of 24. It is called as Ulcerative Colitis. An inflammatory bowel disorder which happens due to constant inflammation in the digestive region. It is located in the rectum and large intestine which we called as the colon.
I was admitted to a hospital where I had never been before and took medicine for 1 month. Then, I started practising yoga regularly and now, I can manage this disease quite easily. I found out the best 12 yoga sequence to control and cure Ulcerative Colitis. But, before that let’s understand what causes this disease and what are its symptoms.
Causes of Ulcerative Colitis
There are various reasons associated with this disease. The main causes are mental and physical stress and strain caused due to work pressure or exam pressure in students. Ulcerative Colitis occurs when the lining of your large intestine, rectum or both get inflamed. This inflammation produces tiny sores called ulcers on the lining of your colon which usually begins in the rectum and spreads upward. It can spread to your entire colon. The inflammation causes your bowel to move its contents rapidly and empty frequently. As cells on the surface of the lining of your bowel die, ulcers form. The ulcers may cause bleeding and discharge of mucus and pus. The immune system also plays a big role in this.
While this disease affects people of all ages, most people are diagnosed between the ages of 15 to 35.
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis
The seriousness of symptoms varies from mild to severe among the affected people. Common symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis include
- Bloody diarrhea and urgency to defecate
- Weight loss and fever
- Abdominal cramp and pain
- Joint pain and swelling
- Mouth ulcers and soreness
- Nausea and decreased appetite
- Rectal bleeding
Ulcerative colitis increases your risk of colon cancer. The longer you have the disease, the higher gets the risk of colon cancer. Your doctor generally prefers to perform a colonoscopy test to understand it better. A colonoscopy test involves insertion of a long, flexible tube into your rectum to examine the inside of your colon.
Once the acute stage of this disease is overcome, yoga practice can be practised regularly to control and avoid further problem. Regular practice of yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety, improves the breathing process, gives relaxation to your body. Today we will talk about 12 best yoga poses along with the Pranayama which helps to stretch and tone the muscles of the stomach. These muscles support the lining of the digestive organs and help to prevent stomach cramps.
- Kapalbhati Pranayama
This pranayama helps to Stimulate abdominal organs and cure constipation and diarrhea disorders. It also improves blood circulation and oxygen supply to the body. Know more
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhasana)
This pose helps to improve metabolism, digestion and calms your brain. Know more
- Seated Forward Bend Pose (Paschimottanasana)
This pose helps to improve appetite and helps in digestion. It also reduces stress, anxiety and stimulates your abdominal organs. Know more
- Downward Facing Dog Pose (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
This pose improves circulation of blood and oxygen and removes fatigue and stress. Moreover, it also stimulates abdominal organs and thus improves digestion. Know more
- Headstand (Sirsasana)
In this posture since the blood flows to the brain, it calms the nervous system, improves memory and concentration, and releases stress. Know more
- Wind Relieving Pose (Pawanmuktasana)
This pose helps to massage the abdominal muscles, intestines and internal organs of the digestive system. Releases the trapped gases, improves digestion and alleviates constipation, acidity and bloating problems. Know more
- Half Seated Spinal Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
This pose helps to detoxify the internal organs and increases the circulation of blood. It also helps to calm the nervous system and tones abdomen. Know more
- Cat-Cow Pose (Marjariasana-Bitiliasana)
This pose Stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion. Releases stress, anxiety, depression and calm the mind. Know more
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
Since the adrenal glands are flushed and detoxified, you create positive thoughts. Depression, stress, and anxiety will reduce as you get upside down and smile will come to your face. Know more
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
This pose helps to improve the intestine problems and effective in diabetes. Moreover, it improves blood circulation and relieves stress and anxiety. Know more
- Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)
This pose helps to calm your mind, nervous system and provides better relaxation. Know more
- Corpse Pose (Savasana)
This pose helps to improve your concentration, memory and releases stress, depression, tension, and fatigue. This asana is practised after an active yoga session or whenever you feel tired during the session. Know more
Studies have shown that patients with Ulcerative Colitis when practised yoga regularly had a decrease in abdominal pain and diarrhea. Moreover, yoga can also be helpful to improve the physical and emotional aspects associated with this life-threatening disease.
Now, don’t wait. Enjoy your yoga practice and have an awesome day! If you feel this article is helpful for your UC disorder, then share your experience with us by commenting below. We would be happy to hear from you!