IBD (inflammatory bowel disease)

digestive system diagram graphicInflammatory Bowel Disease, abbreviated IBD, is not just one health condition but is a number of conditions that each result in an inflammatory response of parts of the digestive system. The two most common types of IBD are called ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. There are other types of IBD that will be listed below.

Ulcerative colitis occurs in the innermost lining of the colon and the rectum.

Crohn’s disease can occur in any part of the gastrointestinal tract. It can be located in multiple areas which are referred to as patches or skip lesions. It is said to be an auto-immune disease. It may not only the lining of the gastrointestinal tract but may go deeper into the organ wall.

People may experience different symptoms of IBD which include chronic constipation, diarrhea, feelings of abdominal discomfort or abdominal pain. The discomfort can come from triggers such as stress, lack of fluids (water), inadequate nutrition, allergies to certain foods, eating too fast, or not getting healthy balanced meals.

Other types of IBD are Infections Colitis, Pseudomembranous Colitis, Ischemic Colitis, Microscopic Colitis, and Chemical Colitis.

Infections Colitis: Bacteria and viruses may cause a colon infection which often come from contaminated foods “food poisoning”.

Pseudomembranous Colitis: This type of IBD is often caused as a result of taking antibiotics. Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria within the colon. This can cause an overgrowth of the a not so good bacteria called Clostridium bacteria. The Clostridium bacteria produces a toxin that can cause diarrhea. This creates an infection and often results in a fever.

Ischemic Colitis: Arteries that provide blood to the colon may narrow due to atherosclerosis (much like the blood vessels within the heart) and other possible conditions. If the colon does not get adequate blood supply it can become inflamed.

Microscopic Colitis: Two diseases called collagenous colitis and lymphocytic colitis make up this sort of colon inflammation. The inflammation is triggered by some layers of the colon wall becoming engorged with either collagen or lymphocytes.

Chemical Colitis: If harmful chemicals are present in the colon, inflammation and damage can occur. One of the problems of an enema sometimes is the inflammation of the mucosal lining of the colon is caused by harsh chemicals.

3 Health Issues With Similar Symptoms

There are three health conditions that often are confused with each other because of their similar symptoms. These health conditions are IBS (irritated bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and celiac disease.

Irritated Bowel Syndrome is more common out of the three so the first assumption without proper diagnosis is likely a case of IBS.

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBS is more accurately referred to as a disorder rather than a disease because there is no damage of the bowels. Many people have found success in avoiding certain foods because of a food allergies or foods with seeds because they may get caught in the intestines in some cases such as sesame seeds. Also improving diet and getting exercise when experiencing many digestive symptoms can help.

IBD – Inflammatory Bowel Disease

IBD can be a variety of different inflammatory diseases of the bowels. IBD can is often times chronic in different areas of the intestine. The disease may result in eventual damage of the intestine. The two common types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Symptoms if IBD may include diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss, bloody stools, and/or a feeling of fullness and pain in the lower right abdomen.

Celiac disease

This disease is a genetic and an autoimmune disease where the bodies immune system attacks the gluten and other proteins by mistaking them as harmful. Much like IBD and unlike IBS, this is a disease can cause damage to the intestinal system. With celiac disease, damage is done to the lining of the small intestines. However IBD can be present anywhere in the intestinal tract.

symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence with a bad odor, fatty stools (pale, large, bad odor, floating), weight loss and others. Celiac has been said to be triggered by trauma after surgery, childbirth, stress, and even an infection from a virus.

Suggested Oils to Use

Frankincense, Ginger, Peppermint

Also consider:Clove, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemon, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme

Suggested Ways to use

For immediate relief of symptoms take internally 2-5 drops each of frankincense and peppermint.

Rub a lotion with a few drops of peppermint blended in it on the abdominal area.

For long term help, take probiotics to insure you have good bacteria present in the digestive system. If the digestive problems are a result of a bacteria or worm put a drop or two of lemon and peppermint in a glass of water. Be sure to not put lemon oil in a plastic or foam cup as it will pull toxins from the container. Instead use a container or cup made of glass or aluminum.

The following oil blends may help with colitis.

Colitis Antibiotic Oil Blend

· 10 drops Thyme
· 10 drops Oregano
· 4 drops Frankincense
· 35 drops Coconut Oil as a carrier oil

· Mix the oils together then put 10 drops of the blend in size 00 gel caps.

Take one capsule with breakfast and another just before dinner until symptoms subside, then continue taking the blend for about a week.

Colitis Antibiotic Oil Blend 2

· 10 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil)
· 5 drops Rosemary
· 5 drops Clove
· 5 drops Lemon
· 5 drops Frankincense
· 30 drops Coconut Oil as a carrier oil

· Mix the oils together then put 10 drops of the blend in size 00 gel caps.

Take 2 capsules per day, morning and evening with meals till symptoms subside, then continue for about a week.

· For further natural treatment consider doing a cleanse.

· Avoid foods which can irritate the bowels and are harmful such as alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, refined sugars. Also try avoiding high fiber foods which include whole grains, dried beans, peas and legumes. Avoid “sugar free” products, especially products containing sugars such as sorbital. Also avoid spicy foods, sauces, high fat products, or fried foods.

· Consider planning out a raw food diet in some difficult situations.

In all cases consider consulting a medical professional when treating IBS (irritated bowel syndrome), IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), and celiac disease.