Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative Colitis Chinese Medicine

According to traditional Chinese medicine, ulcerative colitis is diagnosed as a disorder characterized by the disharmony between the Spleen/Stomach and the Liver. This manifests as an accumulation of liver qi (energy and blood in the upper torso), possibly caused by either stress, anxiety, unresolved anger or even lack of movement. This accumulation of Liver energy then overacts on the Spleen and Stomach, impairing the normal transformation and transportation of food. Over time, this dampness combines with heat to lodge in the Large Intestine, ultimately resulting in diarrhea with inflammation. And with prolonged diarrhea and fluid loss, the yin (which translates into your body fluids) also becomes deficient.

The treatment for this pattern uses herbs that detoxify & disperse stagnation, dispel damp-heat in the intestines, relieve diarrhea and tonify the yin or body fluids. When looking for a more modern day formula, chose one that contains the following herbs:

Best Chinese Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis

Huang Qin –  Clears damp heat from the large intestine to sooth abdominal pain.

Bai Shao – Nourishes the liver yin and blood helping to reduce intestinal spasms and pain.

Huang Lian – Dispels damp-heat in the intestines to relieve intestinal irritation, and inflammation.


Formulas Containing Chinese Herbs for Ulcerative Colitis