Typically included under the umbrella term microscopic colitis, collagenous colitis is an inflammatory disease of the colon. Generally speaking, collagenous colitis presents as persistent watery diarrhea and typically affects individuals over the age of 50. This type of colitis is more prevalent in females than males.
Natural Remedies for Collagenous Colitis
Any type of colon issue requires targeted treatment. Collagenous colitis, like many other colon concerns, typically responds well to many home treatments.
One particularly effective treatment option is coconut oil. Consuming two to three tablespoons of coconut daily in the form of oil used on foods and natural, unsweetened chips naturally relieves, cramping, stomach pain and watery diarrhea. Additionally, a high quality probiotic taken daily will support overall digestive health as will changing the diet to avoid food intolerances.
What Is Collagenous Colitis?
Named for the thick layer of protein or collagen that develops in the colon tissue, collagenous colitis is a fairly recently identified disease. In addition to its discovery, lymphocytic colitis has also been identified. As of yet research is inconclusive on whether the two disorders are separate entities or are rather two symptoms of the same condition. Either way, the symptoms, testing, and treatment of both are very similar.
Signs and symptoms of collagenous colitis are relatively similar to that of any colon issue. The trademark symptom of the condition is chronic water diarrhea. Additional symptoms include abdominal pain and cramps, weight loss, nausea, and fecal incontinence. At present, the cause of the inflammation and associated symptoms of collagenous colitis is unclear; however researchers believe that the possible causes may include certain medications, bacteria, viruses, or immune system issues.
Continue reading to learn which remedies have helped Earth Clinic readers with Collagenous Colitis.