IBDs – Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn’s Disease Symptoms - Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurveda IBDs - Inflammatory Bowel Disorders


Learn about Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease from Ayurveda perspective, find out its Symptoms and Prevalence!

Welcome and Congratulations to take the FIRST STEP to Ayurvedic treatment for IBDs by  starting with this FREE Email Training by Dr. Vikram Aditya Tomar!

In this first unit, you will find out about IBDs, their symptoms and how prevalent it is and who are more prone to be affected by it. And two videos are update here (both in Hindi and English) about 4 Pillars of Ayurvedic Healing and Cure of Autoimmune disorders / Chronic Disorders.

IBDs is the short form of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. It includes Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease. Both are autoimmune disorders. Genetic predisposition, Environmental Triggering Factors, Gut Conditions are three primary factors associated with it.

The incidence of IBDs is rising, especially in urban areas. When you have IBDs, it will always  beneficial if you are well aware of it.  The purpose of this information is to make you Well Informed and not to make you afraid.

 I will guide you in this unit about its symptoms, general prevalence and persons who are more susceptible to it.

Do You Say Yes to Any of These?

  • Pain in abdomen - general or cramps
  • Urge to go to toilet to pass stool, normally with cramps, gas or flatulence and foul smell
  • Frequent bowel movements 2-5 times a day, or even more
  • Presence of blood in stool visible to naked eyes
  • Dark or Black stool indicating presence of blood from higher in intestine
  • Presence of Mucus in Stool, lack of well formed stool
  • Weakness, Anemia, Weight loss, Fever or Feverish feeling
  • Chronic or Recurring nature of symptoms 
  • Onset at the age 15-35 years of age or later age 55-70 years
  • Nausea, Vomiting, Bleeding from stomach are common in Crohn's if affected stomach and upper small intestine 

IBDs can Affect about 1% of Entire Population...

Increasing Incidence of New Cases of IBDs Year over Year

In 2015, an estimated 1.3% of US adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis). This was a large increase from 1999 (0.9% or 2 million adults). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016;65(42):1166–1169;  J Crohns Colitis. 2014;8:288–295. 

The  total number of IBDs in a population of 100,000 has increased from 40 to 60 in the time span of 1994 to 2005.

Prevalence of IBDs - Existing Cases per 100,000 Persons

Crohn's Disease

Ulcerative Colitis

26-199 Cases per 100,000 persons (1)

37-246 cases per 100,000 persons (1)

201 per 100,000 Adults (2)

238 per 100,000 Adults (2)

Incidence of Newly Diagnosed Cases of IBDs  per 100,000 Persons

Crohn's Disease

Ulcerative Colitis

3.1 to 14.6 cases per 100,000 person-years (1)

2.2 to 14.3 cases per 100,000 person-years (1)

Sources: 

  1. Gastroenterology. 2004; 126:1504-17.
  2. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2007; 5:1424-9.


Ratio of Crohn's Disease to Ulcerative Colitis Age Wise

Generally, Crohn's disease affects two times more persons than Ulcerative Colitis in the age group of 10-30 years.

After 30 years, the ration is 1:1 or less for both men and women. This somehow balances the prevalence of both disorders.


New Incidence of Ulcerative Colitis by Age & Sex

For every 100,000 of population, the total number of persons affected by Ulcerative Colitis is 10 to 20.

In Younger age group - 15-40 - this incidence is 15-20 and after that it comes down to 10-15.

Generally, men are more affected than women by Ulcerative colitis.

Does Genetics Play Some Role in IBDs?

Even though, IBDs are autoimmune disorders. There is increased risk of IBDs in kids ifany of the parents do have it. 

When both parents have IBDs, there is 35% chance for its development in kids. 

Generally 20% of the persons having IBDs have another family member with IBD.


IBDs or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases - Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease - affect about 1-1.5% population. It is an autoimmune disorder that can be managed with Ayurveda in its chronic stage.

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Are Kids Affected by IBDs?

Kids are being diagnosed with IBDs. Adolescents are more prone to have IBDs. Both Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's Diease have a general and most common onset age of 15-35 years.

Is Risk of IBDs same in Men & Women?

Generally, men and women are equally affected by IBDs. There might be slight variation geographically as men are more affected by Ulcerative Colitis than women in North America.

Any link between Obesity and IBDs?

There is no apparent link between the two. Persons with IBDs do have difficulty in proper absorption of nutrients. So, they are supposed not to be obese.

Some recent studies found that 15-40% of IBDs patients are obese and Obesity can definitely contribute to development of IBDs. Premorbid obesity, in particular visceral adiposity, might increase the risk of developing Crohn's disease. 

Nature Reviews Gastroenterology & Hepatology Volume14 , pages110121 (2017)

Risk Factors of IBDs:

  1. Smoking is a risk factor for IBDs like many other disorders. 
  2. Chronic Stress
  3. Westernized Lifestyle

You can watch the video below (available in Hindi & English) about 4 Pillars of Ayurvedic healing and cure of Autoimmune / Chronic disorders...

4 Pillars of Ayurvedic Healing and Cure 

Video - English

4 Pillars of Ayurvedic Healing and Cure 

Video - Hindi

Real Life Example of IBDs:

Mr. Balbir Negi had been a young executive of about 27 years working in IT company in Delhi when he approached me for the first time in 2011. His work is sedentary and demanding in nature. He was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and had its common symptoms - bleeding in stool, several bowel movement with strong urge, cramps and flatulence.


He had to be admitted in hospital for bleeding or aggravated symptoms. Definitely, it had been stressful.


He is in constant touch with me and is in really good health. I will catch up with his inspiring story.

About Next Unit:

In the next training session, you will learn about...

  1. About healthy and normal intestine
  2. What changes take place into a normal intestine to turn it into IBDs afflicted part
  3. Difference between Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease

This will help you to understand what goes wrong in IBDs and how it would be affected by Ayurvedic herbs and other modalities.

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