Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relatively common condition that causes ulcers and inflammation on the wall of the large bowel and rectum. Classic symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and anemia. The condition mainly affects males and females in the 15 to 30 age group. There may be an underlying hereditary predisposition.
There are a number of theories regarding the cause of UC. One suggests that the body's immune system reacts abnormally to the bacteria that normally live in the large bowel. In other words there is most likely an autoimmune component involved. Wheatgrass extract has helped many of these patients recover by taking a small amount once or twice a week and persevering. It may take a month or two, but often the patient's life changes for the better.
This particular patient took one 5ml Supershot each day, but further experience suggests that a lower dose - perhaps once or twice weekly - is sufficient.
Standard medical treatment usually consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and/or corticosteroids which may help the patient maintain a reasonable quality of life. However, there can be serious adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Scientific support for wheatgrass for UC was demonstrated in a clinical trial of 23 ulcerative colitis patients where it was found to have a very positive effect - and no adverse effects. (View abstract)