Q: Can you recomend anything for ulcerative colitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis? 
A: The serious and intense nature of these diseases of course require the type of attention and care that comes from a trained Ayurvedic practitioner who can not only determine the root cause of your illness but also prescribe a regimen that is appropriate for your constitution and individual condition. To learn more about Ayurvedic practitioners, you can go to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

However, when we consider the inflammation of various parts of the body, be it the colon, the liver, or another form of tissue, we are often concerned with the relative balance or imbalance of the Pitta dosha. Pitta energy is responsible for regulating the metabolism of substances that come into the body in the form of food and beverage. This metabolic process is derived from heat in the digestive system, which we call the digestive fire. When the fire remains in balance, the body is an efficient machine for processing food and purging the body of toxins. When the fire becomes excessive from too much rigorous activity, too many heat-producing foods (meat, spicy foods, sour foods, pungent foods), and other imbalanced behaviors, the heat leads to toxicity in the form of irritation and inflammation. When this imbalance becomes particularly intense, more severe conditions like ulcerative colitis are the result.

Again, it’s important that you address this condition under the guise of a trained practitioner, but simple things you can do to reduce heat in your body thereby lessening the severity of flare-ups and other symptoms include:

  • Follow a bland diet with foods that are easy to digest such as cooked vegetables, white basmati rice, and  ghee.
  • Take a tablespoon of aloe vera gel 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Avoid eating spicy, hot, sour, and greasy foods.
  • Avoid using too many hot spices and other foods that aggravate inflammation such as garlic, hot peppers, onions, pickles, bananas, vinegar, and salt.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol or coffee.
  • Avoid overexertion in physical activities such as exercise and manual labor.
  • Avoid frequent and excessive amounts of eating.
  • Avoid eating fewer than four or five hours before going to bed.

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Yogi Cameron is a former super model turned Ayurvedic healer and yoga master who uses ancient healing treatments to help people recover from their health issues in Z Living's TV show Yogi Cameron: A Model Guru. He left the world of high fashion in 1998 to seek the higher path available to all of us. He began his ongoing studies in Ayurveda at Arsha Yoga Vidya Peetam Trust in India under the guidance of his guru Sri Vasudevan after training at the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and Yogaville of Sri Satchidananda. Since then, Yogi Cameron has worked with individuals throughout the world to provide them with these ancient methods to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded lives in accordance with the Ayurvedic and yogic path. Using a combination of treatments, meditation, herbal remedies and diet guidance, Yogi Cameron helps treat specific conditions and set his clients on a path to greater mental, physical, and spiritual health. A primary goal of this path is helping each person find their purpose and practice. Yogi Cameron has also brought Yoga and meditation to Afghanistan as part of the reintegration program to prepare the country for troop withdrawal in the coming years, and works with young girls rescued from sex trafficking practices in Cambodia in coordination with the Somaly Mam Foundation. Yogi Cameron has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Today Show, Extra and Martha, amongst others. He has also been featured in The New York Times, Men’s Journal, Wall Street Journal, The London Times and ELLE magazine, and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sharecare, a health portal which is part of Dr. Oz’s outreach program for health and lifestyle experts. The Guru In You, his first book, was published by HarperCollins in January 2011. His latest book, The ONE Plan (HarperOne January 2013) provides a realistic approach to the Patanjali teachings designed to penetrate one’s entire being to result in a positive transformation of one’s life. Through The ONE Plan, Yogi Cameron translates these complex, intricate teachings into practical daily tasks, routines and systems that can easily be incorporated into everyday life for an improvement in one’s overall physical, mental, and spiritual health.