Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis is a chronic nonspecific inflammatory disease of the colon and rectum with unknown aetiology. Lesions are mostly located in the sigmoid colon and rectum, but can also extend to the descending colon, or even the entire colon. The course of the disease is long and recurrent. This disease sees at any age, but it often occurs in young people.

This disease generally develops slowly, the initial symptoms are diarrhoea and abdominal dull pain, etc., later symptoms gradually may get worse, even appear mucous blood.

Shen-Ling-Bai-Zhu-San (SLBZS) is one of the most common formulations of traditional Chinese medicine. Studies have shown that SLBZS can effectively alleviate the symptoms of UC (mainly diarrhoea and abdominal pain).

Another research found herb-partitioned moxibustion improved colon injuries in UC rats, manifested by accelerated repair of ulcers and alleviation of inflammation.

Yang L, Song Y, Jin P, et al. Shen-Ling-Bai-Zhu-San for ulcerative colitis: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine (Baltimore). 2018;97(38):e12337. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000012337

Zhang D, Ren YB, Wei K, et al. Herb-partitioned moxibustion alleviates colon injuries in ulcerative colitis rats. World J Gastroenterol. 2018;24(30):3384–3397. doi:10.3748/wjg.v24.i30.3384