Can Bael Fruit help treat Ulcerative Colitis?

by MuminBusiness

A discussion of the use of Bael Fruit in one case study involving a patient with ulcerative colitis.

Ulcerative Colitis is one of the conditions that fall under the Inflammatory Bowel Disease bracket.

I have a friend who suffered from Crohn’s Disease which is another disease that falls under the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Umbrella. Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease are both chronic diseases which, once you get, tend to mean you will be on medication to prevent a flare-up for the rest of your life.

Needless to say, this is not great! Especially as the medication required to treat or keep you in maintenance tends to come with a whole lot of side effects. My girlfriend decided to take matters into her own hands and get a whole lot of prayer about it and trust God to sort her out. Thankfully, in her case, even though she has chosen to take no more drugs, she has managed to remain symptom free.

Not every one is as daring as her though and not every one that stops the medication is going to be fortunate enough to remain healthy so this is definitely not an option I would ever recommend to anyone with Ulcerative Colitis!

Thumbnail Image courtesy of Asit K. Ghosh Thaumaturgist - Wikipedia

Ulcerative Colitis and Bael Fruit

Recently, however I was reading my weekly copy of the Pharmaceutical Journal and came across an article talking about the potential benefits of Bael Fruit in the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis and I must admit I was surprised to see it there.  I may be a pharmacist but I am constantly frustrated by the pharmaceutical companies’ inability to really cure anything, regardless of how much money they throw at ‘research’!  Most drugs just control the symptoms of the diseases, I cannot immediately think of any medication that cures diseases, apart from antibiotics which unsurprisingly (to me) are based on natural plants. 

I am also thoroughly irritated by their attempts to block any alternative remedies from gaining recognition as a potential source of help for people living with these diseases.  Why is it necessary to refute any anecdotal evidence of people being cured by anything that has not been created in a laboratory somewhere for a whole lot of money?

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Ulcerative Colitis

This is a disease of the colon – unlike Crohn’s disease, which can affect anywhere in the digestive tract.  Also, Ulcerative colitis only affects the innermost layer of the colon whereas colon can affect any section and any layer of the gastrointestinal tract. 

Symptoms of Ulcerative colitis include Abdominal pain, cramping, gurgling, blood in the stools and possible pus,  Diarrhea, fever, pain and severe weight loss (My friend became a shadow of her former self!).

It is a pretty horrid condition, however there are ways to manage your symptoms and get a flare-up under control.

 

A case report was described in the article I mentioned of a 34 year old who seemed to have managed to control his ulcerative colitis symptoms by eating Bael fruit twice each day.  His drugs had been reduced or completely stopped so not a complete cure (yet).

So is it a cure or just a fluke for this one guy?

What is Bael Fruit?

If you are like me (completely clueless!) then you will never have heard of Bael Fruit.  So this is what I discovered about it.

Courtesy J.M.Garg Wikipedia imagesBael Fruit is a member of the same family of fruit as the Orange but seems to taste nothing like it; It is definitely NOT taken for its sweet taste. The pulp on the inside is orange, the outside of the fruit is round and about the size of a baseball.  The fruit starts out a greenish color and then ripens to a yellow color.  It smells quite acrid so that may also put you off eating it.  The flower of the tree however, smells pretty cool and is used in perfumes – Pity, that is not the part you need to eat to get the hoped-for effect.

Bael fruit is obtained from a Bael fruit tree that grows to about 18meters.  The tree is cultivated in India and is valued for its medicinal qualities.  It is used in ayurvedic medicine for digestive conditions.

 So, the case study patient used this fruit to reduce his symptoms.  The problem is that no mention was made of whether his colon and rectum had recovered.  The only way to check if mucosal healing has occurred is by endoscopy and unfortunately the case report made no mention of this so we are uncertain whether this actually brings about healing or temporary symptom control, same as all the other medicines available.

The difference with using Bael Fruit is that even if it only brings about symptom control, it does it without any horrid side effects.  That surely makes it worth a try.

In the regular pharmaceutical/drug world however, this is not enough evidence to recommend it to a patient and not enough people are doing research on the Bael fruit so it is unlikely at present that it will ever be completely accepted into the conventional medical arena.

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So, is the Bael Fruit useful in treatment of Ulcerative Colitis?

It might be but the jury is still out on that.  

Will it hurt you to try? Pretty Unlikely…  

Should you stop taking your medicine while trying this?  Definitely not!

More about Ulcerative Colitis and Bael

Bael, Bilva or வில்வம் is a species of tree native to India. It is present throughout Southeast Asia as a naturalized species. The tree is considered to be sacred by Hindus. Its fruits are used in traditional medicine and as a food ...

Ulcerative Colitis - NHS
Great insight into the condition and how to manage it

Updated: 03/25/2012, MuminBusiness
 
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Subodh on 07/22/2014

Hi,

Can I take N Bael product from nagarjun pharmacy. It has the following contents
Bael,Jatiphal,Sugar

Raju on 08/25/2012

let me further add...i dont eat what i cant in UC like chocolate, coffee, milk, mustard oil these feww things i avoid at all cost....i am not taking any medicines even not bael made ayurvedic as i am eating bael in morning empty stomach half and half in evening...as written below...

Raju on 08/25/2012

i took mesacol 400mg for 4 years no improvement only side effects and back pain...then i started ayurvedic medicine of bael fruit for 5.5 years ..i got married have a kid 4+ years , perfect sex life working in films and vice president in company...for the last 7 days i am eating what i have written below...its just amaaaaaaaaaaaazing improvement...for last 5.5 years i used to go toilet 3-4 times.....controlled timings........now its 1-2 for last 7 days..absolute control timings.....i hope i will continue it till its available in market....in feb to june we get it in india riped fruit all over...but now its slightly off season but i hope i will get it for 2-3 months......bael doesnt only control symptoms but it REALLLLY HEALLLL the colon.....please please try it for god sake...i hope scientist will start research on it very soon...please go and tell them here in bael we have cure...............all the very best you all...

MuminBusiness on 08/24/2012

Thanks Raju and Clara for your input. It is definitely a great idea to give it a try.

Raju on 08/23/2012

Bael is the only solution. get unripe bael, boil it in pressure cooker 4-5 whistles. you will see hard outshell broken and take pulp of it remove seeeds ( bcos they are bitter) mesh them in bowl mix suger( coz you might not like the taste) eat half in the morning empty stomach and half in the evening...eat it regularly......you will see unbelievable results......how do i know?... I am pateint of UC 12 years on ....all the best all!..you can eat riped one too in season. out of season you will get only unriped.....

Clara on 03/27/2012

Since many people suffer with this for years while taking meds, I'd thinking trying bale fruit would be a no brainer. Seems to be relatively inexpensive.

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