Coeliac Disease

Coeliac-Disease

Coeliac disease is a condition in which the immune system responds unusually to gluten; protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye. It is an autoimmune disease that occurs in the small intestines. People suffering from Coeliac disease are generally born with it or develop it in the first three years of life, though it may get diagnosed in adult life. Symptoms like diarrhea, weight loss and anemia may indicate this condition.

Causes

Coeliac disease is a genetic disease that can transfer from a first degree relative; parents, siblings. Presence of genes HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8 show susceptibility to this condition. Also environmental factors play a great role in triggering this condition in infants and children.

Symptoms

  • Diarrhea
  • Anemia
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps, joint and bone pain
  • Menstrual problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Skin rashes
  • Growth problems and seizures
  • Tingling sensation in the legs

Ayurvedic View

While our immune system protects us from invaders, the immune system of a person suffering from Coeliac disease treats gluten as foreign invader and attacks the lining of the small intestine. Ayurveda attributes this issue to imbalance in the body energies causing week immunity and digestion. Ayurveda treats it with the use of herbs, precisely immuno-modulators that help balance the immune system

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoiding foods with gluten is the best way to avoid the symptoms at first, while later on small amount can be added after ayurvedic treatment.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Add yogurt, buttermilk, fruits, juices, pulses, rice, ragi, buckwheat, whole corn, millet and gluten-free oats in your diet.