10 Things You Might Not Know – Crohn’s Disease Treatment

There are certainly more than 10 things you might not know about Crohn’s disease, but these are 10 that your doctor may never even mention to you.  Conventional medicine is just beginning to see results from and accept many alternative therapies.

Many doctors simply cannot perceive of anything working better than the latest and greatest drug that the pharmaceutical companies have recently produced.

I, personally, can tell you that there are many alternative therapies that work quite well.

Let me tell you about my nephew, Robert.  Robert started having problems at or around 1 year of age.  The doctors did not want to label him with the diagnosis of Crohn’s disease at such a young age, so they just called it colitis.

He suffered terribly.  So much so, that he cried when he went to the bathroom.  He was just a baby and didn’t understand the pain he was going through.

He didn’t understand all the pills he had to take and all the things he had to suffer through when he went to the doctor and to the hospital.

prescription meds

prescription meds

He took steroids.  He swallowed pills with camera’s in them for the doctors to look inside his colon.  He took every chemical drug they had to offer.

This went on for years and years.

His parents tried herbs and other alternatives as well.  Unfortunately, they didn’t know how to address all the issues involved so when one herb or supplement didn’t work they tossed it and went on to the next.

And Robert still had bloody stools and lots of pain and discomfort.

He had to have growth hormone injections because of all the meds he had taken.

He even tried one medicine that actually caused him to develop shingles.

Finally, about 4 years ago, a nutritionist took over his case.  She put him on a whole foods diet, minerals and other supplements, certain herbs and some alternative therapies.

His bloody diarrhea stopped.  The pain in his abdomen stopped.  He started gaining weight.  He had color in his cheeks for the first time in his life.

As far as we are concerned, it was a miracle!  Even today, as long as he follows his diet, he remains free of symptoms of Crohn’s.

I’m going to give you some alternatives that you definitely will want to look into for treating Crohn’s disease.

Later on, I’m going to share with you some herbs, supplements and other things that you can do to help.

I would recommend that you see a good nutritionist in your area.  They can do testing to determine what deficiencies you may have where minerals and vitamins are concerned.  They should also be able to advise you regarding herbs and other supplements to use, although I will be listing some of these things.

Alternative Therapies

  1. Massage – to relieve stress and pain

  2. Yoga – to ease anxiety and assist relaxation

    yoga is good

    yoga is good exercise and it’s relaxing

  3. Acupuncture – An accepted treatment now for many illnesses, especially for pain.

  4. Meditation – To relieve stress and anxiety.

    meditation

    meditation clears the mind

  5. Deep Breathing – To relieve stress and assist in oxygenating tissue.

  6. Digestive Enzymes – To assist in getting nutrients from food.

  7. Oxygen Therapy – Disease does not do well in oxygenated tissue.

  8. Regular Colonics – To bring elasticity back to the colon.

  9. Biofeedback – To help relieve pain – retraining pain receptors in the brain.

  10. Energy Medicine such as Reiki – To realign chakras in the body and for general well being.

    energy therapy

    energy therapy aligns Chakras

I don’t know if you noticed, but I have listed a number of therapies related to stress, anxiety and pain.  This was not by accident.  Crohn’s patients suffer with a lot of all of these and their family members could benefit from some of these treatments as well.

Crohn’s patients’ bodies are under a great deal of stress.  They are not getting proper nutrition because food is travelling way to fast through the digestive tract.  They are in almost constant pain.  Add these two things together and the result is very high stress.

That’s not to say that you need to practice all of these therapies.  You will need to experiment to find out which ones are most beneficial for you personally.  A combination of these will probably work best.

Is there anything else I can do?

Yes, there are lots of other things that will probably help.  I’m going to give you some of those today.  My next post will go further into detail on some of them.

Crohn’s patients, as I stated earlier, are almost always lacking in nutrition because food moves so rapidly through their digestive system that they don’t absorb the nutrition from the food.

Bone broth is a great way to get nutrients without creating stress in the digestive system.  You can use this link to find out how to make it.

Probiotics will help restore the good bacteria in the gut, which is actually a large part of the problem.  You can get probiotics in a supplement but it is also in foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir and kembucha.

Prebiotics will feed the good bacteria that is in your gut and help it to increase.  They also increase the body’s ability to absorb calcium and improve density of bone minerals.  Some of the foods that are high in prebiotics include artichokes, asparagus, chicory root, dandelion greens, whole grains, bananas, onions and garlic and leeks.  Anytime you can it eat raw is best.

Herbs that will help

Blackberry root

Blackberry

Blackberry

Anti-inflammatory.  You can read more about blackberry root here.

Chamomile

Anti-spasmodic. Helps reduce muscle spasms in the gut and also helps to decrease stomach acids.

Geranium

Astringent and anti-viral.  Helps prevent bleeding. This one is hard to find locally, so here is a link.  Click this link to order it now:  Geranium

Licorice Root

Licorice plant

Licorice plant

Anti-inflammatory.  Licorice actually mimics natural corticosteroids.  Use caution with high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney disease.  Be especially cautious with low potassium levels.

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root

Marshmallow Root

 

Demulcent.  Marshmallow actually coats the stomach lining to help prevent further ulcerations.  Click this link to order it now:  Marshmallow Root

Peppermint

peppermint

peppermint

Anti-inflammatory.  The menthol helps to soothe the muscles in the abdominal area and digestive tract.

Slippery Elm Root

Demulcent.  Slippery elm also promotes healing.

My next post will be more extensive where herbal remedies are concerned. This is just a few for you to look into right now.

Lastly, here is a list of supplements that are most likely deficient in most Crohn’s patients.  Again, I will elaborate further in my next post on Crohn’s disease.

Supplements

Vitamin A – found in liver, eggs, dairy and green, leafy vegetables and green peas.

Vitamin B12 – found in grass fed beef, fish and poultry.

Calcium – you can take a supplement of 1500 mg daily (divided into 3 doses).

Vitamin D3 – a must for anyone with any autoimmune disorder.  You can get some D3 in fish liver oil.

Fish oils – full of Omega 3’s, they decrease inflammation.  They can increase bleeding so avoid during an active flare-up.  Start with 1g per day, then gradually increase to as much as 2-4g.  If diarrhea occurs or increases cut back or stop until diarrhea subsides.

Folic acid – be sure you get 1mg daily.

Iron – found in grass fed red meats, fish, poultry and eggs.

Magnesium –  take 500mg daily.

Zinc – found in grass fed beef, chicken, legumes, bran, green peas.

As you can see, there are many things you can do to help with Crohn’s disease.  I hope this information has helped you.

Please feel free to share this information and be sure to discuss any new treatment you pursue with your health care professional.

I probably should have changed the name of this post from 10 things you might not know – Crohn’s disease treatment to include the additional herbs and supplemental information I gave you, but I’d already named it and couldn’t decide on a new name, lol.

Seriously, I hope this has helped.

Please come back soon and look for additional information in the near future.

Blessings,

Debby

 

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12 comments

  1. Robin says:

    Hi Dmorrow
    You have a very interesting page on Crohns Disease. I am intrigued that a lot of your alternative solutions are the same as what I recommend for women’s hair loss. I do believe that natural therapies work as well as conventional medications without all the terrible side effects. Thanks for a great read!

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you for your comments Robin. That is interesting that women’s hair loss would use many of the same solutions. I agree with you about alternative medicine – I haven’t taken a prescription or over the counter chemical medication in years! I just shake my head when I read about all the awful repercussions people are having from all those chemicals.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  2. Mark says:

    Hello
    I love this article and love your site
    I whole heartedly believe in natural herbs and supplements.
    I have been using them for years and your site has given me some more ideas for some difficencies I may have.
    I will be reading more of your articles for some self help and I thank you for this

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you Mark. I really appreciate hearing from those who believe in and are willing to give proper diet with herbal supplements a chance. We have reached that place in the world where we have overused antibiotics to the point they are rendered almost useless and the food we eat is literally poison to our bodies. I believe whole foods and herbal and alternative medicines are our only hope towards righting things.

      Please let me know how things work out with you.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  3. Di says:

    I have celiac disease rather than Crohn’s (although I know a fair few people who do) and I notice that there are a bunch of herbs that I have used that have helped me with this autoimmune disease also. I think B12 is incredibly important too. Thanks a great article.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for commenting Di! I’m glad to hear that some of these herbs have actually helped. I do plan to do a post on celiac as well. Check back soon – I may have some new things for you to try.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  4. Sim says:

    Hey Debby. Thanks for the info. You are right, there are many other alternatives to Crohn’s disease… As about every disease on earth.

    I’ve never been a big fan of pharmas and I always try to avoid “regular” doctors and pills as much as I can. Not because I think they’re doing a bad job, but because I think there are better ways to go.

    I’m glad you added the herbs that could help also.

    I’ll certainly be back for more!

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for the comment and the vote of support Sim. I agree, doctors are necessary, but not for every little issue in life. Sometimes, not for larger issues, when traditional medicine does not offer help.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  5. Raymond says:

    At such a young age that even babies are no longer that healthy. It seems like the modern medicine just causes more problems than solve it.

    I don’t really trust what we get from our doctors these days. Why should we? Whenever we go to them, after 5 minutes the session is done.
    I am glad your nephew is getting better. Do you know what started his problem in the first place like he got a vaccine or something?

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for your comment and your question Raymond. We don’t know for sure, but we know that when there is autoimmune disease in the family history, it usually shows up in many areas. What can be done for future generations is to get on a healthy whole foods diet so that you will be healthier and, in turn, your children will be healthier. Then you deal with anything that still shows up (which it sometimes does).

      Blessings,

      Debby

  6. Armand707 says:

    Hi Debby. First off, I would like to say that I’m glad that your nephew, Robert has been cured of Crohn’s disease. It must’ve been such an ordeal to him, especially at a young age.

    You have a very nice post here talking about the Crohn’s disease treatment. I didn’t know that there was such a flower called Marshallow Root that can helpthe disease. It wasn’t until I stumbled on your page that I have heard this term.

    Anyhow, I would like to say thank you for sharing this post. And, I’ll come back here if I know anyone that’s suffering from this disease.

    All the best,

    Armand

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for your comments Armand. There are many people out there with Crohn’s disease who are not getting any relief through conventional medicine. I hope this page will help some of them. Please feel free to share with anyone you think might benefit from this information.

      Blessings,

      Debby

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