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.
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.
Massage – to relieve stress and pain
Yoga – to ease anxiety and assist relaxation
Acupuncture – An accepted treatment now for many illnesses, especially for pain.
Meditation – To relieve stress and anxiety.
Deep Breathing – To relieve stress and assist in oxygenating tissue.
Digestive Enzymes – To assist in getting nutrients from food.
Oxygen Therapy – Disease does not do well in oxygenated tissue.
Regular Colonics – To bring elasticity back to the colon.
Biofeedback – To help relieve pain – retraining pain receptors in the brain.
Energy Medicine such as Reiki – To realign chakras in the body and for general well being.
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
Anti-inflammatory. You can read more about blackberry root here.
Anti-spasmodic. Helps reduce muscle spasms in the gut and also helps to decrease stomach acids.
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
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.
Demulcent. Marshmallow actually coats the stomach lining to help prevent further ulcerations. Click this link to order it now: Marshmallow Root
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.
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.