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What is Crohn’s Disease? It is a chronic medical condition where the gastrointestinal or digestive tract gets inflamed, as it can occur and affect any place or area of the gastrointestinal tract starting from the mouth down to the anus. Crohn’s disease usually effects the lower portion or at the end of the small intestine (ileum), but the swelling extends deep within the digestive tract lining, as ulcers form deep into these intestinal lining and spreads eventually though the intestinal wall. The inflammation in these intestinal walls can often lead to pain and can result to recurrently emptying the intestines, leading to diarrhea.

Probiotics

Recent research has shown the probiotics can be a powerful tool in the battle against Crohn’s disease. Probiotics are “friendly bacteria” that are similar to the beneficial bacteria in the healthy human intestinal tract. The ingestion of probiotics helps to restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the intestine and the gut, resulting in fewer flare-ups for Crohn’s sufferers. Recent studies have also shown that probiotics not only increase healthy bacteria, they reduce inflammation and help the intestinal tract begin to heal itself from the long term effects of Crohn’s disease.

Massage

Massage may be the most commonly used complementary and alternative therapy for Crohn’s disease, with about 30 percent of people with the disease trying it, according to the study in the journal Gut in 2012. The hands-on effects of massage and other bodywork approaches may help improve quality of life by reducing stress and pain throughout the body.

Herbal Remedies

Aloe vera juice in large doses (50ml 2-3 times daily) will help with healing and give a reduction in pain.
Slippery Elm bark either in capsules or mixed with warm water (2.5gm twice daily) will also help with healing.
An herbal colon cleanse or a good herbal detox program used over 25 days or longer will allow your colon to heal itself gradually over time.
Herbal bitters blended in liquid form (2.5 ml before meals) such as goldenseal, wormwood, gentian, chaparral, milk thistle, dandelion, globe artichoke and barberry will all help strengthen the entire digestive system and help reduce excess negative bacteria and inflammation.
Herbal teas can also be beneficial for reducing pain and encouraging healing and these include chamomile, peppermint, ginger and ribwort.
A combination of as many of these remedies as possible would be suggested if you want to see results quickly. Natural treatments often bring about gradual healing over a period of months, so keep on track and allow yourself the time to heal properly. It’s worth it to get a long term result that could last for a lifetime.

Dietary Remedies

The Mayo Clinic suggests making dietary changes to help control symptoms of Crohn’s. You may find some relief by limiting your consumption of dairy products or you may find that reducing, or increasing, the amount of fiber in your diet helps you feel better.

Specific foods may trigger symptoms so try keeping a food diary to record how you feel after meals and snacks. You may find that normally healthy foods are not the best foods for you. Some foods that can cause problems include raw fruits or vegetables, cabbage, corn, popcorn, nuts and seeds, citrus foods, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine.

With a little time and effort you can say goodbye to Crohn’s.

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