Tips to heal an ulcerated colon

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Gargamel
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been using Liquorice to try and heal my damaged colon, but with little effect.

Does anyone here have and tips medical or dietary that might work better?

G

kazygirl
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:34 AM (GMT -6)   
ive heard that there have been a lot of recent studies indicating that tumeric is very healing for the colon and also stops inflammation.
supposedly very good for healing the damage after the fact as well.
heard it from herbalists awhile back and blew it off, but just on tuesday my GI told me about it as well and suggested i start taking it.

there are a number of things that could help, but not everything works for everyone so it is trial and error.

- vsl #3 (pro-biotic)
- aloe vera
- tumeric
- fish oil or omega 3's
- vitamin D

have a look at some signatures of members here, there a lot to choose from.


steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day
 
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried all sorts of herbals & supplements prior to being diagnosed- not a one did a darn thing. Slippery elm, marshmallow root, Omega 3's (which recently have been proven NOT to help in IBD, according to the CCFA website), you name it. The only thing that helps me are probiotics, and those along with a lot of other conventional meds. I wish I knew how to heal a damaged colon! If you ever find out, please let us know! :-)
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 
 


kazygirl
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah, i had same problem. i spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on all these herbs and supplements etc... and nothing worked at all.
bummer.
but at least some of them work for some people.
just not me =(

hopefully the tumeric will work. im crossing my fingers.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day
 
 
 


Judy2
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   Posted 6/21/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
The only way I was able to heal mine was through extended remission. My c-scope 18 months after starting Remicade showed no ulcers, no inflammation, no signs of UC at all. It's still there, and I notice it starting to rumble a bit if I'm more than a week late for my Remi, but the pathology is all normal for now.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from steroid therapy.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
 
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Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


Stress-control
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   Posted 4/24/2011 4:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I found the following to help.

MUST
No cheese or dairy in diet nono
Lessening fat in diet nono
stomach exercises
4-tablespoons of hemp protein everyday - u can get 3lbs autoshipped monthly; saves u a ton of $$$
high fiber cereal
High quality aloe juice - I used Lily of the Desert
high quality probiotic. I used Schiff and Foodsciences of Vermont. take high doses daily
RELAXING and calming mind tongue
OPTIONAL
turkish coffee
Michael's Naturopathic D3/K2 5000iu (NOT SURE HOW MUCH THIS REALLY HELPED)

After about one month I had no symptoms at all. Once I got off the aloe juice and ate cheese, they came back. It's an expensive diet, but the results are worth it. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

IamCurious
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   Posted 4/24/2011 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
One of my UC symptoms is stomach pain that can be severe when in a flare. I found that chewing DGL licorice 20 minutes before meals and before bedtime to really help.

Presumably if it helps the pain then perhaps it is helping to repair tissue? DGL must be chewed to interact with the saliva. It is hard but not impossible to find DGL without other crappy additives (to make it taste good I suppose) that don't help me.

Of course another way to repair intestinal tissue and much discussed here is supplemental glutamine.
Male/59 DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, possible Crohn's colitis DX Mar10.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Food journal instead of SCD. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 especially helpful.

Boswellia, E. Coli Nissle (Mutaflor), turmeric, fish oil, S. Boulardii, resveratrol, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, C, high gamma E, magnesium, phos choline, glutamine. Lots of fruit & vegetables(but no plums or kale), no soda, no HFCS, no trans fat, no shellfish, tea instead of coffee, watch gluten, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys

crabbylove
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   Posted 5/1/2011 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Eva Lou said...
I tried all sorts of herbals & supplements prior to being diagnosed- not a one did a darn thing. Slippery elm, marshmallow root, Omega 3's (which recently have been proven NOT to help in IBD, according to the CCFA website), you name it. The only thing that helps me are probiotics, and those along with a lot of other conventional meds. I wish I knew how to heal a damaged colon! If you ever find out, please let us know! [img]/community/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]


According to the CCFA website, " Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils)
– Large well-controlled trials showed no benefit in CD"
It didn't mention UC in the study, so maybe Omega 3's are beneficial for UC

phoozah
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   Posted 5/1/2011 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Gargamel, I was diagnosed with UC a few years ago and have been taking asacol and canasa since. The meds help, but The flare-ups have continued. Always seems like something I consume gets it all going again. I have identified certain foods (pizza especialy) and all beer to be culprits. I do have a mild to moderate condition of UC in the bottom portion of my colon.

I recently had a visit to my GI doctor and he took me off the asacol, he said my creatinnine level was border line too high. At the time I was taking 8 asacol a day (4x2). I slowly began getting worse and finally after consuming my bowels archrival, pizza, I was full blown symptonmatic again. I called My GI doctor and he was on emergency leave. I talked to one of his associates and told him I wanted to take the asacol again to get the flare up under control. He agreed to let that happen. During the Easter weekend I began to get a little better and on Easter Sunday I ate whatever I wanted. Noodles, Pastas and bread are some of my favorites.

I told my wife that I needed to get back to a better diet because my UC seems to do better that way. Eating fruits, vegatables and meats, nothing processed! Then my puny brain had a revelation. I remember a good friend trying to be gluten free a few months ago. He didnt have an IBD, but he wanted to be without gluten in his diet. So, I started looking for info on google about gluten free diet and UC. I know celiacs have major problems with it, but was I also having issues with gluten? In the past when I changed my diet to less processed foods, my UC would improve but I would still have set-backs. Then I remembered that I would still consume beer, breads, pastas on the weekends. I was consuming gluten!

So as of today I have only been on a gluten free diet for 7 days. My UC condition has gotten much better. No frequency, gas, blood, urgency or loose and watery stools. I have cut back to 4 asacol a day and didnt use a canasa last night. I havent had 7 full days without a flare-up in many months, so I am almost convinced at this point that my bowels dont like gluten. It has been a challenge to be gluten free. Most gluten free foods are easy to find though. It has been a challenge eating out. The gluten free beer doesnt taste great, but I will get used to it. The resteraunts are probably cross contaminating foods that im eating with gluten foods, but I dont seem that sensitive to it. Last night I tried rice sphagetti and it was great!

I am definately not trying to say I am cured. I have UC and my diet and medication must be controlled to keep it at bay. I hope you read this and it can help. It has taken me 4-5 years to figure out what foods flare me up and everybody's UC is different. I also stay away from lactose, but i might try to renintroduce it to see if it was really a culprit. I may have been consuming gluten with it.

Good luck!

mudua
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   Posted 5/1/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Vitamin E enema heals the colon but the colon will get ulcerated again after a few months.

Dr Carey Reams believes the main cause of UC is a malfunctioning of the liver which is not producing enough bicarbonate to neutraize stomach acidity.

An acidic colon is a breeding ground for bacteria and fugi which results in colon inflammation and colon ulceration

See Link below

http://www.newtreatments.org/doc.php/WisdomExperience/85/the_reams_view_on_ulcerative_colitis

NovaGal
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   Posted 5/1/2011 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I think everyone finds something different that works for them! So it's good to explore. Personally, I *didn't* have any luck with the following, but YMMV: marshmallow root, licorice root, fish oil, boswellia, peppermint, milk thistle seed, chamomile, calendula. All but the fish oil and boswellia were prepared directly from high-quality whole herbs, and I took all for a month or longer. I'm trying probiotics now, at the advice of my Dr. -- he suggested doing this in yogurt form, since that way you're sure that the little buggers are still alive and kicking. The probiotic supplements may be OK too, but you have no guarantee as to what's really in there, or whether or not it's still viable.

Elyssa 1978
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   Posted 5/1/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I LOVE my aloe juice! I drink the J1 with aloe pulp. Also, I was trying to make a Vitamin E suppository. I found a link on line that tells you how to make your own Vitamin E enema (but I'm not crazy about them). I know Vitamin E is supposed to heal ulcerations. You can't take it orally, it has to be the other end (by taking the oil out of the caplet and mixing with distilled water, take a bulb syringe with the solution and voila). AND of course they don't sell Vitamin E 1000 suppositories anywhere (I think the highest is 250)...bummer. Look up the benefits of Vitamin E (also great for hemorrhoids).
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