Aloe Vera to treat UC?

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missVanity
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   Posted 2/19/2011 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
has anyone had success treating flares and/or getting UC into remission using Aloe Vera?

McGut
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   Posted 2/19/2011 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Not I, sorry. Welcome to the forum though.
Chris
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Asacol, 3@800, twice a day
Salofalk, 1@1000, nightly lately. Was off them for a bit.
Salofalk enema, 2 times only so far.
Ativan 1mg x1
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pmedic
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   Posted 2/20/2011 5:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it, didn't work and it tasted terrible. I endured drinking aloe for several weeks and didnt notice any difference. But, everyone is different so you may have better results. Good luck!
Dx:Ulcerative Colitis March 2008
Dx: Crohns May 2008

No surgeries yet but I am desperately trying to keep my colon.
8 blood transfusions, SVT due to low H&H, Anxiety during new medication injections due to past reactions.
Been through MANY medications with mixed results
Currently on Cimzia, Lialda, Ambien (prn), xanax(prn) Bee Propolis 500mg twice per day.

Alinus
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   Posted 2/20/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
i've read in some papers that it's not a good ideea to use aloe vera if one has UC. do not remember the links though. most of them were in my native language.
Romanian.

Rectocolitis (20 cm) - 2010 january. Symptoms since about 2002.
Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2008 as a gift from rectocolitis. Symptoms since about 2002.
____________________________________________________________

Mesalasine 1500 mg/day.
Salofalk enema 1/day

Red_34
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   Posted 2/20/2011 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healingwell :) Do a search to look up older posts regarding Aloe Vera. You can do this by clicking on the search function located in the upper blue bar.

My memory is a bit sketchy but if I recall right, Aloe vera whole leaf gel is better for someone with Uc as opposed to the juice. I believe the juice has an ingredient that can cause D. Don't quote me on this though.
SHERRY
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Gavriel
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   Posted 2/20/2011 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
There's exactly zero evidence to support the idea that consumption of aloe-vera products orally with provide any relief to patients of ulcerative colitis. Don't waste your time, money, energy, or hope on such trivial pursuits. The idea that vitamin-e rich products will somehow alleviate inflammation in the large bowel makes no sense, whatsoever, and ha has no support via research.

Be well.

IamCurious
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   Posted 2/20/2011 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
There's exactly zero evidence to support the idea that consumption of aloe-vera products orally with provide any relief to patients of ulcerative colitis. Don't waste your time, money, energy, or hope on such trivial pursuits. The idea that vitamin-e rich products will somehow alleviate inflammation in the large bowel makes no sense, whatsoever, and ha has no support via research.

My doctor said the same thing when I told him about probiotics and using powdered psyllium seed as my soluble fiber. And he reiterated how diet has nothing to do with IBD. I am glad I did not listen to him because that is how I maintain remission. I haven't used any meds with their toxic side effects in almost a year.

And I am not the only one. The forum is full of stories of symptoms being relieved by alternative treatments. We welcome sharing your experiences with us but please do not dictate how or what we experience or see for ourselves.
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 + VSL3 especially helpful.

Boswellia, E. Coli Nissle (Mutaflor), turmeric, fish oil, S. Boulardii, OLE, resveratrol, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, C, high gamma E, magnesium, phos choline, glutamine. Lots of vegetables & fruit (but no plums), no soda, no HFCS, no trans fat, no shellfish, tea instead of coffee, watch gluten, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
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Gavriel
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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Good for you. Your experience is certainly an outlier, and if your diagnosis of ulcerative colitis was accurate, you are unlikely to maintain a long-term remission (less than a year is good, but certainly not long-term) without medical intervention. Moreover, it is unlikely your probitiotic/psyllium fibre protocol has anything to do with your current remission. Sounds like quackery and placebo to me. I have also experienced episodes of remission approaching a year without medication, but the flare-ups always come back.

I sure hope you're not advocating that other people follow in your footsteps and reject their doctors' advice. That's quite the irresponsible position, and very negligent. I sure hope nobody listens to you.

IamCurious
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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I would never, ever recommend anyone to forego meds. And I would expect that others do not disrespect my decision to maintain a food diary. It is the sharing of diverse experiences that makes this forum so valuable.

I was diagnosed via two colonoscopies in the past three years.

Gavriel
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   Posted 2/20/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I kept a food diary. Most people would agree that it stands to reason that a food diary can be a useful tool in identifying foods to avoid during a flare-up. There is nothing to lose by maintaing a food diary for one's one personal research. Where this advice can become ridiculous at best, and dangerous at worst, is when people suggest to follow baseless protocols such as probiotics/psyllium in order to achieve and maintain a remission. The scientific evidence is weak in support of pro-biotics as a tool towards seriously reducing symptoms and achieving and maintenance of remission. And I say this as a person who has been consuming probiotis for many, many years.... long before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Of course healthy diets supplemented with good products like psyllium fibre and probiotic products are a good idea, but they have very little to do with an ulcerative colitis patient's symptoms.

missVanity
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   Posted 2/20/2011 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, i'm so glad i found this forum and all of you. i'm losing confidence in my Dr.'s competence in treating UC.

BabeintheWoods, what kind of Aloe do you use? how long? what other alternative treatments are you using that work? what kind of side effects did you experience with pharmaceuticals?

i'm just getting started on an alternate treatment plan, i'm using Metamucil Psyllium once a day right now and i just got Probiotics each tab contains 25Billion viable cells taking just one tab daily right now, 2ounces of Aloe Vera juice each morning and 2 stool softeners nightly.

i just started the Pentasa enema couple nights ago because the 6-400mg asacol can't get this now 2month flare under control.

Red_34
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   Posted 2/20/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Gavriel and Babeinthewoods, lets agree to disagree on this and let it drop.
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IamCurious
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   Posted 2/20/2011 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi missVanity,

Aloe Vera has not made any difference for me so I don’t use it.

I don’t believe I can help you with your 2month flare. Yesterday notsosicklygirl started a thread by asking if diet can help end a flare. Maintaining remission thru diet is very different than ending a flare thru diet. I had to agree with the consensus that meds were needed to jump-start into remission. But there were some responses to her thread that emphasized diet:

www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=38&m=2032769

If you want more information there are many threads in this forum discussing fiber and probiotics, as well as other supplements such as fish oil and vitamin D that have helped others.

McGut
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   Posted 2/20/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
The forum is full of stories of symptoms being relieved by alternative treatments. We welcome sharing your experiences with us but please do not dictate how or what we experience or see for ourselves.


Like 30 bananas a day for 30 days. smilewinkgrin



sorry. could not resist
47,male
Asacol, 3@800, twice a day
Salofalk, 1@1000, nightly lately. Was off them for a bit.
Salofalk enema, 2 times only so far.
Ativan 1mg x1
Metoprolol 50mgx2
Lipitor 20mgx1
"other stuff", occasionally for pain relief, gain apatite, sleep
Currently on a roller coaster ride. Good one day, Bad the next.

beeswax
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   Posted 2/20/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I have tried Aloe Vera several years ago and it was not helpful at all. My condition merely got worse and worse...
F/50; Present: Lialda 4.8 gm a day; l-glutamine; Boswellia/Curcumin; Calcium; Vitamin D 50,000 unit once a week; Diagnosed UP 1993; Diagnosed UC 8/08; Diagnosed Osteoporosis 12/09; Past: Remicade-Asacol-Rowasa-Anucort-Canasa-Prednisone

Alinus
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   Posted 2/20/2011 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
BabeintheWoods said...
Maintaining remission thru diet is very different than ending a flare thru diet. I had to agree with the consensus that meds were needed to jump-start into remission.


i agree, of some sort. I did SCD for 1 year, mixed results, but was better than before. then i've decided to test bread - at my doctor's advice.
i used salofalk enemas same time while eating bread and i've start bleeding during the treatment. gave up braed, switched to SCD again (continued with the enemas) then the bleeding stopped. I am sure that the enemas stopped the bleeding, but i am also sure that this would not have happened if i did not switched to SCD...

so i believe that remission is obtained using both ways, at the same time. since what i've read here and on other forums we seem to react different to same foods: "diet" is a word that has different meanings for most of us... there's no universal diet that can help into remission (toghether with medicines) or that can maintaining it. unfortunately
Romanian.

Rectocolitis (20 cm) - 2010 january. Symptoms since about 2002.
Ankylosing Spondylitis in 2008 as a gift from rectocolitis. Symptoms since about 2002.
____________________________________________________________

Mesalasine 1500 mg/day.
Salofalk enema 1/day

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 2/20/2011 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
There was a post a couple weeks ago about an aloe vera product called serovera. A few people had tried it and none saw improvement. I believe there was one person who claimed to see improvement but there is question as to whether he is legit. I have read a lot of bad reviews about serovera in particular. It is overpriced with catchy packaging and marketing, I think a lot of the good reviews are written by the company's marketing department.
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