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   Posted 5/20/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
There have been a lot of great posts lately about what some people with Crohn's are doing to lean toward more natural remedies.  I am very interested in this but don't know where to start and what my options are that have worked for others.  I just started Remicade - any ideas for natural healing as well?  Diet, probiotics, etc?  Please be specific as possible.
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32 yr old Female
Crohn's Colitis

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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wednesday . . . if you go back through the older posts and look for SCD (its a diet) and probiotics (yogurt with active culture, keefer, or pills) those are a couple I'm aware of. But I haven't done the diet. I have used Keefer which you can make at home. It is more tart than yogurt but way more cultures. You can "Google" Keefer and learn lots about it. Some here take probiotic pills. The probiotics (active cultures) repopulate the gut with good bacteria which helps to control the bad bacteria in the gut.


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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I am currently doing acupuncture which I love.  I also just today saw a medical reflexologist.  They both say they can help my CD.  I have been doing the acupuncture since Feb this year.  I am trying anything to hopefully get off the drugs one day.  I take fish oil and probiotics and I have changed my diet to the Eat Right For Your Blood Type.  I can really tell when I eat something that I shouldn't.  I am also Gluten Free.  The diet and gluten free thing is from my Acupuncturist who is also Chinese Herbalist DR.  It has been alot to take in since all this just happened this year during a bad flare.

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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I do not take any oral RX, I'm either allergic or non-responsive to them...

I take bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9, primadophilus reuteri made by natures way probiotic, vitamins C-calcium ascorbate and A as well as fibre supplements (which were directed for me to take by my GI daily and indefinitely)...infact I take all of the above daily and likely will GI has approved the above mentioned since he's one of those more realistic GI's that believes drugs are not always the answer for everyone since we tend to differ from one another...he's all for whatever works stick with it.

I've also altered my diet cutting out things that research knows are most likely to exacerbate symptoms of IBD like caffeine, animal fats, processed foods/beverages, fast-foods, refined sugar, msg (which are basically found in processed and fast-foods/beverages.

I also exercise regularly 4-5 days a week with cardio and weights and drink plenty of water and chamomile tea daily.

I've gone from 30+ BM's a day to an average of 5 or less (during my menstral cycle it's gets kinda crazy but that's because of the hormonal fluctuations that take place, which research also recognizes as being an issue for many women with IBD or even IBS).

My BM's are formed/solid, but I still have some issues with urgency and 5/day is still 4 more than normal for me (before CD I went once a day like clock-work) still not in full remission (specialists that have seen me don't expect that for me since I had complications with perianal disease in the beginnint of my CD) but I'll take what I can get...and it's better than 30+ times/day with bleeding and lower back pain, which I no longer deal with anymore thanks especially to the bee propolis.

Remember, what works for some doesn't work for all, it's trial and error, but a good start is what others have success with, and usually it's a combination of things that bring more improvements.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I never beleived much in natural remedies and always reached for the drugs when getting a cold or head ache etc until getting CD. Now I try everything under the sun but still at times wonder whether I am kidding myself beleiving the natural remedies will work as of course it is nice to think so. The SCD diet is too hard for me but I have changed my diet to include cultured yogurt, cultured organic oat sourdough, eggs, fish, I avoid dairy and sugar, no processed food, etc. I take an 11 strain probiotic, fish oil, apple cidar vinegar, slippery elm, zinc, multivitamin, calcium, ginger and also drink camomile tea. I was told that malva vulgaris healed ulcars and the gut but I still havent found it anywhere or what it is/form it comes in other than it being a plant.
I sometimes think if you were able to be strict and stick to the right diet like the SCD symptoms may disappear but it is so hard.
Either way the natural remedies are said to have various health benefits so I figure if its not helping the CD hopefully it is warding off any other nasties for the future.

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   Posted 5/21/2008 2:02 AM (GMT -7)   

Found something on the malva vulgaris at :

Latin name: Malva vulgaris
Common name: Common mallow
Effect: Good pain killer, soothing, disinfectant and anti- inflammatory

Perhaps searching on "common mallow" would result in more info for you? Take care,
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   Posted 5/21/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found that staying on a low residue diet and taking Probiotics (pills) have been really helpful to me. Some have success with SCD or Makers diet, but for myself I can't eat alot of things on those diets, so I do my own special diet.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/21/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I was a huge skeptic of the natural route, but in desperation I gave it a try and I'm sure glad I did.

The bee propolis was huge for me and my GI assured me that it was 100% non-toxic (but must be avoided if you're allergic to bees) and he said that even if it didn't help so much with my symptoms that it was still an excellent source of dietary supplementation which never hurts us IBDers since we tend not to absorb all nutrients via food alone.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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