My advice to anyone seeking alternative medicines, is to first buy this book. It could save you tons!!
The Desktop Guide to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (An evidence-based approach)
Editors are Edzard Ernest, Max H Pittler and Barbara Wider.
At a local Crohns and colitis support group meeting an acupunturist came and gave a talk. He suggested getting this book. It compiles the information for only 'good' studies. They have to be completly non-biased and uses only reliable studies. Worth its weight!!
All I can say is that if you want to not be on meds, it is possible. I have been able to not be on meds (well was on tons of meds before I was properly diagnosed and all the pain relief they had me on was NSAIDS) since diagnosis. I tried pentasa for 1 week, that was as long as I could stand the fire hot ass burning side effects! :o)
Work closely with my GP and specialist to manage my disease without meds. It is working for me. I take meds regularly actually, just not what you would expect.
Hope the acupuncture helps you.
Dx CD Sept 06
no meds - codine infrequently
Mom of 4, Wife of 1, Daughter of the King
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