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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,  I'm a new member and my wife has crohns disease.  She has had one bowel re-section surgery 3 years ago and it has flared up again. She just had a colonoscopy and they have found two areas that are ulcerated. I really hope she does not need more surgery. Does anyone know of any herbal remedies that have helped them with crohns?  I am very interested in having her try something other than the pills.  She is on Cipro and another drug (not sure of the name at the time of this post). 

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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,

I use bee propolis (natural anti-inflammatory) caps one pill 2X/day
probiotics one cap/day called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way
omegas 3-6-9 one pill 2X/day
chamomile tea everyday first thing in the am
and fibre supplements as recommended by my GI

I also altered my diet, no more processed foods/beverages, fast foods, refined sugar, artificial sweetners, caffeine or animal fats and I exercise regularly all this in conjuction has definitely given me improvements with symptoms. Just know that what works for some doesn't necessarily work for all but often it's a combination of things that tend to be more helpful rather than just one product or change in lifestyle habits like diet, exercise.

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

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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter has a Crohn's-related abdominal fistula and she is on flagyl. Her G.I. is hoping it may heal it but if not, she will discuss other methods with her. Like you, our daughter and we (as her parents) are not real crazy about the idea of her starting on medicinal treatments like Remicade, etc. The long-term effects of Remicade in particular do not sound very good. She is very interested in trying the reishi mushroom extract mentioned on this site. She is just trying to give the flagyl a little time before she starts on it. It really sounds promising. We love the idea that it is a natural method used in Taiwan, etc., to heal inflammation and has also been used in cancer treatment, etc.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried the Molo-cure? It is either a juice or pill from the aloe vera plant. I've read some people have had good luck and others have had thyroid problems after trying the remedy.

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   Posted 4/26/2009 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have not used it, some swear by it and some say they had no change and some have even reported feeling worse from it (could be coincidence or not), everything is pretty much trial and error for each of us cuz this disease is very individual with symptoms, what helps and what doesn't. Take some ideas and try them but, try only one thing at a time so you kow if it's actually giving any benefit, don't have her start on everything all at once...see how the first thing she takes goes and add from there I'd say at least 3 months apart from one another but if she notices benefits from something then she should continue using it while she adds something eles...hope I didn't confuse you cuz I know what I'm trying to say but it doesn't always come out right LOL chalk it up to brain fog.

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

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   Posted 4/26/2009 11:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the response. I'm worried about her because the relapse is kicking the heck out of her. She also has a problem with her ankle swelling up to a point where she almost cannot walk. She was told it is arthritis and is associated with the crohns. GI told her the meds are more for the arthritis than the crohns.........wonderful.........what about the crohns?

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   Posted 4/27/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I use herbals, but like pb4 says you have to find what works for you. A lot of people on this site use probiotics as prescibed by their doc. I eat yogurt with probiotics in it. I couple this with L glutimine. L glutime helps the healing process in the gut, the probiotics reregulates the flora in the gut. These two are harmless if they don't help. I use a lot of other herbs because they work for me..may or may not work for others. If you go the herbal route you need to rememeber that it takes a long time for them to work. (3-6 months sometimes). Also, people that recommend herbal will also recommend stopping the use of soda of any kind, highly processed foods, and some will go futher and tell you to eat only all natural foods. If you go herbal find someone that KNOWS herbals and talk to them, they are out there but they can be are hard to find. But be careful, there are a lot of people that call themselves "healers" and think they know herbals but don't know what they are doing. Good luck!
Over 30 years experience! Dx 1976, surgery every seven years, the only effective long term drug has been very low doses of prednisone. Refuse to take anymore immune suppressants.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest meeting with an herbalist. Mine is awesome, and based on our 2 hour consult, he made a tincture of various herbs specifically for my problems. He has me on Catnip, Chamomile, St. John's Wort, Licorice, and Goldenseal. It has helped tremendously!
Currently taking: Humira 40mg/every other week, Zoloft 50 mg/day, vitamins and supplements
Have taken: Cyclosporine, Pentasa/Asacol, Aciphex, Imuran, Sulfasalizine, Cipro & Flagyl, Prednisone, various pain med's, Xanax
Surgeries: Appendectomy 2001, Ileocecotomy 2007

tall girl
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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Fish oil (enteric coated) has really helped me. Also probiotics.
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often

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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
SherryAnn: I'll have to look back on all the posts to find the mention of Reishi Mushrooms as you mention in your post.

However, I would paste the following into into "google" to get some interesting information about this supplement:

(google) "Reishi mushroom extract supplement health benefit and side effects by Ray Sahelian, M.D."
19 yr old Grandson - Dx UC 12/08;  DX CD 4/09
Dec 19/08 - Hospitalized (1st time)
Apr 9/09   - Hospitalized (2nd time) CD flare
Current Meds in Hospital: Humira injections started Apr 24/09;  Oxycodone 15mg
Is still in hospital 
Previous Meds:  Prednisone 40 mg.
Asacol 800 & Morphine (allergy to both).
Hospital Suppliments:  boost, low fiber diet.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Probiotics have helped me tremendously. I use Align, but I think that it really takes just trying different probiotics strains to see which helps the most.
Peppermint tea is also really soothing on days when things are particularly upset (which I know are generally often and strung together).
A multivitamin with iron is a must, but if it upsets her stomach then taking a prenatal supplement might work better. I take them instead because they are gentler on your system.

Some say that fish oil makes no difference, but I think that it depends on the person so getting omega oil may help her quite a bit.

Just be wary of anything natural since many products, regardless of where they are from, have been tested for toxic residue e.g. lead, mercury, etc. and found to have enough to be pretty harmful. Also, look out for any possible contraindications since some herbs do not work well together and can actually cause more harm than good so...

I hope that you two find some to work. I know many can be pretty effective, but it really depends on the person and a lot of trial and error. There are plenty of websites with good information on herbal remedies as well if you just google something like 'herbal remedies crohn's' or something along those lines.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 4/27/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   

not really herbal but I am trying acupuncture now. Tonight is my second appointment.




Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 Started Humira June 2008 (have been on other cd meds)

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 on Soma and Lyrica



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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I use boswellia serrate -- because I'm allergic to sulfazines (asaccol etc). works just as well. Dai-ken-chuto for when i start to obstruct.

I also use rifaxin (antibiotic) and antifulgals -- and other drugs as needed.
I use sodium cromolyn on my pyoderma gangrenosum (drug)

Herbals in addition or in my case substitution help. Instead of? Risky, very risky in my opinion. I would never just take herbs "instead of" medication. The herbs I take are medication as much as the antiboitics etc. Your wife should take whatever can make her better.

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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I should have probably mentioned in my first reply that I'm actually allergic and non-responsive to traditional oral RX so I had no choice but to go the natural route and I'm sure glad I was lucky enough to find the above mentioned that help me...even though it's not full remission it's better than nothing and it's way better than the yrs I used nothing too.

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

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   Posted 4/27/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to all who responded to my request for herbal medicines. I have found some reishi mushroom extract at a health food store. I will have my wife try it and will report back and let everyone know how she made out. Just some information........I have a co-worker who has colon cancer and is very much into holistic medicine and has had his tumors shrink due to using herbal remedies (in conjunction with consultation with a natururopath). He uses the Reishi mushroom extract and finds it very helpful.

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   Posted 4/28/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have heard about reishi mushroom extract. I had it once or twice. The product is quite successful in Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and Phillipines. Its' just a coincidence that one of my client is the leading company marketing this product. The forum rules do not permit me to give details about the company.
Reishi mushrooms also have strong antioxidant properties. They can be used to boost immunity and may also increase the effectiveness of antioxidant vitamins when the two substances are used together. Reishi mushrooms are believed to suppress tumor growth and are often used in cancer prevention efforts for this reason.
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