Leaky gut/bacterial tests

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 177
   Posted 6/4/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone been tested for specific bacteria/parasites in the intestine? My acupuncturist has suggested such a test and I've read that they can be beneficial, but that conventional Western docs don't often do these tests. My acupuncturist says she had a UC patient who took the test and they found that the patient was missing a crucial bacteria - had ZERO of it. So she introduced the bacteria (I assume through a specific probiotic) and the person improved greatly. My acu feels she can help me successfully manage my Crohn's without having to go on any of the big gun immune-modulators. The test is b/w $265 and $365 out of pocket - insurance won't cover it.
Has anyone had these tests and were they worth it?

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 733
   Posted 6/4/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't made the jump yet, but I just wanted you to know that you're not the only one contemplating this... I too have heard rumors from alternative docs that there is some kind of bacterial balance-type test.

Do you know what the specific test you're after is called? The price is much better than others I've heard of... I was quoted somewhere around $1500 here in Colorado for a bacterial and full blood analysis but wasn't given a price for just one or the other.

It certainly seems like a reasonable route... good luck, and keep us posted!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
Remicade '05 through '08, with no other maintenance meds
Noticing a real difference with a Gluten-Free diet.
Currently on:
Cimzia (started 2-12-09)
Probiotics, Digestive Enzymes, Forvia vitamins, and calcium chewies
Prednisone free, again! WHOOPIE!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Sunday, November 19, 2017 5:37 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,895,305 posts in 317,784 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 157387 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, ahmedkamel5000.
304 Guest(s), 3 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
imagardener2, Steve n Dallas, straydog

About Us | Advertise | Donate
Newsletter | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer
Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
©1996-2017 HealingWell.com LLC  All Rights Reserved.