I would never, ever recommend anyone to stop their meds. If something went wrong I don't know how I would be able to live with myself.
But if you are going to try some herbs and supplements to SUPPLEMENT your meds you may want to check these out too:www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11488449www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10022641
Probiotics can also be helpful. The most popular for IBD is VSL#3. Most probiotics contain 1 to 10 or even 50 billion cfus. VSfL3 has 450 billion. The prescript
ion DS (double strength) contains almost a trillion. But it is pricey. Unless your medical insurance can cover most of the cost of the prescript
ion version then you may want to try something less pricey. The effectiveness of different brands of probiotics varies by individual. The probiotic yeast S. Boulardii is relatively inexpensive and can be effective:
“Thirty-two patients with Crohn's disease in clinical remission were randomly assigned to receive one of the following for 6 months: 1) mesalamine (1 g 3 times per day) or 2) mesalamine (1 g 2 times per day) plus Saccharomyces boulardii (1 g in the morning). Clinical relapse, defined as a Crohn's disease activity index greater than 150 with an increase of 100 points over the baseline value for more than 2 weeks, occurred in 6 of 16 patients (37.5%) receiving mesalamine alone and in 1 of 16 patients (6.25%) receiving combination therapy (p=0.04).”
59 y/o male. DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, possible Crohn's colitis DX March 2010.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Allergy to shellfish contributed to 1st major flare.
Watch diet to maintain remission. Powdered Psyllium seeds especially helpful.
Boswellia, E. Coli Nissle (Mutaflor), turmeric, fish oil, S. Boulardii, VSL3, resveratrol, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, C, high gamma E, magnesium, slippery elm, phosphatityl choline, glutamine. Copious amounts of fruit and vegetables, no soda, no HFCS, no trans fat, tea instead of coffee, very few processed foods, no carrageenan.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys