The single most powerful "natural cure" in my opinion is to grow up in and live in the third world and have some degree of parasites in ones intestines- a.k.a. the "hygiene hypothesis" for why, other than the elites of those countries, the populations of the thrid world, while they have many other illnesses that are virtually unknown in the developed world, have extremely low incidence of IBD. This is a proven fact, not a case of the data being buried by other intestinal ailments, because the immigrants from the third world in countries like Israel have been well documented to be very IBD-free vs their hosts... that is, until those immigrants start living there, parasite free, for some years.
This has led to the development of the still controlversial helminth (intestinal worm egg and worm) therapies. I am currently using TSO, Trichuris Suis Ova, aka pig whipworm eggs and am getting some relief for my UC- it has seriously knocked off my (UC) flare and has caused no side effects. I don't know yet if it will get me off pred.. so far it has allowed me to get much lower on the pred though and I now am in a med/TSO-induced remission.
The double blind palcebo studies showed a 75% significant response rate for CD but only a 55% response for UC. I didn;t get a response until I took double the dose used in studies, and this stuff is EXTREMELY expensive, so I am hurting $ big time, but being allergic to all the 5ASA meds, this is my best hope for finally getting off pred after years on various doses.
As for probiotics, I am all for them too- it is a case of trial and error. Some of the higher quality ones out there are, in my opinion, Culturelle, VSL-3, customprobiotics, primal defense, Natren, Pro-Bio, and there are other decent ones too.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO
Turmeric/circumin, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD)