I have the opposite problem, so not sure my experience is relevant. When I got diagnosed with IBD, I didn't think it was a big deal, and I was sure I could handle it with attention to diet, supplements, and some alternative therapies. It was very disappointing when things didn't work out that way. I did a lot of acupuncture, which had helped me in the past with back problems and menstrual cramps, but never helped much with IBD -- once I went to acupuncture the day before I flared, and the practitioner did not predict it. I did craniosacral therapy and thought it was helping, but again, flared. The one thing that has helped a lot is massage -- doesn't improve symptoms directly, but just makes me feel better even if I'm sick.
One thing to watch out for in alternative practitioners is whether they have humility about what they do. Some people are such true believers that if you aren't getting better, they blame you; I got sour because of some of these experiences. Generally, people tend to come back only if the treatment is helping, which can give the practitioner an inflated sense of how well it works. On the other hand, I have had practitioners tell me that I needed to be on stronger western drugs, that I was too sick for what they were doing to help me. It can be nice to be with someone who sees you as a whole person, not just go to this doc for this body part etc.
Hope the acupuncture helps!
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery