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   Posted 2/20/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I just wanted to know if any one has tried and had any success on either Chinese, Homeopathy or Ayurvedic Medicines?

I plan to ditch western meds and try some alternatives for a while.


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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I didn't try Chinese herbs but I did the SCD diet, pranic healing, acupuncture, supplements, and yoga. None of it changed the course of my disease but I wholeheartedly support the notion of trying anything within reason. Good luck and I hope you find a regime that works for you.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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Date Joined Jun 2007
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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My son went to a nutritionist, and he sent a lock of his hair to be tested.  He is going to begin supplements to level out the minerals that were off balance. We have not begun the vitamins, so I don't have a clue if they will help.  The nutritionist's son had Crohns, and that is what got him into the business. It sounds silly as I type, but I do believe that something causes UC, therefore something may be able to fix it.  The nutritionist does not ask you to give up your medications.  He is sending an information packet for us to take to the GI. Hopefully, the GI will be willing to look over the information.

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Son diagnosed 10, 2006 at age 15
12 asacol daily
Culturelle Probiotic
Omega 3
Multi Vitamin

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   Posted 2/20/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried chinese herbs. I was on a regim of about 25 herbal pills and 2 teas on a daily basis. It was harder to keep up with than the western meds and I had no luck. Doesn't mean it won't work for you though...Good luck!
Kelly, 29

Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
Currently on 4x3 Asacol, 15 mg pred, down to 10 mg 1/11/08...down to 10/5...
75mg Imuran starting 8/23/07---bumped to 100mg 10/8/07--bumped to 125 11/14/07...
Taken off of Imuran temporarily 1/11/08-back on 1/16/08
Prontonix once daily for acid reflux, zofran twice daily for nausea

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   Posted 2/20/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Read Listen to Your Gut. Jini Patel Thompson covers all types of alternative treatments and gives you an honest evaluation of each so you can make an informed choice.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried a herbal tea 3X a day and a recommended diet from a Chinese MD. I was also coming off of Entocort and I started to lose more weight and it really did not seem to help. He claimed that many with IBD have done very well with it and I can believe it, but I must have had other complications that may have been made worse while on the diet. Plus it cost quite a bit for all the tea and after 2 and 1/2 months I gave up. I was given some Indigo capsules that seemed to help. So yeah, it is wise to "listen to your gut" and know when to ditch a remedy, but patient enough to see if it will help. His logic behind what to eat seemed flawed anyhow IMO. Now I am trying some Chinese herbs that are supposed to help with inflammation and blood circulation, so I guess I'll find out. I think the only thing that has helped me is watching what I eat and taking plenty of probiotics.
Pancolitis '04
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th
Time off work since 10/17.  Returned to work on 1/11 and doing much better.
On Lialda (2/dy), Probiotics, Fish Oil, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Borage Oil, Iron

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   Posted 2/20/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Reminder: What ever you decide to try - do not quit any medications "cold turkey"!!! Withdrawal symptoms can be severe. It's always best to discuss with your doctor.

Best of luck! I hope this works for you :)
Pan-colitis and GERD diagnosed May 2003
Asacol 12 per day,  Azathioprine 75mg, Aciphex, Effexor XR, Forvia and a Probiotic
Osteopenia (hip and spine) from prednisone use.  Started Azathioprine because I was steroid dependent.
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   Posted 2/20/2008 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, make sure there are no interactions between you natural route and oral RX.

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

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