Posted 3/24/2008 2:06 AM (GMT -6)
I take bee propolis, infact it's been almost 5 yrs of taking it daily..I started with the liquid form which tasted just awful but it absorbs faster, then when I quickly noticed improvement from it, after I finished the bottle of liquid I bought cap form (the best is from puritans pride online)....after one whole day of taking it (the liquid) 3 times, the next day it stopped all my bleeding and terrible lower back pain (which I would get during all of my 30 BM's/day and I'd be in tears from the pain), cut back on my 30+ BM's/day to around 15/day....bee propolis is a natural anti-inflammatory and my GI strongly encourages me to take it every day for the rest of my life, he says it's non-toxic and it's a great nutritional supplement on top of how well it's helped my symptoms, after all, no more bleeding, pain, cut back on mucus and frequency and so quickly with no side effects, you can't lose...but if you're allergic to bees you're suppose to avoid all bee products.
Then I added fibre supplements as ordered by my GI, also to take every day for the rest of my life and that just helped even more, cutting back on frequency again (so then I started going 10X/day, no more mucus at all and completely formed BM's, sometimes when I wipe the TP is clean because they come out so formed.
I added omegas 3-6-9 daily too, my skin is better and my mood improved greatly, it's also anti-inflammatory so I'm sure it's a benefit as well, but when I added the last thing, probiotics one called primadophilus reuteri made by natures day (one/day) that's when I finally got down to going 5 or less times a day.
I also take vitamin B12, A, C-Calcium ascorbate.
So you see, the natural route can be a huge benefit, often it takes more than one thing to get good results, but I AM NOT on any oral RX used for crohns, just the natural things I mentioned above and I have NO SIDE EFFECTS, and pay alot less money a month than if I was taking oral RX.
I've also altered my diet, no junk of any kind, especially sugar, no processed crap either....I drink water and chamomile tea (also a natural anti-inflammatory) everyday and nothing eles...I exercise regularly with cardio and weights, as exercise is crucial for normal functioning bowels.
I have crohns-colitis, so my CD is affecting my colon (going on 17 yrs now), when I first got sick it was also in my small intestines, colon, rectom and anus (still in my anus with perianal crohns skin tags which had surgery on them because they were mistaken for hemmies, that's where my CD first started, not internally but externally with my perianal crohns skin tags.
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)