I have been going to a naturopathic doctor for about a month now. See below what he has me taking. The supplements are supposed to improve the health of my colon, over time. Testing (blood test) for the food intolerances/sensitivities had made a HUGE difference for me. He hasn't suggested accupuncture, although that's what I had expected initially. He has worked with (and written about) digestive diseases a lot, so I really pleased with this new approach. I'm down to 5 mg prednisone and plan to get off it, but probably won't give up my asacol.
I tried a couple of sessions of accupuncture in 1993 or 94, but then I got suddenly worse and had to give it up. But I am eager to hear if anyone has tried it.
Oh, know that natural medicine is really expensive, and usually not covered by health insurance!
It sounds like you might benefit from food sensitivity testing, your cycle of episodes might be caused by what you are eating.
49 year old female, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day.
Currently tapering off presnisone from lingering flare;
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free, soy-free, etc. diet which resolved flare. Also Replete probiotic, DGL (licorice root, slippery elm), Permeability Factors. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for severe anemia.