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grudsey
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I've been suffering this crapty disease for just over two years now, but have just found something that really helps settle things down. I realize that everyone is different, but I reckon this is worth a shot. It certainly can't do any harm.

For the last 3 or 4 months I have been having a cup of chamomile tea just before going to bed, and this really has helped to settle things down. No brand in particular I just go for an organic variety which seems to do the trick. Obviously I'm still taking my meds, but this just seems to help. It took about 3 or 4 nights before I really started to notice the difference.

I'd be keen to know if it has helped anyone else out there as well.

Dan.
Diagnosed with UC since August 06
never really remitted

meds
started with asocol but it attacked my liver

now on:
175mg azathioprine
1 Actimel / day - blueberry is the yummiest
<del>just started balsalazide 2 weeks ago (2 tabs 2 times a day)</del> I stopped taking this as it made me feel like crap (no pun intended)


LondonRed
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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I swear by this tea, it helps settle things down for me and is the only thing I have found in the natural herbal area that actually shows definite results.

Diagnosis Oct 07 and then Aug 08: Inditerminate Colitis - Minor Bleeding
Medication: 1000mg Asacol Enema, 800mg Asacol Tablets x 2 a day, Digestive Advantage


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 10/12/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
It's the first thing I drink when I get up in the mornings...if you take it before bed it's suppose to help you sleep...it's great for the gut, it's a natural anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antiviral it's also suppose to have a calming effect on mood as well.

When I was a kid and had grossly severe eczema on most of my body, I bathed in chamomile tea every day for 2 weeks and it cleared up my eczema, it was amazing actually.

I buy mine in bulk at a tea store, it's much better than the selestial seasoning brand which is just tiny bits of who knows what, the tea store kind is the actual flower buds so you know it's chamomile for sure.

One thing though, if you're allergic to ragweed then chamomile should be avoided, it's from the same family.

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


bbc
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1580
   Posted 10/12/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I use it every night : )
Moderate Pancolitis
Dx'd 05/2007
8 Pentasa per day (4X2)
Corti Foam p.m.
Probiotics, Bowel Soother, Fish Oil, Calcium, Multi Vitamin and Melatonin
Trying to reduce sugar in my diet but cannot tolerate artificial sweetners
I excersice daily
Did I happen to mention I HATE this disease!!!


ucwarrior
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 298
   Posted 10/12/2008 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I grow it in my garden (the German variety). I just clip the flowers and brew em up fresh. When the season ends I try and dry as many as I can for the winter. Its really easy to grow. I throw a little pennyroyal in there too.

I use this tea often. It doesn't have the knock-out power that turkey does, but it really has a calming effect.

AKB
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 10/12/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
in germany, chamomile tea is used as an ENEMA to treat UC. So yes, it's good stuff, and I second whomever said that you should most definitely buy the flowers and not the prepared tea-- they are dirt cheap, and you know you're not getting anything but what you bargained for :)
Dx:

Left-sided UC, Jun 2005. Flex-sig only... clear for first 20cms, then inflamed through next 30cms.

Therapies:

Pharmaceutical: Pentasa 3G/day, hydrocort 1x every 7 days
Probiotics: Acidophilus Pearls, Primadophilus Bifidus
Naturals: Caprylic Acid, Methylated B-12, Vit ACDE, Zinc (w/copper), Selenium, Turmeric, Bromelain, Luteolin
Killer Foods: Soda, Fried Food (especially french fries!), Beer, Red Wine, Pepperoncinis


pb4
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   Posted 10/13/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Benefits of Chamomile Tea
Best known as a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic, chamomile also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory capabilities.

Health benefits are:

1. Help induce sleep.
2. Calm nervous stomach and improve digestion.
3. Soothe skin irritations, including sunburn, heat rash and haemorrhoids.
4. Relieve toothache.
5. Improve bronchitis.
6. Help with bladder troubles.
7. Treat eye inflammation and infection
8. Heal mouth sores and prevent gum disease
9. Treat irritable bowel problems and various gastrointestinal complaints
10. Help Regulate menstrual periods.
11. Reduce menstrual cramps
12. Good for the kidneys and spleen health.
13. Help alleviate symptoms of the common cold.
14. Promote relaxation and alleviate stress.
15. Help to expel worms and other parasites.
16. Improve liver function and relieve jaundice.
17. Help prevent gangrene.
18. Relieve back pain.
19. Improve rheumatism.

And this link even mentions it aiding with UC...

http://www.naturalherbsguide.com/chamomile.html

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


quincy
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Date Joined May 2003
Total Posts : 30687
   Posted 10/13/2008 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
this is a good article regarding precautions....pregnant women should NOT USE IT ever since it can induce contractions!
 
 
 


Scroll down to the warnings...good to know for everyone..especially those who are taking omega 3, fish oil and vitamin E..which are all anticoagulants.

q


*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~vitamins/minerals/supplements 
~Probiotic 4(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


bookworm21
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 1766
   Posted 10/13/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that's a big list. I'll have to try it. This may be a stupid question, but is growing it and using the flower okay if one has allergies (pollen) or is it better to stick to the store-bought kind?
Female, Age 20
9 Asacol, Rowasa, 1000 mg Canasa, Proctofoam, Rifaximin 2/day
Digestive Advantage (Crohn's & Colitis), 1 Florastor, 50 mg 6MP,1 Primadophilus reuteri, Remicade (4 infusions), 2.4 g Lialda, 1 Forvia, 6 Colazal/day, 1 Anucort
 


daniella510
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 48
   Posted 10/13/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I love teas!  Camomile is one of my favorites.  I also picked up a handy tip on teas from a prior thread on them here.  Nowadays I love to use fresh ginger and honey (or agave) to steep my own special little tea.  It's so warm and nice on the belly blush it puts gingerale to shame!
Danielle  26/F
Dx: Pancolitis for 12 years
Meds: Asacol (400mg x12 daily)
         Prenatal vitamins + extra calcium supp.
         Fish Oil
         Culturelle x2 daily


pb4
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Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 10/13/2008 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
ComedyDork said...
Wow, that's a big list. I'll have to try it. This may be a stupid question, but is growing it and using the flower okay if one has allergies (pollen) or is it better to stick to the store-bought kind?




Side effect of Chamomile Tea:

If you suffer from allergies to plants of the Compositae family (a large group including such flowers as daisies, ragweed, asters and chrysanthemums), you may wish to be cautious about using chamomile at first. While there have been isolated reports of allergic reactions, causing skin rashes and bronchial constriction, most people can use this herb with no problem.

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

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