Hi..welcome to the forum.
Well, you haven't given the mainstream med regimens a fair go as of yet.
No, I don't have experience regarding eastern treatments for UC.
Where in the colon is your UC...throughout or limited?
Your doc should have considered to have put you on 5-ASA meds before trying the pred...both oral and rectal.
There's a bit of wiggle room regarding the 5ASA meds, especially the rectal since you can increase for flares and taper to maintenance.
Are you bleeding with bms?
You could also consider to use probiotics as well as fibre supplements.
How is your diet in general?
Are you M or F? Some women do find that during periods, their symptoms do increase/worsen if they're flaring.
*Heather* Status..Asacol 6 (3 twice daily); enemas every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~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 !!!