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   Posted 12/20/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone heard anything about meditation for colitis? Supposedly in Women's World, great reference I know, a lady meditates everyday and it helps her crohn's a ton.
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   Posted 12/21/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -6)   

I can only speak for myself but that was what got my last flare under control.  I hadn't been diagnosed with UC yet so they couldn't give me any medications.  Out of desparation I started daily relaxation / meditation.   I noticed a difference within 3 days and after a week or two my symptoms were pretty much completely gone. 

I think that stress/anxiety is a big factor in my IBS symptoms and the meditation helps to calm my entire body down.  I try to meditate / relax at least once every few days now, more if I notice my gut is starting to act up.  I'm also on medication and supplements now too but I really do credit the meditation with starting me on the road to remission!

There are good relaxation downloads on the internet that can help you get started, it's well worth the cost if you need to pay a few dollars for them!

Good luck!

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   Posted 12/21/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
There's a known connection between stress levels and IBD symptoms (actually all autoimmune diseases seem to respond to stress and anxiety.) Stress doesn't cause UC, but can be a trigger for symptoms. Anything that helps relieve stress and anxiety may help - meditation, quiet contemplation, exercise, music, etc. I'd suggest trying several stress-reduction techniques to see what works for you.
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