I used to think like you; that western meds were a waste of money and that surely this disease could be conquered by diet and eastern or alternative medicine. I tried a lot of that over a 2 year period and found that, in my case, the alternative approach was a waste of money and didn't do anything to alter my sypmptoms. I ended up having surgery which was the best decision for me. Now 8 years later and looking back, I don't regret the choices I made in treating my UC but I have come to believe, which research supports, that keeping the inflammation at bay is key in keeping the disease in remission. And according to research the best way to keep in remission is by taking maintenance meds. I had 10 years of remission prior to surgery that was due to sulfasalazine. It stopped working which led to my decision to seek alternative treatments. It is true that much is known about UC; the disease is unpredictable and even with doing everything right, as I did for my first 10 years, doesn't gaurantee a long term positive outcome. Do what you feel you have to do but don't be naive. Understand the risks and potential outcomes from both eastern and western approaches.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free