I'm new to this site, and have enjoyed reading the posts and all the helpful info. people are posting. I started a flare in May '09 after being in remission for nearly 8 years. If nothing else, it REALLY has made me appreciate remission and not take it for granted!
As a resource, I'd love people to post to this thread with the best alternative treatments they've found works for them. I should say I have a lot of respect and appreciation for western medicine, as it has been Azathioprine that kept me in remission for so long, and Prednisone that originally got me symptom free. However, side effects are not fun!
On that note, here are my top 5 alternative treatments.
(1) Chinese Herbs - 3 products used in combination seem to work really well for me. They are Atractylodes by Seven Forests (9-12 pills/daily); Picrorrhiza 11 by Seven Forests (9 pills/daily); and Tien-Chi Ginseng by Pine Mountain (9 pills/daily). For those who are familiar with chinese herbs, the first two are addressing the damp/heat condition which is underlying UC, and the last product is specific to stopping bleeding.
(2) 1-2 heaping tablespoons of Slippery Elm Powder in a mixture of 1 oz. liquid chlorophyll and 12 oz. water. Mix VERY well for several minutes and it turns into a spoonable slimey goo. It works wonders. Besides, you get to have green BM for a change of pace!
(3) High dosing EPA-rich fish oil. I've found Metagenics makes a great product that is EPA/DHA ratio of 6:1. I take 4 grams of EPA daily.
(4) If not acutely inflamed, a gentle bulking fiber helps give you a formed stool (flax meal or psyllium husk powder are great)
(5) Since it's not legal medicinally in every state, I'll let you fill in #5 ;-) I've found it works great as an anti-spasmodic, manages pain and reduces inflammation to boot.
Diagnosed in '99 with severe pancolitis at 24 yrs. old. Consultant/Intuitive Coach. Father of Two.
Remission from predisone, azathioprine and asacol.
Went into remission in '01 and stayed for 8 years on 50 mg. azathioprine only.
New flare in May, 09 (had almost forgotten how rough it can be!).
Long journey with alternative treatments - some good, some not. Found that a blend of western drugs and complimentary herbs worked best for me, especially for mild symptoms and maintenance.