I see that most everybody in the forum talks about pharmaceutical drugs and surgery. Anybody do any heavy duty exploration into alternative medicine to help manage UC? I'm finding a lot of good info and explanations as to why I have the "disease" with ayurveda. Found some awesome info regarding Chinese Medicine as well. I believe I'm finding success following certain treatments. Time will only tell but I feel as if there is so much more out there than what the GIs are talking about.
All of the drug therapy only covers up symptoms and not the cause. That's why I think there's a lot of recurrences in flare-ups even after being on maintenance meds that are supposed to work long term. Getting to the root cause is where, I believe, we can all heal ourselves. But these root causes may entail changing lifestyle and behavioral patterns and habits that we have been accustomed to since birth. Recognizing that and then following a path to change it for the better may also be too hard for a person to do...thoughts?
Yes. I'm in remission. I did fecal transplantation, take probiotics, as well as eat anti-inflammatory foods and avoid pro-inflammatory foods instead of taking 5-ASA's. After all, anti-inflammatory foods don't have the negative side effects of 5-ASA's, yet they do the same thing--reduce inflammation. I add turmeric to my foods and drink ginger teas, especially Chai. Both turmeric and ginger are very anti-inflammatory--more so than such things as omega-3 and garlic.
As for Ayurveda, I just took a yoga teacher training program and should be getting my certification in January 2010. In our program, we learned about
Ayurveda. I'm a vata. Colitis is a pitta disorder. I believe my pitta constitution was higher a few years ago; however, I have since learned to go with the flow and no longer get upset when things don't go my way. Since my dominant constitution is vata, it is easier for me to get and stay in remission than those whose dominant constitution is pitta. I don't follow the pita diet though. I feel the symptoms for the Ayurveda types make sense because of how they are defined. Pitta people get angry > If you are an angry person, then your pitta constitution is high. The definitions and explanations are all circular. However, the connection between diet and Ayurveda types is lacking. Pitta's and those who have a pitta disorder are not supposed to eat spinach. Yet many people on this forum swear by the spinach and sunflower seed diet, me included. You have to remember that these diets were put together some thousands of years ago, and they haven't changed much over the years. The person/people who developed them were probably thinking in terms of what foods are calming for pittas. They didn't know much about
which foods are anti-inflammatory and which ones are pro-inflammatory.
Other than that, I find meditation, self-hypnosis, pranayama, and yoga asanas to be beneficial for calming the body and mind as well as de-stressing the abdominal area, and therefore helpful for keeping me in remission.
Even though we are all different, there are some commonalities. Therefore, it is worth it to take the time and effort to self-evaluate oneself and pick those alternative methods that make sense for oneself. For example, if your colon has trouble digesting food, then perhaps a low-fiber diet such as the SCD might be good. If you've been on antibiotics a lot, then perhaps your colon is lacking in fecal bacteria. Fecal transplantation and probiotics might help. If you tend to flare when you are under stress, then perhaps meditation, changing careers, taking on less, self-hypnosis, pranayama, and an asana practice might help. If your colon is inflamed, then perhaps going on an anti-inflammatory diet might help. In a sense, these too are all circular. That's why they make sense.