Posted 10/1/2011 4:44 AM (GMT -7)
I am in the exact same position as you are. I'm currently weaning off prednisone and I have added in the following supplements in the hope of not re-flaring (I am also continuing on Humira, Asacol, and Rowasa, VSL#3): tumeric, slippery elm, boswellia, and ginger, all of which are supposed to have anti-inflammatory properties. For guidance on dosage, I looked at the University of Maryland's site on alternative medicines for UC: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ulcerative-colitis-002684.htm. Also, there are many people on this forum that have had good results from tumeric and boswellia, so you can get some more info by searching those herbs.
I did actually go to see a doctor who is an MD but practices only homeopathic medicine (It was VERY expensive b/c she doesn't accept insurance, but I am pretty desperate to get off prednisone and prevent the next flare). I wasn't too happy with the overall experience because I felt that she was not taking into account the autoimmune and inflammatory nature of UC and was basically recommending supplements that would be better suited for someone with IBS (however, I could totally be wrong. I just was surprised that nothing she recommended had any of the herbs listed above in them). In any case, here are the supplements she recommended--I haven't taken them yet but will try them if I start to flare again on the taper: GlutAloeMine (brand name), Gastrex (brand name made by Standard Process), Gut Flora Complex (made by MediHerb), and Zypan (brand name made by Standard Process).
Hope you get off prednisone soon!