well they don't know for sure if UC is an autoimmune disease (meaning that it's a faulty immune system issue) or if it's an infection, body reacting to food sensitivities etc. I believe that it might be an AI disease in some but most likely UC is a series of symptoms clustered together and treated like a disease - more of a syndrome. Anyway, the theory behind pranayama (they're breathing exercises which target different parts of the body based on traditional interpretations of the causes of disease) is that the oxygen heals the targeted part of the body (yeah, I don't really know more than that but it's based on thousands of years of theory about
the mind/body). Anyway, can't explain more, just that I've seen it work for UC, for diabetes (type 2), RA and other diseases. I was skeptical too but it certainly isn't going to hurt you.
Somedude, I'm in the same position as you are with my daughter and it sucks but I have seen people be healed by this, by hypnosis, by odd types of radical German therapy, homeopathy etc. You name it and I have actually seen that this does work for some people. It could simply be placebo but placebo is a real effect and as a homeopath I know said, if it placebo and it works, isn't that fantastic?
Anyway, I am a big believer in pranayama/yoga because I've seen it work, I've tried it myself for various things (not a serious medical condition but I would if I had to) and I think western science really has no clue as to why and how some things work.
A traditional Indian "cure all" which I had to have as a kid is milk and tumeric. Used it for a flu, cold, to heal a wound, swollen knee, arthritis etc. Turns out curcumin is one of the most potent natural anti inflammatories and has anti tnf properties. It's also anti viral/bacterial/fungal . Type in "IBD and Curcumin" in pubmed and see what comes up.
Anyway, don't mean to rant. I feel my daughter has an infection which no one can name and she'll probably lose her colon over it unfortunately. But that doesn't mean that some don't get better with this stuff.
BTW, "panchocolitis" sounds delicious. Is it anything like pan au chocolat?
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