Is your relative at least taking Mesalazine (if they're not allergic / sensitive)? As well as treating UC, and as a derivative of salicylic acid, being relatively safe, it helps reduce the risk of colon cancer.
When I was first diagnosed with UC I was extremely reluctant to step up to azathioprine and then 6-MP (but these drugs failed anyway). Again, I was fearful about
stepping up to biologics (but have been on Humira for 6 years without side effects) so I do understand the fear of taking 'strong meds' and possible risks, but I don't personally know anyone who has successfully treated UC with alternative medicine alone, and long term steroid use can lead to osteoporosis, amongst other problems, so I consider biologics to be a 'lesser evil'.
I agree with the other posters that the best thing for your family member is to consider a combination of medication and diet, probiotics, and herbal supplements. I don't think they'll be able to get their flare up under control 'naturally'.
A family member of mine was diagnosed with UC in hospital, when he had his bowel removed due to bowel perforation, after ignoring his symptoms for months and months till it was too late. It's not ideal to have emergency surgery as it takes away the option of having a J-pouch, and (in the UK at least) you're likely to be operated on by an A&E surgeon rather than a colorectal surgeon.
Post Edited (UCyousee) : 4/10/2021 2:09:22 PM (GMT-6)