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   Posted 8/24/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone turned to "mind / body medicine" to control their UC symptoms? If so, any luck with this alternative approach? What techniques do you use?
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   Posted 8/24/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   

There are two methods that I use...that being said I find it much easier to "meditate" when I am not on pain drugs, or anything mind-altering like xanax or vallium.

My favourite is a guided meditation software from the Wild Devine.  It is a bit pricy, but I use it nearly everday for about 45 minutes to an hour.  I like it.

That in combination with relaxing accupuncture.  Tried accupuncture for the UC, but it really pumped up the symptoms.  Now It is a relaxing 30 minutes designed for inner relaxation and balanced energy levels.

When I was feeling better footwise, I also liked Tai Chi.
Hope this helps

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   Posted 8/24/2007 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I do alot of breathing excersices for the pain. It helps alot. Just basic in through nose out through mouth, counting, ect...much like yoga.
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Left sided UC diagnosed 1/98 age 19, Pan colitis diagnosed 1/07
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   Posted 8/24/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Mindfulness meditation helped me back when I was really sick. It was not so much a case of making symptoms better, but it relaxed me and helped keep stress levels down... stress being not a cause but making things worse. It helped me better deal with being so ill. I found yoga helpful, too.
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