NIcepeter: I am currently trying a chinese herbalist in Encinitas, CA. I can give you his contact information if you are in near this area. He was referred to me by a coworker who had a pretty bad bug or something that didn't improve, even when he went to his doctor they said they couldn't do a whole lot, but got better in a week with this herbalist. I figured I'd give it a shot, because right now I am feeling desperate. Like anything, it is supposed to take time, but he claimed that I should show some rapid improvement, then it takes months or years to fully recover. Apparently people have done so well that there is no signs of scarring, which had made some of his GI buddies think these persons never had UC.
So I have only been on this for almost 2 weeks and it is too hard to say if I have seen any improvement, though I noticed my lower back pain left rapidly and for a time I had less blood, but it seems I am bleeding again (could be what I eat). It is not just herbs, but also a diet to get use to as well, which was tough because I've tried a couple different types of diets and it is tough to think of new things when you feel wasted all the time.
As far as the usefulness and documentation of probiotics, see my and others' posts in "Probiotic tips; the numbers" originated by Burli.
Hope this helps.
Yet to go into remission, Flare-up since Aug 12th and still atempting to work in the midst of it
On Colazal, probiotics, Oriental Medical Tea & Diet, Greens+, Fish Oil