Too bad he didn't get you on rectal 5ASA meds before the pred.
I think pred sours many toward seeking a "natural" approach. You don't have to be on pred...ever...if you don't want to.
You're improving..that's good. You'll have symptoms, probably, each time you taper the pred.
Try not to make too many decisions at this time of what you WANT....find out your options. The 5ASA meds are still a good alternative to most others...if you can take salicylates. There's a process and dedication to them.
Know that flares don't heal quickly.
The trick, really, is to treat as early as possible.
You can try a "wholistic" approach with mainstream and alternative. It all can work together.
Where's your UC...limited or throughout?
*Heather*Status:mini flare June 23* 6asacol daily+ Salofalk (tapered every 4th night)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 2 (Natural Factors Protec) + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) at bedtime
~Natural Factors Multi Digestive Enzymes with supper
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!