Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestines, also known as regional enteritis. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract, from mouth to anus. It usually causes wide array of symptoms, weight loss and malnutrition. Many people with Crohn’s disease are using different types of complementary and alternative therapies. Most commonly, these patients use alternative therapies such as herbal and nutritional supplements, probiotics, fish oil and acupuncture. Crohn’s disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the cells and tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. This causes inflammation of the tissues and results in series of highly unpleasant symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain and cramping, blood in the stool, ulcers, reduced appetite and weight loss.
Herbal and nutritional supplements for Crohn’s disease
People suffering from Crohn’s disease can significantly improve their condition by supplementing their nutrition with vitamins and minerals. However, before starting to use any of the herbal or nutritional supplements, patients are advised to talk with their medical care provider and ensure none of the prescribed medications causes side-effects in combination with supplements. One of the best supplements for people with Crohn’s disease are Omega-3 fatty acids. This compound is found in oily fishes such as herring, salmon, bluefish, lake trout, and mackerel. This nutrient is also available in form of supplements. Boswellia is a commonly used herbal supplement derived from gummy resin of the Boswellian serrata tree, native to India. This herb eases the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases and controls the inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease. Bromelain, an enzyme derived from pineapple stems, is also beneficial as well as the slippery elm, cat’s claw, and Marshmallow.
Acupuncture for Crohn's disease
Acupuncture is also beneficial for people suffering from Crohn’s disease. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese therapy treatment that involves inserting needles in the specific points in the body. The goal of the treatment is to unblock energy flow around the body in channels called Meridians. This energy, known as qi, is an active principle forming part of any living thing. It is often translated and described as life force or life energy.
Probiotics for Crohn's disease
Probiotics are also beneficial for people with Crohn’s disease. Probiotics are special type of beneficial bacteria that are commonly found inside of the intestines of healthy people. Probiotics, which are also found in some yogurts, aid in digestion and help to alleviate symptoms of Crohn's disease. Probiotics are available in the form of active cultures added to yogurts, or in form of capsules.