Definition of Crohn's disease
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory disease that affects the parts of bowels and lining of the digestive tract. If untreated properly, it can lead to serious cases of strong abdominal pain, diarrhea and even malnutrition. In cases when patients do not respond well to medications, or there is a serous complication in development of the disease surgery is performed.
Problem is that Crohn’s disease can not be cured surgically. Crohn’s disease affects stomach, colons or small intestines and even if the affected portions are surgically removed, inflammation can still be recurrent.
Causes of Crohn's disease
Real causes of Crohn's disease are still unknown. At one point, diet and stress were attributed as possible causes, but it is known that many factors can attribute to development of this disorder. Now it is believed that dysbalances of the immune system functions or heredity factors may be responsible.
Symptoms of Crohn's disease
Symptoms of Crohn's disease can be very severe and may appear suddenly. Some of these symptoms may be appetite loss or reduced appetite, diarrhea, ulcers, fatigue, fever, abdominal cramping and pain, ulcer on the surface of the intestine, arthritis, etc.
In cases of Crohn's disease many complications are possible and some of them may be blockage or obstruction of intestines, bowel perforation or obstruction, excessive bleeding in the intestine, appearance of abscess of fistulas, open sores or ulcers, malnutrition, diarrhea, anal fissures, abdominal pain, etc.
Treatments of Crohn's disease
There are several treatments of Crohn's disease besides classic medical approach and medicaments, including acupuncture, homeopathy, probiotics or nutritional and herbal supplements. Many of those alternative treatments are not FDA tested or approved, but as far as herbal or homeopathic remedies are concerned, they are known to be safe and without any serious side effects.
As for effectiveness, best way is to try some of the remedies recommended by herbal or homeopathic expert, wait for the reasonable period of time, and see how it works. If no results are shown, you should move on to another herbal or homeopathic remedy. Sometimes combination of several remedies can be used, in order to get better results.
Besides those alternative treatments, you should also adapt your daily diet to be more suited for your Crohn's disease problems, like limit your diary products intake, and use more fiber rich and low fat foods.
Also you should exercise more. You can consult some aerobic or another exercise expert to show you what kind and amount of exercises are good for your case of Crohn's disease.