16 Powerful Natural Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

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16 Powerful Natural Treatments for Crohn's Disease

16 Powerful Natural Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is a poorly understood inflammatory condition that usually affects the final part of the small intestine and the beginning section of the colon. It often causes bloody stools and malabsorption problems.

Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

  • Diarrhea with abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling fullness in the abdomen

Crohn’s Disease Fact

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that usually affects the final part of the small intestine (the ileum) and the first section of the large intestine. It often causes bloody stools and malabsorption problems. The most common symptoms include chronic diarrhea with abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, weight loss, and a sense of fullness in the abdomen. About one-third of people with Crohn’s have a history of anal fissures (linear ulcers on the margin of the anus) or fistulas (abnormal tube-like passages from the rectum to the surface of the anus).

quit smoking

Crohn’s Disease Tip of the Day

Many studies have shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s Disease, and research suggests that smoking increases the severity of the disease and can cause you to relapse if you are in remission.

Natural Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

Here are 15 vitamins and supplements to help people with Crohn’s Disease

vitamin d

Vitamin D

As many as 68% of people with Crohn’s may have vitamin D deficiencies, according to the CCFA, which can result in bone pain and weak muscles. Vitamin D is not that easy to get from food, but is produced by sun exposure and can be obtained in a supplement. “Vitamin D is frequently deficient in patients with Crohn’s disease.  Supplementation can help prevent bone loss in cases of deficiency.

DHEA

DHEA

In a preliminary trial, six of seven people with Crohn’s disease went into remission after taking DHEA for eight weeks.

fish oil

Fish Oil

Fish oil helps relieve the inflammation of the gut that occurs in people suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Multivitamin

Multivitamin

People with Crohn’s disease may benefit from taking a high potency multivitamin-mineral supplement to offset the deficiencies caused by Crohn’s-related malabsorption.

Vitamin-k

Vitamin K

Vitamin K is required as a cofactor for the production of osteocalcin, the protein needed to bind calcium to bones. Therefore, vitamin K deficiency can reduce bone mineral density and increase the risk of bone diseases. The combination of vitamin K deficiency and vitamin D deficiency can significantly accelerate bone loss in patients with long-standing Crohn’s disease.

Zinc

Zinc is needed to repair intestinal cells damaged by Crohn’s disease. Supplementation may offset some of the deficiency caused by Crohn’s-related malabsorption.

Agrimony

Agrimony is a tannin-containing herb that may be helpful to decrease diarrhea during acute flare-ups and has been used for this purpose in traditional medicine.

aloe

Aloe

Aloe vera has an inflammation-inhibitory system. It contains various compounds that prevent inflammation and relieves it. but be careful because it has a laxative effect and is, therefore, a problem for people having diarrhea.

Chamomile and Peppermint tea

Chamomile and Peppermint

Chamomile and peppermint tea are beneficial for gas, colic, and diarrhea that come with Crohn’s disease. They help to soothe the lining of the stomach and intestines and to reduce spasms in these parts of the body that lead to symptoms. … These help to soothe linings of the intestines as well.

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive Enzymes

If you suffer from Crohn’s disease, your intestines are not healthy enough to efficiently digest and assimilate the nutrients in food. They need help. Supplementing with extra digestive enzymes improves the intestines’ ability to digest food and reduces the painful symptoms that result when your body can’t function properly. Even if you don’t have Crohn’s disease and suffer from symptoms of heartburn, constipation, gas, ulcers and immune system issues, you may be lacking enough enzymes to properly digest your food.

Folic Acid

Folic acid is one of the 2 important B vitamins in Crohn’s disease. Its deficiency can cause anemia, lead to homocysteine accumulation and worsen the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

green tea

Green Tea

Green tea is a tannin-containing herb that may be helpful to decrease diarrhea during acute flare-ups and has been used for this purpose in traditional medicine.

Licorice

Licorice

Licorice is an anti-inflammatory herb historically recommended by doctors for people with Crohn’s disease.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow

Recent research suggests marshmallow can soothe tissues during healing, especially in the stomach. This reduces inflammation in people with Crohn’s.  Also, the root protects the lining of the stomach.

Yarrow

Yarrow

Yarrow is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb historically recommended by doctors for people with Crohn’s disease.

Resources

http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/crohns-disease-000043.htm

http://www.lancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(00)05135-7/fulltext

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2500847

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23214293

http://www.advances.am.wroc.pl/pdf/2012/21/1/5.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9481625

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/41/3/639.short

http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01303168#page-1

http://www.uptodate.com/contents/nutrient-deficiencies-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease

http://www.practicalgastro.com/pdf/BuchmanArticle_May05.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1420264/

http://www.crohns.net/Miva/education/articles/nutrient_Deficiencies_Associated_with_Crohns_Disease.shtml

http://ibdcrohns.about.com/od/relatedconditions/a/vitminibd.htm

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I am on a mission to transform the health of millions worldwide. Check out my website at staceychillemi.com. I am a popular and recognizable health and lifestyle reporter and expert, columnist and health host. Author of The Complete Guide to Natural Healing and Natural Remedies for Common Conditions, along with 20 other published books. I am the founder of The Complete Herbal Guide and a recognized health and natural remedies expert, with over 20 years in practice as a Health Coach. I write for the Huffington Post, Huff Post, Thrive Global and Medium (Owned by Arianna Huffington). I have been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, local news, and numerous radio shows. My focus is on natural healing, herbal remedies, alternative methods, self-motivation, food for medicine, nutrition, fitness, natural beauty remedies and the power of positive thinking.