People suffering from Crohn’s Disease should have their condition monitored and actively managed. We recommend healthy supplemental, dietary, and lifestyle approaches to help you keep your condition under control.
It’s important to note that the suggestions mentioned are not a replacement for standard care. You should talk with a qualified practitioner to know what supplements, vitamins, and herbs can work for your specific condition.
Supplements and Vitamins
Vitamin B complex: Helps fortify the immune system, firms up the gastrointestinal walls and preserves the health of several systems throughout the body
Taurine: A remarkable antioxidant. Each day take 500 mg between meals
Zinc: Helps in the healing process. Ideal for immune system function and is required by the body to properly absorb Vitamin E.
Vitamin K: Extremely important for the health of the colon
Omega- 3 (essential fatty acids): Helps reduce inflammation. It also helps mend the digestive tract. Found in flax seed oil, fish oils or evening primrose oil
Calming herb teas: St. John’s wort, Kava, and Chamomile can help quell some of the symptoms of Crohn’s
Liquid chlorophyll: Strengthens the immune system and provides vital nutrients to the body
Pancreatin and Bromelain: These two enzymes treat inflammation, aid in digestion, and help break down protein.
Chinese herbal formulas can help fight the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. These remedies have been used with extreme effectiveness for thousands of years. They are consistently effective in stopping many of the effects of Crohn’s Disease.
The question is, what combination of herbs will be able to help relieve your specific symptoms? This is because each individual is unique and thus each symptom is also unique. You need to talk to a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner so he or she may help figure out what herbs and other approaches will work best for you.
In his book, The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine written around 2500 BC, which many consider the oldest medical text in the world, Huang Ti, the famous Chinese physician wrote, “If one truly wants to heal the body, he or she should heal the spirit first.” He meant that if we want to make our transformation complete we need to look in our hearts.
You are fortunate if you’re not suffering from severe symptoms. However, this also could be a setback since you may not necessarily feel really motivated seriously finding ways to treat your condition. That is definitely a mistake.
Regardless if you manifest no symptoms at all or suffer from a severe condition, this is your chance to alter the course of your condition. There is nothing, no drug, no herb, no “magic bullet”, that can completely cure Crohn’s disease. A lot of us believe that the human body is a machine that can be repaired with the ingestion of a pill or an incision of a knife, using a mechanistic approach that oftentimes ignores the mind-body connection. To its credit, conventional Western medicine has produced miraculous interventions that have helped a lot of patients. But, as with other many diseases, it still has not come up with a truly significant treatment for them.
Exercise and Body Movement
Life is movement. Without it we atrophy. A lot us occasionally don’t feel like exercising especially if we are in pain or can’t breathe or for any other reason. Yet we need to move to stay well.
Exercise, in Chinese medicine, historically is one of the branches studied and offered in approaches to illness. Two of the more popular ones are Tai Chi and Yoga. They are very effective techniques that can build up stamina, strengthen the immune system, and enhance flexibility. They also have been proven to relieve stress and help calm the mind. If you want to get started, there are a lot of tapes and books on Tai Chi and Yoga that can help.
We recommend that you find a way to bring movement into your life. Start slowly if you think it is currently difficult to do any type of exercise. Just a five minute exercise will do; do less, if you see any of your symptoms worsening, but do something.
You need to avoid stress as much as possible. Our bodily functions, nervous systems, and thoughts are all deeply interconnected. The body is very much affected by our moods and thoughts. You need to rest if you are experiencing an attack of Crohn’s.
• Maintain an alkaline pH in your body
• Use a cleansing enema if you are constipated
• Monitor the stools every day for blood.
In the treatment of Crohn’s, it’s important that nutritional deficiencies be corrected. If you’re experiencing chronic diarrhea, trace mineral and electrolyte deficiencies should be taken into account. Deficiencies of minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium can lead to chronic diarrhea.
Getting a lot of rest is very important. If you experience stress on a daily basis, look for simple ways to reduce it. They could be things like just taking deep breaths, assisting others with their problems, doing some gardening, meditating, or taking a walk in nature. You need to find one that works for you. The goal is to mute the inner dialogue that all of us have going on in our minds, reflect, and enjoy life. If you are faced with a situation that seems impossible to resolve, then we recommend that you get counseling. Unfortunately almost always, we are in a home, job, or relationships that are unhealthy to us and it’s not really easy to change things, so just start with small steps.
The diet of the person is one of the might important factors to consider in the treatment of Crohn’s disease. For everyone else, it is actually one of the most important aspects of staying healthy. One of the greatest failings of western medicine is the notion that what we eat is not important to our health. We oftentimes forget what Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine said, “Food is medicine, medicine is food.” Most of us act like we live to eat and not eat to live, which should be the case if we want to stay healthy and free of disease. If you’re a Crohn’s sufferer, then it’s time to pay attention to what you eat.
There are some basic eating principles we would like to share. They are simple guidelines and ought to be followed up with a consultation with a nutritionist or doctor who’s trained to provide an optimal diet for patients with Crohn’s Disease.
Foods to consider:
• Rice porridge, ripe peaches minus the skin, applesauce, flax seed tea, figs, pumpkin, squash, mashed and steamed parsnips, okra, grated raw apple, papaya, steamed squash and zucchini, cooked carrots
• Flaxseed powder, psyllium seep powder, miso soup
• foods that rich in omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids like evening primrose oil, cold water fish, seed oils, nuts, flaxseed oil, black currant oil
Other Helpful Dietary Tips:
• Drink lots of liquids: fresh juices, herbal teas, and steam-distilled water. Juice of aloe or fresh cabbage is also very good.
• Include in your diet a high fiber diet and high complex carbohydrate: in cultures whose diet is considered primitive, Crohn’s Disease is virtually nonexistent. It only arises in in cultures that follow a Western diet.
• Toxic body wastes are breeding grounds for infectious parasites. The bloodstream can absorb the toxins via the colon wall. Fiber in the form of psyllium husks can be taken every day which can help remove those toxins.
• Your bowels move daily. We do not recommend the use of laxatives for Crohn’s. A mild enema made up of 2 quarts of lukewarm water added to a teaspoon of nondairy acidophilus powder is good.
• Add papaya to your diet, Eat organic oatmeal, millet, well-cooked brown rice, steamed vegetables, or organic baby foods during an acute attack.
Foods to avoid:
• Avoid carbonated beverages, caffeine, alcohol, white flour, tobacco, spicy foods, margarine, greasy and fried foods, foods with preservatives or artificial additives, eggs, corn, chocolate, and animal products, except white fish from clear waters
• Remove from your diet all dairy foods (including cheese and yogurt), and yeast and fermented products from your diet. Wait and see if your symptoms decrease. These foods contain histamines and most Crohn’s sufferers are sensitive to histamines
• Stay away from sweet and sugary foods, meat, salty foods, fatty foods, fried foods, spicy foods, hot sauces, alcohol, oranges, caffeine, coffee, soybeans, corn, peanuts, cold foods, raw foods, roughage, seeds, grapeskins, and artichokes.
• Avoid food intolerances and allergens and. Avoiding food sensitivities or allergens is a critical part of the treatment.
• Stay away from refined carbohydrates. Avoids that contain any form of sugar. Eating refined carbohydrates have been linked to Crohn’s disease. They need to be eliminated from your diet
• Curtail your consumption of wheat, rye, and barley
• Foods that produce mucus should also be avoided
• Avoid fried foods. Eat a diet of cooked vegetable and non-acidic foods, bake, boil, or broil your food. Reduce your intake of refined foods. It’s very important not to exacerbate your condition so easy to digest and refined foods are OK. Unrefined foods and fiber foods are essential to maintain the health of the colon when it stabilizes. Refrain yourself from eating several types of foods at one time. Eat less raw vegetables and more steamed vegetables. Stick to one starch per meal. An alkaline juice and short fasts are highly advisable. Food should be slowly chewed and well salivated. Choose a quiet atmosphere when you eat, do not talk about distressing issues, watch television, or read while eating.
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