Colitis, Irritable Bowel, Crohn's Disease can be treated in various ways.
- Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
- Nutritional and Dietary Changes
- Genetic testing with Nutritional and Supplement Therapy
- Rectal Insufflation with Ozone
What is Colitis?
Colitis, also called irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's Disease, is a disease that causes the swelling of the gastrointestinal tract system. It can affect any section of the GI tract but is commonly experienced at the end of the ileum where it joins the colon. The condition involves changes in the form and frequency of bowel movements. Some of the notable signs and symptoms of colitis include bloating, gas, abdominal pains, constipation, diarrhea, and cramping. IBS affects about 6-18% of the world’s population.
What causes Crohn’s disease?
The real cause of Crohn's disease is not known. However, researchers say that the disease is associated with various factors including environment, genetics, and an overactive immune system. Other factors that have been linked to IBS are intestinal muscle contractions, abnormalities in the nervous system, intestinal inflammation, and changes in the intestinal microflora.
How naturopathic doctors treat IBS or Colitis
Crohn’s disease can either be acute or chronic depending on the symptoms. Most naturopathic doctors examine the entire body of a patient before initiating any treatment. Among the factors they consider are the mind, body, genetics, emotions, and environmental exposures. Some of the approaches used in naturopathic medicine include:
Homeopathy and hydrotherapy
These two techniques are used to initiate self-healing. Constitutional homeopathy is ideal when treating chronic colitis and Crohn’s disease. Homeopathy uses a set of treatments for each patient. The remedies used are prepared from various substances that can trigger symptoms in huge doses. Hydrotherapy is a warm compression technique used on the lower abdomen. This treatment is vital for acute cases. Constitutional hydrotherapy can be used for long-term benefits.
Use of curcumin
Curcumin is an active phytochemical found in turmeric. It has a pharmacological action that is beneficial for people battling colitis, particularly ulcerative colitis. It can be administered in the form of capsules, tinctures, or even whole powder. Curcumin helps to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract system. However, the use of curcumin or turmeric in treating colitis isn’t recommended for patients who are at risk of developing calcium oxalate kidney stones.
Use of probiotics
Irriitable Bowel Syndrome encompasses both Crohn’s disease and Colitis. The changes in the GI tract are associated with immune system changes and microbiota in the intestines. Studies have shown that probiotics are critical in treating ulcerative colitis. The commonly used species include Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. Probiotic supplementation is also recommended.
Wormwood or Artemisia absinthium
The capsules from this herb can help suppress necrosis factor alpha tumors and accelerate the healing process. It has also been found to boost the mood of patients with IBS. Wormwood promotes the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines like TNF-alpha.
Stress reduction techniques
Anxiety and depression are among the major causes of IBD, CD, and colitis. When the quality of life of an individual is impaired, they are at risk of developing these conditions. Techniques that help reduce stress can aid in the treatment of IBD. Such methods can include guided meditation, biofeedback, aerobic exercises, acupuncture, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and colitis are all lifelong conditions. Managing and monitoring them through the use of naturopathic medicine can help in the treatment process. The common naturopathic treatments include the use of stress-relief methods, wormwood extracts, and use of probiotics curcumin, homeopathy, and hydrotherapy.