Colitis, Irritable Bowel, Crohn’s Disease can be treated in various directions.
- 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 the bowel movements. Some of the notable signs and symptoms of colitis include bloating, gas, abdominal pains, constipation, diarrhea, and cramping among others. 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 caused by various factors including environment, genetics and overactive immune system. Other factors that have been linked to causing 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 often examine the entire body of a patient before initiating any treatment. Among the factors, they consider include the mind, body, genetics, emotions and environmental exposures. Some of the approaches used in naturopathic medicine include:
Homeopathy and hydrotherapy
The 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. Various investigations that go beyond treating the symptoms are done. The remedies used are prepared from various substances that can trigger symptoms in huge doses.
Hydrotherapy is a warm compression technique of the affected parts, which is the lower abdomen. The 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 with colitis particularly ulcerative colitis. It can be administered in the form of capsules, tinctures or even whole powder. Curcumin aids 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
IBD encompasses both Crohn’s disease and Colitis. The changes in the GI tract are associated with immune system changes and microbiota in the intestines. Probiotics can help remedy the problem. Studies have shown that probiotics are critical in treating ulcerative colitis. It is administered in long strains. 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 tumor 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 the condition. Techniques that help to 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 use of stress-relief methods, wormwood extracts, and use of probiotics curcumin, homeopathy and hydrotherapy.