Natural Cures for Crohn's Disease

Why "Natural" Remedies?

Complementary and alternative medicine represent a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered part of conventional medicine. People turn to alternative therapies for relief of a number of conditions, including Crohn's disease. There are various reasons why some people consider using alternative therapies to treat this condition:
  • Conventional treatment is not working as well as they would like
  • A wish for greater relief of symptoms and/or disability
  • Issues with side effects of Crohn's disease medications
  • A desire to reduce some of the stress that comes from living with a chronic illness and to cope better with it
  • A belief that alternative therapies are safer and more "natural"
  • Widespread advertising and attractive claims for many alternative therapy products, such as claims that these products are a natural remedy for Crohn's disease.

Suggestions When Considering Alternative Remedies for Crohn's Disease

There are a number of things to think about if you are considering any alternative Crohn's disease treatments. For example:
  • Make sure you have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease by a healthcare provider who has substantial conventional medical training and experience with this condition. Crohn's disease can be hard to diagnose, since there is no single test for it and its symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions, such as ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Do not replace proven conventional treatments with an alternative therapy that is unproven.
  • Tell your healthcare provider(s) about any supplements or medications (prescription or over-the-counter) that you are using or considering. He or she may need to adjust your doses of prescribed medicines if you are also using an alternative therapy. Supplements can interact with medications (whether prescription or over-the-counter) and can affect how the body responds to them. Pharmacists can also be a helpful source of information about dietary supplements (though their advice is not a substitute for that of your healthcare provider).
  • If you decide to use supplements, what you see on the label may not reflect what is in the bottle. For example, some botanical supplements have been found to be contaminated with heavy metals or prescription drugs, and some have been found to have much more or much less of the featured ingredient than their label states.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using an alternative therapy to treat a child, should use extra caution and be sure to consult their healthcare providers before trying any natural or alternative therapy for Crohn's disease.

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