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Ways To Treat Crohns Disease

Aug 18, 2007
There are several ways that you can treat Crohns Disease. This condition can cause you plenty of pain, inconveniences and embarrassment. Hence, finding an appropriate treatment is crucial, especially when there is no cure for this disease.

Crohns disease is a chronic inflammatory intestinal disease. It causes ulcerations (that is, breaks in the lining) of your small and large intestines. However, it can also affect your digestive system anywhere from the mouth to the anus. Many complications can arise from this disease. They include bowel obstruction, perforation of the inflamed intestines, bleeding, poor digestion, inflammation of the liver, joints and skin rash. You are also at greater risk of getting colon cancer with this disease.

Conventional medicine recommends that you treat Crohns Disease with drug medications and/or surgery. Drugs typically involve the use of aminosalicylate or corticosteroids. Aminosalicylate or corticosteroid enemas or suppositories are introduced into your rectum to help reduce the inflammation affecting the rectum or lower part of your intestine. Your doctor may also suggest a course of antibiotics to help treat any bacteria that may be causing symptoms in the digestive system. Immuno-modulators belong to another class of prescription drugs that help suppress the activity of your immune system and hence, reduce the inflammation of your intestinal tissues. In some cases, your doctor may even suggest that you remove affected areas via surgery. These recommendations may appear necessary for more severe cases, but do know that the disease can recur elsewhere.

There can be several side effects to the above mentioned treatment options. With the use of drug medications, possible side effects include vomiting, nausea, shock and an increase in infection risk. To avoid these potential side effects, you can consider opt to treat Crohns Disease via natural remedies. In fact, anti inflammatories such as fish oil have been found to help in intestinal health. Some patients even say that these options can be as effective as prescription drugs for a Crohns disease treatment.

Another important factor for Crohns Disease treatment is nutritional supplements. Studies also show that those suffering from this disease commonly lack sufficient nutrients. Hence, high quality supplements including B12, folic acid, Vitamin D, magnesium, potassium and trace elements can provide the necessary support. In fact, these supplements are also highly commonly recommended for children with this disease. A deficiency of these vital nutrients in children can cause stunted and retarded growth.

Herbal remedies can also be used to treat Crohns Disease. You can use marshmallow root on its own to make an infusion tea. Or, you can also mix marshmallow root with other herbs such as comfrey, slippery elm and goldenseal to make the tea.

Another way to treat Crohns disease is through making dietary changes. While some doctors do not believe that there is a link between diet and diseases, many patients say that they experience a decrease in their symptoms due to a change in their diet. Hence, do consider removing any known allergens from your diet. Allergens include wheat, milk, soy, etc., or avoiding foods that may result in increased intestinal inflammation. Also, consider giving up caffeine, fatty foods, alcohol, and reducing your sugar intake.
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Sandra Kim Leong publishes a free newsletter on detox diet. She also shares useful tips on how to improve bowel health. Gain access to her newsletter and special reports here at http://www.detox-cleansing-diet.com
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