Home Remedies to Soothe Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel condition. Sufferers should always consult a doctor to discuss their options, however note that some home remedies could help soothe symptoms.
Crohn’s disease is a lifelong condition, where parts of the digestive system become inflamed, which can cause a lot of problems with your gut and overall health. It can be very uncomfortable, and although there are a number of things that can help you to cope with your symptoms, there is no lifelong cure.
Although it can affect people of all ages, the symptoms usually start to present themselves in childhood, or in early adulthood. Although symptoms can differ from person to person, the main symptoms include; diarrhoea; stomach cramps and aches; blood in your stools; fatigue and tiredness; and weight loss. It is not unusual for symptoms to come and go every few weeks or months; however for some, these can be constant.
It is really important that you visit your doctor if you are experiencing any of the symptoms, in order to get a proper diagnosis; particularly if you have blood in your poo, diarrhoea for more than 7 days,, frequent stomach aches or cramps, or if you’ve lost weight for no reason. It is likely that your doctor will run further tests, or refer you for more investigation to check for Crohn’s disease.
There are a few treatments that the doctors might offer you; however these can be quite invasive. In extreme cases, you might require surgery in order to remove a small part of the digestive system. This is an effective form of treatment, but is reserved for the more severe cases. If your flare ups are less than severe, you might benefit from natural treatments, which we will discuss in more detail throughout.
There is no doubt that living with Crohn’s disease can at times be tough, and it can disrupt your daily life, whether that is at school, work, or your social life. But, if your symptoms are well controlled, and you know what to do in the event of a flare up, there is no reason as to why you can’t live a normal life with the condition.
It is unknown what causes Crohn’s disease exactly, however it is believed that genetics is one factor that could have an influence. You are much more likely to develop the condition if a close family member has it, if you have a problem with your immune system, which can cause it to attack the digestive system, smoking, a stomach bug, or an abnormal balance of gut bacteria.
We have previously mentioned that there are some natural ways in which you can try and help to deal with your symptoms and manage flare ups. Here are some of the most effective home remedies:
Not all bacteria is bad, and it is important to have a good balance of helpful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which will help with digestion, and actually offer protection against the bad bacteria.
Probiotics are examples of good bacteria that you can consume. They can be found in certain foods, and are available in supplement form, but can be a really effective way of dealing with the disease, although it should be noted that these might not work for everyone.
Yoghurt is one of the best sources of probiotics; however, a number of people who suffer from Crohn’s disease are actually sensitive to dairy, so it is important to speak to your doctor about which probiotics are the best for you.
Prebiotics are really important, as they not only help the good intestinal bacteria, but also feed the probiotics. Adding more of these to your diet can actually help to improve the function of your normal intestinal bacteria, although it should be noted that for maximum effectiveness, prebiotics should be used alongside probiotics.
The non digestible carbohydrates can be found in certain foods, including; artichokes, honey, whole grains, bananas, onions, and garlic.
There are so many health benefits to ingesting more fish oils, and they have long been used to promote cholesterol health. Research has suggested though that increasing your intake of fish oils can also be really effective at dealing with Crohn’s disease as well. This is because of the omega-3, which is found in fish oil, having fantastic anti-inflammatory properties, which targets the inflamed digestive tract often associated with Crohn’s disease. In fact, one study suggests that those who took fish oil supplements were twice as likely to remain in remission.
Fish oil supplements might not be suitable for everyone though, so it is important to speak to your doctor before starting them; particularly if you are taking blood thinning medication, as taking high doses with these can lead to bleeding problems.
Acupuncture sees very thin needles being inserted in specific points on your body, in order to stimulate your brain to release endorphins.
The release of these endorphins can have really positive effects on your health, and can help block the pain that can be associated with a crohn’s disease flare up. On top of this, they can help to strengthen your immune system, and help to fight infections, which can keep flare ups to a minimum.
Herbal and botanical treatments:
There are some herbs, which can be really effective at helping to control and ease the symptoms of this uncomfortable disease. Common ones include; aloe vera juice; slippery elm bark; chamomile; and peppermint.
Again, just like any natural remedies; it is important that you speak to your doctor before you take them, as some can cause quite dangerous interactions with medication that you might have been prescribed. On top of this, they can have a number of very unpleasant side effects.