Crohn’s disease is a painful disorder of the intestinal tract. It is a form of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect any part of the digestive tract, especially, the large intestine and the end part of the small intestine. It causes inflammation of the deeper tissues in the intestinal wall. Abdominal pain, bloody or non-bloody diarrhea, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fatigue and weight loss are common symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
As the underlying cause of Crohn’s disease is unclear, the goal of treatment is to attenuate the symptoms and prevent recurrent flare-ups. Natural therapies can effectively alleviate the painful symptoms of Crohn’s disease and support long-term remission. This chronic disorder of the intestinal tract can be kept under control with appropriate lifestyle changes and herbal supplements.
Natural Cures for Crohn’s Disease
The risk of inflammation of the intestinal wall can be diminished with suitable dietary changes. As large meals, by extending the intestine, worsen the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, divide the main meals into five to six smaller meals. In several cases, fiber rich foods worsen bloating, pain and diarrhea. If you cannot tolerate fiber rich fruits and vegetables, avoid raw vegetables and fruits.
Instead, eat steamed, stewed or baked vegetables. Limiting intake of milk and dairy products reduces abdominal discomfort. If you are intolerant to lactose, eliminate dairy from your meals. Crohn’s disease patients cannot digest fats. Hence, avoid fatty foods. Foods that induce gas production such as cruciferous vegetables, beans and soda should be avoided by people suffering from Crohn’s disease. A liquid diet is beneficial during flare-ups, especially when the symptoms are severe. To minimize the risk of malnutrition, you can take a multivitamin and mineral supplement daily.
Vitamins and minerals essential for repairing the damaged tissues in the intestinal wall provide fast relief from the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease patients need 800 mcg of folic acid, 800 mcg of vitamin B12 and 25 mg of zinc daily.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil help to fight inflammation of the intestinal wall. Fish oil pills, by suppressing the inflammatory activities of the immune cells, provide relief from the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.
Stress worsens the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. It may even induce flare-ups. Stress management is a major challenge for people with Crohn’s disease. Relaxation exercises such as meditation, yoga and tai chi help to calm the mind and reduce anxiety and stress.
Mild to moderate intensity workouts accelerates the healing process. Exercises help to ease bowel movement. They also help to attenuate stress.
Crohn’s disease can be treated naturally with herbal remedies. By forming a soothing protective coating on the intestinal lining, herbs such as marshmallow and slippery elm promote healing of the affected tissues. They are taken in the form of tea at least after an hour after a meal or after taking an oral medication. Crohn’s disease patients can also take anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, boswellia and cat’s claw for treating the inflammation of the intestinal wall.