Natural remedies to help Crohn’s disease
Inflammatory bowel disorders like colitis and Crohn’s disease might respond to natural treatments that have been studied. More clinical focus is needed to understand how natural remedies can help treat inflammatory bowel disorders and other diseases caused by autoimmunity. What has research found about natural Crohn's disease interventions?
Turmeric and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
The spice turmeric was reviewed in a 2011 analysis that appeared in the journal “Alternative Medicine Review”.
The study authors only found two studies that included 99 patients.
The results showed curumin, which is the active compound in turmeric, helped reduce the amount of “mainstream” medications taken by the participants, including steroids, sulfasalazine (SZ) and mesalamine used to treat the disease that is chronic and incurable.
Two people with IBD were able to stop taking corticosteroids or 5-ASA.
The study authors concluded turmeric could be an inexpensive alternative to help treat IBD, but they also recommended larger studies.
If you are looking for alternative therapies for Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, speak, with your doctor before changing your medication regimen or adding an alternative treatment.
The herb Boswellia has also been studied as an alternative to traditional medications for inflammatory bowel disorders.
University of Maryland Medical Center warns the herb can interfere with other drugs, making it important to talk to your doctor about trying Boswellia serrata for colitis or Crohn’s disease.
A few small studies showed the herb calmed inflammation in the colon, at a dose of 1,200 mg 3 times per day for up to 8 weeks.
Boswellia has been used as an alternative medicine in Africa and India and has fewer side effects compared to traditional medications.
A study published in 2006 in the journal Planta Medica suggests the plant may affect the immune system to offer benefits by targeting interleukins and TNF-alpha that are also similar to drugs that are currently on the market for treating Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
Turmeric and Frankincense
Another finding published in 2011 in the Natural Medicine Journal helps explain why anti-inflammatory botanicals can be useful for treating a variety of diseases.
According to Jeremy Appleton, ND, who is a licensed naturopathic physician: