Natural ways that might stop diarrhea from Crohn's disease

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coconut cookies and other ways to naturally stop diarrhea with Crohn's disease

How can you stop diarrhea associated with Crohn's disease other than with prescription medication that can lead to constipation? Here are some natural Crohn's diarrhea treatments that might help, one of which is downright yummy.


Don't let diarrhea from Crohn's disease disrupt your life. Some prescriptions to treat watery bowel movements have unwanted side effects. Explore natural Crohn's diarrhea treatments.


Dr. Ronald Hoffman of Intelligent Medicine recommends probiotics to restore normal bowel movements. Specifically, supplementing with acidophilus, bifidus and Saccharomyces boulardii might help and studies are focusing on whether administering the probiotics via enema could help IBD.

Hoffman, like several other experts, also recommends the SCD diet that can help maintain balance in the gut and quell inflammation - thereby reducing pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating and other symptoms of irritable bowel disease (IBD).

Watch: 6 Ways That May Naturally Stop Crohn's Diarrhea

Cayenne Pepper

A simple internet search will yield the alleged health benefits of Cayenne pepper. For one, the spice is anti-inflammatory, which could help heal the intestines.

The active ingredient in cayenne pepper that helps pain and acts to heal is capsicum. There is evidence backing capsicum for treating pain associated with IBD also.

Foods studied, such as sweet pepper and cayenne pepper appear to increase permeability of the intestines that is compromised with IBD.

Cayenne pepper has indeed worked for some people with Crohn's disease. You can read a testimonial here.

A commenter at Earth Clinic writes: " I've found that whenever my crohns symptoms "flare up" that mixing in a tablespoon of cayenne pepper and 2 tablespoons of natural organic "mother" apple cider vinegar in a 8 ounce glass of warm water helps with my symptoms. I know that cayenne pepper is a good pain reliever so i find that this mixture works really well in the event of a flare up."

A warning is that Cayenne pepper could react with Imuran used for treating the disease. Healing the gut is a positive step toward treating Crohn's diarrhea and avoiding complications.


Zinc is a natural anti-diarrheal. Crohn's disease can lead to a zinc deficiency that can be an underlying cause of diarrhea.

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Dr. Steven Abrams of the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston has suggested studying zinc in more detail to improve lives for children diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

Abrams and Dr. Sandra Kim, a Baylor research fellow at Baylor are investigating zinc for its potential for improving symptoms of Crohn's disease.


Blackberries are a natural anti-diarrheal that could help treat diarrhea. So far, there is limited evidence.

Some health conditions that blackberry could help include Crohn's disease and other forms of IBD, arthritis and cancer prevention that is the subject of studies.

If you try blackberry for treating diarrhea, make sure it is not just a flavored drink like some teas. Sipping blackberry juice might help treat IBD symptoms.


Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory and touted for its health benefits, especially recently.

A popular article at the People's pharmacy highlights how well coconut macaroon cookies worked to control diarrhea for Crohn's sufferer Donald Agar. Some people find coconut macaroon cookies a helpful natural remedy for mild diarrhea.


Marshmallow root can soothe the intestines following a bout of diarrhea because it quells inflammation. The root has a mild laxative effect - so you could use it if you have taken medications for diarrhea that caused constipation.

The combination of marshmallow and slippery elm can soothe the lining of the intestinal tract.

None of the natural treatments for diarrhea from Crohn's disease will work for everyone. If you have remedy that works for you please share here to help others. You can and should speak with your doctor for cases of intractable diarrhea to obtain advice and possibly a prescription such as Imodium or Lomotil. Let your doctor know exactly what supplements or remedies you are taking.

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Updated 9/25/2015



The book Healing Digestive Illness is a great resource for people dealing with digestive problems.
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