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Alternative Therapies for Ulcerative Colitis

By November 2, 2012

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People with IBD are very likely to have tried complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to treat their symptoms. There are several reasons for this, not the least of which is that many of the prescription medications for IBD carry unwanted side effects. But CAM isn't always the easiest route to take, either, because what worked for one person may not work for another, and just because something is marketed to treat IBD doesn't mean that it will actually help. In fact, for some CAM, there's not much evidence to recommend their use. Some of the CAM therapies associated with ulcerative colitis include:

Have you tried CAM for your IBD? What does your doctor think about it?

October 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm
(1) Susan says:

I’ve suffered from UC for over 25 years. I’ve tried various diets and supplements along with most of the medical treatments my doctors have offered. Nothing seems to help. My doctors, with the exception of an allergist, have pooh poohed all diets and supplements. I’m currently on an immune system suppressant which I’m not keen on but at this point I’ll try anything. In all honesty, I’ve never stayed on any of the diet plans for any length of time (over 6 weeks) so it may be that if someone is patient enough and has the fortitude these diets might yield complete healing.

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