Originally published January 9 2009
Relieve Crohn's Disease Naturally
by Jo Hartley
(NaturalNews) Crohn's Disease is an inflammation that can affect any portion of the digestive tract. Approximately 50% of all incidences of Crohn's Disease affect the last part of the small intestine. The typical onset of Crohn's is in early adulthood. Some with Crohn's Disease will experience periods of remission and others with Crohn's Disease will experience continuous symptoms. To date, there is no known cure for Crohn's Disease. There are many pharmaceutical drugs available for control of moderate to severe symptoms. But while these drugs may offer limited relief, there are natural alternative methods for relieving symptoms that are much more effective and less toxic to the human body.
There are various ideas about the causes of Crohn's Disease – none have proven conclusive. The most popular theory is that Crohn's Disease occurs when the body's immune system reacts to an invading bacteria or virus by creating an ongoing inflammation. People who suffer with Crohn's Disease often have abnormalities within their immune systems. It has yet to be determined whether these abnormalities are the cause of Crohn's or a result, however.
The chief symptom of Crohn's Disease is abdominal pain that is usually in the lower right part of the abdomen. Another main symptom is diarrhea. The inflammation causes the pain and also causes the intestines to empty frequently (diarrhea is a result of this). Other symptoms include rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever. The rectal bleeding can often be severe enough to lead to anemia. If children have Crohn's Disease they may experience stunted growth and delayed development.
A common complication of Crohn's Disease is a blockage of the intestine. This blockage happens because the disease will lead to a thickening of the intestinal walls. Scar tissue will build up and this will narrow the intestinal passage. Another complication is ulcers that form in the intestines and move into surrounding tissues such as the bladder, vagina, rectum, and anus. These tunneling ulcers are called fistulas and they often become infected. Treatment for fistulas varies from medication to removing portions of the infected intestine surgically. Often the infections return after surgery, however.
The best way to relieve symptoms of Crohn's Disease is to improve one's diet. The bottom line is that Crohn's Disease is a direct result of consuming a bad diet. To experience better health, changes in diet must be made.
These changes include eliminating all sugar, processed foods, soda pops (and fruit juices), and grains. Also include probiotics in the diet to improve symptoms. L-glutamine supplementation has been shown to lead to improvements in people with Crohn's Disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. There was also some recent research in Japan that revealed that flax oil may help relieve symptoms of Crohn's Disease.
About the authorJo Hartley
Wife, Mother of 8, and Grandmother of 2
Jo is a 41 year old home educator who has always gravitated toward a natural approach to life. She enjoys learning as much as possible about just about anything!
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