6 Alternative and Natural Relievers for IBD


As with all autoimmune diseases, self-managing the condition will help you to avoid flares, recover quicker from flares and generally try to keep on top of your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). According to the Mayo Clinic, some alternative and natural remedies may help with the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

1. Probiotics
Basically, probiotics are good bacteria found in the stomach. Adding more of the good bacteria will help fight the bad bacteria and help ease inflammation due to Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.

2. Prebiotics
Prebiotics are found naturally in many plant sources such as chicory, artichokes, garlic, onions, and leeks. The foods promote the growth of good bacteria in the colon.

3. Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids can also help reduce inflammation and pain associated with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. One of the best sources of omega-3 is fish oils which can be eaten in oily fish such as salmon and sardines. You an also take fish oil in a supplement.

MORE: Discover seven myths and facts about Crohn’s disease

4. Aloe Vera
Often used raw as a topical healing gel, aloe vera can also be consumed. The plant is an anti-inflammatory which also has antibacterial properties. Small studies of aloe vera use for patients who have ulcerative colitis showed less disease progression than patients who received a placebo. However, aloe vera is also a laxative so taking it could cause a problem if you are prone to diarrhea.

5. Curcumin
In several clinical studies, curcumin, a compound found in turmeric, has shown success for reducing the flare-ups of patients with IBD when used in combination with other therapies.

6. Acupuncture
This ancient Chinese form of treatment may offer pain relief for those who suffer from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

MORE: Four lifestyle changes to consider making if you have an inflammatory bowel disease

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