Treating crohn’s disease naturally through ginger and turmeric

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Natural cures for Crohn's disease

Talk with your doctor if you suffer from Crohn’s disease before you start using some of the mentioned home remedies for this disease. Crohn’s disease is IBD – Inflammatory bowel disease. It is also known as regional enteritis and Crohn syndrome. It can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus. There were some studies in which is shown that this is affecting as many as 700.000 Americans in which are included both women and men [1]. This condition can happen at any age but it is more common between people who are 15 to 35. But also there are many cases which are reported that people between ages 60 – 80 also have Crohn’s disease. The exact cause for this condition is not known. But there are some studies in which is said that there are some factors which can contribute to the development of Crohn’s disease such as environmental factors, intake of nonsteroidal anti – inflammatory medicines, previous infectious disease, excessive smoking, a weak or malfunctioning immune system and heredity [2]. Also stress, nutritional deficiencies and poor diet can lead to it. The symptoms of this condition can vary from person to person. There are some cases when people do not have symptoms or they have very mild symptoms for long time periods. This process is known as remission. Some person can go through periods when symptoms flare up and become particularly troublesome. During the flare – up, symptoms can include perianal disease, weight loss, loss of appetite, mouth sores, blood and mucus in the stool, vomiting, nausea, cramping, abdominal pain, low energy, a low – grade fever and persistent diarrhea. Also there can be other signs and symptoms such as inflammation of the bile ducts, joints, eyes and skin. Also the delayed growth in children can be a sign of Crohn’s disease. There is no known cure for this condition and no single treatment can work for every person. Home remedies and treatments are used to relieve symptoms, reduce inflammation and prevent the need for surgery whenever possible.

Home remedies for Crohn’s disease

Boswellia: There are many herbalists which are recommending boswellia as natural treatment for Crohn’s disease. It has anti – inflammatory properties which can help to reduce the inflammation in the lining of the gastrointestinal or digestive tract. There are some studies in which is shown that it can be helpful home remedy in dealing Crohn’s disease. But more studies should be done in future for the link between boswellia and Crohn’s disease. You can take 1,200 mg of boswellia, 3 times a day in a period of 8 weeks. Boswellia can interact with other supplements and drugs and this is a reason why you should talk with your doctor before you start taking it. [3]

Carrots: They are rich in nutrients which are important for people who suffer from Crohn’s disease. Also they have antioxidants which can help to deal with the symptoms of this disease. You should cook a few carrots until they are tender and soft. You should add a little salt and eat ½ cup of carrot puree several times per day.

Turmeric: This is also a very effective home remedy for Crohn’s disease. It has curcumin which is anti – inflammatory agent that can help to reduce the inflammation and swelling in your digestive tract. Also the turmeric can help to reduce any abscess on the small and large intestinal linings. You can take curcumin or turmeric supplements of 400 – 600 mg three times per day. The curcumin supplement can interact with the blood – thinner drugs and diabetes drugs, so you need to talk with your doctor before you start taking it. Also you can include turmeric powder in your daily cooking. [3]

Natural  treatments / cures for Crohn’s disease

Slippery elm: This home remedy is a natural anti – inflammatory and demulcent agent which can help to heal and protect the injured and irritated digestive tissues. Also it can help to promote normal bowel movements and it can facilitate faster healing. Also it can help to prevent electrolyte imbalance and nutritional deficiencies in people who suffer from Crohn’s disease. You should add one teaspoon of slippery elm powder to one cup of hot water. You should let it steep for 5 minutes. You should drink this home remedy at least one hour after you have taken other medications. Also you can drink this home remedy 2 or 3 times per day. Also you can mix one teaspoon of sugar, one teaspoon of slippery elm in two cups of hot water. You should consume this home remedy 2 times per day. [4]

Marshmallow: Marshmallow has mucilage content which has a soothing effect on the gastrointestinal tract and this is making it a very effective home remedy for Crohn’s disease. There was one study in which is said that the marshmallow can heal the inflamed lesions in the gastrointestinal tract, reduce inflammation and remove irritants. You should add 2 – 5 grams of dried leaf of marshmallow or 5 grams of dried marshmallow root to one cup of hot water. You should cover it and steep it for 5 – 10 minutes. You should strain and then drink this tea. You should drink marshmallow tea 3 times per day. If you have diabetes, then you should avoid marshmallow. [5]

Green tea: This home remedy has many health – promoting benefits for Crohn’s disease because it has antioxidant, anti – carcinogenic and anti – inflammatory properties. Also the green tea has a positive impact on your immune system and even it can reduce the risk of colon cancer. You should add one teaspoon of green tea leaves to one cup of hot water. You should cover it and steep it for 5 minutes. You should strain it and then some add honey in it and mix it well. You should drink this soothing tea at least 3 times per day. [6]

Probiotics: This is essential food for many people who suffer from Crohn’s disease. We know that probiotics are live bacteria which are similar to good bacteria that normally reside in our intestines. They can help to restore the state of good bacteria in your digestive tract which in turn can enhance the digestion, absorption and processing of foods through the intestinal tract. It is recommended to people who suffer from Crohn’s disease to take probiotic supplements which have L. bifidus and L. acidophilus organisms which can promote the digestive health. You should talk with your doctor for the proper dosage of probiotic supplements. [7]

Cod liver oil: This type of oil is also recommended as a natural treatment for people who suffer from Crohn’s disease. It is rich in 2 Omega – 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA. These fatty acids have anti – inflammatory properties which can help to reduce the inflammation in the intestinal mucosa. Also the cod liver oil has Vitamin A and Vitamin D which are very important for people who suffer from Crohn’s disease. You should take one to two teaspoons of cod liver oil on a daily basis. Also there is another option and that is to take cod liver oil capsules. Consult with your doctor before you start taking this supplement. [8]

Ginger: This home remedy can help to manage some of the symptoms of Crohn’s disease because it has antioxidant and anti – inflammatory properties. It can reduce the inflammation in your intestines. Also it can help in the digestion process. You should add ½ teaspoon of freshly grated ginger to one cup of hot water. Cover it and let it steep for ten minutes. You should strain it, add some honey and drink this tea. You should repeat this natural treatment 2 or 3 times per day until you notice improvements in your condition. Also you can take ginger supplements after you have talked with your doctor. [9]

Vitamin D: It is known that people, who suffer from Crohn’s disease, often have low levels of Vitamin D. There was one study done in 2010 in which was suggested that the Vitamin D deficiency is the leading cause for Crohn’s disease [10]. Experts are believing that Vitamin D can play an important role in regulating the immune response and also it can relieve inflammation and ease the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. Sun is the best source of Vitamin D and it can activate the production of Vitamin D by the body. You should try to expose your body to early morning sunrays. Also you should eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D such as fortified milk, cod, salmon, sardines, shrimp, egg yolks and beef liver. Also you can take 800 IU of Vitamin D supplements on a daily basis. You need to talk with your doctor before you start taking this supplement.

References:

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[10] Lopes Marques CD, Dantas AT, Fragoso TS, et al. The importance of vitamin D levels in autoimmune diseases. Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia. 2010;50(1).

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