5 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain Associated with Crohn’s Disease

5 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain Associated with Crohn’s Disease

July 29, 2018

5 Natural Ways to Alleviate Pain Associated with Crohn’s Disease

While there’s not a medicinal cure for Crohn’s, these natural remedies may help ease the pain

Of the approximately 1.6 million Americans suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), nearly 780,000 of them are cases of Crohn’s disease. One woman with Crohn’s identified the cramping caused by the disorder as the worst pain she’d experienced in her life.

Unfortunately, according to the Mayo Clinic, there’s “no known cure for Crohn’s disease.” A problem due – in no small part – to the mystery shrouding the causes of the condition.

Crohn’s Disease

The Mayo Clinic describes Crohn’s as an IBD causing inflammation of the digestive tract. The disorder can affect different areas of the digestive system – from the mouth to the anus. It may trigger a barrage of uncomfortable symptoms, including:

  •       Fatigue
  •       Weight loss
  •       Severe diarrhea
  •       Abdominal pain
  •       Malnutrition
  •       Fever
  •       Bloody stool
  •       Oral lesions
  •       Loss of, or decline in, appetite
  •       Anal pain
  •       Anal drainage

While researchers are still puzzled as to the causes of Crohn’s, it may be the result of an autoimmune reaction and is also believed to affect people genetically predisposed to the condition.

Natural relief for Crohn’s

While medical research is still inconclusive on the matter, some Crohn’s sufferers have found comfort through unconventional methods. These approaches tend to fall into three categories:

  •       Alternative medicine — a 100% unconventional, sans medical doctrine backing, approach to treatment.
  •       Complementary medicine — as the name suggests, this concept involves both unconventional treatments with medical recommendations.
  •       Integrative medicine — this methodology employs non-traditional therapies thought to give medically backed treatments a boost, or vice versa.

A precursory medical examination is highly recommended before embarking on any treatment plan. While your doctor might not be satisfied with the research supporting your alternative therapies, it’s important to make sure they’re not going to affect any other treatments or health conditions.

The following 5 remedies are worth asking your doctor about:

  1. Eat right for your body type. Carbonated drinks, gassy vegetables, dairy products, and foods high in fiber may trigger Crohn’s painful symptoms. In general, if it causes bloating, digestive challenges, or gas, Crohn’s patients should avoid ingesting it. Furthermore, overeating and consuming tobacco, caffeine, and alcohol is also thought to aggravate the condition.
  1. Turmeric. Turmeric is a root vegetable with a litany of nutritional value. For people with Crohn’s, the compound, curcumin – found in turmeric – may reduce digestive inflammation. Turmeric has a light earthy flavor, and can be used in cooking, or brewed into a tea.

  1. Marshmallow tea. This isn’t what you’re thinking—marshmallow is an herb also known as Althea officinalis. Tea brewed with 2-5 grams of dried marshmallow leaf, or root, consumed three times a day, may help soothe digestive mucous membranes. Be advised, Althea officinalis may interfere with medications, so definitely ask your doctor before consuming marshmallow tea.

  1. Acupuncture. This ancient technique relies on maps of meridians—connections between distant parts of the body—to stimulate a therapeutic reaction in the digestive system. Unlike the other remedies, this one should only be applied by a trained professional.

  1. Full-spectrum hemp oil. Many Crohn’s patients have found relief through the compounds derived from the cannabis plant. While the medical jury is still out, success testimonials aren’t difficult to find.

If you’re going to explore full-spectrum hemp oil, make sure you do your research

Cannabis might be as complicated as it is useful. The approximately 80 or more compounds generated by the plant vary based on the strain. Furthermore, the production and harvesting of the crop can fully exploit the genetics of specific variations of cannabis. When it comes to full-spectrum hemp oils the entire process matters, from seed to consumption.

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