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What is the best kind of holistic treatment for Crohns Disease or other digestive disorders?

Adele Cressy (Portland, OR) on Jan 18, 2013
I suggest you read the book ‘Wheat Belly’ I forget who the author is. It discusses the effects of gluten on the digestive system. Applied Kinesiology research has determined the following foods are very hard on the body: popcorn, chocolate, soy, diary, corn, and nuts. I would add gluten to the list. Avoid all of these foods for 21 days then add one at a time and monitor how your body reacts. Adele Cressy, DC
Andy Ly (Sterling Heights, MI) on Jan 15, 2013
Abdominal masage with hot stone, cupping and acupucture are holistic treatments for digestive disorder'
Nikoo Saleh Kasmai (Walnut Creek, CA) on Jan 11, 2013
Thank you for the inquiry. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help with Crohn's Disease and other digestive problems like IBS and ulcerative colitis. Chinese medicine practitioners use a holistic approach, meaning we look at the whole body, and how different parts function and affect each other. We also examine the body in the context of its surrounding environment and locate causative factors which perpetuate illness. Acupuncture can promote healing, provide stress reduction, and strengthen the digestive system. Herbal formulas can also address underlying imbalances, relieve painful symptoms, and regulate bowel movements. In addition to acupuncture and herbs, most practitioners will look at a number of factors when treating digestive disturbances: 1. Diet & Nutrition: Vitamin and nutrient deficiencies can exist as a result of Crohn's Disease, and can be determined with simple blood tests. It's of vital importance to examine diet and quality of food in order to decrease symptoms and improve the body's absorption of nutrients. Crohn's Disease is an inflammatory condition, and thus inflammatory foods like refined carbohydrates, sugary foods, and processed foods are best avoided. Dairy often causes problems as well. Whole, organic, cooked foods are best. Certain other foods may be recommended or advised against based on the individual's presentation. Often individuals feel better just by paying attention to trigger foods and altering their diet accordingly. 2. Gut Health: Proper nutrition can also help repair the gut. Individuals with digestive problems usually don't have the proper balance of healthy bacteria in the intestines. A good quality probiotic supplement can help, along with certain foods that support healthy flora. Omega-3 fatty acids can also help decrease inflammation and repair the gut. 3. Vitamin D: I advise those with Crohn's disease to have their physician test their vitamin D level. It's often low in individuals with autoimmune disorders. If it's low, or even on the low end of "normal", supplementing with vitamin D3 is advised. 4. Lifestyle is also a factor in perpetuating digestive conditions. Emotional health is an important piece in recovery. Stress levels and response to stress should be examined and modified. A medically-appropriate exercise routine, such as brisk walking, is helpful as part of treatment. Weight-bearing exercise can improve bone health and reduce risk of osteoporosis. Addressing Crohn's Disease often requires a comprehensive, integrative treatment plan. But with the added guidance of a holistic practitioner, individuals can feel more empowered to make changes at home and find more sustainable solutions to feeling better. It is possible to transform your own life and your health!
Ellen Gong (Houston, TX) on Jan 10, 2013
A recent study shows that acupuncture is an effective treatment for Crohn’s disease. The study was conducted by researchers at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. The research was published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Tu-ina Science. The objective of the study was to determine the effects of acupuncture on intestinal fibrosis in cases of Crohn’s disease. The researchers measured the effects of acupuncture on basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) and type I collagen (Col I) in the intestines of laboratory rats with Crohn’s disease. After the use of acupuncture, the expressions of Col I and bFGF reduced markedly in rats with Crohn’s disease. The research proved that acupuncture treatment reduces abnormally high levels of these substances. By reducing the abonormally high levels of Col I and bFGF, acupuncture prevents fibrosis in the intestines of those with Crohn’s disease. Acupuncture was applied at points St25 (Tianshu) and CV6 (Qihai). Electroacupuncture and moxibustion were applied in different groups. A separate control group did not receive acupuncture. The electroacupuncture and moxibustion groups showed marked improvement whereas the control group did not. The study shows that acupuncture and moxibustion reduce excessive deposition thereby treating fibrosis in patients with Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease (regional enteritis) is an inflammatory disease of the intestines. It can affect any area of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. Common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal bloating and pain, vomiting, weight loss, eye disorders, arthritis, dermatological disorders, and fatigue. Crohn’s disease is considered to be an autoimmune system disorder of the GI tract. Genetics may play a role in its etiology, however, there is significant evidence that environmental factors contribute to this pathology. Smokers are approximately twice as likely to develop Crohn’s disease. No western medicine cure exists for Crohn’s disease and therefore most MD’s focus on controlling the symptoms. Crohn’s disease may cause growth failure in children and increases the risk of cancer in the affected regions of the intestines. Crohn’s disease is often confused with ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease commonly affects the terminal ileum and the colon. Ulcerative colitis rarely affects the terminal ileum and always affects the colon. Crohn’s disease commonly affects the anus and ulcerative colitis rarely affects the anus. Crohn’s disease causes patchy or serpiginous (snake-like) ulcerations of the intestines whereas ulcerative colitis causes a continuous area of ulceration. Ulceration is shallow with ulcerative colitis but is deep with Crohn’s disease. As a result, Crohn’s disease may cause stenosis of the intestines. The study shows that acupuncture prevents fibrosis of the intestines thereby helping to prevent stenosis. Reference: Chen Zhao, Juying Ding, Jindan Ma, Linying Tan, Huangan Wu, Yingying Zhang and Linshan Zhang, Acupuncture on the basic fibroblast growth factor and type I collagen in colons of rats with Crohn’s disease, JOURNAL OF ACUPUNCTURE AND TUINA SCIENCE, Volume 9, Number 1, 1-6.
Maria Baraybar Lee (Denver, CO) on Jan 9, 2013
Acupuncture in combination with Chinese herbs and some diet awareness may improve your condition very fast. Please feel free to contact us at 720-275-1205 or look at our website Thanks Dr Maria Baraybar
Nilsa Compton (Charleston, SC) on Jan 8, 2013
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are very effective when treating gastro-intestinal issues. Treatments are customized to your particular symptoms, addressing channels pertinent to your condition. We will also discuss lifestyle and diet to determine if they play contributing factors.
Matthew McCabe (Tenafly, NJ) on Jan 8, 2013
I have treated Crohns and other digestive probelms quite well with acupuncture and herbs. This is not to replace alopathic care, but as and adjuct to what your physician is providing.
Lawrence Bagnell (Langhorne, PA) on Jan 8, 2013
A stool sample may offer some insight to the cause. I would determine if any medications had been taken in the past year or surgeries. A hair analysis or urine could detect toxic metals that may have been ingested. Spinal compression of Para spinal nerves may affect digestion tract. A chiropractic evaluation could investigate spinal issues. Diet evaluation including tooth paste, dental fillings may guide you to a reflex from an infection under a tooth affecting a reflex in the digestive tract. Look for images on the web regarding dental and spinal organ charts.
David Hendrickson (Tacoma, WA) on Jan 7, 2013
There are a variety of options but probably no one best treatment since everybody is individual and has a different lifestyle. As a chiropractor we would analyze the nerve system that controls stress and the digestive organ for nerve disturbances. If there is interference then it needs to be removed to allow the body to re-regulate normal and maintain balance while you stress your body. Chiropractic's goal is to remove nerve stress and restore homeostasis to the body. We have had success in cases like this as well as other organic disorders. Other option swould be analyzing nutrition, acupuncture, and other therapies to de-stress the body and improve your healing energy
Neil Koppel (Lake Success, NY) on Jan 7, 2013
Diet and a complete analysis of food allergens for one to understand what they can or cannot eat, should be the core in living with Crohn's Disease or actually any digestive disorder. Once this guideline is maintained, there are amazing nutritional products on the market that actually work and are completely safe. Besides having the nutritional aspect under control, stress management should also be a big part in keeping episodes at a minimum. With that said, I personally like chiropractic and acupuncture. Chiropractic helps maintain proper communication between the brain and the gut. If there is any interruption in the digestive system, the body sends a signal to the brain and then the brain responds. This nervous system action is uncontrollable and needs to work. If there is stress in the lower back region then there could be pressure on the specific area where the nerve supply comes off the spine and travels directly to the digestive organs. Chiropractic removes misalignment's in the spine that directly effect nervous system transmission. The removal of the tension most of the time is immediate, yet sometimes you feel relief after a few treatments, but more importantly, even if there is no pain or tension in the spine, the true effect of maintaining an uninterrupted communication between the brain and the rest of the body is what is accomplished with chiropractic adjustments. It works. With regards to acupuncture and digestive disorders, I will also say that it works. Acupuncture is based on a different premise or understanding of the body and its systems. To keep this short, acupuncture treatments where designed to balance the bodies own energy system. This is different then what we all know about the brain and nervous system. There are these invisible channels that have been proven to be there and flow all throughout the body. In these channels is blood that gets pushed around to nourish every cell, tissue and organ by this energy called "chee", spelled qi. Acupuncture stimulates the flow of qi to bring blood to areas of the body that are deficient and reduce areas that are excessive. That's it. Does it work? Absolutely it does, but the main thing about these natural treatments, is that they work best over time and when maintained, your health shines.
Aaron Flickstein (Edina, MN) on Jan 7, 2013
Food Allergies and Crohn's disease originally put on the web by What Doctors Don’t Tell You, based on research from 01 January 1994. Edited by Dr. Aaron M. Flickstein, Emeritus DC, Edina MN, USA, Laser Allergy Relief Specialist Food allergies are a major factor in the bowel condition Crohn's disease, and dietary changes can be as effective as corticosteroids in easing symptoms, according to UK researchers. A multicenter trial of 136 patients found that 84 per cent who limited their food intake to the so-called "elemental diet" were symptom free after two weeks. The Elemental diet (in this case a product called E028, produced by Hospital Supplies in Liverpool, UK) is a formula of nutrients, often used to feed hospitalized patients. When the patients reintroduced normal foods into their diets, they discovered much intolerance to common food items in their prior diets which triggered their bowel symptoms. This approach uses a true withdrawal diet similar to that advocated since 1949 by Theron Randolph, MD, the father of Clinical Ecology and Environmental Medicine . It is thanks to Dr. Randolph, Dr. Doris Rapp, Dr. George Goodheart and Dr. Voll that the Detox Protocol I now can offer was born. Now I can recommend for you based on the intervening 63 years of research on, among other things, nutrient density and essential nutrients in that you require in specific bioavailable forms. The most common allergens were: 1) corn (seven patients); 2) wheat, 3) milk, and 4) yeast (six each); 5) egg, 6) potato, 7) rye, 8) tea, 9) coffee (four each); 10) apples, 11) mushrooms, 12) oats, and 13) Chocolate (three each). Some 26 patients were intolerant of more than three foods. "The process of food testing provides an effective strategy for long term management," the researchers concluded. "The group treated by diet had a significant advantage over those who received steroids in terms of time of relapse." Imagine that rather than avoiding the offenders forever you could get back the freedom to include them in your diet without the Crohn’s! Wouldn’t that be preferable to a life sentence of avoidance or ill health? Now we have the LZR7 Laser Allergy Relief System-a masterful combination of leading edge science and ancient wisdom that frees our immune systems from their over reactions safely with painless green laser and electromagnetic imprinting based on 8 channel bio-feedback from our nervous system as to those triggers to which we’re most reactive and exactly what signals will neutralize our body’s perception of the triggers. We add in some detox and drainage assistance and 12-15 sessions later we have 75-90% of those who had food reactions allergy reaction free. Go to or call (952)925-2225 for a free ½ hour in-office consult.
Nicole Kerneen-Fasules (Milwaukee, WI) on Jan 7, 2013
Nourishing your body with whole organic food is always best for treating anything, but that types and amounts will be dependent on your likes/dislikes, degree of disease and other conditions. There are many types of digestive disorders - so in order to properly assess and treat it is advised to seek out an RD or Wholistic practicioner for proper care.
David Mancini (Minneapolis, MN) on Jan 7, 2013
I'm assuming that you have already been to a internal medicine doctor for a true diagnosis, blood work, etc. If you have and you are now looking for proper holistic treatment, I would recommend that you contact a Naturopathic doctor for a full nutritional work up and supplementation guide.
Serena Ma (New York, NY) on Jan 7, 2013
As a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist, Crohn's (and many other digestive disorders) means your GI tract is inflamed. My first goal is to eliminate the source of inflammation. This could be food you're eating, stress, dysbiosis, or a combination of all. I would advise eliminating certain foods, reduce inflammation with supplements or herbs, acupuncture, attempting to restore proper digestion. From the Chinese Medicine viewpoint, poor digestion is often a Qi-deficiency, therefore it may take some time to 'build-up' that Qi again. In the meantime, digestive aids may be necessary (enzymes, bitters).
Carlos Chapa (Mesquite, TX) on Jan 6, 2013
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine can be of great help to you! Eastern Medicine has treated billions of patients for thousands of years. Pharmacological drugs and steroids are not the only option. Side effects, dependency and not treating the ROOT cause and only the symptoms is not the way to cure these problems. Don't be surprised if your Doctor brings up your diet and will probably recommend some diet changes. Make sure you go to a Licensed Acupuncturist (not certified) that has graduated from at least a Masters Degree program. Every state is different and some require little to no exams or training.
David Chiu (New York, NY) on Jan 6, 2013
There isn't one best treatment for Crohn's Disease or any other IBS condition but acupuncture can help but you may need to change your diet and lifestyle to completely help yourself of your situation.
David Leonard (Raymore, MO) on Jan 6, 2013
Consult a naturopathic or chiropractic doctor who can get you started on some good digestive enzymes
Melanie Silverman (Laguna Beach, CA) on Jan 6, 2013
When you have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis or other digestive disorders there are several things you can do to for treatment. 1.) Make certain you have a good gastroenterologist that is knowledgeable (with an open mind) and that you like. This person is an important voice in your care as it may change over the course of time. 2.) Schedule an appointment with a registered dietitian that has extensive experience in gastrointestinal disease and can take a good, hard look at a seven day food record and offer suggestions on how to optimize your diet. 3.) From a holistic standpoint, don't just think about food as a treatment as it relates to your diagnosis. Regular exercise, acupuncture and massage may offer benefits to some people. Give them a consistent try for a while. I sincerely hope these suggestions help you. Melanie R. Silverman MS, RD, IBCLC
Janette Asaro Pena (Holmes, NY) on Jan 6, 2013
Chiropractic care improve the nerve flow to the digestive system so it is functioning optimally. Many Chiropractors are nutrition experts as well. Nutrition is a key to digestive disorders. Visceral manipulation is a technique which releases the fascial adhesions of the organs. Many Chiropractors and massage therapist are trained in this technique, including myself.
Adam Yezer (Raleigh, NC) on Jan 6, 2013
I can not give Holistic answers as I have a medical backround. The article is listed below from Webmed as the recommendations for nutrition on Crohn's Disease. I recommend seeking medical help both MD and RD.
David Friedman (Phoenix, AZ) on Jan 6, 2013
Chiropractic treatment with emphasis on the area of the spine where the spinal nerves affect the colon, etc. Gluten free diet would also be very beneficial.
Jason Bussell (Wilmette, IL) on Jan 6, 2013
Acupuncture and herbs, along with dietary adjustments can often work wonders for my patients with Crohn's and other digestive disorders. I don't think there is any other complementary modality would be nearly as effective.
Ronald Greenawalt (Las Vegas, NV) on Jan 6, 2013
Body Talk technique, Neurolink technique, and homeoparhy, Allergy correction may help with the above techniques as well as Total Body Modication Technique
Meg Richichi (New York, NY) on Jan 6, 2013
Great question! So... if 80% of our immune response resides within the gut and Crohn's is considered an "auto-immune" disorder, wouldn't it make sense to heal the GUT as opposed to merely utilizing immune suppressant drugs to keep the inflammation at bay? When working with Crohn's, I always place clients on an anti-inflammatory nutritional program coupled with digestive enzymes and various other supplements including acupuncture to "cool down" and heal the bowels. The results are amazing. I've also seen patients successfully wean off their medication without complications.
Beth Warren (Brooklyn, NY) on Jan 6, 2013
Crohns Disease is a reflection of inflammation in the gut and imbalances in gut microbe. Keeping an anti-inflammatory diet, high in foods with omega-3's like fatty fish (salmon etc.), walnuts, flax, chia seeds and similar foods help decrease inflammation overall. Also, fermented foods like kombucha, raw sauerkraut and kefir help promote the healthy bacteria in the gut as they have the good probiotics in them to help heal. Taking probiotic supplements may help but types vary based on your individual gut situation. Keep a detailed food diary also helps with your specific intolerances. Certain sugars also may cause flare up as the rely on a healthy gut to breakdown. There are alot more details and the specifics are based on the indivdual, so please contact me for more information.
Kate Reust (Seattle, WA) on Jan 6, 2013
I use Energetix homeopathics and Kangen water (using an Enagic system or Isagenix IsaWater) therapy with my clients. There are several homeopathics which can assist with colon and intestinal issues. You'd want to have a more in depth work-up with a practitioner to make sure that what your body needs is being addressed. Do thurough muscle testing and get/give a full history of the issue - diet log etc. Kate
Frieda Mah (Irvine, CA) on Jan 6, 2013
Acupuncture, moxibution and herbs along or combined can well treat digestive tract disorders.
Ta-Li Chang (La Habra, CA) on Jan 4, 2013
it's better to combine with acupuncture, chinese herbal formulas, and food therapy.