Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Lymphocytic Colitis and other Inflammatory Bowel Diseases are some of the most troublesome conditions a person can get. When it comes to Auto-immune diseases, these can definitely be ranked as some of the worst. In this article I will talk about a few remedial measures that can assist in pushing these conditions into remission as well as a general treatment protocol.
Boswellia & Curcumin
The consumption of Curcumin as well as Boswellia, have both resulted in a major reduction of symptoms in patients of Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and other Inflammatory bowel conditions, in several studies.
– Boswellia, which contains a potent anti-inflammatory compound called “acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid” has demonstrated a remission-inducing effect equivalent to that of Sulfasalazine in Ulcerative Colitis as well as Mesalamine in treating Crohn’s disease.
– Curcumin, the main chemical constituent in Turmeric, is able to inhibit the production of certain inflammatory cytokines which play a vital role in the pathogenesis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Secondly, according to a recent study, Crohn’s disease is caused by a fungus. Now, since Turmeric is a potent anti-fungal as well as an anti-inflammatory, it can be considered a rather formidable option.
Turmeric and Boswellia have been successfully used in Ayurvedic medicine for treating several chronic diseases. They are quite effective in most inflammatory and degenerative conditions and are regarded as highly valuable medicines in a wide range of auto-immune diseases.
General treatment protocol
Many of my patients suffer from bowel issues, and most of them are inflammatory in nature. The only thing i recommend for these patients to take is a combination of Boswellia, Turmeric, a bowel regulator (dependent on nature of bowel movements) and a metabolism booster (dependent on metabolic type). This combination works quite effectively along with a few dietary adjustments including:
– Antioxidant rich foods like blueberries, apples, and goji berries etc.
– Probiotics from food sources like buttermilk.
– Omega 3s from salmon.
– Vitamin D from both sunlight as well as a supplement.
– Butyrate from Ghee.
Talk to an Ayurvedic doctor about using Curcumin/Turmeric, Boswellia and an appropriate bowel regulator and metabolism booster. Avoid using these herbal supplements blindly as they can have adverse effects if used improperly.
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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by Dr. Nishal R.
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