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Studies Recommend Two Treatments For Crohn's Disease

Posted May 23 2010 5:10pm

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 Crohn's disease an inflammatory condition of a undetermined source affecting the gastrointestinal track (gut). Estimations indicate that about 1.4 million persons in the United States have the disease with about 140,000 children under 18. In the United Kingdom about 60,000 persons have the disease with about 3,000 out of that number having the severest form of the disease.

The disease causes inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, weight loss, nausea and vomiting. The formation of abnormal passageways between parts of intestine or between the intestine and skin. It also can affect other parts of the body like the joints. Reoccurring attacks are possible with this disease. At times the disease flares up in between remissions.

The National Institute of Clinical Evidence (NICE) has advocated two treats for Crohn's disease. The treatments of infliximab and adalimumab are suggested for persons who have severe cases of the disease. The guidance authorizes use of the drugs for person who do not react to or are not able to take common therapies. Treatments typically should start the low cost drug first this is suggested by taking into account the costs of administration, required dose and cost per dose. Infliximab is also suggested for persons with active, fisulising Crohn's disease and also for children six to seventeen years old with severe active Crohn's disease.

A lot of persons with Crohn's disease also choose to use alternative therapies in addition to their prescription medicine.

Nutrition

Diet can not cause or even cure Crohn's disease. Some studies have suggested that certain foods may be able to reduce symptoms and lessen recurrences. Consumption of fruits and vegetables and no sugar may reduce risk of the disease. Low fiber fat die t is recommended many persons with Crohn's have discovered that eating high amounts of fiber makes the symptoms worse in content. Spicy, fatty foods and diary products agitate the symptoms. Foods that contain antioxidants including fruit like cherries and tomatoes along with vegetables such as bell peppers should be consumed. Along with foods that provide vitamin B, calcium and magnesium which can be found in whole grains, dark leafy and sea vegetables. Avoid white breads and pasta along with caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Try to consume five or six small meals per day instead of three large ones.

Vitamins and Minerals

Due to symptoms of the disease such as diarrhea and loss of appetite, many persons with the disease do not get enough vitamins and minerals. Many persons may lack sufficient amounts of vitamins or minerals such vitamin D, folic acid, calcium and zinc.

Probiotics

Saccharomyces boulardi is highly recommended using 250 mg three times daily or 500 mg four times per day. One small study did show that probiotics have helped persons with the disease by decreasing the occurrence of diarrhea. Probiotics are considered safe to use.

Herbs

Herbs can be useful to help treat the disease in addition to traditional treatments. Herbs can have side effects by interaction of other herbs, supplements and medications. You should inform you physician before taking any herbal treatments so he can be aware of any possible interactions. Such herbs as slippery elm and cats claw have been useful to treat inflammation of the digestive tract.

Homeopathy

A couple studies have been done for the effectiveness of homeopathic treatments. Based upon the knowledge of professional homeopaths. Mercurius, podophylium and veratrum album may be recommended treatments. Homeopaths first will asses a persons physical, emotional and psychological makeup before recommending any treatments.

Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine for ages has been used to treat inflammatory bowl disease. One study in Germany concluded that acupuncture and moxibustion were effective for treating Crohn's disease.

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