Botanical crohns treatment is often used as an alternative or complimentary treatment to medications. Since ancient times, plants have been used for their healing properties. However, not all plants provide the same relief or can be used as a remedy for any health problem. With that in mind, the following are the botanical treatments most used by Crohn’s sufferers for relief of symptoms.
Aloe Vera Juice – aloe vera juice, which comes from the aloe vera plant, has natural healing abilities and also acts as a detoxifier. Aloe vera juice is ingested and works to gently and thoroughly cleanse the bowel. The juice goes through the intestinal tract and works to break apart food residues that are impacted within the intestines.
Aloe vera juice is a good botanical crohn’s remedy because it helps to alleviate constipation, prevents recurrent diarrhea, reduces bloating and discomfort, and promotes regular bowel movements. It is considered a safe treatment to use for those who monitor their diets, and can be used for the long term. It has no known negative side effects.
Slippery Elm Bark – slippery elm bark comes from the slippery elm tree, and can be dried and ground into a powder or ground into gruel. It is usually made into a tea or added to porridge. It is considered an effective herb for soothing the entire digestive tract. This is because the bark has anti-inflammatory properties as one of its ingredients is mucilage, which resists digestion and hydrolysis via enzymes and stomach acids.
Therefore, slippery elm bark sooths the digestive system and also acts as an antioxidant. It helps the body recover its vital hormone balance that is needed to maintain basic health. It is considered safe, but should be ingested with plenty of water to prevent an impacted bowel situation from occurring (difficulty passing dry hardened feces from the bowel).
Chamomile – Chamomile is a flower and can be used for botanical crohns relief. It is often dried and prepared in a tea. It helps to aid in digestion, and has sedative properties. Moreover, chamomile can alleviate gastrointestinal spasms and other common symptoms associated with inflammatory diseases that affect the gastrointestinal track such as Crohn’s disease. This is because Chamomile works as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Chamomile is considered safe, but should not be taken by a person who has an allergy to any flower in the daisy family.
Peppermint – Peppermint is a plant, and its leaves are often dried and used in the form of tea as an herbal remedy. Peppermint has been used for centuries to treat common digestive problems such as reducing gas production within the intestines.
However, another way of taking peppermint is peppermint oil (oil that has been infused with peppermint properties which it takes from the leaves). Studies have found that peppermint oil in coated capsules is exceptionally effective for relieving painful symptoms, distention and frequent bowel movement for those who suffer from Irritable bowel syndrome. Crohn’s sufferers may also receive the same relief, but more information is needed to see how effective peppermint oil would be as a botanical Crohn’s treatment.
Peppermint tea is considered safe, but peppermint oil can have adverse side effects such as a burning sensation in the stomach or rectum if not taken as advised.
All of these herbs can be found in local herbal and health stores. You should read and follow the instructions as directed on the bottle. In addition, keep in mind that you should exercise caution if you are using botanical remedies as a form of crohn’s disease treatment. Although the herbs may indeed provide you some relief of your symptoms, herbs have not been regulated to the same degree as medications, nor has their effectiveness for treating Crohn’s Disease been thoroughly studied.
Furthermore, if you are taking medications to treat your condition, be advised that some herbal remedies may interact with certain medications and not be compatible. Thus, it’s a good idea for you to first speak to your doctor about botanical crohns treatments if you plan on taking them, especially if you are already using medication.