Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic problem of the colon. Regular inflammation causes damage to the colon. This leads to bleeding, loose or bloody stools, pain, cramps, and weight loss. Problems tend to come and go over time.
There is no cure for UC. Medicines and changes in how you eat can help to control it. The goal is to control flare-ups and increase symptom-free time. Serious problems may need surgery.
Natural therapies may help to lessen the effects of UC and improve quality of life. It may also help to keep remission. It works bets when combined with standard care.
- Andrographis paniculate, an herb from Asia, may help to ease symptoms of UC.
- Acupuncture and moxibustion (use of heat to stimulate acupuncture points)
- Fish Oil—Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids.
- Myrrh, chamomile, and coffee charcoal blend
- Probiotics—may help reduce symptoms and maintain remissions. The probiotic VSL#3 appears to have the best results.
- Mindfulness-based stress reduction—does not appear to UC itself, but may improve quality of life.
Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution
Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may interact with your treatment plan or health conditions.