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Crohn's Disease

Related Terms

  • Regional Enteritis

Crohn disease (CD) is inflammation in the colon and the end of the small bowel. It causes loose stools, belly pain, lack of energy, and other health problems. A person may have times when they have symptoms and times when they do not.

CD is managed by avoiding foods that make it worse. Medicine can also help. Surgery can remove harm or blockages if other methods do not help.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

  • The , which includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils, olive oil, eggs, and fish, may ease symptoms and decrease flare ups.

Unlikely to Be Effective

  • ( fish oil) do not appear to lower rates of relapse.
  • Probiotics do not appear to aid or maintain disease remission.

Not Enough Data to Assess

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Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.