Crohn’s Disease Alternative Treatments: What Are Some of The Things To Watch For?

This can be a common question that people have when they first start looking in to Crohn’s Disease alternatives. What therapies do I look in to? Where do I start? How do I get it right without wasting a lot of time and money?

This is something I had to learn for myself as I didn’t have anyone to show me the ropes and what would have the best chance of succeeding.

There are many therapies and different ways of approaching management of Crohn’s Disease, but there are some things that you will want to keep in mind when making a decision if something is right for you or not.


Does the therapy/method you are looking at address diet?

Diet is one of the most powerful things that you can do when it comes to bringing your Crohn’s Disease back in to remission.

A lot of the time if you don’t have the right kind of diet for you and your body, the natural methods you are trying won’t work, because the body is still having a reaction to the foods that you are eating.

Having an allergy test done to see if you have any food sensitivities is a great way to see if the diet you are eating is right for you or needs some changes.

Some common foods that can cause problems are things like wheat, dairy and sugar. Also refined products can be a problem, as our bodies aren’t designed to digest highly processed foods.

A good rule of thumb is to stick to foods that are as close to their natural state as possible; for example fruit and vegetables. If you do have a flare up you need to be careful of insoluble fibre as this can cause further irritation of the already inflamed tissue in the bowel and digestive system.

Does the practitioner have experience with Crohn’s Disease?

If you can find a practitioner that has a lot of experience with Crohn’s Disease, it gives you a much better chance of success.

The more experience a person has, the better they will be able to determine what it is you need and help you to get to your desired goal faster.

From their past experience they will know what works the best at helping bring you back to health as quickly as possible.

Do some research:


If the therapy is not something that you are familiar with, it would be a good idea to spend some time doing a bit of research to make sure that it is something you would be willing to do.

The better you understand what you will be doing, the more accurate feedback you can give your Crohn’s Disease alternative practitioner. In turn they can make better decisions about what they need to do to help you.

Some research also helps you to determine if the therapy is widely used or if it is a bit more obscure. The most widely used therapies are not necessarily always best, or the right one for you.

By doing a bit of research you can get a good idea about what you will be in for.

Are they qualified or have some sort of training?

When going to see an alternative practitioner, seeing if they are qualified or have any formal training will make sure that you will be getting good quality advice in that field.

Not everyone that you go to will have a university degree, but they should be able to show you some sort of training that they have been through or have done. This shows they are capable and competent in their field.

With that said some of the best people that I have been to see are the ones that don’t have a lot of education in the traditional sense.

Their vast practical experience made them a wealth of knowledge on their subject and they can get some great results. As with anything you need to use your own common sense and due diligence in this area.

Does the therapy look at the causes of the problem or just suppress the symptoms?

Most natural therapies do look at the body from a holistic point of view but this something that you want to keep in mind.

If the goal of the therapy is to only suppress the symptoms without addressing the issues that can be the cause of the problem, you are really wasting your time, if you want to properly heal yourself.

Suppressing the symptoms is like sweeping the problem under the rug, when the rug gets full the problem will turn up somewhere else in the body and create a whole new problem for you to deal with.

This is one of the problems I have with western medicine when it is used for long term treatment of illnesses such as Crohn’s Disease.

Sometimes the problems you get from the side effects of the drugs can be worse than the illness was in the first place.

Don’t get me wrong western medicine still has a role to play in illness, you just need to be more informed about the pros and cons of what can happen long term on drug therapy. 

Crohn’s Disease alternatives can also help play a role in helping to manage side effects of drugs if you are still taking them.

 

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