According to Chinese Medicine, diseases are always an indication of an imbalance on a deeper level. Colitis and Crohn’s both relate to other body functions and processes. It is when we have an understanding of the interconnectedness of all these body processes, that we have a better idea of how to treat ulcerative colitis and crohn’s from the holistic perspective.This article is too short to go into specific diagnostic techniques, but I can share with you some of the general aspects of diagnosis from a holistic perspective. First I use Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis. After this I perform a hair analysis, blood tests and diagnose according to “body type”. I also take a complete history, consisting of about eight pages of information, from infancy to the present, including your family. From all this information, I diagnose and treat your unique imbalances.To treat the imbalances, I use acupuncture, Chinese herbs, constitutional homeopathic medicine, diet, and nutritional supplements. Some of the specific supplements and foods that have been shown to be effective for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s are listed below. Note that you should check with your doctor before trying anything new on your own.Please be sure to never take yourself off any prescribed medications without your doctor’s supervision. The quantities for supplements and herbs vary with each individual. Not all supplements work for everyone. This holistic program should be individually prescribed by your doctor to meet your particular needs.Sample Therapeutic Foods: potato broth, cooked carrots, okra, parsnips, squash, pumpkin, flax tea, papaya, rice porridge, miso soup, slippery elm gruel, cold water fish, evening primrose oil, black current seed oil, raw cabbage juice, celery juice. Eat small, more frequent meals.Avoid the following: wheat containing foods, corn, dairy products, peanuts, red meat, sugar containing foods, coffee, caffeine, oranges, alcohol, spicy foods, fried foods, salty foods.Supplements: beta carotene, zinc picolinate, magnesium, folic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B, C, lactobacillus acidophilus, liquid chlorophyll, alfalfa tabs, chlorella, quercetin, digestive enzymes, permeability factors.The primary goal of treatment is to strengthen the gall bladder function, the liver, stomach, pancreas and spleen, all having to do with digestion, according to Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs work magnificently for this.
The Holistic Approach to Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease