23 Home Remedies for Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn Syndrome, is marked by the swelling of the lining found in the digestive tract. This inflammatory bowel disease promotes drastic tummy pains, bouts of diarrhea and forms of malnutrition.

All of the organs in the gastrointestinal tract are at risk of being infected by Crohn’s disease.  The causes of this disease are an amalgamation of immune, bacterial and environmental forces in people who are hereditarily prone to contracting Crohn’s disease.

The below home remedies are not likely to cure your Crohn’s disease, as there currently is no cure for it, but they will help with your symptoms. This is likely to make dealing with your symptoms more bearable.

 

Home Remedies for Crohn’s Disease Symptoms

 

  1. Probiotics

It is important to have probiotics to reinforce the helpful bacteria in the immune system. The probiotic properties found in some foods can aid in curing Crohn’s disease but these curing properties are dependent on the stage experienced by the sufferer.

Like yogurt, there are other foods that are vital probiotics. Vitamin E and Kefir are great probiotic alternatives which will help reduce swelling.  A reduced level of vitamin D in the body is a cause of Crohn’s disease and thus probiotics which increases vitamin D in the body is best in curing hurt, fatigue, and other Crohn’s disease symptoms.

 

  1. Eat Smaller Meals 

It is an unhealthy habit to overeat and eating too much exerts much pressure on the gastrointestinal tract. Eating less and more regularly is a helpful way of avoiding tummy cramps, bloating and gas. Having constant meals but eating fewer portions at a time aids in the proper absorption of nutrients.

3. Controlling Triggers

Whether it be keeping tabs on one’s diet or other methods it is beneficial to determine the foods which trigger symptoms of the disease. It is best to stay away from foods or anything that causes the symptoms of Crohn’s disease to be more prominent.

One way to keep track of your triggers is to keep a diary. Whenever your symptoms flare up, write down what you were doing/eating right before. This will help you to see any patterns in the food you eat and your symptoms.

Journal, Crohn's

Try keeping a trigger journal

  1. Adequate Fiber Intake

High fiber foods are generally beneficial to the health however to sufferers of Crohn’s disease.  Rich fiber foods can be a cause of bloating and can lead to diarrhea. While some Crohn’s disease patients react more tolerable to high in fiber foods, others may need to eat meals with more digestible fiber or eliminate the high fiber intake altogether.

 

  1. Low Fat Diet

When one suffers from Crohn’s disease, that particularly affects the small intestine, it is vital to stay off fatty foods as fat moves beyond the intestine and leads to severe diarrhea. Creamy and buttery foods should be avoided at all costs.

 

  1. Soothing Broth

A soup made from cooked carrots or meat bones is a great cure for any swelling incurred from the disease. It is also a soothing remedy that can be used to drain out nutrients easily. The broth recipe can be adjusted based on preference so that foods that one is sensitive to is not added to the mixture.

 

  1. Carrots

Cooked carrots are a cure for Crohn’s disease symptoms, as they have a valuable make up of vitamins and antioxidants. The carrots can be digested with ease and do not burden the tummy or the colon.

 

  1. Turmeric

The medicinal properties of turmeric have been often mentioned and this home cure can minimize any inflammation in the digestive tract. The powder can be used in dishes or it can be taken at least thrice daily as a tea.

turmeric, spice

Turmeric root and powder

  1. Cayenne Pepper

The capsicum found in cayenne pepper acts as a barrier preventing swelling and simultaneously destroying the bacteria associated with Crohn’s disease. Thus, cayenne pepper works by eliminating any bacterium in the gut area and prevents the swelling of the intestine. Having this pepper regularly is beneficial. This pepper seasoning is used best when it is simply added to already spicy meals.

 

  1. Marshmallow

Marshmallow is a treat that cannot be ignored in sufferers as it heals the gastrointestinal tract and speeds up the Crohn’s recovery process. Marshmallows can reduce swelling and inflammation.

Marshmallow root or leaves can be added to a glass of boiling water. The mixture should be allowed to rest and ought to be strained before it is drunk.

Diabetic patients need to steer clear of having marshmallows.

 

  1. Fish Oil

Along with being valuable for cholesterol related issues, fish oil has value for curing Crohn’s symptoms too. The fatty acids and omega contained in the fish oil reduces swelling and other Crohn’s associated side effects.  

There is the burden of fish oil causing bleeding issues if it is taken along with other medication that has blood thinner properties. Fish oil should be taken only after doctor consultation.

 

    12. Flaxseed Oil

Flaxseed oil has numerous benefits and having flaxseed oil daily aids in curing the digestive tract. Use this as directed on the bottle.

 

  1. Frankincense Essential Oil 

Frankincense essential oil has many beneficial functions and has been noted to minimize the problems linked with Crohn’s disease. A few drops of the oil added to a glass of water or a spoon of honey is sure enough to cause relief.  When used it best to ensure that it is pure oil being used and not variations of the oil.

Essential oil

Essential oil bottle

  1. Lemongrass Essential Oil

Lemongrass essential oil cures gas aggravations in the tummy, nausea, and diarrhea. The limonene found in Lemongrass reduces swelling linked to all forms of illnesses as well as the swelling caused by Crohn’s disease. Lemongrass oil can be added to teas, soups, or even infused in a cup of plain water.

 

  1. Zinc

Zinc fixes the intestinal cells of Crohn’s sufferers.  Research has much praise for this mineral, as it has been found to cure leaky gut in the sufferers and speeded up the recovery process in patients. To use this home remedy, simply eat foods naturally rich in zinc (like seafood, meat, nuts, beans, and leafy greens) or take zinc capsules as directed on the bottle.

 

    17. Green Tea

Green tea does not cause inflammation and it counteracts the effects of carcinogens and oxidation.

To be a remedy for Crohn’s disease symptoms,  a cup of steaming water with a spoon of the green tea leaves is ideal. The boiling pan should be covered for a few moments before it is strained and honey can be added. The tea should be drunken morning, noon and night to reap the full benefits of the green tea remedy.

  1. Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea has more benefits than just being a joy for the taste buds. Antioxidants contained in this herbal drink can aid with the recovery road of Crohn’s disease patients. The drink also has soothing properties that will assist in reducing swelling. Drink this as often as needed, up to three times a day.

 

19. Bottled Water

Chlorine released from tap water can irritate Crohn’s disease symptoms and sometimes bottled water is the best alternative. If you do not want to use bottled water, you can instead filter your tap water before drinking it.

 

20. Acupuncture

As per the well-known practice, placing fine needles on certain points of the body causes the body to release endorphins that numb pain and assists in battling infections and boosting the immune. If you are unfamiliar with acupuncture, it is best to see a specialist, rather than trying this at home.

 

  1. Meditation and Deep Breathing

Meditation is a stress reliever. Since stress irritates the symptoms of Crohn’s disease, it’s important to find ways to reduce stress. Using techniques like focusing on breathing is a beneficial cure. Some great guided meditation videos can be found here.

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A woman meditating

  1. Exercise

Exercising is a form of de-stressing and releases tension. Endorphins are released through exercise and allow one to feel better whilst getting rid of the issues related to Crohn’s disease. Light exercises, like various aerobic exercises, are best to begin with, if you are new to exercising.

23. Yoga

Yoga routines are a form of meditation and relaxation that can be beneficial for sufferers of Crohn’s disease. This is also a form of light exercise, which makes it a double threat when it comes to combat Crohn’s disease symptoms.

 

References

 

http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/crohns-disease/managing-the-effects-of-crohns-disease-during-pregnancy#1

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3271691/

http://www.everydayhealth.com/hs/crohns-disease-treatment-management/complementary-alternative-therapies-for-crohns/

http://www.lifescript.com/health/centers/autoimmune_disorders/tips/11_natural_ways_to_stop_a_crohns_disease_flare.aspx

http://articles.mercola.com/crohns-disease/treatment-remedies.aspx

http://glutathionepro.com/5-tips-treat-crohns-disease-naturally/

http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Crohn%E2%80%99s-Disease-Naturally-with-Home-Remedies

 

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