Can this really cure Ulcerative Colitis?
Mikey

Tonbridge, UK

#270 Jul 22, 2010
Hi Folks

I was diagnosed with UC in around 2006 (my first flare up). Knowing very little about the condition at that time, I took the Doctor's advice and went on the ASACOL and a rectally administered Steroid (not fun!)
However the flare up subsided and I was ok for a couple of years until flare up number two. Thsi time MUCH worse.
With the help of my wonderful girlfriend I discovered three invaluable (natural, drug free) treatments for UC which can be used separately or all in conjunction with each other.

1. Wheatgrass Juice (can be bought online or found at most good health food shops). This is the Juice NOT a powder. The juice must be fresh for full potency. I discovered this first when my flare up was at it's absolute worst. The rectal bleeding stopped after one day having taken only two ounces of juice.

2. many of you will be aware of the benefits of Aloe juice, so I needn't go into too much detail. Suffice to say, it's healing properties are well documented.

3. Finally I was made aware of a powerful pro-biotic by my UC specialist who surprisingly supported my wish to steer clear of conventional medicine to treat my condition. he told me there was robust data on this substance to support it's effectivenes in treating UC. It's called VSL#3 and can be obtained online. Unlike the pro-biotic yogurts you can purchase at your supermarket which contain maybe one or two bacteria strains, VSL#3 contains over 10 different strains of bacteria. A total of 450 Billion bacteria per sachet. The reason the pro-biotic yogurts tend not to be effective for many is that it is impossible to ascertain which strain will work for YOU. Since VSL#3 contains all of them, it's effectiveness is considerably higher. VSL#3 works by bombarding your colon with these (good) bacteria which prevent your immune system from wanting to attack it, while also protecting you from other external pathogens.

Unfortunately, this is the most expensive treatment as it originally cost me around £70GBP per month to maintain (two sachets per day). However I understand that once the symptoms of your UC are under control, you can reduce your consumption of VSL#3 to maintain remission and reduce cost. If you are lucky and live in the right area (unlike me), it is possible that you might be able to get VSL#3 on prescription so worth consulting your doctor first.

I hope people find this of some help and manage to get their conditions under control as I have. I am drug free, feel great and have no restrictions on my diet whatsoever. I am taking VSL#3 once a week, Aloe every day that I remember to and a shot of Wheagrass Juice (I now grow the grass and juice it myself) once every other day. If I were to feel another flare up occurring, i would simply increase my doses of all these remedies until it swiftly subsided again.

I can't stress too strongly on how effective these treatment have been for me.
Mikey

Tonbridge, UK

#271 Jul 22, 2010
Mikey wrote:
Hi Folks
I was diagnosed with UC in around 2006 (my first flare up). Knowing very little about the condition at that time, I took the Doctor's advice and went on the ASACOL and a rectally administered Steroid (not fun!)
However the flare up subsided and I was ok for a couple of years until flare up number two. Thsi time MUCH worse.
With the help of my wonderful girlfriend I discovered three invaluable (natural, drug free) treatments for UC which can be used separately or all in conjunction with each other.
1. Wheatgrass Juice (can be bought online or found at most good health food shops). This is the Juice NOT a powder. The juice must be fresh for full potency. I discovered this first when my flare up was at it's absolute worst. The rectal bleeding stopped after one day having taken only two ounces of juice.
2. many of you will be aware of the benefits of Aloe juice, so I needn't go into too much detail. Suffice to say, it's healing properties are well documented.
3. Finally I was made aware of a powerful pro-biotic by my UC specialist who surprisingly supported my wish to steer clear of conventional medicine to treat my condition. he told me there was robust data on this substance to support it's effectivenes in treating UC. It's called VSL#3 and can be obtained online. Unlike the pro-biotic yogurts you can purchase at your supermarket which contain maybe one or two bacteria strains, VSL#3 contains over 10 different strains of bacteria. A total of 450 Billion bacteria per sachet. The reason the pro-biotic yogurts tend not to be effective for many is that it is impossible to ascertain which strain will work for YOU. Since VSL#3 contains all of them, it's effectiveness is considerably higher. VSL#3 works by bombarding your colon with these (good) bacteria which prevent your immune system from wanting to attack it, while also protecting you from other external pathogens.
Unfortunately, this is the most expensive treatment as it originally cost me around £70GBP per month to maintain (two sachets per day). However I understand that once the symptoms of your UC are under control, you can reduce your consumption of VSL#3 to maintain remission and reduce cost. If you are lucky and live in the right area (unlike me), it is possible that you might be able to get VSL#3 on prescription so worth consulting your doctor first.
I hope people find this of some help and manage to get their conditions under control as I have. I am drug free, feel great and have no restrictions on my diet whatsoever. I am taking VSL#3 once a week, Aloe every day that I remember to and a shot of Wheagrass Juice (I now grow the grass and juice it myself) once every other day. If I were to feel another flare up occurring, i would simply increase my doses of all these remedies until it swiftly subsided again.
I can't stress too strongly on how effective these treatment have been for me.
Just to add to my comments, i haven't included any website information for where to find the remedies I have listed as I notice most people on this forum live in the States and I am in London,UK. However there is a book on Wheatgrass written by an American which will give you all the information you need to grow or buy wheatgras in the US. it's called Wheatgrass - natures Finest medecine ISBN-13: 978-1-878736-98-7

All sources in this book are American but I bought it for it's useful information on growing it myself.

As for VSL#3 and Aloe Vera juice, I'm sure you'll be succesfull on your own with a little internet research.
StephenMarin

United States

#272 Jul 24, 2010
I posted this to the proctitis forum, but expect it might be useful here as well.
About 6 years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis. After 2 or 3 times of dealing with it with mesalamine and some dietary alteration, I decided to find a better way. I called an acupuncturist friend expecting to get a Chinese herbal formula, but instead was told to try Robert's Formula, an old herbal mix for intestines. It helped a lot.
I also deduced that a major irritant for me was carrageenan. I then looked it up and found it on a list of substances causing colitis.
My brother-in-law, an M.D. homeopath was visiting from Chicago and I reported this finding to him. He later told me he didn't take this idea seriously. Later that day was being shown the UC Berkeley experimental labs by his buddy from med school, when he happened to stop at a table with a lab book opened to a page titled "How to cause colitis in rats using carrageenan."
Some carrageenans are kept out of food for just that reason, but they all probably have the irritating component. It doesn't take much to affect me. Too bad it so common an additive.
My other big finding is a combo herbal and homeopathic formula by the company Solaray. Oddly it's named Stomach Blend SP-20b. When I couldn't find Robert's Formula, I decided this was worth a try even if it was keyed to the wrong part of the digestive system. It works better than Robert's and generally stops my proctitis symptoms in a few days. When I had a really bad case I took it 4x a day instead of the recommended 2x for a couple days then back to 2x for a week. This formula and probiotics have made proctitis a minor problem and I don't worry about the consequences of taking steroidal medications.
Ron

United States

#273 Jul 29, 2010
Everyone might be different, but I had colitis for 20 year. Then for the last 15 years I have been disease free (i stopped taking all the usual meds) unless I veered from the following: 1) absolutely no dairy product what so ever - look for a vegan certification or a "pareve" kosher certification ( ask an orthodox Jewish Rabbi - it is stricter than the vegan standard ). 2) I stay away from product with commercial yeast in the ingredients. Organic breads don't bother me at all.???? 3). Drink on a regular basis a product called "amazake.". Rice koji might be the miracle here. I don't know, but it can be found or ordered by health food stores. 15 years of remission.
khan

UK

#274 Aug 19, 2010
I have been in remmision for about 4 monthes now I take asacol and homeopathic medicine (tablets) the homeopathci meds have controlled my colitis after 3 monthes of takin them while I've been taken asacol for over a year and had problems I just want to know how do you know if you've been cured and when can you stop taking the medicine bcoz I feel like normal again.
Stan

San Jose, CA

#276 Aug 28, 2010
Juice plus did not help my colitis. I tried it for many months. I'm happy to hear it worked for you. Ive been 90% better for the last 13 years by taking quality multi-enzmes. Everytime I stop taking them the colitis flares up. Rainbow Lights Candida Cleanse and parazyme worked ok but Capraflex works the best for me. Everyone is different. Im probably the only one in the world this works for. Capraflex, bland diet and walking 1 hour everyday keeps the Doctor away.

Stan
Sarah wrote:
Hi Jerry,
I have tried all sorts of things during my 30 years battle with Colitis. I have been now in remission for 2 years and I owe it all to an Antioxidant vitamins called "JUICE PLUS". You can check out juiceplus.com
This has really boosted my immune system which we really need as a Colitis sufferer. I do not bleed any more and have no more mucous. It takes about 3 months after taking this vitamins to start taking effect but I did a lot of research on this and a few of my Colitis friends have also done great recoveries. I take the fruit and vegetable supplement. It is really worth it.
Just wanting to help. Good luck to you and best wishes.
Sarah from Toronto
(The aloe did not work for me) you need something more powerful like the antioxidant vitamins.
Sarah

Adelaide, Australia

#277 Sep 11, 2010
I recently got diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis and colifoam was working well for 7 weeks until I had a colonoscopy and for some reason stopped working after I resumed the colifoam. Im trying alternatives such as anti-fungul herbs and now added few others with alo juice, boswellia and l-glutamine, I go toilet 1-4 times per day only morning and night which is a relief as I need to work during the day. Ive also reduce carbohydrates in my diet not eliminated but reduced, its only been 2 weeks but definately better than the initial occurance and Im not on any meds. Ill continue on this way for next 1 month and see how it goes but diet id definately a key in all of this, the alternative herbs etc can only do so much.
melanie

Saint Albans, UK

#278 Sep 11, 2010
Julia wrote:
Everybody keeps telling about diarrhea. My 10 years son does not have it, but he goes just once a day and it's bloody. I am trying to keep him off drugs (Asacol gave him 103 C fever) and do not know if not having a diarrhea is good??
Hi Julia
Yes i understand where you are coming from. I suffer from UC...just getting over a flare up. From my understanding and experience of UC the stools can be very loose and often, but I hear patients can become constipated(so both extremes are possible). The bleeding is awful...thankfully the bleeding has stoped for me but i had to go onto prescribed steroids, as in the past i have tried purely natural remedies and it just didnt get on top of it quickly enough (and i became worse), even the steroids take time to get on top of it i find. I also supplement with natural medicines and treatments...such as aloe vera products(i use a make called pukka from Austraila..its expensive but is hightly recommended in helping with UC and this one is completely natural), i also drink slippery elm which coats the bowl, plus calcium and magnesium tabs (calcium supplement recommended if on steroids) and iron (as if bleeding in the stools you need to be careful not to become anemic). However its recomended to have a blood test to check your iron levels. I also find reflexology treatments helpful. And as many people say colitis is 'bad bacteria' in the gut its important to be taking a supplement of 'good bacteria' to supplement this. Most people with UC have food intolerances so its a great idea to get this checked out...for example i cant eat dairy and wheat is often a problem for people. I assume your son has had the UC diagnosed by an exploratory...camera, this is what i had initially once UC was diagnosed as the problem. Hope this helps...but i recommend you consult your dr/health practitioner/complementary dr to discuss options, but hope this info helps. best wishes melanie...ps. if anyone has any other ideas to help treat UC please do let me know. thanks.
Scotty G

Wyandotte, MI

#279 Sep 13, 2010
The thing is "everyone is different". I was diagnosed with UC in 1982 and have had (5) bouts thoughout the years, I am 45 now. After the trial and error methods from the doctors, the only thing that worked for me was fasting. GIVE THAT COLON A REST. It makes sense. But be careful because fasting can be dangerous. Once I have it undercontrol, I eat right and excersice daily. Its only when I eat junk, drink pop & alcohol that it comes back. Also watch out for ibeprofen & other pain releif drugs. They can cause your intestinal system to go out of wack. Stay positive and try to lighten up on stress.
melanie

Doncaster, UK

#280 Sep 14, 2010
Scotty G wrote:
The thing is "everyone is different". I was diagnosed with UC in 1982 and have had (5) bouts thoughout the years, I am 45 now. After the trial and error methods from the doctors, the only thing that worked for me was fasting. GIVE THAT COLON A REST. It makes sense. But be careful because fasting can be dangerous. Once I have it undercontrol, I eat right and excersice daily. Its only when I eat junk, drink pop & alcohol that it comes back. Also watch out for ibeprofen & other pain releif drugs. They can cause your intestinal system to go out of wack. Stay positive and try to lighten up on stress.
So true...'everyone is different' and what works for one person may be completely differnt to what works for another.
Constitution

Lexington, KY

#281 Sep 14, 2010
If you are on Zocor, a statin drug for cholesterol, and had never had colitis in the past only to be diagnosed with colitis since beginning the Zocor, the Zocor may very well be the culprit. I had never had colitis, nor was their a family history of such. After being on Zocor for many months I was hospitalized with a severe case of ischemic ulcerative colitis. After much testing and investigating my doctor found that Zocor had been known to be the cause. He advised me to immediatley stop the Zocor and I have had no further problems. Further, when I began taking the Zocor I was having deep cramping in my legs at night. I believe the Zocor was causing veinal spasming, since it felt deeper than a mere muscle spasm. I further believe the Zocor caused spasming in my blood vessels supplying my colon, causing an ischemic colitis attack. This can be deadly. I advise anyone having an onset of colitis after beginning Zocor with no prior colitis to highly suspect this drug as being the culprit and discuss it with your doctor. Since stopping the Zocor I have no further pains in my legs at night and no further symptoms of colitis. I hope that this information may save a life.
shen aus

Ashfield, Australia

#282 Sep 20, 2010
hey there my hubby has uc for about 3 yrs but the last yr he has been great we eat lots of veggies fruit drink plenty of water every morning he hes half a lemon squeezed in a glass with warm water and has yeast wheat gluten free cereal with soy milk he didnt eat fried food spicey food for 2 yrs now he does but a small amount also he finds onion tomato all acidy foods bad aleo vera juice is grt too and camomile tea is excellent just bw your own doctor watch what u can and cant have maybe go to a natural path thats what we did and be happy because i think stress dont help.
Detty

United States

#283 Sep 25, 2010
I have ulcerative colitis. What worked for me was carob powder in water, and I can almost say it's a cure. REALLY. It's an antibiotic. I eliminated grains and beans and other food with a lot of lectins like potatoes. I haven't looked this good in 10 years, ever since I got this thing. My last flare was horrible but I got it under control with just the carob powder. Now I just need to lose this weight...
Paul

Mcdonough, GA

#284 Oct 2, 2010
Natasha wrote:
Hi there,
I have had UC for the past 5 years - it was all under control until recently when I stopped responding to prednisolone - I am going to be put on azathioprine (imuran) does anyone have experience with this? and also has anyone been able to come off it after a while and stay in remission after?
I took imuran for about 2 years. it works but my body stopped responding to it. now I take humira every 2 weeks which is a shot to either thigh or stomach. it's just a sub q injection so it's small. If the imuran doesn't work ask about humira.
Anderson

Jacksonville, FL

#285 Oct 9, 2010
shen aus wrote:
hey there my hubby has uc for about 3 yrs but the last yr he has been great we eat lots of veggies fruit drink plenty of water every morning he hes half a lemon squeezed in a glass with warm water and has yeast wheat gluten free cereal with soy milk he didnt eat fried food spicey food for 2 yrs now he does but a small amount also he finds onion tomato all acidy foods bad aleo vera juice is grt too and camomile tea is excellent just bw your own doctor watch what u can and cant have maybe go to a natural path thats what we did and be happy because i think stress dont help.
I've been diagnosed with mild UC since '96. If you try to follow the recommendations of everything written or published you would go crazy. Eat this don't eat that. Folks could help themselves alot with moderation and exercise which cures or helps most things with the body and mind. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and medication can be helpful. I'm very active and eat well 75% of the time. Been taking Asacol in all doses imaginable since diagnoses. For the past 10 years I only take when I have a flare up which is about every other year. The Asacol works very well for me. When the flare up is over, about week or two, I stop the meds. Asacol is the only scrip med I take with another hand full of natural vitamins. I don't like taking it but I eat whatever I want. I love to cook and try to be as healthy as possible but I also like to live life and not be strapped to a "diet" 24 hrs a day.
searching

Perth, Australia

#286 Oct 15, 2010
mickey wrote:
HPI therapy at the center for digestive diseases in australia has cured many people with crohns and alike. check out there probitic research center>
Micky have you had the HPI traetment and are you cured?
searching

Perth, Australia

#287 Oct 15, 2010
Did you have the HPI treatment in Sydney. Are you cured
David L

New York, NY

#288 Oct 22, 2010
Gui-UC wrote:
I've taken
-Asacol
-Prenisone
-Salofalk
-Immuran
-Rocaltrol
-Humira
-Remicade
-Entocort Enemas
-Meselamine Supposotories
-Colestid
-Immodium
And nothing has worked. I still bleed, have mucus, go to the washroom 10-15 times (or more) per day, have urgency...and even lose control of my bowels every so often.
I was originaly given a colonoscopy and diagnosed with hemorrhoids. After the symptoms didn't go away, the surgeon decided he would perform surgery and cut off the "hemorrhoids". Only after I was put to sleep and laying on the operating table did the surgeon realize that I didn't have any hemorrhoids at all (was this just an extra pay day for him?). So he then diagnosed me with severe colitis affecting the entire colon. Then I went to a specialist, who also performed a colonoscopy. He diagnosed me with mild colitis affecting only the rectum. Then I went to another specialist, who without even doing a scope simply put me straight on remicade (does he get a % of the $2500 injections?). Then I went back to the previous specialist, who said that other treatments should be attempted before going to remicade, and so he cut me off most of my meds. The symptoms got much worse, and so he did another scope. He then changed my diagnosis to severe colitis?!? Confusing!
So anyways, now I'm leaning towards alternative medicine, because I honestly believe that these doctors don't know what the hell they are doing.
I've recently discovered the Gerson Institute ( http://www.gerson.org/ ), and it really cought my attention. I'll be reading up on them and most likely will try their natural approach.
Wow, sounds exactly like my situation...

I've tried most of those medications on your list as well... I want to add that I found out the hard way that I was allergic to mesalamine (I had pancreatitis TWICE from taking Lialda).

I'm now back to prednisone (staying at 20mg mornings and doing a hydrocortisone enema at night). In less than 1 week after the flare-up, I'm seeing improvements already... but I don't want to be on prednisone for long.(I've been on this med on and off for almost 5 years!)

I'm also like you in that I'm trying alternative treatments: probiotics, chinese herbal medications, etc. I'm also considering AloeElite after decent testimonies from the forums. I hope after tapering off my prednisone this time around, and staying on probiotics will help.
Dave

Auckland, New Zealand

#290 Nov 3, 2010
I've had colitis for 10 years, CHRONIC for 3 years, affected my job, social life you name it! I've been on high dose steroids that blew me up like a balloon!

There's only one thing that keeps me in control, keeps me in remission, SMOKING!! every time I give up within a month it's back, start smoking again and it's gone within a week!

I couldn't give a toss what all the anti smoking lobby say, what people think when i light up. I'd rather die 10 years earlier and have a relatively normal life than go through the struggle of severe UC.

That's me!
Kay

Singapore, Singapore

#291 Nov 3, 2010
Interesting statement from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2...

" ... there is overwhelming epidemiological evidence that smoking protects against ulcerative colitis, the risk of developing the disease being significantly lower in smokers than in non-smokers or former smokers [2, 3]. The fact that patients with ulcerative colitis who resume or start smoking often experience clinical improvement [4] prompted attempts to verify the hypothesis that nicotine might be the active component of smoking responsible for the beneficial effects on the course of the disease."

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