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What are the Different Homeopathic Colitis Treatments?

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  • Written By: C. K. Lanz
  • Edited By: Melissa Wiley
  • Last Modified Date: 02 November 2016
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Although there is no known cure, there are several different homeopathic colitis treatments patients can consider as complements to conventional medicines. Probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, and folic acid are common alternative therapies for colitis. Making dietary changes can also help reduce the severity of symptoms. Therapies that reduce stress, such as acupuncture, relaxation and breathing exercises, and biofeedback, may also be recommended homeopathic colitis treatments.

Several studies have indicated the potential effectiveness of probiotics as a homeopathic colitis treatment. Probiotics are live bacteria in the digestive tract and help reduce inflammation while improving the mucus lining and protecting against harmful pathogens. Probiotics are available as tablets and capsules and in liquid and powder form as well as in cultured dairy products. This popular homeopathic colitis treatment is believed to be safe, effective, and free of serious side effects but may interact with immunosuppressant medication.

Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil capsules may also reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. There are two types of omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements that are thought to reduce existing inflammation but not prevent it from flaring up. A large dosage of approximately 15 capsules a day suggests a potential benefit. Not all studies have resulted in a positive effect, however, so more research is needed.

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Taking folic acid is a potentially crucial homeopathic colitis treatment because it is believed to significantly reduce the risk of colitis-associated colon cancer. Individuals with colitis are at a higher risk of developing colon cancer. The suggested preventative dosage is approximately four times the recommended dietary requirement of folic acid.

There is no conclusive evidence that a certain diet causes colitis, but some foods can irritate symptoms. Limiting or eliminating dairy products is often recommended to patients with colitis. Steaming, stewing, or baking raw fruits and vegetables can help increase an individual’s daily fiber intake without triggering bowel irritation. Consuming smaller meals and drinking more liquids will help alleviate unnecessary strain on the digestive system.

Medical professionals no longer believe that stress leads to colitis, but some homeopathic colitis therapies focus on reducing stress to relieve symptoms. Relaxation and breathing exercises are simple and easy to practice throughout the day as needed. Biofeedback teaches the patient to reduce muscle tension and enter a state of relaxation. Acupuncture calms by using needles to unblock energy within the body. Exercise and hypnosis are additional ways to reduce stress.

Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease characterized by chronic inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract that cause abdominal pain and diarrhea. Commonly classified according to its location in the colon, patients usually experience periods of pain followed by remission. Blood in the stool, bouts of diarrhea, and abdominal pain can be signs of colitis. A medical professional should be consulted regarding the incorporation of homeopathic colitis treatments into a patient’s conventional therapy for the disease.

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