Researchers in Sweden have tentatively linked Crohn’s disease to an enterovirus that is commonly found in the intestines. Crohn’s disease is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can cause chronic diarrhea and stomach pain. The cause of the disease is multi-factorial.
Children suffering from Crohn’s disease were studied. The research was published in the journal Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology. Researchers at Uppsala University investigated RNA viruses, particularly Enteroviruses; those viruses that infect human intestinal mucous lining, were found to be particularly prevalent.
The researchers state that they found “significant amounts” of enteroviruses in the intestines of every child with Crohn’s disease they tested. A control group of children without Crohn’s disease were found to have few, if any enteroviruses. For children with Crohn’s, enteroviruses were also found in the nerve cell ganglia in the intestinal wall
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), can be treated with harsh conventional medical therapies. Therefore, some people living with either of these diseases sometimes look toward complementary and alternative medicine to supplement conventional therapies to help ease their symptoms.
Alternative Therapies for Crohn’s Disease:
Many people with Crohns Disease digestive disorders have used some form of complementary or alternative therapy. Some commonly used therapies include:
There is some evidence to suggest that use of probiotics can help people with Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis to maintain remission. Scientific studies have also shown that they are useful for preventing and treating pouchitis (a condition that can follow surgery to remove the colon).
Taking probiotics is generally safe. Any side effects like gas or bloating are usually mild and temporary. It is safe for young children and older adults.
Fish Oils are another alternative treatment to help people who have Crohn’s disease. Fish oils contain Omega-3 fatty acids and DHA and EPA which are very effective supplements for many medical conditions as well as general health boosters. Fish oil supplements provide antioxidant properties and reduce the production of the cells that are known in the Crohn’s disease, and can help slow down the progression.
The fish oil supplements have health benefits to people with Crohn’s disease because it builds up the normal cells and helps reduce inflammation and also helps rebuild the internal areas that Crohn’s disease affects.
Another alternative treatment you can use for Crohn’s disease is a mind-body approach. The mind-body approach can help relieve pain, inflammation, and redness associated with the Crohn’s disease itself and can be used as a holistic approach to treatment. The mind-body approach might include yoga, meditation, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, and also prayers.
The mind-body approach deals with the mental health of the patient as well as the physical health of the patient and puts them together to work in-sync with each other. If you do not have a healthy mind, then the thought is that you will not have a healthy body. You can use meditation and yoga as relaxation techniques to boost your spirit and help relieve irritation and pain caused by conditions like Crohn’s Disease.