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Six Ways to Cope with Crohn’s
Published: 05/14/2008

Crohn’s disease – an inflammatory bowel disease that develops in the lowest parts of the small and large intestines – is often related to stress. While neither a specific cause nor a cure is known, stress has been shown to aggravate symptoms, which include loss of appetite, chronic diarrhea, cramping, pain in the abdomen, and weight loss.

There are several ways to address the symptoms of Crohn’s and enjoy long periods of remission. Therapies in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), such as acupuncture and herbal remedies, are often beneficial, as are dietary adjustments. Ayurvedic medicine, massage, and energy work may also provide relief.

If you have been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, try the following:

  1. Avoid coffee (even decaf), all other sources of caffeine, and all stimulant drugs.
  2. Avoid milk and all milk products.
  3. Avoid products sweetened with Sorbitol.
  4. Take slippery elm in the form of a gruel.
  5. Take enteric-coated capsules of peppermint oil between meals to relieve the spasmodic component of inflammatory bowel disease.
  6. Practice breathing exercises.

Because Crohn’s is a stress-related disease, biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and other mind-body therapies can be use adjuncts. In many cases, Psychotherapy may help ease the emotional conflicts that exacerbate symptoms.

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