N.A.S.S Dingwall Branch Information Page

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Herbs & Colitis/Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease - also known as ileitis - and ulcerative colitis affect the bowel. Medical practitioners refer to both conditions as inflammatory bowel disease.

SYMPTOMS Swelling in any part of the bowel as a result of ulceration or inflammation is characteristic of Crohn's disease. The deum1 the final part of the small intestine1 may be particularly affected. Sometimes the passage of feces is obstructed. In ulcerative colitis, only the large intestine is inflamed and there may be copious diarrhoea. These conditions require the attention of a qualified medical doctor.

HERBALISM

Try meadowsweet, chamomile. And licorice as a tea or mixture of tincture.
Slippery elm as tablets or a drink is soothing.


AROMATHRRAPY

Lemongrass massaged over the ABDOMEN is helpful when there is gastric infection.

FROM THE LARDER

Eat foods that are high in fibre, such as wholegrain cereals, pulses, fruit. and vegetables.

Take natural yoghurt, sweetened with a little honey, several times a day
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SELF-HELP

Keep a record of foods that appear to aggravate the condition and avoid them in future.

Caution Avoid licorice in pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure.