Even though there is little scientific proof that it works, many people who have ulcerative colitis consider nontraditional or complementary medicine in addition to prescription medicines. They may turn to these other treatments because there is no cure other than removal of the colon.
Other treatment choices
- Special diets or nutritional supplements, such as Reference probiotics.
- Fatty acids found in oily fish, such as salmon and tuna.
- Vitamin supplements, such as vitamins D and B12.
- Reference Herbs, such as aloe and ginseng.
- Reference Massage.
- Stimulation of the feet, hands, and ears to try to affect parts of the body (reflexology).
- Reference Chiropractic therapy.
Probiotics and fatty acids are the most promising complementary therapies being studied for ulcerative colitis. But there is still not much known about their value. As with any treatment, talk with your doctor before using any of these treatments.
Several studies have shown that the nicotine patch may help treat active ulcerative colitis. It is not yet known how long the benefits of the nicotine patch last or if the patch can help prevent flare-ups. If the patch works, it most likely benefits people whose symptoms began or became worse after quitting smoking.
But because of the addictive power and other harmful effects of nicotine, most doctors still prefer to use traditional medicines to treat ulcerative colitis before trying the nicotine patch.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 8, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Peter J. Kahrilas, MD - Gastroenterology