- Efforts to treat the problem with various antibiotics did not bring lasting relief.
- Pentasa (500 mg mesalazine) helped. However this medicine is not suitable for chronic use and as soon as the treatment came to an end, the UC started bleeding again. So I tried to continue the treatment, but at a low dose. This gave only partial relief.
- I also have high blood cholesterol, so I love taking high doses (1000 mg/day) of Omega-3 to thin my blood, increasing general blood flow and thus prevent heart attacks, cancer etc. However the blood thinning effect almost invariably resulted in my UC starting to blead again. So my ulcerative colitis + low dose Pentasa meant I had to forego my potentially life-saving Omega-3.
- Then I stumbled upon the home-remedy of taking fresh ginger root for stomach ailments, such as Ulcerative Colitis, Leaky Gut (Chrons disease) and digestive problems. I tried it, and my bleeding stopped the same day! My digestive problems also disappeared. After a few days I resumed my Omega-3 and still experienced no bleeding! Then I thought I was heeled completely and started to skip my ginger root, so the bleeding came back. So now I am back on taking a little ginger root with every meal, and my bleeding is gone.
- I don’t like the burning sensation of ginger in my mouth. So, with each meal, I cut one or two 3 mm thick slices of ginger root with a sharp knife, chop it up into 3mm x 3mm cubes and quickly gulp it down with some water. This works well and the burning sensation is minimal. (However, fresh ginger smells wonderful. So if I disperse it thinly into salads or other meals, I actually like the taste.)
Working awesome for me!
I'm a 28 year old female and I unfortunately have Pancolitis. I have been on Lialda for years. It helps keep me some but can't seem to keep me totally in remission. This year I've flared more than normal. Ive been on high doses of Prednisone twice which have worked temporarily. I flare again when I wean off. So my doctor is pushing infusions. Most likely Remicade. My flare has been so bad I was going at least 8 + times a day with heavy bleeding. I was doing Paleo before the flare but swapped to SCD. The diet was helping but not completely. Still 4 + times a day and bleeding. Started ginger three weeks ago and within two days I was only going ONCE a day and it was firm. Bleeding was minimal by day four. But here's the real kicker.. I wasn't convinced it was the ginger so I stopped for three days. Within 24 hours my symptoms returned. I started the ginger again and my symptoms are GONE! Such a blessing! I will say I am still eating SCD, so I can't say if the ginger will help as much eating a "regular" diet. But for me, it's been a God send. I hope it can help many of you suffering too!
Ginger instead of prednisone
To keep my colitis in check, I take 3X 800mg Asacol tablets, as well as 2X 500mg Asacol suppositories.
I also try and stay away from gluten and sugar, but I love cake. If there are too many birthday cakes, or stress, I would get mucous and/or blood in my stool. I then take 20mg prednisone (Pulmison) until the symptoms stop.
I read about ginger in Feb 2016. I have since used it instead of the prednisone.
I drink dried ginger powder with honey as a tea.
I put crushed ginger in my omelets, meat dishes.
I eat sushi ginger. A lot, if there is mucous and/or blood in my stool.
Ginger vs Prednisone
I read the post on ginger several months ago, in March 2016. I have made several artempts to heal myself with ginger root since then. Tried everything -- dringking with tea, water, eat eat with soup and boiled vegetables. Nothing worked.
Then I discussed that with my GI doctor and she said all would have worked for me if I were not on prednisone :"(
Prednisone, and all similar medicine, make your body and immune system so dependant on it, that nothing else works.
No ginger, no EVVO, no Turmeric. The doc says prednisone and probiotics are my only medicine now.
Is that true? Is my choice limited only to these two?
Wish you all the best and lots of health!
RE: GINGER ROOT update. So, I have posted previously about following the Ginger root regiment. And to add my follow up, I must say, it is working for me very well as Adam shared Ginger Root story of another UCer that posted. I take ginger root w/ water like a medicine. 2x a day. Chopped into little 3mm by 3mm or smaller pieces (in the search bar of Adam site just type Ginger Root, should take you to original post). I just wanted to update everyone, and to make sure it was not a placebo effect on me before I continue to post. Remember everyone's system response is different, but hey, worth a go to try new things to help deal with our UC. Wish everyone a great day, keep strong and positive. Thanks for reading. And Thank you Adam. :-)
I went GINGER 2 month's ago and my UC has stopped completely.
thank you for this advice.
I am willing to try many suggestions on this website that may help with dealing with my UC. So, yes I have posted my organic cabbage juicing which was ok. But I think my system just caught up to that remedy and was not consistent enough. ANYWAY... I am now here giving my trial of Ginger root, so far as being on it for almost 2 Weeks. Good results so far as 60%reduction with feeling those symptoms having UC... Stomach nervousness and urge of having to go poo. I'm hoping its not a placebo effect BUT I do feel better results with this ginger root trial than the cabbage juice one. Who knows, I may combine the 2 after a month or so. For now, I will continue on only the 3mm by 3mm 2xs a day, chopped ginger root. I take it straight up chopped drinking it down with water. My thing to remember is everyone may have different results on their journey to help reduce or remission their symptoms. I wish everyone strength and happiness. Thanks for reading.
After reading about the effects on uc from ginger on this site, i tried it. I'm on azathioprine and probotics - Symprove. I tend to have diarohia once a week which is quickly settled with predfoam. I started taking ginger, three times a day and on the first day noticed improvements. No need for the predfoam once a week, the ginger has left me with no signs of UC for the last three weeks. I strongly recommend it, it really works!!! Thank you!
I grate or slice a small amount of ginger, add water and boil it up for several minutes. Then I add a favorite tea bag and let it brew for another minute, strain it and I have delicious healthy tea. I also have yogurt every day. I only eat plain (no flavored) FAGE Greek yogurt with fresh or frozen berries. I also add ground flaxseed, cinnamon and walnuts to it. In addition to many vitamins, I also take probiotics and for the most part, I stay away from sugar and wheat. All this has kept me in remission for close to a year now.
I make ginger tea, put some in carrot soup. It's working amaizing for my UC! 4 months flare free and have been able to eat nuts and cheese! (Follow SCD to the dot- no cheating ever. Been on it for 2 yrs)
You are a life saver Adam! Keep up the good work!
Ginger is helping??
Hi, I'm pretty new to uc. I was diagnosed in june2015 after being ill since March 2015 . I've had a really awful time physically and mentally . And in the region I live in in uk there's no support from colitis team or nurse at hospital . I've had a few hospital stays . And have been on steriods since June in able to taper successfully to a stop! I've been taking azathioprine since December and although it's improved theres still long way to go! . I've been in able to work since June 1 because I've just been too sick! And 2 because I work in child care and the doctor wouldn't let me whilst taking steroids! . I've now resigned and taking each day as it comes but very tough for us to drop to one wage coming in! . I read this article and thought I'd give it a try . Since taking the ginger 3 X a day after each meal the bleeding has improved quite a bit a definate difference I aim to continue this but want to encourage anyone who's in sure to just try it ! I was sceptical but definately Seeing a positive change .
I get my ginger fix combined with the probiotic fermented tea Kombucha product and drink it in lieu of surgary fruit juice, also no heartburn. My favorite is GTS Synergy Organic "Gingerade".
I swear by ginger root I have been using it for 2 years now, and have not had a flare up since, I always said it was the ginger root but now I think this proves it.
I have found out that even drinking a tea that is ginger based helps out with the gas and upset stomachs. I religiously drink a hot cup after every meal.
Ginger root is very difficult to digest for some so start small. I've been on remicade now for a year, and it hasn't seemed to work fully but it is giving me some relief; as soon as the dose went up to 700ml every 6 weeks I felt better but the bleeding was still there, occasionally. One day my throat was feeling a bit off so my dad made me tea with fresh ginger, some raisins and fenugreek seeds. I didn't bleed the next day. I drink that tea every other day because I get heart burn every day. Seems to work. By the way I've had UC since I was 5. No surgeries. Thank you GOD. I also eat clean with one cheat day a week. I've been on Prednisone for a long time which I'm feeling the side effects of it now. I've been on Asacol which stopped working for me, and now 4gm of Pentasa a day (don't even know if it's working). Chew your food thoroughly, and relax when eating. Drink very warm water 1.5 litres a day. Things are looking good. Thanks for this post.