I am 40 years old male living in California, USA. I am a Computer Software Engineer by profession, married, and lived a very healthy lifestyle throughout my adult life. I have UC (Ulcerative Colitis) for about a year and half.
Alternative Colitis Remedies:
In April 2011, I had to get blood transfusion due to very low blood count. It was the result of bloody diarrhea that I suffered for the previous 3-4 months. After many tests, scans and an endoscopy, my GI told me that I have UC (Ulcerative Colitis) and put me on Asacol 4800 mg per day. It didn’t do anything. After a month on Ascacol, he added Prednisone to my list and that immediately made the difference. He wanted me on Prednisone only for a month due its severe side effects. As soon as I went off Prednisone, my bloody diarrhea came back. In June of 2010, he switched me to an immune suppressor Azathioprine 150MG a day. In about 2-3 weeks, it helped little bit but it was very harsh on me. I was not able to eat anything as my appetite was almost nil. I was forcing myself to eat and as a result, I was loosing weight very rapidly.
In October, my symptoms got worse and my health was very poor. I was going to the restroom 4-5 times day and was afraid to go anywhere. My GI suggested that its time to switch to Remicade. I was ready to try anything but when I read about its potential side affects and low possibility of success, I was reluctant to move forward. I was told that if Remicade failed, then surgery is the only step left. That scared me even more and I started looking for alternative medicine, methods.
A friend of mine suggested that I need to play with my diet, keep log of what I eat and how it affects my system. He suggested to remove gluten (Wheat) from my diet, along with any fruit, soda, spices etc. He was also suffering from some sort of stomach condition and was very cautious about his diet.
I followed his suggestion and cut everything from my diet except corn, chicken and fish. It almost eliminated blood and cramps withing 3 days. I was amazed with the results. In order to bring back my appetite, I stopped taking my medication. Within a week, I was eating normally. I added few more items to my diet (like fruit, vegetables, tea and some beans). I noticed that eggs, tea and some beans were not good. So I stayed away from them. Dairy, was also off-limit. At this point, corn, fish, chicken, fruit, vegetables and lentil was part of my diet.
I was spending good amount of time on Google searching for other people’s experience. I learned that home made yogurt was good. We were regularly making yogurt at home but I was staying away from it as dairy was on my ‘bad food’ list. As soon as added yogurt to my diet, I was 100% normal. No blood in my stool, no diarrhea and I was using restroom only once a day.
In my GI appointment in mid November, I told him that I want to try this diet plan that I am on and would like to postpone Remicade for now.
He didn’t think that diet has anything to do with UC
and wanted to proceed with Remicade
but wanted to do a few more tests.
So he scheduled another endoscopy at the end of December.
I was having good success with my diet plan, I was not on any medication and therefore was eating normally. In December endoscopy results, some section of my large intestine was better than the previous scan that was done in April. Inflammation was there but not as much as it was in April. Doctor was thinking that I might have crohn’s disease. I insisted that I wanted to stay on my diet plan and see how it goes. He agreed and wanted me to report back in February (2012) to see how things are going.
I started adding few more items to my diet. Wheat (Gluten), soda, coffee, tea, chocolate, dairy except yogurt were still off limit. In first week of January, I started to see some symptom coming back and withing 3 days, I was back to bloody diarrhea. I believe Chinese food that I had for two days straight (Soy sauce) was the reason. I went back to my original corn, chicken and fish diet but it didn’t help.
Then I came across this site and read other people’s experience with various alternative remedies. I read here and somewhere as well that Boswellia extract has helped some people. On January 7th, I started taking Bosswellia Extract pills (yields 262 mg of Boswellia acid) three times a day after my meal.
I also added Probiotec( Ultimate Flora 30 BL) one capsule a day after my breakfast. By January 10, my blood was gone and diarrhea was almost gone.
Today is January 15, 2012 and I am pleased to say that I do not have any blood in my stool. I use restroom twice a day and have somewhat solid bowl movement. Hopefully this time, my system will stay calm.
Based upon my reading (and brief experience), Boswellia has very high success rate for people with Ulcerative Colitis and based upon my experience, it can stop blood in matter of days.
As I have mentioned before, I am not taking ANY medication that my GI prescribed, very strict about Gluten, soda, coffee, chocolate and easy on heavy fatty food, dairy. Home made yogurt from 2% milk with natural cane sugar is my breakfast, I eat all fruit except oranges, eat all vegetables, chicken, fish, sea food, nuts and pretty much anything that is gluten free.
Boswellia has saved me from my last episode
and hopefully will keep me that way.
I will add soy sauce to my ‘bad food’ list.
My Previous Colitis Medications:
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