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Thank YOU for taking a moment to check in and give a quick read to this story. I received an email earlier today. It came from a father of a UC’er who has some positive experiences with some alternative treatments. Below is the message, copy and pasted(thank you to the father who have me permission to share this with everyone!)
Adam, My son has had UC for about 10 years and we have gone down the same path that everyone else has with GI docs, diet and medicines that do not work. His life was miserable. My wife is treated by an acupuncturist and she happened to mention my son’s Ulcerative Colitis. He said he has treated many patients with UC and has had good success. So, our son went in for a treatment. After the first treatment he said he felt better than he has for years. He has been in remission for over almost a year and seems to have a normal life. He still watches what he eats but for him acupuncture is a godsend. He moved to take a different job and of course the UC was a big fear. In his new location, he tried a different acupuncturist that did not work out at all. However, his old acupuncturist recommended another therapist which got my son’s UC immediately under control. So, while this is only one person’s experience, my recommendation for UC patients is to talk with some acupuncture practitioners in their area and find several that actually have had success in treating UC and you may need to try 2 or 3 but this effort is worth it. good luck to everyone, Chuck
Acupuncture Can This Help Ulcerative Colitis Yes/No/Maybe So…
Once again, a big thank you for reading this story so far, and an incredibly big thank you to Chuck for sending me the email above this morning.
I’m very interested to hear from others with regards to Acupuncture.
What do other people think about Acupuncture as a UC treatment or partial treatment?
Is this a treatment that has helped others?
Has anybody had an experience with acupuncture where you felt it made your colitis symptoms worse?
If you take a look through PubMed, the online database of scientific studies, there is VERY little about acupunture. And, unfortunately, two separate studies which are listed, which look like they would be very relevant, do not have any text to support them…(they are these below)
- Chen Z. Treatment of ulcerative colitis with acupuncture. J Tradit Chin Med. 1995;15:231–233. [PubMed]
- Zhang X. 23 cases of chronic nonspecific ulcerative colitis treated by acupuncture and moxibustion. J Tradit Chin Med. 1998;18:188–191. [PubMed]
OK, please let me know what you think, and have a great weekend, more good stuff coming up this year,
***If you have tried acupunture, and would like to let us know what the results were for you, PLEASE write a comment below about your experience, it would be MUCH appreciated!!
And one last final big thanks to Chuck for writing in, and after I replied originally to him with the request to publish his email, he wrote back with this final message:
Adam,I sent this little story in to give others an additional avenue to try, so go ahead and publish it. As we learned, the first acupuncturist we tried was great. But the next one was not and the 3rd was great. I think the key is to ask the practitioner upfront if he has had success with multiple patients treating UC.chuck