Fresh Oregano A Possible Ulcerative Colitis Alternative


Hi 43 year old Male living in Sydney with UC diagnosed shortly after giving up smoking 7 years ago. Usual meds and periods of flares and remission etc. I really like: Tennis, Reading and eating eating healthy.

Oregano for Ulcerative Colitis

Hi All,

I have posted on here before but had some information which seemed necessary to share.

I saw an eminent GI specialist here in Sydney who is pretty well known for considering alternatives to mainstream treatments.

He told be of a patient they had with severe UC and on heavy treatment who got remission and is now completely off of all drugs. His GP has confirmed this.

Simply this patient had in-laws staying and when he explained to them his condition they said they would treat that in their own Country with fresh oregano. So the patient takes a good bunch/handful of MUST be fresh Oregano everyday. He disliked the taste so blends it with fresh orange juice. I am trying it and think it might be helping but don’t want to make any claims as its too early to say.

So not sure if it ever could be that simple but if it helps one person thought it worth a post.


I haven’t got much more to add so how about a poem by W H Auden:

If I could tell you
Time will say nothing but I told you so,
Time only knows the price we have to pay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

If we should weep when clowns put on their show,
If we should stumble when musicians play,
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

There are no fortunes to be told, although,
Because I love you more than I can say,
If I could tell you I would let you know.

The winds must come from somewhere when they blow,
There must be reasons why the leaves decay;
Time will say nothing but I told you so.

Perhaps the roses really want to grow,
The vision seriously intends to stay;
If I could tell you I would let you know.

Suppose the lions all get up and go,
And all the brooks and soldiers run away;
Will Time say nothing but I told you so?
If I could tell you I would let you know.

written by Michale Taylor

submitted in the colitis venting area


11 thoughts on “Fresh Oregano A Possible Ulcerative Colitis Alternative”

  1. Hi Michael, Thanks so much for the beautiful poem and new information. I am trying all new things one at a time. I am glad it is helping.

  2. Wow great info! Let’s hope it works as well as probiotics and / or EVOO!! I don’t see why it wouldn’t. Oregano has some wonderful properties. More and more of these things are healing people.

    It’s pretty fantastic to have all of these natural alternatives to the meds. Superb post!

    Thank you

  3. Thanks for posting the beautiful poem. There’s been a lot of talk on this site about extra virgin olive oil. Maybe if you mixed that in with the fresh oregano, just a thought. I know basil is another good herb. It’s a great calming herb and when made into a tea it tastes great, too. Thanks for your post and good luck to you.

  4. Oregano oil is a very potent anti bacterial/microbal and it’s not uncommon for it to be used as an alternative treatment for IBD. Look up wild oregano oil and CD/IBD – Jini Patel uses it as a natural antibiotic to kill pathogens in the gut and then “repopulates” it with probiotics. I’ve tried this with my daughter but it didn’t work – the oil is very harsh and hard to tolerate. But, if you can tolerate it it might be worth a shot? Or you can do as the other patient and eat a ton of it (did the Dr say how much, just curious)? I’d say it’s worth a shot and if you try it please let us know if it works for you. Good luck and fingers crossed.

  5. Michael, and my ihave uc-peeps, Of course I am really interested in this, too! LOL when I saw Shelly and Bev here ;) the poem. Wow! It showed up as I scrolled down, and I read and read, and felt calmer and calmer (I have a small iPad!)

    One of the most important areas to support in autoimmune diseases is the immune system. We sometimes wrongly direct our treatments for autoimmune diseases by suppressing the immune response rather than BALANCING the immune response. Plant-based medicines or herbal constituents, are a great area to explore during healing. I am so inspired by this post, Michael, that I am going to do some research on it, especially oregano. I am taking high potency turmeric,in the form of curcumin (50/50 with ginger) 3x a day since December 7th of last year. It seems to be really helping. Demulcents are herbs that function in providing a soothing film over a mucus membrane (think “honey for a sore throat”). They can be useful in calming and soothing the GI tract (slippery elm is an example). Again, it is good to work with an herbalist, or naturopath. Keep us posted!

  6. Hi Dede…thanks, but that is the other Shelly..not from Maine..but yeah, I was thinking it reminded me of all the anti-inflammatory foods/herbs we have and touted by Dr Weil…one of your great resources. I also think things like the oregano could potentially aggravate a bit if in a severe flare which is why I didn’t comment originally. I think that may be aided by differering forms of ingestion, however.
    I reposted your other info a couple of times on Dr. Kalish..very informative.
    Not sure if you were able to get a recommendation from your N.D. for here in Maine? The one you mentioned I had researched and did find someone who went to her.
    Hope all is well…we got dumped on again…2 day reprieve/rest! :-)

  7. Hi All,

    Thanks for the positive response. The GI speciialist who told me about this is a professor and a pioneer in IBD. They are tring it out with some of their patients. He also showed me the letter he got from the GP which explained the patients success with this treatment.

    I but a few pots from the garden centre and pick a good bunch \ handful and blend it in a blender with orange juicee. It actually tastes quite nice. I have no idea how it workd it may be due to the chemical clavacol which kills pathogenic bacteria. I try totake it in the morning and the probiotics in the evening so there is a good time space in between the two, just in case it killed the good stuff as well.

    What I can say with certainty is that I have had no side effects at all. I am aslo thinking or adding some psylium husk powder to the drink or slippery elm. So so far so good, but again I am cautious as this is such a random disease I still think its too early to say.

    Out of interest I also did a mindfullness meditation course recently which I would really recomend. It helps with stress andwas very calming in the modern world is so hardto finfor ourselves and just to try and meditate 45 minutes a day has a really calming affect. I have lots of information on the course and links to great websites I was given which I am more than happy to pass on.

    Hope this helps I really think the fresh oregano is worth a shot even if you don’t drink it it pretty easy to incorpoate into food like salads and vegtables.

    When I got back to see the specialist I will ask if there have been any developments and pass them on. He is currently also working on a capsule form of FMT. He was pretty revolutionary with thid but because of the yuck factor with enemas and processing they are setting up a lab, to process this into capsule form which they think will be available by the end of theyear. This will blow away all other probiotics as you will be getting 3 million strains in one tablet of human origin. Its great to know there are pioneering DR,s out there.

    Apologies for the spelling I am typing on a blackberry. If anyone has any questions about the above I am more than happy to help if I can.

    Best regards


    1. Hi Michael.

      My anaesthetist (Sanjay) today told me this very story today, right before knocking me out!I believe you are talking about the Prof TB in Five Docks.

  8. Michael, this all sounds really promising! I am impressed with your research, and cautious approach. One thing that really helped me, back in 2006, was the Mindfulness in Medicine course I took at UMASS Amherst. Saki Santerelli has a great book, Heal Thy Self, that I read in conjunction with the course… Inspired me to really change my life in fact! It is so rewarding and gratifying to hear from people in this site. It inspires my writing, too, Shelly from Maine LOL, wow is the other Shelly? Hi to you both. I have an appt. with my naturopath next Tuesday afternoon. I will be asking for a Bangor area referral (right?), info on oregano, etc. She is very well informed. I am lucky my. Insurance pays for the office visits (in Vermont), somthatvtakes away the financial stress. Off to do my morning meditation!

  9. i just saw a naturopath who gave me oreganol oil capsules to take for my fungus overgrowth. i don’t really know a lot about it, but i hope it doesn’t upset my gut. i’m gonna start with one capsule a day even though he said 3 capsules plus 3 capsules of another anti fungal. my gut is too sensitive right now.

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