Ulcerative Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease natural and alternative treatment by Ray Sahelian, M.D.

Ulcerative colitis is a severe inflammatory bowel disease of the colon that produces bloody diarrhea. With Crohn's disease the inflammation typically involves the small intestine, but it can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, whereas with ulcerative colitis, the disease is usually confined to the colon and rectum.
Nutritional treatment to Ulcerative Colitis symptoms

Doctors are still trying to figure out the best option for a natural approach to the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Little by little more data is coming in, however, as of September 2008, I am only aware of a few studies with natural supplements that have shown some promise. I am not sure if the supplements discussed below will help a particular person with ulcerative colitis get better. Discuss these findings with your doctor and see what he or she says.
Aloe Vera for Ulcerative Colitis
Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis.

Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004 Apr 1;19(7):739-47. Centre for Gastroenterology, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Science, Barts and The London, Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.
The herbal preparation, aloe vera, has been claimed to have anti-inflammatory effects and, despite a lack of evidence of its therapeutic efficacy, is widely used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease. We performed a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy and safety of aloe vera gel for the treatment of mildly to moderately active ulcerative colitis. Forty-four evaluable hospital out-patients were randomly given oral aloe vera gel or placebo, 100 mL twice daily for 4 weeks, in a 2 : 1 ratio. Clinical remission, improvement and response occurred in nine (30%), 11 (37%) and 14 (47%), respectively, of 30 patients given aloe vera, compared with one (7%), one (7%) and two (14%), respectively, of 14 patients taking placebo. The Simple Clinical Colitis Activity Index and histological scores decreased significantly during treatment with aloe vera, but not with placebo. Sigmoidoscopic scores and laboratory variables showed no significant differences between aloe vera and placebo. Adverse events were minor and similar in both groups of patients. CONCLUSION: Oral aloe vera taken for 4 weeks produced a clinical response more often than placebo; it also reduced the histological disease activity and appeared to be safe.

[Full paper available as pdf download: http://www.nutritionhealthinfo.com/aloe/aloe-vera_0160_001.pdf]
Aloe Vera for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anti-inflammatory effects of aloe vera gel in human colorectal mucosa in vitro.

Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004 Mar 1;19(5):521-7. Centre for Adult and Paediatric Gastroenterology, Institute of Cellular and Molecular Science, Barts and the London, Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK.
Oral aloe vera gel is widely used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease and is under therapeutic evaluation for this condition. The anti-inflammatory actions of aloe vera gel in vitro provide support for the proposal that it may have a therapeutic effect in inflammatory bowel disease.

[See also an online library of abstracts of peer-reviewed professional articles on aloe vera: http://br-plus.com/herbalabstracts/aloevera/library.htm]
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