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Aloe Vera Ulcerative Colitis
Aloe gel, made from the central part of the aloe leaf, is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns. It can be found in many commercial skin lotions and cosmetics. Aloe contains active compounds that may decrease pain and inflammation and stimulate skin growth and repair. For this reason, aloe vera gel has gained tremendous popularity for relief of burns, with individual success in helping minor burns. In one study, burn sites treated with aloe healed completely in less than 16 days compared to 19 days for sites treated with silver sulfadiazine. In a review of the scientific literature, researchers found that patients who were treated with aloe vera healed an average of almost 9 days sooner than those who weren't treated with the medicinal plant. However, other studies show mixed results, including at least one study that found aloe actually delayed healing. Aloe is best used for minor burns and skin irritations, and should never be applied ...Read more
Not very: Aloe vera juice is not a standard therapy for ulcerative colitis and will not treat it. In fact, not taking appropriate meds for the disease can lead to serious life threatening complications. Tried and true medical protocols are the safest way to manage uc and you need regular followup with an expert no matter how good you may feel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have ulcerative colitis. I consume 'aloe berry nectar', 'forever pomesteen power' and 'forever bee pollen' on daily basis. Are they benefitial?
Mesacol: Ulcerative colitis is inflammatory bowel disease. Unfortunately what we understand about uc is that a flare up can occur even while taking medication. The extra supplements you are taking have not been studied and could be harmful. If you want to try a new method look to the nih for any new trials. ...Read more
Have ulcerative colitis from 8 years. Not much improvement from medication. Is it good to take aloevera gel to control the symptoms?
Yes: Yes , if it helps you and make you feel better, sorry you are suffering for 8 years from this terrible disease, make sure go go for regular colonoscopy examination, incidence of malignancy increases with time, some intractable cases even may need a total colectomy , follow your doctor(s) advise. ...Read more
Difficult problem: Crohn's and ulcerative colitis are both difficult problems. The surgical procedures, resection, ostomy, anastomosis are added when medical therapy alone is not able to control. Neither disease is curable, both are managed. Diet with avoidance of irritants like gluten, fat, lactose and bile can help. Be well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lots: Steroids (oral, iv, rectal); sulfasalazine (azulfidine) Mesalamine in various forms (oral, -lialda, asacol, pentasa, apriso, generic; rowasa, (mesalamine) canasa-rectal suppositories or enemas); immunomodulators: 6 mercaptopurine, azathioprine (oral); biologics: infliximab, cyclosporine-iv); antibiotics; probiotics (e.g. Vsl3); surgery. ...Read more
Autoimmune Paleo: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping foods like grains, lentils, potatoes based items. Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they also cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix probiotic, vitD3 10k IU/day. The Paleo Solution by R. Wolfe is a great book ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: I assume that you have had the diagnosis confirmed and are under proper treatment by a GI specialist. A vacation can be ruined by the constant search for a bathroom. So uc will not stop you if under control, but your GI doctor can recommend the best regimen to minimize discomfort and inconvenience during your vacation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ulcerative Colitis: The cause of Ulcerative Colitis is unknown. We know there is an increased risk if there is a family history, so genetics plays a part. Look at the National Library of Medicine's section on UC for a good synopsis of symptoms and general approaches to treatment. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001296/#adam_000250.disease.causes ...Read more
But not very well: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic auto-immune disease. As time passes the chronic inflammation not uncommonly leads to colon cancer. It is manageable, but chronic surveillance and medical management is needed. I would not recommend abandoning current evidence based medical and surgical management . Optimal lifestyle and diet can help, of course . Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depends entirely on the severity of the disease. ...Read more
Colon inflammation: "colitis" is defined as inflammation of the colon, which can be subcategorized as infectious (c. Diff, etc), inflammatory (crohn's dz, ulcerative colitis), or ischemic (poor blood supply). Colitis will typically cause (bloody) diarrhea and abdominal pain. Each of these types of colitis have characteristic laboratory, radiographic, and endoscopic differences to help reach the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
Paleo diet helps: The best way to improve colitis is by stopping high carb foods (grains, lentils, potatoes based items). Avoid nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggs) and milk protein since they cause inflammation Healthy foods: fish, meats, vegetables, avocados, some saturated fat (butter, coconut oil), olive oil are very effective. Probonix, vitD3 10k IU/day. You should feel a difference in 1-4 months ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in most subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can ...Read more
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes long-lasting inflammation in part of your digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis usually affects only the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.There's no known cure for ulcerative colitis, but therapies are available that may dramatically reduce ...Read more
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