Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease is chronic autoimmune driven inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It can appear in any part of the gut, though is most common in the small intestine (ileum) or the large intestine (colon). Crohn’s disease is quite a rare condition, often developing in people aged 15-30 and affecting more women than men. It is also shown that genetics play a part in the development. Effects can range from mild to severe where a mild case sees limited symptoms and severe cases are being treated with steroid medication or surgery. Suffers of Crohn’s often experience persistent symptoms including severe pain, bloating, vomiting, high fever, bowel obstruction, diarrhoea or abscesses. Many people underestimate the effects that poor digestion and bowels can have on their lifestyle.

At Capalaba Natural Health, we aim to alleviate your pain as soon as possible and to prevent further issues such as Fatigue, Brain Fog, Anxiety and Depression. Once we identify the underlying drivers of your condition we can help implement a healthy eating plan and provide natural medicines tailored to your needs and symptoms. Although there is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease, our digestive health practitioners are experts in gut health and naturopathy, and can help providing natural solutions to ease your pain, repair your gut and helped reduce or alleviate attacks.

Symptoms and affects vary greatly depending on which area of the intestinal tract is inflamed. Pain is the most common symptom along with bloating, cramping, flatulence and diarrhoea. Flare ups may be caused by illnesses such as the flu, stress or can even be triggered by certain foods
or some medications. Symptoms include:

  • Recurring diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain and cramping
  • Increased flatulence
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Blood in your stool
  • Nausea and vomiting

Medical Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

When consulting with your doctor about the possibility of Crohn’s disease, it is likely they will want to run a few tests due to the symptoms being similar to those of conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome or a gastrointestinal infection. These tests can be anything from a blood test and stool sample to a colonoscopy, small bowel X-ray, endoscopy or a CT scan. With no current cure available for Crohn’s disease, treatment aims to induce remission (reduce inflammation) and minimise adverse effects. Treatment options include, but are not limited to:

  • Medicine
  • Aminosalicylates
  • Corticosteroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Immunosuppressive agents
  • Methotrexate
  • Smoking cessation
  • Nutritional interventions
  • Fish oil supplementation
  • Abscess drainage
  • Surgery

Natural Treatment of Crohn’s Disease

Being an autoimmune condition it is important to help balance the immune system as well as reduce the pain and digestive symptoms associated with Crohn’s. With over 60% of our immune system associated with our digestive tract, this is a great place to start. Eliminating foods that you are intolerant to will not only help reduce pain and inflammation plus some digestive symptoms but it will also help to balance your immune system. Using good quality probiotics that incorporate both colonising bacteria to directly influence the gut microbiome as well as anti-inflammatory strains to reduce pain and gut irritation is important. Coupling this with herbs and nutrients that are designed to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and repair the intestinal lining is an excellent approach for treating Crohn’s. Working on stress and your mood is also important as stress plays a big role in crohn’s and is a significant driver of all autoimmune diseases.

Why Choose Capalaba Natural Health?

Since Capalaba Natural Health was established over 12 years ago, the team has grown year-on-year to be a leading service provider, offering experienced and science-based service, advice and natural therapies to all clients from the Redlands Bayside region. Whether you suffer from an acute or chronic illness such as crohn’s, or you’re simply looking to improve your vitality, we have the skills and knowledge to provide solutions that will have you feeling invigorated in your day-to-day life.

With the relevant qualifications and the dedication to developing their clinical expertise regularly, the team at Capalaba Natural Health are passionate about natural medicine and improving client health.

Contact Us Today

Capalaba Natural Health is a leading naturopathy service in the Redland Bay region, headed by Tony Daniel, an award-winning naturopath. Committed to providing long-term results that improve the lifestyle of our clients in Thorneside, Birkdale, Chandler, Wellington Point, Alexandra Hills and more, we are proud to offer an unparalleled service that will reduce the effects of Crohn’s disease and increase your vitality. For over 12 years we have built a reputable foundation for a reliable and effective service that improves the well-being of our local community.

Book your consultation now to start living a healthier life on (07) 3823 3103.