At Capalaba Natural Health, our qualified and experienced naturopath aims to alleviate the pain and suffering of Crohn’s disease as quickly as possible.
Crohn’s disease is a 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, usually 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 may require steroid medication or even surgery.
Sufferers 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 digestive issues and bowel problems can have on their lifestyle. Seeking treatment for Crohn’s disease early on can also prevent further issues such as:
Once our naturopath has identified the underlying drivers of your condition, we can help you 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 naturopath is an expert in gut health and can help providing natural solutions to ease your pain, repair your gut and help reduce or alleviate attacks.
Crohn’s Disease Symptoms
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease 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 triggered iy illnesses such as the flu, stress or even certain foods or medications. Symptoms include:
- Recurring diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Increased flatulence
- Weight loss
- 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 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:
- Immunosuppressive agents
- Smoking cessation
- Nutritional interventions
- Fish oil supplementation
- Abscess drainage
Why See a Naturopath: 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 nearly 20 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 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. Book an appointment today with our naturopath and take the first step to finding relief from Crohn’s disease!
Crohn’s Disease FAQs
Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory bowel illness (IBD). It inflames the digestive tract, causing stomach pain, severe diarrhoea, fatigue, weight loss, malnutrition and more. Crohn’s disease can be painful and debilitating, and it can sometimes lead to additional problems and complications.
The specific causes of Crohn’s disease is uncertain. Diet and stress were formerly assumed, but physicians now know that these variables may worsen, but not cause, Crohn’s disease. Its development is most likely influenced by a number of variables, including inheritance, genetics and problems with the immune system.
Crohn’s disease can be exacerbated by immune system reactions. Crohn’s disease might be caused by a virus or bacteria, but scientists have yet to discover such a trigger. When your immune system tries to fight off the foreign invader, an abnormal immunological reaction drives it to attack digestive tract cells as well.
Crohn’s disease is more frequent in persons who have a family member who has the condition, therefore genetics likely play a role in making people more vulnerable, especially because it is a lifelong form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
At the moment, there is no known cure for Crohn’s disease, and no single medication works the same way for everyone. As such, treatment aims to reduce inflammation and minimise adverse effects from the disease. The use of medical treatments (such as surgery and medications) and natural treatments (such as changing diet and probiotics) are used to treat the condition. In the best-case situation, this might lead to not just symptom relief but also long-term remission.
There is no singular test that can establish a Crohn’s disease diagnosis. Symptoms of Crohn’s disease are commonly mistaken with those of other issues (such as irritable bowel syndrome or a gastrointestinal infection). To diagnose Chron’s disease, a number of tests may be used such as blood tests, stool samples, colonoscopies, small bowel X-rays, endoscopies and CT scans.
While Crohn’s disease itself isn’t a fatal disease, leaving the condition untreated and allowing more serious complications to occur can result in life threatening complications. Thankfully, medications and natural treatments exist that can help to bring symptoms under control.
If you want to learn more about diagnosing and treating Crohn’s disease, contact our professional team today to get started or give us a call on (07) 3823 3103. At Capalaba Natural Health, your wellbeing is our goal.
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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. Over the past two decades, we have built a reputation for reliable, effective and natural health services to improve the well-being of our local community.
Book your consultation now to start living a healthier life on (07) 3823 3103.