Natural Remedies for Colitis
Colitis is a chronic condition involving inflammation of the larger bowels, colon and rectum, ulcerative colitis is the most common and most serious. Symptoms include blood and mucus in the stools, abdominal pain and diarrhoea. There are cycles of attack during which fever and fatigue may occur and in most cases the inflammation flares up and then recedes.
Colitis causes a poor absorption of water and minerals often leading to nutritional deficiencies which in turn cause general ill health, loss of appetite, weight loss, and possible dehydration, anaemia and general fatigue. Ulcerative Colitis can also cause inflammation in the eyes, skin and joints. Ulcerative Colitis affects about 1 in 600 people in the UK alone.
Ulcerative colitis is often confused with other inflammatory bowel problems such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), and Crohn’s disease. Diarrhoea from inflammation of the colon can have many other causes, including a bacterial or parasitic infection.
Ulcerative Colitis is thought to be an autoimmune disease so we recommend that you read the article Factors Involved In Auto-Immune Disorders And Effective, Natural Treatment Protocols. It is also linked to a poor diet. Stress and antibiotics are often contributory factors.
Please also see the article The Herbal & Naturopathic Treatment of Digestive Disorders.
We therefore recommend that you read our Dietary Guidelines – integral to a natural approach to treating Ulcerative colitis.
There are some specific natural remedies for Ulcerative Colitis that can be introduced alongside the Auto Immune protocol or individually.
The Most Effective Natural Supplements for Ulcerative Colitis
Aslan and Triadafilopoulos (1992) looked at fish oil supplementation in active ulcerative colitis, (it is likely that Crohn’s will repond in a similar way). Compared with the placebo therapy (olive oil), fish oil resulted in clinical improvement of mild to moderate ulcerative colitis. Among the studied patients, 72 per cent of patients reduced or eliminated their need for anti-inflammatory medications. There have been a number of clinical trials assessing the benefits of dietary supplementation with fish oils in other types of inflammatory and autoimmune diseases in humans.
We therefore recommend cod liver oil at one dessertspoon daily, this also provides vitamin D essential for calcium integration (Boron also needed for this). Once the calcium status of the body is improved the immune system will tend to be better regulated.
Hemp oil is the most balanced oil in terms of omega 3,6, and 9 balance and has anti-inflammatory properties. We therefore recommend the use of it at one dessert spoon daily (start at one teaspoon daily and gradually increase).
Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
These terrible gut disorders can be treated with our Digestive Disorders Tincture, and in the words of the herbalist who developed this formula, the tincture ‘can annihilate the terrible symptoms of these awful diseases to 100% relief remission for life’.
However he makes the proviso that candida overgrowth that is very common with these conditions, and to a lesser extent food intolerances, must also be eliminated for the herbal formula to do its work. Candida fungal stage overgrowth is often caused by killing the good bacteria in the bowel with antibiotics and steroids.
The advice given above under the heading of irritable bowel syndrome is generally useful over the long term for bowel health in cases of Colitis and Crohn’s Disease.
- Ultra Fine Green Clay helps to normalise the bowel, and reduce diarrhoea.
- Primebiotic can be introduced once the symptoms have started to improve (also helps to keep candida at bay)
- Barley Grass Juice powder can be experimented with after a month or two. This is for deeper bowel restoration and to supply valuable nutrients overall that are in such short supply for the sufferer of Crohn’s Disease especially, but for the population in general due to depleted minerals in soil and lack of a perfect diet.
- Liquorice is used to treat ulcerative colitis in China.
Chlorella, although generally a bowel tonic, should be taken with caution by those with a history of IBD, since it may stimulate the immune system.
The Problem of Candida Overgrowth
Click the link to view all relevant Candida Albicans remedies in the shop but do read the article below in full as it provides valuable information to help you cleanse your body of Candida.
The key natural remedies for Candida are as follows;
Wormwood Capsules – The most aggressive anti-candida herb
Zell-Oxygen – To eliminate the cause of candida – a low immune system
Olive Leaf Extract – Broad spectrum anti-candida with anti-oxidant effects
Colloidal Silver – A more gentle approach
Alka-Vita – corrects pH balance in the body
Treating Candida Albicans Naturally
Candida is a friendly yeast that lives in the large bowel, it feeds the good bugs that help our bodies to stay healthy. If these good bacteria are compromised for instance through the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroids or following prolonged illness or stressful life events, the digestive system becomes unbalanced and an individual can experience an overgrowth of Candida causing chronic Candidiasis. Adrenal insufficiency and diabetes have also been cited as factors which encourage Candidiasis. Such an overgrowth leads to Candida becoming a parasitic fungus that can have numerous effects on overall health. Studies of auto-immune patients have shown that a key factor in all of these serious diseases is an overgrowth of Candida.
Candidiasis causes dietary allergens that trigger the symptoms of the relative auto-immune disease on ingestion, as well as many other allergies. In order to grow, Candida generally causes a craving for certain foods that feed it such as sugar, yeast and pasteurised cows milk products. Given time, the fungal stage of Candida can even penetrate throughout the bowel wall, passing into the bloodstream and through the body. Once this happens, it can cause depression, listlessness, extreme fatigue during the day, and a ‘hung over’ feeling in the morning.
How Do We Eliminate Candida?
Alka-Vita, by improving cell pH is able to get to the basic cause of many health problems including Candida; it has a direct Candida Albicans killing action. Alka-Vita was born through the discovery that dead fish soaked in elemental, electron rich silicon remained fresh for many months, whereas the control fish went off and became saturated with micro-organisms, i.e. went through the normal rotting phase within in few days. So we can understand that electrons delivered correctly have all these wonderful properties: disinfectant, cleansing, oxygen enhancing, healing promoting, extremely effective anti-oxidant and alkaliser. Also supportive of many beneficial processes in the body such as ATP synthesis and liberation of energy from the cell.
Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), is an anti-parasitic herb that has been used for many years as a digestive tonic. This fights Candida in the bowels. The capsules should be taken with water, three capsules twice a day for the first month, and three capsules daily for subsequent months. Usually a three month course is sufficient provided Zell-Oxygen is also taken as described below and the Candida diet is adhered to. The capsules may be taken just before food as a digestive tonic and to improve appetite, otherwise they may be taken on an empty stomach, on rising and retiring or in between meals. The anti-Candida diet starves Candida helping to reduce it to the small amount of beneficial yeast found in a healthy system. This then brings the immune system back into balance and general health will improve. We also recommend some additional remedies detailed below and please also see our Dietary Guidelines for further foods that will help.
The Anti – Candida Diet
A wide variety of anti-Candida diets are recommended, one of which is described here. However, we believe that provided one is taking the remedies described below; then a strict anti-Candida diet is not strictly necessary in all cases to overcome a Candida infection. However, it is essential to avoid all refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, pasta, flour products such as cakes & biscuits and sugar, please keep wholemeal bread to a minimum. Full fat, live yogurt is recommended, as is coconut milk. This diet should be adhered to for a few months
- Keep fresh fruit to a minimum such as one apple or pear a day plus one kiwi (Kiwi’s are highly beneficial and contain far more vitamin C that oranges)
- No over-ripe fruit, dried fruit, bananas, melon, or grapes – the natural sugar levels in these is too high. (After a few months all fruits may be eaten in moderation, such as 2 kiwis and an apple a day, or the equivalent in other fruit. Un-pasteurised cow’s milk may be used, but this is very difficult to obtain and is not advisable in cases of hormone related breast cancer)
- No carton or bottled fruit juices
- No sugar, honey or artificial sweeteners (Stevia is a safe alternative)
- No food additives, i.e. no processed food.
- No cow’s milk or cow’s milk products including cheese and butter
- Rice, Goats or sheep’s milk (dilute sheep’s milk 50:50 with water) and their products may be used
- Avoid all alcohol, margarine, heated oils / fats, hydrogenated fats as these compromise the immune system. If you want the occasional fried food use olive or coconut oil, use a very low heat and keep a lid on the pan. Include something e.g. onions in the pan to provide plenty of water vapour to keep the temperature of the oil as low as possible. Burnt food, especially oils are immunosuppressive and toxic
- No wheat or wheat products including bread, cakes, biscuits, flour and so on (except for non-yeasted spelt wheat bread, non-yeasted dark rye bread, and rice cakes, ‘Essene bread’ (whole grains have been sprouted) is available from some health shops
- Only occasional tea and no coffee. Peppermint tea is a good alternative.
- Keep carbohydrates low for the first 3 months (similar to an Aitkin’s diet) this includes all root vegetables such as carrots, swede, turnip, potato, sweet potato, for example one small serving of potato or carrot daily.
- No microwave cooked food as this weakens the immune system.
- No tap water without filtering; the chlorine in tap water can turn healthy nutrients into cancer encouraging chemicals.
Protein and The Anti Candida Diet
The anti-candida diet allows for plenty of protein, but large amounts of meat can congest the system. We therefore recommend mainly fish, steamed, (not in a pressure cooker), very low temperature fried as described above or cooked in the oven in a dish with a lid, to avoid browning.
Raw eggs (organic or at least from a known source of healthy free range chickens) are an excellent health tonic and exceptionally easy to digest. They are best taken by breaking them into a cup and swallowing whole, but if you have an issue with this, blend with a little goats or sheep’s milk. Raw eggs provide a wonderful boost to the immune system and a completely balanced nutritional package. Please see our article “The Health Benefits of Raw Eggs” .
Cooked protein, although fine from the point of view of an anti-Candida diet, in the long term depletes the enzyme reserves of the body. Depleted enzyme reserve and a failure to produce enough protein digestive enzymes, usually as we age, have been identified as one of the contributory causes of cancer. It is expedient to take a Digestive Enzyme when cooked food is eaten.
Supporting the Anti Candida Diet
We strongly recommend Zell-Oxygen as it helps the immune system to work efficiently. A low immune system is the basic reason (often combined with loss of beneficial bowel micro-organisms) for the change of the useful and natural Candida Albicans yeast into the fungal stage.
Zell-Oxygen, or the new improved Live Cell Oxygen Immunocomplex, is helpful in the reduction of Candida type symptoms, due to the action of the special live yeast cells. This may surprise some of you, as many tend to associate Candida with excess yeast. However, the Zell Oxygen strain of yeast – Saccharomyces Cerevisaie is a live aerobic yeast that has an antagonistic effect against Candida Albicans.
Clinical studies in both animals and humans have shown that Zell Oxygen causes at least a 50-100 times decrease in the Candida population level; this substantial reduction is enough to prevent the harmful pathogenic effects of uncontrolled overgrowth. The Zell yeast takes over the terrain where Candida is resident, and at the same time the improves cellular respiration and immune function; this completes the work in re-balancing the inner terrain. For a more detailed look at these studies and the other wonderful health effects of Zell Oxygen, please request the complimentary book “Oxygen-starvation syndromes, a role for Zell Oxygen” by Dr. Robert Buist.
Start at about 4 dessertspoons daily for the first few weeks, then reduce to 2 dessertspoons daily after improvements have set in, but if you experiment, and feel better on 4 dessertspoons daily then it is expedient to continue at that dose for a longer period of time.
Candida can be successfully eliminated with the anti-Candida diet, Wormwood and Zell-Oxygen, but in some cases may return later if the diet is relaxed and the Wormwood discontinued. If required, Wormwood use can be continued on a permanent basis after Candida has been cleared at a dose of one or two capsules daily. Continuing with Zell-Oxygen at a minimum of one dessertspoon daily, and also the healthiest diet possible, gives the body the best chance of preventing a return of the fungal stage of Candida and the devastating consequences of that. As Zell Oxygen has such a positive impact on health, many of our customers wouldn’t be without it, even when they have returned to vibrant health – please read the full Zell-Oxygen article for an in-depth look at this product.
The use of Zell-Oxygen and Wormwood is an excellent protocol; however some people prefer a broad spectrum approach using Colloidal Silver at half a glass twice daily instead of the Wormwood. Olive Leaf Extract has also been shown to be effective against Candida, again a broad spectrum remedy with anti-oxidant effects. Please click the links for detailed articles on these products.
The following remedies are recommended to be introduced after a suitable period of time, when you feel you are ready for further nutritional therapy. Most patients with Candidiasis have leaky gut syndrome caused by the Candida itself and a disturbed microbial population throughout the bowel and blood and tissues. The use of the following two remedies have broad spectrum healing effects (please see the complete articles) that will ensure a more thorough health overall, to help with long term well being.
Primebiotic contains the highest quality, nutrient dense, green superfoods, pre-digested with 13 synergistic live bacteria. Multi strains of bacteria are far more potent than merely supplementing with one or two strains of bacteria. The potent mixture of superfoods, cereal grasses, micro-algae and kelp, provide many health benefits. Cereal grasses are high in chlorophyll, vitamins, protein, minerals, and unique digestive enzymes. Micro-algae contain significant amounts of lipid, protein, chlorophyll, carotenoid, vitamins, minerals and unique pigments and Kelp provides all the nutrients from the ocean – nature’s most complete nutrient ‘store’, exposing these wonderful ingredients to the probiotic process enhances their inherent ability to promote the growth and reproduction of friendly bacteria.
Barley Grass Juice Powder is also recommended in a natural Candida treatment. A whole food that raises overall health and contains many anti-oxidants and protective factors. One to two dessertspoons a day of this mixed into water or sheep’s or goat’s milk (do not heat above blood heat as it contains live enzymes) will provide a broad range of low carbohydrate nutrients to provide valuable nutritional support.
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Wormwood Questions And Answers
Q: Does the herbal treatment have any side effects
A: No, the Wormwood treatment is 100% natural, however a couple of days after starting treatment, most patients suffer from something called Herxheimers Syndrome. They feel exhausted, and some have headaches or other minor symptoms. This is caused by the rapid reduction of Candida. This only lasts 1-3 days, after which the patient suddenly feels a lot better, and will continue to improve quickly. Even though it is not pleasant, it is in effect a very good sign as it proves that the body is responding to treatment.
Q: Can I use the herbal treatment and the doctor’s medicines at the same time?
A: This will not hurt you, as our treatment is 100% natural, and induces the body to heal itself. However, most of the doctor’s tablets are lactose based, and will therefore feed Candida. Our treatment would probably not have a lot of effect. Alcohol should be avoided.