Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are both commonly known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease which generally includes irritable bowel syndrome as one of the symptoms. These are diseases that cannot be cured completely but the symptoms of these diseases can just be minimized by using some kind of medication. As the medications can take a very long time to show considerable effect and as there are numerous side effects to the medications, many prefer to go for some kind of alternative treatment. The conventional therapies and treatments are often supplemented with alternative and complementary medicines and these approaches are found to be very effective in reducing the pain and discomfort caused by the Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Just because the complementary and alternative medicines do not figure in the conventional treatment, these alternative medicines cannot be disregarded as ineffective. Numerous treatments, which were earlier considered to be alternative treatments, are now being accepted in the mainstream by doctors throughout the world. The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America have come up with a list of alternative treatments which are found to be very effective in fighting Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
There are four major approaches in the complementary and alternative therapies that have been devised keeping in mind the treatment of Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Firstly, there is the mind-body treatment which tries to intervene and ameliorate the interplay between mental, emotional, spiritual, social and behavioral factors which affect the health of an individual. This kind of therapy includes the usage of prayers, hypnosis, tai chi, bio feed back and yoga. In this approach even cognitive behavioral therapy and support groups are included for the treatment of the patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
People can also go for the manipulative and body based treatment practices which are also found to be very effective to cure Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In this approach, the patient will be made to manipulate certain parts of the body in ways which will help better the overall heath of the person. This approach includes the usage of osteopathic, chiropractic manipulation, reflexology, massage, Rolfing, Alexander technique and Trager bodywork.