By Dr Harsh Sharma, DHMS, BHMS
Published July 19, 2019, Last updated July 22, 2019
Crohn’s Disease is one of the inflammatory bowel diseases. It is a chronic long term disease. Crohn’s causes inflammation of the intestines. This manifests as pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, cramps, blood in stool, weakness and loss of weight. Before we come to the treatment and the homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease, let us understand a little more about the problem.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease is one among a group of inflammatory bowel diseases. The other commonly seen disease among this group is Ulcerative Colitis. It is a chronic disease and causes inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcers may form in the affected part of the digestive tract. It can affect any part of the digestive tract, starting from the mouth to the anus. The most common seat of this disease is the ileum. This is the lower part of the small intestine. It affects young people more and that too in the age group of 15-40 years.
Causes of Crohn’s Disease
Medical science still does not know the exact cause of Crohn’s Disease. It has been able to recognize some contributory factors.
- Stress – Any sort of mental or physical stress can aggravate the problem.
- Family History- If anyone in your family has similar problems, it is more likely to affect you as compared to other people.
- Low immunity – Those who have low immunity are more likely to get this. Any chronic disease, hereditary factors, medicinal side effects, substance abuse etc can cause low immunity,
- Diet- Diet rich in spices and dairy products are some of the factors that contribute or aggravate the problem.
Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease
Signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease develop slowly. Only rarely do they come on suddenly and without any warning signs. These symptoms do not remain the same all the time. They keep on waxing and waning with intermittent periods of remission. The most common symptoms of Crohn’s Disease are as follows-
- Diarrhoea is the most common symptom. There are frequent loose stools. The frequency and intensity of the diarrhea varies from patient to patient.
- Pain in the abdomen is another common symptom. The pain may be crampy in nature. It is more commonly present in the right lower abdomen.
- Ulcers are often present in the intestine. These ulcers may bleed. Often patients have blood in their stool because of these ulcers.
- Mouth ulcers are also common. Not every patient may have this but they are present all the same.
- Weight loss is another common manifestation. When there is persistent diarrhea and patient is not able to digest or absorb food, it naturally leads to weight loss.
- Blood loss is present in some patients.
- Anaemia can be present as a result of the blood loss.
- Weakness and fatigue are common. Patients just don’t feel that they have enough strength to carry on their routine activities.
- Other attendant problems can be arthritis, skin rash or inflammation, uveitis and inflammation fo the liver or bile ducts.
Difference between Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are inflammatory bowel diseases. Their symptoms too are similar in nature. Therefore, it is a little difficult to differentiate between the two. The main difference is that Ulcerative Colitis mainly affects the large intestine whereas Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the length of the intestinal tract. Also, the inflammation and ulcers occur in the top layer of the intestinal lining in the case of Ulcerative Colitis whereas all layers of the intestine may get affected in the case of Crohn’s disease.
Treatment of Crohn’s Disease
The allopathic system of medicine aims at controlling the inflammation of the intestinal tract. Various anti-inflammatory medicines form the mainstay of the treatment. In case these anti-inflammatory medications fail to control inflammation, even steroids are prescribed. Allopathic texts admit that they do not have any cure for Crohn’s Disease and just aim at managing the symptoms.
Diet and Management of Crohn’s Disease
It is very important that patients take care of their diet as it has a very important role. A few things aggravate the symptoms very markedly. Patients need to avoid those things. Primary among these foods happen to be milk and dairy products, spicy foods, processed foods and too much fat. Alcohol and smoking too aggravate the problem. Therefore, it is important that patients avoid these things. At the same time, fruits and vegetables can help in controlling the symptoms and should become a regular part of the diet. Taking turmeric in natural form also helps as it is a natural anti-inflammatory spice.
Homeopathic treatment of Crohn’s Disease
Homeopathy is far more effective in the treatment of Crohn’s disease. It aims at not only controlling the symptoms but also correcting the causes of the inflammation. That is why it is more effective because it tries to go to the root cause and correct it. It is precisely because of this that it takes some time to show results. Therefore patience is the key to homeopathic treatment of Crohn’s Disease. One can completely lead a disease free and medicine free life after treatment.
The 5 best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease are-
Merc Sol – best medicine for Crohn’s disease with blood and tenesmus
Nux Vomica- best remedy for Crohn’s disease due to high life
Arsenic Album- best medicine for Crohn’s disease with anxiety and restlesness
Baptisia – best medicine for Crohn’s disease with low grade fever
Phosphorus -best treatment for Crohn’s disease with increased thirst for cold water
Stress is one of the most important causes of inflammatory bowel diseases, more so that of Crohn’s disease. Finding out the cause of stress and including it in one’s prescription is very effective and gives very good results. Here is a brief note about the medicines and their symptoms.
1. Merc Sol- One of the best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease with blood and tenesmus
Merc Sol is one of the best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease when there is too much blood in stools with tenesmus and other symptoms. There are frequent stools with blood being discharged almost every time. The patient sweats most of the time. There is a creeping sort of chilliness in the back.
2. Nux Vomica- One of the best homeopathic remedies for Crohn’s disease due to high life.
Nux Vomica is one of the best homeopathic remedies for Crohn’s disease when the problem has occurred from living a high life. He is usually a go-getter and ambitious. As a consequence, alcohol, stimulants like tea and coffee, late night partying and other habits incident to modern lifestyle are part of his daily life. The patient is usually a chilly sort of patient who cannot tolerate cold. He is unusually angry and that too at trifles.
3. Arsenic Album – One of the best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease with anxiety and restlessness
Arsenic Album is one of the best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease when the predominant symptoms are the mental symptoms of anxiety and restlessness. The patient becomes restless, worried and anxious at the drop of a hat. Weakness is disproportionately more than the problem. There is increased thirst for water, though the patient takes a small quantity or a sip at a time.
4. Baptisia – One of the best homeopathic remedy for Crohn’s disease with low grade fever
Baptisia is one of the best homeopathic remedy for Crohn’s disease when there is low grade fever present along with other symptoms. Stools are very offensive, thin and watery. Another prominent symptom is the great muscular soreness all over the body as if bruised and beaten. Appetite is reduced or next to nil. At the same time, there is constant desire for water.
5. Phosphorus – One of the best homeopathic medicine for Crohn’s disease with increased thirst for cold water
Phosphorus is one of the best homeopathic medicines for Crohn’s disease when there is intense thirst for cold water. The physical attributes of the patient are notable as he is usually tall and thin. He has copious diarrhoea. Stool is watery and profuse bleeding may be present. Patient feels too weak and more so after passing a stool.