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What is the Best Natural Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's and Colitis

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease Crohn's and Colitis (IBD) share some common symptoms: pain, chronic, bloating, urgency, gas, and even anxiety and depression. And, of course, gut changes. So is there one best natural treatment for all three of them?

Before answering that question, it will help to see the difference between IBS and IBD.

First of all, as its name implies, Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a syndrome and not a disease. Although IBS can be very painful and debilitating, the gut itself is not damaged. Diagnostic tests usually show no signs of disease or inflammation. However, people with IBS usually experience some form of trauma, whether physical or emotional. We will see why it is important to choose the best natural treatment in the future.

Inflammatory bowel disease shows a definite injury to the digestive tract. Inflammation is a sign that something is wrong with the body. With Colitis, inflammation is usually limited to the colon and rectum, whereas in Crohn's disease, inflammation can spread throughout the intestines to the stomach and sometimes to the esophagus and mouth.

Conventional medicine seems to be better at diagnosing IBS and IBD than treating it, and believes the cause of IBS, Crohn's and Colitis is unknown. No single drug or surgery has proven to be the ultimate solution to this health problem.

The most useful treatment for Chronic Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's and Colitis takes into account everyone. This approach recognizes that your digestive system is affected by food, stress, chemical toxins, your lifestyle, your emotional background, and your own natural ability to heal.

In fact, trauma researchers, including Robert Scaer MD and David Berceli PhD, clearly associate IBS and trauma. It's no secret that many war veterans have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. These people experience stored trauma responses that have not been fully processed through the mind and body systems.

But many civilians also suffer from trauma. It can be due to physical causes such as a car accident, a house fire, or a broken leg while skiing. Or for emotional reasons such as bullying, verbal abuse, or neglect. Or a combination of both, such as when a person is in a plane crash or a natural disaster.

Trauma can be dealt with in a relatively short period of time (weeks versus years) by methods including Gary Craig's Emotional Freedom Technique®, which is a very effective form of acupressure suppression, Peter Levine's Somatic Experience, or David Perpetual Trauma Release Training. Dr Scaer believes that unresolved trauma is a major cause of IBS. After the trauma is cleared, the body is no longer triggered to respond to symptoms of the colon.

Although people with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis may have emotional or physical trauma factors, it is important to look at diet and exposure to chemical toxins. Removing wheat, sugar and other grains from your diet or using Elaine Gottschall's Carbohydrate Diet is extremely helpful for both inflammatory bowel diseases.

In his book, Dangerous Grains, Dr James Braly links gluten-free cereals to IBD and IBS (along with a surprising list of other health problems), though not everyone with Irritable Bowel Syndrome is sensitive. It is important to know if you are, because some people with IBS can tolerate cereals and some may not.

So what's the best natural treatment for IBS, Crohn's and Colitis? Combining stress and trauma, choosing the right diet, and getting toxic chemicals from the home environment can make a difference in healing.


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