Crohn’s Disease

Characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal system, Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system which normally attacks bacteria and other infection-causing organisms, attacks the body’s own tissues.

Several studies have been carried out to find out a treatment or cure for this condition, but no one-stop-solution has been discovered as yet. Thankfully, some herbs and botanical extracts can reduce the symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease naturally and bring about relief.

Marshmallow

Marshmallow extracts are thought to be highly efficient in the treatment of Crohn’s disease. The extracts of this herb are thought to soothe the internal, inflamed tissue linings and protect the linings against bacterial and viral infections.

The polysaccharides present in the root of marshmallow plant is believed to hold the best benefits when it comes to improving digestive health.

Turmeric

Turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial action, which is why, it is often used as a natural remedy for many conditions, especially of the gastrointestinal origin. This spice is related to ginger, and is thought to help fight infections in those suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Adding turmeric to the food may also help patients experience relief from inflammation.

Slippery Elm

Native to North America, slippery elm is yet another natural and effective remedy against Crohn’s disease. The mucilage of this herb, which is obtained from the inner bark, is often used to soothe and heal injured skin, which makes it an amazing remedy against burns, inflammation and other conditions.

When taken orally, it is thought to reduce inflammation of the internal linings and is also helpful in providing relief against stomach problems, diarrhea, cold and cough.

Boswellia

Boswellia is a popular herb used in Ayurvedic medicine practices. It is thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties that can be compared to that of many anti-inflammatory medications and drugs.

Several studies have found that boswellia extracts can be effective against arthritis and may soothe the inflamed linings of the body.

Cat’s Claw

Native to South America, cat’s claw is yet another effective herbal remedy against Crohn’s disease. It is thought to be very effective in dealing with a wide range of intestinal disorders and possesses valuable anti-inflammatory properties. The extracts of this herb also help reduce damage to the intestinal linings and the mucosa which arises due to exposure to toxins and free radicals.

Flaxseed

Also known as linseed, flaxseeds are effective against a wide range of health conditions, including Crohn’s disease. Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and omega 3 fatty acids that lower blood cholesterol levels, improve digestion and also soothe the internal linings without damaging the mucosa.

Flaxseed also contains certain lignans that help repair the damaged gastrointestinal tract.

Goldenseal

Native to North America, goldenseal is a perennial herb that is known to possess amazing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Combined with other herbs, it is thought to be an amazing treatment for those suffering from Crohn’s disease.

Its astringent action stimulates the production of mucus and soothes the inflamed linings of the intestines, thereby providing relief from symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease. Goldenseal extracts are also thought to be an amazing tonic for many digestive complaints, and is believed to help wash away the bacteria from the gut, thereby lessening the risk associated with bacterial and viral infections of the digestive system.

Peppermint

Peppermint is known for its menthol content that soothe the internal linings of the digestive tract and relieve skin irritations and irritation and inflammation of the intestines associated with Crohn’s disease. The antibacterial and antifungal effects of peppermint is thought to reduce the colonization and growth of bacteria that lead to gastrointestinal infections, thereby strengthening the immune system.

Green Tea

You may already be taking green tea daily to speed up your metabolism and help you achieve your weight loss goals easily, but it turns out, green tea extracts are also efficient in dealing with inflammation associated with Crohn’s disease. The antioxidant content of green tea is thought to be helpful in reducing the risk of several cancers, thanks to its ability to fight free radical damage. Those suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease are at an increased risk of suffering from colon cancer; and green tea consumption is thought to help prevent this cancer.