WHAT IS CROHN'S DISEASE?
Crohn's disease is a autoimmune, chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the gastrointestinal tract. It is characterized by inflammation and damage that can occur anywhere from the mouth to the anus, but most commonly affects the small intestine and the colon. Crohn's disease is a complex condition with no known cure, and its exact cause remains unclear.
The symptoms of Crohn's disease can vary from person to person, but often include abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fatigue, weight loss, and reduced appetite. In some cases, individuals may experience complications such as strictures (narrowing of the intestine), fistulas (abnormal connections between organs), or abscesses.
The disease follows a relapsing and remitting course, meaning that symptoms can flare up and then subside periodically. Managing Crohn's disease involves a multidisciplinary approach that includes medical interventions, dietary modifications, lifestyle changes, and emotional support.
If you suspect you may have Crohn's disease or are experiencing any gastrointestinal symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment. A healthcare professional, such as a gastroenterologist, can provide an accurate diagnosis and develop a personalized management plan to help individuals with Crohn's disease live a fulfilling life while minimizing symptoms and complications. Naturopathic medicine can be a great complimentary form of medicine to work alongside the conventional medicine.
WHO SHOULD I SEE AT ABSOLUTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS?
We have naturopaths who have many tools to help with your autoimmune disease and crohn's disease specifically. We work on immune modulation, gut health and other contributing factors for all forms of autoimmune disease. For crohn's specifically, we work with specific diet changes as well as natural compounds proven to be helpful for gut repair, and symptom management.
HOW WE COMMONLY TREAT CROHN'S DISEASE
- Supplements (Herbs, Vitamins, Minerals): natural compounds can be safely used alone or in combination with prescription pharmaceutical medications.
- Nutrition and Diet: the food we eat plays a role in our health, including our immune system. When it comes to inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's the food we eat can have a huge role to play.
Every person is different, and Crohn's disease presents differently for everyone, so we always take an individualized approach to treating you.