Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 45: Ulcerative Colitis (continued)

KEY POINTS Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) frequently have micronutrient deficiencies. Probiotics are helpful in maintaining remission in ulcerative colitis (UC). Turmeric is effective in maintaining remission in UC. The role of omega-3 fatty acids appears to be modest at best. Thirty percent to 60% of patients with IBD have been reported to use complementary and alternative medicine.1 The relative prevalence of different therapies was as follows: homeopathy (55%), probiotics (43%), classical naturopathy (38%), Boswellia serrata extracts…