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Herbal Remedies       100% (1 out of 1) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Diet and Herbal Remedies
Shared by Trolleyrider
06-October-2011

Practitioner: self-treated
Self treated for: 1-3 years
Long term results: Yes
Details:

Although I was never officially diagnosed as having irritable bowel or ulcerative colitis for years I had terrible gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had what the doctors called urgency too, meaning when I had to go, it was immediate. I lived in panic I wouldn't make it in time. At my very worst, I had explosions of blood and mucous that were so frightening I thought I was dying.

At first, the colorectal specialist thought I'd picked up an infection while traveling and put me on two heavy duty courses of multiple antibiotics. Well, needless to say, that made my condition worse, I assume wiping out any good bacteria I had working for me in my intestinal track. Although I went for a complete colonscopy the colorectal specialist couldn't identify the source of my difficulties.

Thinking I had no where to go but up I was open to any and all ideas. A friend consulted her massage therapist and natural healing colleagues on my behalf. They recommended I take the herbs slippery elm (to lubricate the intestinal lining) and marshmallow root (to get waste to hold together). I used tinctures, just a few drops of each mixed with warm water. They also made diet recommendations. No bran - too abrasive, but lots of cellulose fiber. I ate tons of winter squash (like butternut), broccoli stalks, carrots and short grain brown rice. When I felt I needed more, I supplemented my diet with Citrucel. The herbs and the dietary changes made a huge improvement. They made my stools bulky and smooth so the lining of my intestines could relax.

My friend, a massage therapist, also gave me postures or positions to sit in to allow my intestines to open. That really work too. It felt like my intestines were tied up in knots and it felt like they opened as I heard gurgling sounds and gas bubbles released.

See my additional post about how Yoga helped my digestion too

Traditional Chinese Medicine       100% (1 out of 1) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbs
Shared by Trolleyrider
16-October-2011

Practitioner: Yong Deng, O.M.D., L.Ac.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Found via: Friend/Family member
Visit count: On-going
Stopped going because: I haven't stopped going
Recommend: Yes
Long term results: Yes
Details:

After improving my digestion on my own through a regular yoga practice, experimenting with herbs and dietary modification I was diagnosed with low thyroid. (I now understand the two are not unrelated, low thyroid often leads to sluggish digestion which can lead to all kinds of digestive issues.) The Naturopath put me on desiccated thyroid hormone. However, he didn't tell me once you start you must likely have to stay on for the rest of your life. The MD also said I needed thyroid hormone but preferred the synthetic version. I felt I was too young to take any medication for the rest of my life so I turned to Chinese Medicine to see if it could help. When Dr. Deng reviewed my history he explained we needed to improve my digestion before we could move on to the thyroid. I went for regular acupuncture treatments and took various chinese herbs including Irritease, Curing Pills, Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian, and American Ginseng (for more energy). In the beginning I went once week or maybe once every two weeks and then as I improved once every three or four weeks until I was doing so well I returned about four times a year for maintenance. I thought the combination of Curing Pills and Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian worked best for me and over time I learned to modify the dose depending on how well I as doing. The symptoms of gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation, mucous and bleeding are gone. And, overall I feel much better. If I have an occasional flare up, which is rare and either stress or diet related, I know just what to do to quickly get it under control. I can't thank Dr. Deng enough for both his knowledge and compassion.

Chinese Herbs       100% (1 out of 1) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbs
Shared by Trolleyrider
16-October-2011

Practitioner: Yong Deng, O.M.D., L.Ac.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Found via: Friend/Family member
Visit count: On-going
Stopped going because: I haven't stopped going
Recommend: Yes
Long term results: Yes
Details:

After improving my digestion on my own through a regular yoga practice, experimenting with herbs and dietary modification I was diagnosed with low thyroid. (I now understand the two are not unrelated, low thyroid often leads to sluggish digestion which can lead to all kinds of digestive issues.) The Naturopath put me on desiccated thyroid hormone. However, he didn't tell me once you start you must likely have to stay on for the rest of your life. The MD also said I needed thyroid hormone but preferred the synthetic version. I felt I was too young to take any medication for the rest of my life so I turned to Chinese Medicine to see if it could help. When Dr. Deng reviewed my history he explained we needed to improve my digestion before we could move on to the thyroid. I went for regular acupuncture treatments and took various chinese herbs including Irritease, Curing Pills, Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian, and American Ginseng (for more energy). In the beginning I went once week or maybe once every two weeks and then as I improved once every three or four weeks until I was doing so well I returned about four times a year for maintenance. I thought the combination of Curing Pills and Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian worked best for me and over time I learned to modify the dose depending on how well I as doing. The symptoms of gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation, mucous and bleeding are gone. And, overall I feel much better. If I have an occasional flare up, which is rare and either stress or diet related, I know just what to do to quickly get it under control. I can't thank Dr. Deng enough for both his knowledge and compassion.

Acupuncture       100% (1 out of 1) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbs
Shared by Trolleyrider
16-October-2011

Practitioner: Yong Deng, O.M.D., L.Ac.
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Found via: Friend/Family member
Visit count: On-going
Stopped going because: I haven't stopped going
Recommend: Yes
Long term results: Yes
Details:

After improving my digestion on my own through a regular yoga practice, experimenting with herbs and dietary modification I was diagnosed with low thyroid. (I now understand the two are not unrelated, low thyroid often leads to sluggish digestion which can lead to all kinds of digestive issues.) The Naturopath put me on desiccated thyroid hormone. However, he didn't tell me once you start you must likely have to stay on for the rest of your life. The MD also said I needed thyroid hormone but preferred the synthetic version. I felt I was too young to take any medication for the rest of my life so I turned to Chinese Medicine to see if it could help. When Dr. Deng reviewed my history he explained we needed to improve my digestion before we could move on to the thyroid. I went for regular acupuncture treatments and took various chinese herbs including Irritease, Curing Pills, Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian, and American Ginseng (for more energy). In the beginning I went once week or maybe once every two weeks and then as I improved once every three or four weeks until I was doing so well I returned about four times a year for maintenance. I thought the combination of Curing Pills and Shin Ling Bai Zu Pian worked best for me and over time I learned to modify the dose depending on how well I as doing. The symptoms of gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation, mucous and bleeding are gone. And, overall I feel much better. If I have an occasional flare up, which is rare and either stress or diet related, I know just what to do to quickly get it under control. I can't thank Dr. Deng enough for both his knowledge and compassion.

Diet       100% (1 out of 1) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Diet and Herbal Remedies
Shared by Trolleyrider
06-October-2011

Practitioner: self-treated
Self treated for: 1-3 years
Long term results: Yes
Details:

Although I was never officially diagnosed as having irritable bowel or ulcerative colitis for years I had terrible gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had what the doctors called urgency too, meaning when I had to go, it was immediate. I lived in panic I wouldn't make it in time. At my very worst, I had explosions of blood and mucous that were so frightening I thought I was dying.

At first, the colorectal specialist thought I'd picked up an infection while traveling and put me on two heavy duty courses of multiple antibiotics. Well, needless to say, that made my condition worse, I assume wiping out any good bacteria I had working for me in my intestinal track. Although I went for a complete colonscopy the colorectal specialist couldn't identify the source of my difficulties.

Thinking I had no where to go but up I was open to any and all ideas. A friend consulted her massage therapist and natural healing colleagues on my behalf. They recommended I take the herbs slippery elm (to lubricate the intestinal lining) and marshmallow root (to get waste to hold together). I used tinctures, just a few drops of each mixed with warm water. They also made diet recommendations. No bran - too abrasive, but lots of cellulose fiber. I ate tons of winter squash (like butternut), broccoli stalks, carrots and short grain brown rice. When I felt I needed more, I supplemented my diet with Citrucel. The herbs and the dietary changes made a huge improvement. They made my stools bulky and smooth so the lining of my intestines could relax.

My friend, a massage therapist, also gave me postures or positions to sit in to allow my intestines to open. That really work too. It felt like my intestines were tied up in knots and it felt like they opened as I heard gurgling sounds and gas bubbles released.

See my additional post about how Yoga helped my digestion too

Yoga       50% (1 out of 2) of people had long term positive results
Digestive Disorders greatly improved as a result of Yoga
Shared by Trolleyrider
06-October-2011

Practitioner: Bikram Yoga, Yoga Studio
BYPV Yoga Studio

Recommend: Yes
Long term results:
Details:

Although I was never officially diagnosed as having irritable bowel or ulcerative colitis for years I had terrible gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had what the doctors called urgency too, meaning when I had to go, it was immediate. I lived in panic I wouldn't make it in time. At my very worst, I had explosions of blood and mucous that were so frightening I thought I was dying.

I knew a large part of my problem was what I call swallowing emotion. I held my emotions in and they wreaking havoc on my digestion. I knew on my path to healing, I had to get my emotions to surface. I had an instructor tell me that if I did Bikram yoga every day for 60 days my emotions would surface whether I wanted to see them or not. I did and they (my emotions) did surface. It was the start of six months or so of emotional release. It was a difficult process but it was one of many on the path to improving my digestion and healing myself.

Digestive Disorders improved as a result of Yoga
Shared by Trolleyrider
06-October-2011

Practitioner: self-treated
Long term results: Yes
Details:

Although I was never officially diagnosed as having irritable bowel or ulcerative colitis for years I had terrible gas, bloating, alternating diarrhea and constipation. I had what the doctors called urgency too, meaning when I had to go, it was immediate. I lived in panic I wouldn't make it in time. At my very worst, I had explosions of blood and mucous that were so frightening I thought I was dying.

A friend consulted her massage therapist and natural healing colleagues on my behalf. They recommended made dietary recommendations. No bran - too abrasive, but lots of cellulose fiber. I ate tons of winter squash (like butternut), broccoli stalks, carrots and short grain brown rice. When I felt I needed more I supplemented my diet with Citrucel. The dietary changes made a huge difference. They made my stools bulky and smooth so the lining of my intestines could relax and heal.



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