I've had ulcerative colitis on and off for 10+ years although is was not officially diagnosed until about 11/2 years ago. I've tried many alternative remedies as you can see described in previous entries on this site. In addition I had IBS and IBD like symptoms as well.
All the other remedies provided some temporary relief. Many dietary changes helped but my most recent experiment with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info) has eliminated symptoms for over a year. I believe I'm healed but will continue on the diet to be sure.
I read the book and if you suffer from any digestive disorders i strongly recommend you read it too. The woman who wrote the book had a daughter who suffered from severe ulcerative colitis. After her daughter was cured by the SCD diet prescribed by a doctor in the 1950's the mother, and author of the book, Elaine Gottschall did the research to better understand WHY if worked.