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Ulcerative Colitis Treatment: Medicine

Overview

The main role of drug therapy for ulcerative colitis is to regulate the immune system’s attack on the mucosal lining of the colon. This is typically done by suppressing the immune response through the use of immunosuppressant drugs or by keeping the inflammatory response down with anti-inflammatory drugs. Suppressing the immune response from attacking the colon allows the colon time to heal and can give relief from the symptoms of diarrhea, rectal bleeding and abdominal pain.1 Drug therapies are very important in managing the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis but can be most effective when used in combination with alternative therapies.

Treatments

Effect of Nicotine on Ulcerative Colitis

A radical approach to the regulation of Ulcerative Colitis symptoms is the use of nicotine. A study presented in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes that the addition of nicotine to...

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Effect of Functional Medicine on Ulcerative Colitis

Functional Medicine is based on the practice of medicine in which the practitioner focus on the underlying causes of the chronic disease (by way of the “core clinical imbalances” recognized by the...

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Medicine with Alternative Therapies

David Rakel, author of the thorough text Integrative Medicine, stresses “The main role of the integrative practitioner is to enhance conventional treatment,” thereby suggesting that alternative therapies be used to augment the traditionally prescribed medicine regime.2

Medicine with Alternative Therapies

David Rakel, author of the thorough text Integrative Medicine, stresses “The main role of the integrative practitioner is to enhance conventional treatment,” thereby suggesting that alternative therapies be used to augment the traditionally prescribed medicine regime.2

References

  1. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. (2009) Diet and Nutrition. Retrieved April 1, 2010 from http://www.ccfa.org/info/diet?LMI=4.2
  2. Rakel, D. (2007). Integrative medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier. (541-9)

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