Last Modified on Feb 09, 2014
Effective natural remedies to treat Ulcerative Colitis include dietary changes, pH balancing tonics like Apple Cider Vinegar, and high potency probiotics. Alternative treatments like acupuncture is highly recommended for this condition.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an autoimmune inflammatory bowel disease that affects the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum, forming inflammation and ulcers that can bleed and produce pus. The results are bowel symptoms consisting of bloody stools or diarrhea. This loss of blood can lead to increased risk of anemia. Accompanying symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, and painful bowel movements. Severe colitis can lead to over 6-10 bloody stools a day and lead to intense blood loss. As opposed to acute colitis, ulcerative colitis is a chronic condition.
Ulcerative Colitis has no known cause but there is a believed genetic factor, it may be triggered by environmental factors, and UC can be influenced by diet. While there is no cure, ulcerative colitis is treatable with anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppression.
Holistic Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis
On this page you will find home and folk cures for ulcerative colitis. We have over 30 treatments submitted to us by the Earth Clinic community and are still searching for our favorites. Acupuncture for ulcerative colitis comes recommended by users, as well as home remedies of baking soda, blackstrap molasses, milk of magnesia, high fiber intake, and probiotics. Recent studies are looking into ulcerative colitis as a food allergy condition, with milk-free and gluten-free diets as possible dietary changes that may reduce UC episodes. Let us know what remedies you try or if you use a remedy not listed here yet, please share your experiences with healing ulcerative colitis.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Acupuncture, Turmeric, Aloe Vera Juice
- Aloe Vera Juice, Boswellia
- Apple Juice
- Ashitaba Tea
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda and Magnesium Citrate
- Baking Soda, Activated Charcoal, Supplements
- Baking Soda, Milk of Magnesia
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Blueberries, Indigo, Acidophilus
- Coconut Oil
- Dietary Changes
- Fecal Calprotectin Levels
- Food Allergy Tests
- Fruit Enzymes
- General Feedback
- Gluten Free
- High Fiber, Probiotics
- Humic Acid
- Humic Acid, Cinnamon Oil, Aloe Vera
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Licorice Root, Job's Tears, Lotus Root
- Multiple Remedies
- Multiple Supplements
- Pelargonium Sidoides
- Probiotics, Dietary Changes
- Raw Food Diet
- Reader Feedback
- Remedies Needed
- Slippery Elm
- Sweet Whey
- Ted's Remedies
- Treat According to Your Urinary pH
- Turmeric, Cumin, Aloe Vera
- Ulcerative Colitis Diet
- Ulcerative Colitis Remedies
- Vitamin E Enema
Acupuncture, Turmeric, Aloe Vera Juice
[YEA] 11/15/2007: Angela lapsley from Worcester, Uk: "I had was diagnised with severe ulcerative colitis and given steriods which I refused to take, held out and had acupuncuture reflexology each week, started on Tumeric and aloe vera juice everyday, along with higbee propolis bee pollen,echinacea etc, it cleared up, still take the aloe juice and recently had a flare up, jjust the start of bleeding etc, and immediatly reverted back to tumeric, etc, as above cleared up, without doctors orders."Replies
02/12/2010: Vanessa from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "How exactly did you use the turmeric? What was the combination that worked best for you? Do you take the aloe vera juice and turmeric everyday?"
07/22/2010: Robert from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England replies: "I have UC and just started to use aloe vera juice but I would like to know how much tumeric to use in the aloe vera juice, as I want to try this remedy. Bob, age 63."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 03/21/2011: Natwell from Cosp, Co replies: "Bleeding increased for me using turmeric. I did some further checking and found that turmeric is a blood thinner so it can increase bleeding. I am still using aloe vera. Also called the companies for composition information about aloe and found that the only company to get aloe vera from without the "diarrhea factor" is Lily of the Dessert because is tests 40% lower in the laxative ingredient- and you can only use the inner filet juice NOT GEL because the gel has cargeena (sp?) which produces inflammation. So I am using 1 oz. Aloe vera juice 4 x a day and am working up to six, started with 1 oz. 2 times. Bleeding is my worst and biggest problem because it sends me to the hospital and I cannot afford to get more transfusions without the doctors trying to send me to surgery. I ordered the Butyrate enema kit today which builds mucosa lining."
05/27/2013: Dante from Birmingham, Uk replies: "How much turmeric would you advise using? I'm at the start of a flare up, and would love to avoid going back on steroids."
Aloe Vera Juice, Boswellia
[YEA] 01/06/2009: Robbie from Hobbs, NM: "My Colitis has been a problem for many years. I've done the aloe vera and it worked for a little while. I feel it helped jump start my road to better living. What really works for me is Boswellia. I take it twice a day and I don't have anymore "runs" to the bathroom."Replies
03/19/2010: Colitis from Atl, Ga replies: "so do you still have to take prescription medications with the boswellia or can you take it along with the aloe vera juice?"
06/19/2010: Sherry from Wisconsin, USA replies: "Drink an ounce of Aloe Vera juice every day (I shwish it around then swallow for oral benefits also) You can mix a little fruit juice for flavor if you like. Eliminate all dairy products. There are many great substitutes: Soy yogurt, soy "ice cream" soy "milk" (add a little chocolate for flavor) tofutti "ice cream" tofutti cream cheese, (works great on a bagel or a burger) soy sour cream on baked potatoe.
I have been drug free for 21 years. If I cheat, I gurgle all night and have skin problems for weeks."
[WARNING!] 05/13/2011: Usha from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape /south Africa replies: "for colitis problems if client is blood type B then aloe vera juice is not recomended."
05/14/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Usha,
Does it matter if 'client' is B positive or negative?"
06/03/2011: Namebrand from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "What is the brand of aloe vera that is recommended for use?
[YEA] 05/13/2013: Dave from The Gold Coast, Australia: "I Cured U.C
Apple Juice, store bought 4 glasses a day, having suffered for 7 years with heartburn and brown blood and mucous in stools daily after 3 days all symptoms entirely gone.
Had tried bicarb regularly to get rid of the heartburn, now I have no heartburn either, I did have a bit but a teaspoon of white vinegar got rid of it on two occasions and then a 3rd occasion I used apple cider vinegar.
Also have had fresh lemon juice and honey a few times.
Can't promote enough to those with brown blood and mucous in stools, try apple juice about four glasses a day, totally has cured me first 5 days in a row with not one symptom and I feel like I did when I was a kid ( almost : )
Oh yeah sexual function has gone from uh oh to finely, back to normal... Even better actually ; )
I was very worried for years... not now worried at all."
[YEA] 12/31/2009: Jeannine from Merrimack, Nh: "I have ulcerative colitis and was taking Lialda until I discovered Ashitaba powder. I make a tea using 1 tsp of Ashitaba powder and 8 ounces of hot water and drink it every evening. I haven't had an attack in three weeks even though I stopped taking my prescription medicine. The powder isn't bad tasting; however it looks like swamp water and there are little pieces of the Ashitaba that don't dissolve but the person who grows this claims that's the part of the Ashitaba that causes the healing. The Ashitaba also comes in capsule and liquid form but the grower says it's not as effective as the powder."
EC: Ashitaba is a Japanese tea grown on Hachi Jo Island, Japan.
01/09/2011: Rachel from Chicago, Il replies: "Where can I find Ashitaba tea in Chicago? Thanks, Rachel"
01/09/2011: Marcor from Sarasota, Fl replies: "ashitaba in a liquid formula for the intestines can be found at vpnutrition the number is 877-335-1509"
02/20/2011: Mirza from Hyderabad, Ap replies: "Are u still in remission after using this tea? and if yes I beg to guide me how can I get it. I stay in india and suffering from chronic colitis. would be greatfull to u
05/19/2011: Jan from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Is this the same as slippery elm. I have been told that this is an amazing remedy but as I am in the middle of a huge flare up am afraid to try it. Does it affect the absorption of medication? Should I wait until my flare up has calmed to try this?"
[YEA] 02/09/2010: Warren from Perth, Australia: "try bi carb soda for ulcerative colitis! It will corrrect bad flora in the gut and reduce symptoms quickly. 1 teaspoon in a glass off water 3 times per day."Replies
03/30/2010: Jo from Perth, Western Australia replies: "Warren are you still going ok on 1tsp of bi carb in water 3 times per day? Scared of trying it in case trips to the loo increase and certainly don't want blood pressure to increase."
10/31/2008: Rob from Wellington, UK: "Hi. I have mild UC. Hyperbaric oxgen and hydrogen peroxide have helped me. I was reading all about sodium bicarb and colitis. Would doing an Bicarb enema be a good idea in this case? Re finding ones acidity levels is it litmus with urine and saliva? Thanks Rob"
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 09/03/2007: Daniel from New Plymouth, New Zealand: "I just tried taking baking soda for ulcerative colitis and it seemed to make things worse. I got a ph test kit and my ph seems to be alkaline most of the time anyway. as my ph came down after taking the baking soda my bowel got better. Not sure whats going on but it is very weird. what to do?"Replies
09/07/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Daniel: An ulcerative colitis is caused by a certain bacteria that is needed to kill them, a baking soda alone and alkalinity would not work as well, without the added magnesium citrate and perhaps some zinc supplements. One simple remedy, which had to do with ulcerative colitis was about a 1/2 teaspoon in one full glass of water using milk of magnesia plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a full glass of water, would have reduced the pain along its path by killing off, at least initially, but since magnesium hydroxide is poorly absorbed, a magnesium citrate 250 mg/day is still needed along with some zinc acetate supplements.
As to why baking soda causes acid urine, it is a result of the hyperosmolarity of sodium portion of the baking soda causes the acidity inside the cell to rid of easier. Apparently the improvement condition came as a result of intracellular fluids being acid to leave the body in larger amounts causing the extracellular fluids to be acid, resulting in a more acid urine. This little known fact is mentioned in medical enclyclopedia at the time I was reading up on alkalinity. To prevent this kind strange occurance, it means the body needs more alkaline electrolytes using both potassium citrate and magnesium citrate along with the baking soda. Since obtaining potassium citrate are relatively difficult I think it is more easy to find the magnesium citrate, which may be found in the ingredients of some common laxative medicine. However, the dose taken is much smaller than as per instructions on the bottle, about at least anywhere from 1/4 to 1/10 less than whatever is mentioned. But technically a 250 mg of magnesium citrate is about 1/8 teaspoon of magnesium citrate, roughly speaking and that is mixed in 1 full glass of water.
So the simplest possible remedy is 250 mg of magnesium citrate plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 full glass of water.
If magnesium citrate is not obtainable some temporarily relief is possible from just the use of milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) plus baking soda as previously mentioned and perhaps a twice a week dose of 50 mg of zinc acetate or zinc gluconate are possibility. The ulcerative colitis should reduce whenever the body has sufficient amounts of magnesium. Diets low in magnesium and low in alkalinity is what causes the bacteria of the ulcerative colitis to flourish, based on my experience.
In summary baking soda alone is not sufficient to kill off the ulcerative colitis and in a severely acidity of the intracellular cells (inside cells are acid) this may cause a temporary dip in pH and shows up acid urine readings. This can prevented with the use of alkaline intracellular minerals such as magnesium and potassium, in small amounts when taking the baking soda also. One thing I am certain: a sodium citrate, which simply 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid, won't cause a drop in pH, since citrates are an intracellular component, while the sodium is an extracellular fluids. A baking soda might get this problem now and then. But it must be noted still that if baking soda ALONE is used, it takes about two weeks for the body to attain sufficient alkalinity without a drop in pH (acid reading) since it takes time for the body to rid of tha acid OUT of the intracellular acid fluids"
09/12/2007: Daniel replies: "Thank you Ted. I did not explain myself very well I took baking soda and citric acid together for two days. It made me feel a bit sick on both occasions. I got the ph test kit the next day and then saw that my saliva ph and urine ph were above 8. my bowel had got worse after taking this 2 times over two days so I stopped taking it. I have kept checking my ph and after stopping, my ph came down but remains at about 6.5 to 7.0 and my bowel has settled a bit. I will try taking magnesium and zinc as you have suggested. my saliva or urine ph has never gone below about 6.4 since I started checking. do you think taking the baking soda and citric acid would still help? I take steroids and should be acidic but seem to be more alkaline than what is mentioned as normal 6.4. Side note: the antibiotic ciprofloxacin is the only thing to ever work on my ulcerative colitis but does not work like it used too. So it is a bacteria that is the cause of my ulcerative colitis at least. Once again thank you for your help"
09/14/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "In event the urinary pH and saliva pH is above 8, baking soda is not to be used, and a more appropriate remedy to modify is to take the magnesium and zinc supplements. Usually sulfate reducing bacteria causes destructive colitis and low sulfur foods may also help in addition to magnesium and zinc. In event the pH is high, it would indicate a different sickness altogether, but in the meantime lower sulfur foods, magnesium chloride supplements and zinc acetate is the preferred solution for people with alkalosis (rare), instead of acidosis. Alkalosis is not good news either, as it indicates the body lacks chlorides or loss too much chlorides from either medication of salt free food. In that instances, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in one liter of water would be helpful, and apple cider vinegar taken without the baking soda will offer the best help to normalizing the pH and correcting the chlorides lost."
09/25/2007: Daniel from New Plymouth, New Zealand replies: "Thank again Ted I have been trying magnesium and zinc and baking soda mix as you suggested and have had some success. This time I felt better shortly after taking the solution after 2 day morning and night I had less almost no bleeding But then a strange thing happened. The next time I went to the toilet I had bad bleeding and my stool felt hot and burning my ph was 7.5 urine and I tested my stool as best I could and it was about 8.0 saliva was 6.0 and I was getting a bit of reflux odd yes but I will see how thing go in the next few days. Any suggestions would be great Regards"
09/30/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "It takes about 2 weeks at least for the body to adjust its pH completely. While the remedy is not 100%, a tiny amount of potassium citrate or potassium bicarbonate is needed as a small tweak, such as 1/8 teaspoon of potassium citrate to the 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. As the body tries to recover, it does need some vitamin C, although a sodium ascorbate form is more safer generally not too much is taken so that it can heal such as 250 mg of sodium ascorbate for example. The ulcerative colitis major remedies, are still the baking soda, magnesium and zinc nevertheless. It is a bacteria that grows whenever the body is deficient in certain common minerals (magnesium and zinc), but also pH. It should be noted that certain other kinds of bacteria also tend to flourish in a high metal environment. However, some chinese parsley may also help slowly remove the heavy metals, but the most important factor, I think is to avoid sugar, vegetable oils, and high fat foods."
10/14/2007: Daniel from New Plymouth, New Zealand replies: "Once again Ted Thanks your information has been great. I have been getting better The bleeding is nearly gone. but I still get hot runny stools do you know why this could be? This happened when I first took baking soda and when I take it for a few days in a row but not sure. I also get a bit of Abdominal pain at this time to. My urine ph is good mostly 7.5 8 when I test it. Is this just a side effect of taking baking soda or maybe taking a bit much."
10/25/2008: Rebecca from Fremont, CA replies: "Ted, How many times a day on the simple formula mentioned? Once a day or three times a day? And is it best on an empty stomache or does it matter? Thank you for this website!!! Rebecca :)"
06/03/2011: Namebrand from Vancouver, Bc, Canada replies: "Ted or anyone else...
How many times a day do you take the 250 mg of magnesium citrate plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1 full glass of water for ulcerative colitis?
Thank you sincerely,
01/09/2012: Kayla from Seattle, Washington replies: "I had symptoms for five months. Went to the ER with pressure in my abdomen, bloating, low fever, chills, nausea and headache. I was given ALL the tests CAT scan, blood work and ultrasound all came back normal. I still had symptoms that seemed to fit with ulceration colitis so I tried Ted's Remedy - 1/2 teaspon each of Milk of Magnesia and Baking Soda in glass of water I did this twice daily. My symptoms decreased 50% the first day and by day three all symptoms were gone! However, I will continue with the remedy for ten days just to be on the safe side. I'm glad I wasn't diagnosed by my doctor in the states, because I do not want a preexisting conditions in my medical chart! Crazy as that sounds!"
[YEA] 08/23/2007: ela from Baltimore, md: "i have ulcerative colitis and typical with this disease, you are sickest in the mornings. well i was looking through the internet out of desperation and typed in natural cures for uc, and read a couple stories of people swearing that baking soda mixed with water has cured their uc. well, i tried it and it has (after 3 nights of drinking before bed) so far cut the severity of my morning sickness by about 75%! i even can't believe it. its very interesting and i'm gonna keep doing it and noting my progress."
Baking Soda and Magnesium Citrate
[YEA] 09/25/2008: Heidi from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa: "Hi all, I just wanted to post my success with the baking soda and magnesium citrate remedy. I got really sick late June and found this website looking for a cure for ulcerative colitis. I had extreme bloating, diarrhea, pain, cramping about 4 hrs after I ate anything. I began drinking glass after glass of the baking soda (1/2 tsp) and magnesium citrate (1/8 tsp.). I also took magnesium and potassium vitamins. The baking soda drink was the only thing that gave me relief from my pain and bloating. I finally got better after about 2 wks. Was feeling good and quit taking it. Relapsed and began drinking it again. Got better in exactly 2 wks. I am feeling pretty good again. It has been 2 wks since then. I finally got some tests done at the hospital a few days ago and tested positive for bacterial overgrowth in my small intestine. That's funny since I'm feeling fine now. I can imagine what the numbers might have been when I was at my worst. Thanks so much Earthclinic! This remedy was my lifesaver."Replies
11/03/2008: Heidi from Mt. Pleasant, IA replies: "Hi Ted, I have been using the baking soda and magnesium citrate formula for my condition for several months along with magnesium and potassium vitamins. While it does help it is not clearing up my problem. I was diagnosed with an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine and tried the antibiotic route of Flagyl for about 6 days before quitting as it made me so much worse. Is there anything else I can do to kill this bacteria off? I have been doing the heavy metal cleanse of garlic, olive oil, and cilantro 4 days on and 3 days off. I was eating a clove a day for 6 days but my kidneys began to ache and hurt. Thought I was detoxing too fast so switched to the other remedy. I am also taking aloe vera juice, ocassional slippery elm, dandelion capsules on my off garlic days, licorice root capsules, and I just bought some activated charcoal. Going to give it a try. Also going to order some hydrogen peroxide. Also, is this bacteria the same type that causes the UC or something different? I also tested myself via the "spit in the glass test" for candida and was positive. I take coconut oil capsules and eliminated virtually all sugar and bread from my diet and tested again and it was not there anymore. However, I still have other symptoms of systemic candida that also coincide with flare ups of this intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Wondering if candida is the name for this bacteria overgrowth that dr.s tested me for but they do not recognize candida as a disease? What do you think?"
06/27/2010: Joseph from Boston, Ma replies: "First off, thanks for the feedback. I have tried L-glutaine on several occassions but haven't noticed too much of a difference. As for the Magnesium Citrate, isn't this a laxative? I would be a little concerned to take this as I am already going to the bathroom enough during the day and with some urgency. I saw Ted's recommendation but was still a bit nervous since my google search on magnesium citrate returned "laxative". I will take another look at Mag citrate.
02/23/2011: Saucychick from Orlando, Fl replies: "The amount of magnesium citrate by Ted is 1/8 teaspoon in a glass of water. Laxative dose is 2 to 5 ounces (around a half a cup). Also a very interesting idea to cure a lot of digestive ailments is the GAPS diet."
[YEA] 08/19/2012: Dette from Chicago, Illinois replies: "So I started flaring again after a long time of remission. It was kind of bad at first, but for the past week it got much worse. Yesterday morning there was blood and mucus and pain and urgency, and it was runny. I took baking soda and magnesium citrate in the morning and the again at night. This morning there was no blood or mucus, a little pain, better formed. I have never seen such immediate results! I was expecting months before I ever got to this point. I am very thankful for this remedy."
Baking Soda, Activated Charcoal, Supplements
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/14/2010: Allison from Houston, Texas: "I have colitis, with an acidic PH for both saliva and urine. After reading Ted's comments, I have tried magnesium citrate, as well as lime and baking soda for months. But what did the trick for me to reduce the pain of colitis was: I used 1/2 teaspoon baking soda twice a day: once in the morning and once 30 minutes to 1 hour before bedtime. I put the baking soda into emptied geletin capsules ( about 3 capsules) and down them with a 1/2 glass of water ( the taste is too salty for me without the capsule. also, I didn't want the stomach acid to neutralize it before it gets down further in the intestine. If you don't use the capsules, use more water to make it more dilute so it doesn't burn or irritate the intestinal lining.) Then about 10 minutes before bedtime, I take one or two capsules of activated charcoals with 1/2 glass of water ( the brand I buy has 280 mg of activated charcoal in each capsule, thus 560 mg total if taking two. you can find this on the internet. If not, I am thinking activated carbons sold by fish pet shops might work similarly ( I personally have not tried this yet, but I would if I couldn't find any activated charcoals. If you have to use the carbon, please write in your feedback to others), but you will have to pulverize it or ground it up to make it into a fine powder to increase its absortive surface).
Reviews I read on activated charcoal uses include all kinds of stomach ailments including against food poisoning. I remember I had bought some potting soil once that had small pieces of charcoals in them to absorb the bad smell of bacteria. To experiment, I bought activated carbons from Walmart at the pet fish section and sprinkled a little to put into peatmoss for my potting soil. Results: the plants grew small and skinny dispite all the fertilizers I put in compare to similar other pots without the activated carbon. Lesson: The activated carbon absorbed so well it absorbed the fertilizer as well. The label warns that high absorbancy of activated charcoal may reduce the effectiveness of certain medications, thus take it at least 2 hours AWAY from your regular medications or vitamin/mineral supplements. I take mine right before bedtime so that it can have hours without interference from any food to work it's way through the intestines and absorb all the foul bacterias in there. If your colitis is highly active right now, you might consider increase the frequency of activated charcoal, perhaps up to three times per day. I saw results in mine less than a week. There is also the option of adding the activated charcoal to a water based enema, although I hadn't needed to use it this way. Use filtered water for this as regular water has clorine. Once the colitis is under control, I would reduce the amount and frequency used, again, because it will absorb your food and nutrients as well as the bad bacteria. You might consider taking some probiotics as well afterwards to build back the good gut flora.
If you have an acidic ph and it deems that you take baking soda, I strongly recommend you take a good quality vitamin B-complex, vitamin D, along with extra sublingual(under the tongue) folic acid and B-12 to ward against some of the side effects I read under the Baking Soda section on Earthclinic website. I recommend sublingual because I have read that some people's gut don't have the neccesary bacteria to breakdown and absorb the b-12, and that people with autoimmune diseases usually have deficient folic acid and vitamin d in their blood.
I have also found that both L-Glutamine and Sweet Dairy Whey have a firming quality in that they dry and firm up loose stools. So if you need to take magnesium citrate to alkalize the body( magnesium has a laxative effect), you might add 1 to 2 tablespoon l-glutamine or sweet whey to reduce the side effects of magnesium. While those who suffers from constipation in their colitis may want to add magnesium citrate to see if there is any relief.
All in all, ulcerative colitis is a bugger of a disease to battle! One med may work today but not another day. I hope my personal experience can offer those in active stages one more option to try to get this disease under control. Thanks, Ted! and Thanks Earth Clinic!"Replies
06/21/2010: Joseph from Boston, Ma replies: "Thanks for the information regarding Activated Charcoal. I have been battling UC in and out of remission. This time I was in the middle of a flare-up that was being stubborn. Activated Charcoal has slowed down my bowels and gas quite a bit. I take two in the AM and two in the PM. My stools are formed but are still very soft. Do you think it would be beneficial to up the dose or should I stick with 2 caps at 580mg?"
06/26/2010: Allison from Houston, Texas replies: "Hi Joseph,
Have you tried the magnesium citrate and L-Glutamine? According to Prescription for Nutritional Healing 3rd Edition by Phyllis Balch and James Balch, l-glutamine is a "major metabolic fuel for the intestinal cells and maintains the villi, the absorptive surfaces of the intestine" Page 666. Ted's recommendation of magnesium citrate is definitly worth a try also. Use the powdered form as a first choice, if no access to powder, then next best thing is the capsule form. As for your question of whether upping the dosage of activated charcoal would help or not, there's only one way to find out, and that is to experiment. I do notice that if you were to open one capsule of activated charcoal, there really isn't much there at all. As activated charcoal can be useful for food poisoning as well as gout (reduce uric acid in blood), my personal opinion is that for short duration such as for a few weeks or less, increase dosage should be ok as I don't think activated charcoal is toxic. Anyone feel free to correct me on that. My only concern is that it may keep you from absorbing your nutrient intake as well, thus personally I would not do long term high dosage of the activated charcoal. Also, for others reading, I forgot to warn in my first post that the activated charcoal we are talking about is NOT THE SAME as the charcoals used for BBQ. Do Not Use those charcoals for barbeque as they contain chemicals to promote burning and are NOT to be ingested."
Baking Soda, Milk of Magnesia
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/15/2010: Hilary from England, United Kingdom: "i found your site yesterday and would like to ask ted or anyone how and what do i take to put my ulcerative colitis in remission and stop bleeding. i was in so much pain straining and my stomach was turning over when i saw this site yesterday, the doc wanted me in hospital at xmas but iwas not going there again or takin the steroids that gained me three stone, so ive been trying naturally. as i say yesterday i found your site took bicarb half teaspoon and same of milk of magnesia, i had no apple cider vinegar so left that out but within 15 minutes my stomach had settled, sooo please can you tell me as this is so great , how do i put the colitis into remission and stop the bleeding ? and what can i eat too that helps, what do i stay away from? please help again your humble servant thank you from the bottom of my heart my stomach is so much better already. Ted HELP. THANKS"Replies
07/05/2010: Pedro from Providence, Ri replies: "Why would you take apple cider vinegar for UC? Apple cider vinegar is an acid and it will increase the acidity of your intestinal tract. Your intestine is suppose to be alkaline. The acidity of food entering your intestines is decreased as it enters the small intestines. Sometimes people want to sell a product like ACV and tell you it is a cure, with no regard for your well being. Becareful sd RN"
01/15/2011: Naturopathicgail from Sacramento, Ca, Usa replies: "Regarding Ulcerative Colitis, I hold Ted's knowledge in high esteem. But regarding the killing of bacteria in the colon, I would highly recommend using a product called MMS, or Master Mineral Supplement. It is inexpensive and can be ordered on the internet, sold as lowly "water purifier." It will NOT harm healthy tissue whatsoever, yet it will kill any pathogen known to humans. It stays active in one's system for 2-3 hours, so can be taken several times per day. Mix 3 drops of the Mineral with 3 drops of the Activator and let sit for three minutes. Add an inch or so of non-acidic juice or Beverage and drink.
As far as a soothing and healing agent, I don't think anything quite matches Liquified Bentonite. It's soothing and very healing. Take 1/4 cup mixed with non-acidic juice or beverage upon arising, between meals and especially at bedtime. Natural Liquid Vitamin E is also a wonderful soothing agent when taken at bedtime.
Avoid Dairy products, all refined sugar and fried foods. Almond milk is a great substiture for those who want to avoid soy. Many with bowel disorders find wheat products which contain gluten only irritate the colon. Brown rice flour and pasta etc. can easily be substituted and are much easier to digest. For those with very high acidic levels, usually Type O bloods, eating meat and fish actually helps control the acidic beast. It's like throwing a chunk of meat to a shark. If you don't, the acid (shark) actually attacks the lining of the stomach and the intestines. Be sure that ANY white meats or occasional reds are completely hormone and pesticide free. They MUST BE thoroughly masticated and never, ever fried. Steamed vegies are an amazingly healing accompaniment as well as gold or red baked potatoes. I hope this helps many of those suffering."
01/19/2013: Chris from Paris, France replies: "Raw apple cider vinegar is alkaline producing so I think it would be beneficial for those suffering from colitis. Here is a list of alkaline/acid producing foods. http://rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm
Remember that it doesn't matter what the food's ph is or what it tastes like that determines whether or not it has an alkaline or acid effect on the body. For eg., after digestion, citrus fruits are alkaline forming in the body and animal products are acid forming."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/23/2014: Hopeafteruc from Lakewood, Oh replies: "Well, I was diagnosed with UC 3 yrs ago. Went to too many doctors/specialists and they had me on different medications including steroids. I get pain on the left side combined with bad diarrhea and bloody watery stool...To make the story short I cut out all dairy from my diet- as much as possible- and I take one tablespoon of milk of magnesia in the morning but I don't drink water or liquid with it till 1 hr later ( that is very important). It has been 2 weeks and my stools is as close to normal as has ever been since I don't know when.
P.S. I used MOM by itself without the baking soda!! I hope this post will help other people. I will try to post again here in couple weeks, cheers!!"
[YEA] 03/18/2009: Judy from Toormina, N.S.W. Australia: "I would like to tell you for 7 years we have been trying to find a cure for our daughter Natalie with chronic ulcerative colitis, she was just about to have her colon removed when a friend told us about black strap molasses. Within a week of taking 1 teaspoon daily she has been in complete remission and said she has never felt better am so grateful. I have been taking it too and have found a big improvement in my well being and nervous system. regards Judy Harrison"Replies
06/09/2009: Joseph from Boston, MA replies: "Hi Judy, This is an amazing story. I have tried just about every natural and prescription treatment to get my UC under control. What is the update on your daughter? Is she still in remission? Does she take the blackstrap molasses daily? I just bought a bottle and figured I would give it a try."
06/30/2009: vandu from Silver Spring, MD replies: "Hi Judy, I'm also curious, as I'm having a bout of colitis. I wanted to do a liver flush series after reading Andreas Moritz's book "Amazing Liver Cleanse." But since I've been having colitis symptoms, I'd like to first give my body a chance to heal from this.
Please let us know if the Black strap molassas is still working. I'm wondering what would happen if it's mixed with or eaten with Turmeric? Wow..that may be a great affect no?
I usually have some turmeric in my food (i'm indian), but now adding more, and I may get the supplement, plus aloe vera, and try to the black strap molaassas. Also read in Ayurveda book that Licorice Root enemas are great to do for colitis symptoms."
07/23/2009: Lori from Delta, CO replies: "Judy, I'm curious, is your daughter off meds and taking the BSM? My daughters Dr. doesn't want to take her off her meds since she's been in remission for 7 months. I would like to get her off all meds. How is she doing now?"
08/02/2009: Mohammed from Birmingham, West Midlands, england replies: "hi there judy i wner knw if ur daughter is completely well with black strap molasses because i got uc for abou 3 years could let me knw plz"
08/08/2009: Mohammed from Birmingham, West Midlands, england replies: "hi there judy could u tell me how ur dauhter eat the black strap molasses thanks"
12/21/2009: Mohamed from London, Uk replies: "Hi Judy i am curious how your daughter doing now after having the blackstrap Molasses! i am willing to start it as well.
01/26/2011: Umm Ruq from Walsall, England replies: "Hello eveyone, I just discovered this thread whilst looking for a cure for my 6year old who was diagnosed with colitis last year. She has been on steroids over a year, imuran and pentasa were stopped due to pancreatitis. I believe there is a cure for colitis out there just a matter of knowing. But I would love to hear from anyone with a remedy for colitis that did help. I am always researching and want my daughter to be cured from this disease. What is the best way to give tumeric, I normaly mix a little in water. I also give her fish oil and blackseed powder."
Blueberries, Indigo, Acidophilus
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/10/2010: Elisse from San Diego, California, Us: "Hello,
I have been trying to find natural cures for my daughter's UC, which she has had since age 5. By accident, we discovered that eating large amounts of frozen blueberries would almost stop her bleeding and this was 10 years before anyone started studying them. Also, her Doctor of Oriental Medicine uses capsules of an herb called indigo that also stop the bleeding. As well, she has done well from eating black beans. There really seems to be a connection between these items and a rich purple/blue coloring chemical/nutrient that does something to seriously reduce the inflamation. Just recently her GI specialist started her on something called Floristor, an over the counter with beneficial yeast in a preparation similar to acidopholus in effect. I just read a study that combined blueberries and acidopholus that had some really promising results. After her being on every hideous drug made, I have never stopped looking for natural alternatives and have tried everything, including reiki, angel therapy, prayer, kinesiology, NAET. It is really difficult to find pediatric GI's who are open to any alternative medicine."
04/12/2010: Jane from Arkansas, Usa replies: "Well I have read many times that the ingestion of flavanoids decreases inflamation. Great that you have found something that works, perjaps taking one of the products that contain red wine flavanoids or blueberry flavanoids might be a more efficient route. Just a thought good luck!"
04/12/2010: Elisse from San Diego, California Usa replies: "Yes...but then you miss out on having a purple mouth and fingers and, of course, no purple fingerprints all over the couch :)"
09/17/2012: Mary from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "I take a Chinese herbal medicine that includes indigo naturalis for Ulcerative Colitis. Been on it for 2 years. It has helped me more than anything I have taken in 20 years. I guess I cannot mention the name of it but just wanted to let you know that your on the right track with indigo."
[YEA] 01/09/2010: Brenda from Indianapolis, In: "I've been suffering from colitis for several months. I used an over the counter pro-biotic which helped but I still had problems that were both uncomfortable and embarassing. I tried taking coconut oil softgels and in one day's time, I had significant improvement. It has only been 4 days so too soon to tell, but so far it seems to have resolved my colitis completely."Replies
03/28/2013: Chegui69 from Long Beach, Ca, Usa replies: "Have you ever tried the Virgin Coconut oil out of the jar? wondering of that would help in the same way. I'd like to know how youre doing? Serge"
03/25/2010: Joyce from Joelton, Tn: "Hello,
Here's are 3 links from an email from healthiertalk.com that I think you will find interesting and might want to post a link on EC for those who imbibe, need a natural cancer cure, or have ulcerative colitis. Very interesting but not likely you will ever hear about any of it from orthodox medicine, since they can't be patented. They aren't anxious to kill their cash cows before milking them dry!