Ulcerative Colitis
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Ulcerative Colitis Remedies

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Activated Charcoal
Posted by Chrystal12 (England) on 02/01/2016

Hi I would like to tell people about my personal views on activated charcoal capsules.

My son was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis when he was just 6 years old, when he was 12 he developed toxic mega colon which resulted in a subtotal colectomy appointmentssy, around this time he also developed a more severe allergic reaction to penicillin called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis, where in fact penicillin was not the only cause betalactums, contrast dyes etc also contributed where they never used to before. in 2014 he had a J pouch reconstruction and we was back to stage 1 ( we was informed originally that removing my sons Colon will also remove the disease) but this sadly was not the case.

From March 2014 he could not leave the house for urgency (as soon as he stood up) he also developed fistulas and chronic inflammation where the small intestine was sown to the bowel, his recovery was made difficult by this multiple drug allergies, the hospital did not no what to do with him , the doctor wouldn't even look at him and just classed him as a complex case, I decided to do a bit of research as my son was struggling and I kept coming across this activated charcoal so I decided to try him on 1 per night just to see how he would react to the capsule, at this point his fistulas was continuously opening , and he had an reaction to the contrast dye from his CT scan, nothing was working to relieve the fistulas and the gas problems and the now reaction, this now is the Gods honest truth after 1 night the rash had started easing and was completely gone within 5 days after using activated charcoal 1 capsule per night and for the first 2 days 1 capsule in the morning, his frequent visits to the bathroom became less and less, his fistulas was actually responding to the treatment of the charcoal, 2 weeks later he can now walk up the road on his own without the urgently of needing the bathroom ( bear in mind his been unable to even leave the house since 2014) apart from taxis to his appointments, this is just by taking 1 capsule per night, no other medicine has been successful even infliximab had to be stopped because it caused a reaction, so we are extremely pleased with the results so far, I would 100% recommend activated charcoal capsules for any illnesses its still early days yet but I'm actually looking forward to his next hospital appointment to show them how well he has done.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Sunil (Tucker) on 08/01/2017

So here is my story about the disease and how I overcame it. I am originally from India. Came to US in 2006. I did not have any dietary restrictions and I was eating like an average American. I used to ear chicken pizza and dairy products. Not knowing how this could destroy my health. In 2009 I started to have trouble with my stomach. I had a really hard time before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. When doctors diagnosed me, obviously they put me on medications. I had the worst time of my life. At one point I could not even stand and I had to be on bed for 10 days and I could not hold anything that I ate in my stomach. I never had such a time in my life with my health. Doctors said that I have to be on medication for the rest of my life and there is no cure, thats what all the doctors say. Even one doctor wrote on a piece of paper to show to my wife that its ok to eat pizza because my wife would tell me not ear all this.

But this was not acceptable to me at all. I could not be like that. So I started researching around. This site was the first place that I came to looking for answers. I read through a multiple remedies. I tried Aloe vera and multiple other supplements including cur-cumin. I believe these did help me to some extent. Then finally I came across that worked great for me. This was Dr. David Klein's method of curing disease with diet and all. His diet plan works 110%. The idea is very simple, just eat natural plant based foods. If you can eat raw food thats even better. I got on that diet for about a year I would say. I could not follow the diet completely. But just with what I did my disease is almost gone. In addition to what you are to ear, the BIGGEST FACTOR IS QUIT EATING MEAT DAIRY COMPLETELY AND PROCESSED FOODS AS MUCH AS YOU CAN. This is the key to getting rid of these diseases. Last time when I had my colonoscopy my doctor was amazed and happy to see how well my colon was. I do not have any symptoms. My bowl movement is almost perfect which is once in the morning. I am so thankful to this site and Dr. Klein's advise. My doctor said that he needs to see me once a year only. My strong belief is if some one can take about 6 to 8 weeks off and stick to the natural and raw food diet, they will be cured. Also watch a documentry on netflix named "What the health". You will get lot more answers. People I am telling you it can be cured. You do not have to suffer.

I may come back here again to share more of my thoughts.

Posted by Joe (Ballston Spa, Ny Usa) on 10/23/2012

(Ground Flaxseed) This is my wife's story. About 5 years ago, she was diagnosed with UC. After 6 months, 2 colonoscopies, and two prescriptions for the exact same drug(different brand names), I decided to try and figure this out, myself. Plus, her knee began to swell, and she was diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis. I first looked at her diet. The one thing that she was missing from her diet was omega-3's. She hates fish. So, I looked for foods with the highest concentrations of omega-3's.

This brought me to flaxseed. When I looked closer, I found that flaxseed is a natural anti-inflammatory. Plus, the lignans, in flaxseed, are building-blocks for the lining of our intestines. This seemed like a no-brainer. The only thing that confused me, at the time, was what brought it on. The only thing that I came up with was the fact that she had her gallbladder removed two years before. I assumed that the bile acids constantly dripping into her intestines was the cause(not sure though). So I initially put her on a simple potassium and magnesium supplement(two weeks). This calmed things down a little.

Then, I had her take two tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day with a glass of water. Within two weeks, the swelling in her knee had completely disappeared. And after one month, all symptoms of UC were gone. It's been 4 years now, and no problems. She eats everything she wants, including hot wing pizza(her favorite), and has no problems, whatsoever. I wish more people knew about ground flaxseed, and how it worked so great for my wife. If anybody feels the need to ask me anything, please feel free to e-mail me direct. (jclosson3(at)nycap.rr.com)

Aloe Vera, Turmeric
Posted by Prioris (Fl, US) on 09/19/2014

Please be aware that there is a very strong potent version of Aloe Vera. Don't cross aloe vera off your list of options until you have considered this.

It is called Aloe Muciliginous Polysaccharide or AMP. One bottle of capsules is equal to I think over 70 gallons of aloe vera juice and it has none of the toxins that are in the juice. It only contains the active ingredient.

For people who tried the juice, you may just need a more powerful and potent formula. The only downside is the cost. The upside is that once you improve, you can cut down the dose. I used Aloe MP Plus ($126) and it cured my diverticulitis in 6 weeks. It healed the pouches. I'd give it 2 or 3 months. So if all the less expensive options have failed, try this.

On a side notes, there is something called Munaka Honey one could research. Therapeutic dose should have a MKO rating of 400 or more. MKO is more scientifically based and measures the amount of the actual active ingredient vs just a number like 20+. I don't have any personal experience with this

When I look at studies, different types of colon inflammation seems to be a product of one of these.

a) a bad microbe that shouldn't be there.

b) a microbe that normally lives in the intestine but has gotten out of control.

AMP and many other remedies really target these problems and even allow healing. Things won't heal until the offending microbe is controlled.

On the other end, you should support good flora in your system with probiotics.

On the subject of Probiotics: one needs to take these if one has any significant history of colon problems. The biggest barrier is finding one that works for you. I would be especially persistent in researching different brands in this area. Don't just try a couple and give up. BE PERSISTENT.

Here is another reason why probiotics are important. It has consequences for your overall health.

"Researchers at the University of Cologne Germany, found out that eliminating the intestinal bacteria of laboratory animals brought their immune system activity to a screeching halt and with probiotics, immune function was restored. The scientists also discovered that these bacteria produced protein like compounds called peptides that kept the immune system running at a low idle, prepared to respond to disease causing infections. More research has discovered that probiotics trigger a wide range of immune compound that battle harmful bacteria and viruses."

One should not take soil based probiotics unless ones gut flora is healthy enough.

Selecting Probiotics seems to come down to

1) Delivery method

2) Number and kinds of microbes

3) Miscellaneous. Spore and non spore. May be others.

There are conflicting statements on whether number one is important. Based on anecdote reports, I sense it is important.

Controlled-Release Technology. Controlled-release formulas are specially coated to protect the probiotics from gastric acid and ultimately deliver a high percentage of live probiotic bacteria to the intestines. BIO-tract delivery system.

Beadlet Technology. This process was developed in Japan and involves enclosing live probiotic bacteria in a small, pearl-shaped beadlet, where the walls of the beadlet are formulated to survive stomach acid and release their contents only when they reach the more neutral environment of the intestines.

So just make sure you tried a variety of methods. You can test if you organisms are active by just dumping a capsule in milk and waiting 24 hours.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Ms (Scottsdale, Arizona) on 03/24/2010

Has the world gone looney or what! I don't know if most of the posts here on UC are from folks who actually have IBS or have self-diagnosed because most of this info will actually HURT UC SUFFERERS not help them.

I was diagnosed with UC in 1998 through colonoscopy and biopsy, and then again in 02, and 04 follow-ups. My worst was 40cm up from rectum. At one point I lost 3 pints of blood with a hematocrit of 28. And during an 8-hour period I used the toilet 27 times all for blood loss with mucus and the debilitating pain where I couldn't walk back to the bed.

I've kept a food diary since 1999, every single day of my life, every item I ingest and my bowel responses. I have learned the following:

-Flour and sugar combos like cookies, cakes, etc.
-Rice...this will make me bleed within hours! Rice is "sticky" and the worst thing any UC sufferer can do is to put "sticky" foods on their colon.
-Glutens...again, sticky.
-Yellow Cheese...this will bring any UC sufferer out of remission...causes me to bleed by the next day.
-Lunchmeats and prepared meats with nitrates, nitrites, etc.
-Flour tortillas...again it's gooey and sticky on the colon.
-Raw vegetables...I don't know how people say a raw veggie diets helps...what brought me out of my first remission was raw broccoli, carrots and cauliflower.
-Some dark colored fruits like Blueberries, Cherries...it has something to do with the element that gives the fruit its "blueness" or "redness" that the UC feeds on...I'll bleed by the next day with these fruits.
-High toxic fish and high pesticide fruits and veggies. The chemicals just aggravate the UC and will bring it out of quiescence.
-Soy...if it works for others, that's a new one, because it ravages my colon, whether it's milk or product, it's just no good for my UC.
-Red meat...you never if the cow is corn or grass fed, what it was fed, and the meat is too hard on the colon.
-Iron Supplements...even pharmaceutical grade will cause bleeding instantly. There is only 1 iron supplement I can tolerate and it is a liquid, made in Germany but sold here in the U.S. It has other B vitamins too, and I tolerate it okay to help with my anemia.
-Pasta, especially imported pasta from Italy because of the iron enrichment. It rips up the colon and I'll bleed instantly.
It is found is just about everything, and will cause bleeding within a day...it is the most evil additive! Xanthan Gum which is an expensive alternative is okay though.

These items work for me and help me control the UC.

-Chicken...I usually grill my chicken in bulk, freeze it, and take a breast to defrost so I can always eat at home.
-Cooked broccoli, cauli, asparagus, even corn on the cob is fine for me.
-Corn tortillas...as long as they are just corn, lime, water with no chemical additives.
-Tomatoes, cilantro, onion...a good salsa is very tolerable.
-Organic apples (unfortunately most bananas will cause problems if I eat them every day; once in a great while only on the bananas).
-Most breads...I can tolerate one brand, but several others cause problems...it's all about keeping track of what you eat and how you react to determine what you can tolerate.
-Salad with homemade dressing...once you get UC under a good control you can enjoy an Organic salad now and then with a homemade dressing...store bought dressings have chemicals that will bother the UC.
-Milk...I have no problems with milk at all and I'm a heavy milk drinker at 1/2 gal. per day.
-Some chocolates...unfortunately most chocolate will bother UC, but find which one works for your system. Most will just pull me out of remission and cause bleeding.
-Mozzarella and white Mexican Cheeses...they won't hurt in moderation. Stay away from yellow cheeses, and even White Cheddar must be enjoyed sparingly.

-Avoid Guar Gum at all costs.
-Avoid all things sticky including rice.
-Cook your veggies.
-Stick with chicken, and fishes sparingly.
-Keep track of your diet in a diary and write down what works, your reactions, so you can determine for yourself what helps you or hurts you.

I have much more info to give, but wanted to keep it simple. This is a good start.

Vitamin C Ascorbate
Posted by Kim (Mo) on 04/17/2016

Vitamin C Ascorbate for Ulcerative Colitis:

My brother in-law (40 yrs old) has UC & as a truck driver has to carry an extra set of clothes for when he is unable to make it to the bathroom in time. I have the opposite problem & have issues going & can only stay regular by taking Magnesium every morning on an empty stomach. That is until I learned about Vitamin C ascorbate acid form (Not ascorbic acid) of C.

Ascorbate Vitamin C is made from Calcium & will not cause bloating, gas or upset stomach when taken on an empty stomach within an hour or so of eating. Nothing has helped myself or my brother in-law more than Ester C formula found in any vitamin shop. I stumbled across this through a site that talked about gutsense explaining ALL the benefits of Vitamin C made from minerals. Not sure if they talk about arthritis, but is absolutely instrumental in reducing inflammation in those suffering from it. I recommend beginning w/1,000 mg of Ester C & working your way up from there to a level that works for you.

Note: I also have IC Interstitial Cystitis (thinning of the bladder lining) & Vitamin C (ascorbic acid form) always made my symptoms worse & caused terrible pain. All IC sites recommended staying away from Vitamin C. The Vitamin C (ascorbate from Calcium) has never caused pain or an IC flare up & has made my symptoms associated with IC better overall.

Aloe and Slippery Elm
Posted by Cindy (Houston, Tx) on 09/12/2011

My doctor had advised that I was a candidate for having my colon removed due to the UC - I went to the health food store and told them my problem and they suggested aloe vera juice - the kind that tastes just like water - and slippery elm - I took 2 oz aloe vera water and 1 slippery elm capsule morning and night and the pain and frequency of going to the bathroom was gone in 2 days. I was so grateful that I listened to my instinct and went to the health food store for a more natural solution - I took it regularly for 3 months and I have had no more UC - it's been over 4 years - I hope this will work for you.

Activated Charcoal
Posted by Stephanie (Long Valley, Nj) on 02/01/2016


I have Colitis. Would you be able to share what brand charcoal that worked for your son, and how many mg? and was it a tablet or capsule? and on a full or empty stomach?



Coconut Oil Enema
Posted by Sharon (Missouri) on 11/24/2020

I just found this article, about coconut oil, I am so excited. I have IBS. I also oil pull (oral) daily and have for 15 years. I do it for 20 minutes before bed. Reading this article about coconut enema healing a severe colitis issue, I wanted to share here. I know there are people here that need to hear this, and have this article.


Rectal Ozone
Posted by Anne (Houston, Tx) on 01/08/2018

I began using rectal ozone (Prolazone) for my ulcerative colitis/proctitis a few months ago. I did this under my doctor's instruction and direction and am in complete remission now. I was going to her office to have the treatments done, but it has to be done every day and the cost adds up, so she suggested I buy my own ozone maker and do it at home. I purchased a Simply O3 ozone generator and ordered the bags and equipment needed and began using it every day. It took a month or so to go into complete remission, but at the point where it did, I was able to cut back. Now I do it once or twice a week. It literally takes about 5 min. once you get your equipment, so not a big deal at all. You'll need to read about it. Dr. Schallenburger from Nevada has been doing lots of research on ozone treatments and there is a lot that he's written on the internet, so you might want to google him to learn more. There are not many doctors using this, as the main stream medical establishment isn't for this as it's a cheap way to get well and would put a lot of doctors out of business. But you can google to see if there is a doctor in your area who uses it. It has been a blessing for me. I'm 62 and have had ongoing colitis or proctitis for about 20 years, so this is wonderful. So much safer and less expensive than the expensive drugs my doctor was prescribing for me. Good luck!!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Jo Parky (Nz) on 08/09/2017

Ulcerative Colitis:

I have found cutting out citrus and lactose has helped me. Either it works or I'm just in a natural remission for about 2 years. No yoghurt milk ice cream but do have hard cheeses in small doses. No lemons or oranges😣

Boswellia, Copper Chlorophyllin
Posted by Health Maven (California) on 11/25/2016

I've been experiencing a UC flare over the past month or so, starting with diarrhea and mucous and ultimately with lots of bleeding. Normally I'm able to clear things up fairly quickly with olive leaf extract. Unfortunately, this time around it did no good, even after I layered in oil of oregano as well.

After scouring Ted's recommendations, I tried a number of different things including melatonin (5 mg 3x/day plus 20mg before bed), DHEA (200 mg before bed), boswellia (500mg 2x/day), artemisinin (200mg 3x/day), and copper chlorophyllin, among other things. Nothing was working, and then I started vomiting once per day almost a week ago.

After several days of that with no relief, I decided to try a liquids only approach (eating only homemade chicken broth) plus boswellia and copper chlorophyllin per Ted's recommendations that they will kill the mycobacterium as the necessary first step to healing. So yesterday I ramped up the boswellia (standardized 65% boswellic acids) to start with 1000mg first thing in the morning and then 250mg every hour or so for about 10 hours, and then another 1000mg right before bed. On top of that, I used 18 drops of copper chlorophyllin in 8 ounces of water 4x yesterday, plus 5000 IU Vitamin D in the morning, and 20mg melatonin and 200mg DHEA right before bed.

Within 12 hours or so of starting the modified dosage of boswellia and copper chlorophyllin I noticed a significant decrease in bleeding, plus no vomiting (I started to include a small amount of chicken with the broth later in the day) for the first time in days. This morning, 24 hours after starting the revised protocol, there was no bleeding for the first time in weeks! I also haven't had to run to the bathroom within an hour of eating, which is a nice change :)

I'm going to continue with the boswellia, copper chlorophyllin, Vitamin D, melatonin, and DHEA (same dosage pattern as yesterday) for another day or two to make sure as much of the mycobacterium are cleared as possible before layering in Ted's recommendations for healing (lysine, glutamine, NAC). I'll provide another update in the next few days.

From digging around, it doesn't seem like boswellia is toxic at higher levels. "Toxicity studies of Boswellia in rats and primates showed no pathological changes in hematological, biochemical, or histological parameters at does up to 1,000mg/kg." (http://www.chiro.org//nutrition//FULL//Boswellia_serrata_Monograph.pdf)

So if you're experiencing UC bleeding and boswellia doesn't seem to be working, try playing around with the dosage to see if that helps.

Thanks Ted for your insights! Sending prayers for your own healing :)

Potassium Iodide
Posted by Rjwl (Ca) on 06/18/2014

Ulcerative Colitis: I have found the best way to safely and quickly kill off gut infections (without killing off the body's friendly bacteria) is to take high dose potassium iodide for a few days. This stuff is sold for use in case of radiation exposure, but potassium iodide safely kills off yeast, bacteria, fungus, viruses, and most parasites like giardia, etc. Take 100 to 120 mg (not mcg) on an empty stomach before going to bed and let it work its way through your intestines. Do for 3 days, once each evening, then wait 8 days and do it again (to catch any eggs that have hatched out). Iodide is very healing to the gut and should not exacerbate any conditions, though you may have a "die off" reaction if you have a massive infestation. I also recommend the GAPS diet for complete healing of the gut. I practically destroyed my gut using Flagyl etc, then restored it using the GAPS diet, and iodine/iodide. Now if I get any gut infection I take one 100 mg potassium iodide pill and it takes care of it in a couple hours. I have had no intestinal problems since. You can buy high strength potassium iodide on Amazon.com. Also, google "Iodine: the Universal medicine" for other good uses of iodine/iodide.

Pelargonium Sidoides
Posted by Gravytrain (Chattanooga, Tn) on 02/09/2012

I felt compelled to share something that has been helpful for my daughter's U/C. We stumbled across it completely by accident when looking for a natural sinus infection cure. We purchased a box of Nature's Way Umcka Cold Care. We decided to go with the 'soothing hot drink-lemon flavor' option as it was slightly less expensive than the other forms of the product. Within 2 doses she started to show signs of intestinal relief. Initially, she did have one movement of passing a lot of mucous. After doing some reading on the ingredient in this product (Pelargonium sidoides), I would attribute that to the fact that it has expectorant properties to expel contaminated mucous. Within a couple of days, she was starting to have stools that were somewhat formed & only going to the bathroom 3 times a day. It seems that the history of P. Sidoides indicates that it was also used for intestinal ailments as well as respiratory ailments. I don't know exactly which properties (or maybe it's a combination of them all) makes it effective but it's cetainly worth a try.

We have tried so many natural things in order to minimize having to use pharmaceutical drugs & other drastic medical interventions (surgery, immunodepressants). This includes diet changes, acupuncture, supplements, Sangre De Grado, etc. Dealing with any of these horrible digestive diseases is a nightmare. I'm not saying this is a "cure-all" for U/C but maybe it can bring some relief to someone else out there that is suffering from this hellish disease. It's certainly worth a try. Good Luck!!!

Unusual Remedies for UC
Posted by Annie (Branson, Missouri) on 03/04/2011

This will sound crazy, but here it is. I had suffered for a number of years from ulcerative colitis, and my symptoms were growing worse. I recently started smoking cigarettes again, after quitting for 14 years. My ulcerative colitis has gone away.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Christian (Germany) on 01/09/2016

Hi Josephus,

Thanks for sharing your experience.

I am on my 4th day of rice fasting and the situation improoved noticeably.

Did you drink the Kefir while you were on the fast or did you drink it before and after the fast? Could you tell me which amout you took each day?

I could imagine that the Kefir has big influence in restoring the gut flora...

Hope you're still doing well and best wishes to you,


Baking Soda and Magnesium Citrate
Posted by Heidi (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa) on 09/25/2008

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.

Raw Food Diet
Posted by Tamara (Valencia, California) on 08/25/2008

Recently I started having symptoms of Colitis (diarrhea, blood in stools, upset stomach, nausea, etc.) I did research on the net and found a web site where a man had colitis for 8 years, in and out of the hospital, almost had to get a colostomy bag. He decided to go "natural" and has been symptom free for 24 years. His secret: a raw foods vegan diet!!! I started the diet and my symptoms have gone away!! within 4 days I felt and looked better. I have lost 17 pounds in 1 month and feel great. I truly believe that a raw foods vegan diet is the answer to ulcerative colitis. Give it a shot and see for yourself!!!

Apple Juice
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 08/29/2017

Here is a post from Ted...



Hi Ted and all on Earth Clinic, So, I thought I found something great when I originally sent through this post on eating green tea.

I ended up having a great month with virtually no symptoms. But, one day I forgot my green tea and went about the day.... only to find a massive amount of blood and diarrhea.

Turns out, the tannins in the green tea as AMAZING for masking the symptoms of UC.... But the caffeine was actually making it worse. (My success with the green tea led me to taking green tea extracts for energy and that put me in a flare.)

Just got out of the hospital a few days back, and what I've learned over the last two months is:

Decaf green tea is great. The organic decaf uses carbon dioxide to decaf the tea without really decreasing the tannin content.

Limit fat intake to less than 30 grams MAX per day.

I'd love to comment more about a bunch of stuff. But, if you're reading this, just know that decaf organic green tea and eliminating fat does some amazing stuff for UC.

Anyway, hope that helps.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts

Well, the cure is possible and I found those that helped. You have to understand there are basically two aspects of ulcerative colitis., the cause is mostly mycobacterium, which gives rise (after they are killed or living) to lipopolysaccharides. The lipopolysaccharides cause the inflammation which causes ulcerative colitis, but the mycobacterium also causes them.

As for the green tea it contains tannic acid, and most of it is on the leaf, some is in the liquid, that is why green tea you have to prepare it yourself, with the green tea leaves. In fact most of my remedies require that any herbs or any tea, you must consume the powder of the leaves and nothing is thrown away. You also get the same results (approximately) if you also consume tannic acid. Basically its the tannic acid that kills the mycobacterium in general, and some of the polysaccharides, but definitely doesn't really speed the healing process in the regeneration of tissues cells at all, but it does reduce the inflammation on the intestinal tract. Any nurse or doctors will tell you that if you have diarrhea, always take the green tea (especially eating leafs) or Coke (it contains caffeine. So it was both the green tea and the caffeine that actually helped, especially the alertness definitely comes from the caffeine. But it may help some people and it may hurt some people on caffeine due to differences in biochemical imbalances that exist in the body. As you go through the "general" green tea with different applications, you get different aspects and therefore some of the conflicting information, even different brands, but if you are dealing with ulcerative colitis then green tea helps in case the person has constipation, though that seems to occur more in Crohn's disease then anything else.

As to the coffee, in Thailand we drink green coffee, it has less or no carcinogens, but once you roast a coffee, then you get hydrocarbons, and you don't want that, because people with this condition are vulnerable to colon cancer.

As to your being helped glutamine is correct, it does help the healing but the bacterium of mycobacterium has to be rid of it or lessened, and you must have normal blood sugar to begin with as glutamine helps the healing. But it will always be the lysine and N acetyl cysteine to help the healing. To kill these mycobacterium is cinnamon, but they caused irritation and this is why lowering the inflammation initially will help. Boswellic acid will kill them too, but without the inflammation. So someone with abnormal blood sugar above 100 mg, /dL might require more, such as gymnema slyvestre. But someone with serious bleeding probably going to need less humic acid, but more vitamin K1 and K2, but also aloe vera oil. And someone who is seriously weakened will need more N acetyl cysteine, selenium, and a shot of B12. You have to really understand that most people who do have ulcerative colitus has a serious deficient vitamin K, this pattern of vitamin K has been deficient in human diets for the last 100 years, and making it worse, with margarine. Under no conditions are these people allowed to eat vegetable oils and margarine, it will lead a person to a hospital just taking plenty of potato chips and french fries!

But you always need DHEA 200 mg and melatonin at night at least 10 mg to help treat the inflammation and also some killing of mycobacterium, DHEA actually increases immune system indirectly, as does Lysine, the white blood cells, but inflammation is absolutely essential.

As to the greens, copper chlorophyllin, chlorella. and perhaps spirulina also help but very differently in ulcerative colitis. Copper chlorophyllin works as copper is toxic to most mycobacterium, but then so do MSM. Chlorella works by getting rid of excess heavy metals as they are required for mycobacterium growth (as do virus! ) so they ultimately performed recycling work, but you can die prematurely if they overtake the body as there is some signs of decaying within the body! Spirulina works similar to chlorella although I think less aggressively then chlorella.

So yes it is a matter of time to cure ulcerative colitis, first the cause (mycobacterium), second the leftovers (lipopolysaccharides), third the healing of ulcerative colitis. The immune system can "see" the mycobacterium, with astralagus, DHEA, melatonin, in different aspects of the immune systems too long to discuss. The lipopolysaccharides can be broke to pieces to neutralize, such as bromelain, digestive enzymes. The mycobacterium may be destroyed with cinnamon. cinnamic aldehyde (less extent), ellagic acid, tannic acid, green tea, humic acid also. The aloe helps accelerated healing of the intestinal tract, but also glutamine, but mostly the lysine, glycine and vitamin C (major components of collagen). The glutamine also helps, but some BCAA (branched chain amino acid also). My simple method is basically humic acid, aloe vera oil and lysine as the major elements, but depending upon my clients I can have hundreds of variations, but it rest on the understanding, and then developing the strategies to cure ulcerative colitis.

Any way this is my latest information so far on ulcerative colitis, as time will permit. So what I have found is basically the same as what you found, both coffee and tea.