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I was diagnosed as having either ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's about 8 years ago; the anti-inflammatory medications left me continually susceptible to viruses but were not all that effective in combating the cramping and bleeding etc... As I had 5 young children at the time and felt that I could not be in a state whereby I was unable to care for them properly due to incessant illnesses (in addition to U/C!) so I started looking for other solutions even though my naturopath had not been too effective at the time
After some prayer, as the almighty knows I need to care for the children he gave me, I stopped the meds; I couldn't live with a constant stream of temperatures, flus, shingles, tonsilitis ...I came across a quiet, humble, affordable Dr of Chinese medicine from Beijing. I found the herbs stopped the bleeding within only days (after 9 months on steroids and anti- inflammatories that were ineffective), a gentle low sugar diet, high in anti bacterial herbs brought soothing, then I would find myself quite healthy for the rest of the year.
It is almost a yearly cycle: a big stressor such as night shifts/ sugar binge/ house move, then comes the flare up (horrible cramping and bleeding and anti social symptoms), I start in prayer (Jesus did say "ask and you will receive", Chinese herbs, reduced sugar, fodmaps diet, a period of nourishing soothing diet, prayer, then another year of peace and the ability to eat anything but watermelon or too much meat.
It seems the Chinese philosophy is to nourish the intestines and immune system in order to promote repair rather than hinder function. Praise God it has worked for me and during the dormant period there are no symptoms at all and my immune system is strong.
HOWEVER the herbs have not worked for my close relative who remains on a string of immune blocking trial meds amongst approved meds and is constantly at risk from even a mild cold which seems to develop into serious infections that can need hospitalisation.
Have others had success with Chinese medicine?
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