A  Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic

Colitis & Crohn's Disease
Natural Therapies - Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

Colitis/ Colitides refers to an inflammation of the colon and is often used to describe an inflammation of the
large intestine. Crohn's disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, is a type of inflammatory
bowel disease that may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus.  

In western, there is no cure for for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s  disease. Medication and diets can help
control the condition and sometimes bring about long-term remission. Some people with Crohn's disease will
require surgery to remove part of the digestive tract at some point in their lives. However, surgery does not cure
the disease.

Chinese medicine offers effective treatment for mild to moderate ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In
Chinese medicine theories, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease may be caused by constitutional deficiencies,
invasion of the exterior pathogenic factors or an unbalanced diet. Constitutional deficiencies usually refer to
spleen, stomach and kidney deficiencies. Invasion of exterior pathogenic factors refers to damp-heat or damp-
cold. An unbalanced diet high in raw or cold can injure the spleen and stomach by obstructing their functions in
transforming and transporting food and nutrients.

Depending on the severity and characteristics, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease can be divided into seven
major categories:

  1. Damp-heat in the large intestine,
  2. Damp-cold affecting the spleen,
  3. Alternation of heat and cold attacks,
  4. Liver overacting on the spleen,
  5. Qi and blood stagnation,
  6. Damp accumulation with spleen deficiency
  7. Spleen and kidney yang deficiency.

The power of Chinese medicine is in a personalized treatment. A comprehensive consultation and assessment
is needed to find out what your under pattern condition is and what acu-points to select and what herbs to use to
make a customized treatment plan which will works more effectively and quickly.