Even though there is little
scientific proof that it works, many people who have
ulcerative colitis consider nontraditional or
complementary medicine in addition to prescription medicines. They may turn to
these other treatments because there is no cure other than removal of the
Other treatment choices
- Special diets or nutritional supplements,
- Fatty acids found in oily
fish, such as salmon and tuna.
- Vitamin supplements, such as
vitamins D and B12.
Herbs, such as aloe and
- Stimulation of the feet, hands,
and ears to try to affect parts of the body (reflexology).
Probiotics and fatty acids are the most promising
complementary therapies being studied for ulcerative colitis. But there is
still not much known about their value. As with any treatment, talk with your
doctor before using any of these treatments.
Several studies have shown that the nicotine patch
may help treat active ulcerative colitis. It is not yet known how long the
benefits of the nicotine patch last or if the patch can help prevent flare-ups. If the patch works, it most likely benefits people whose
symptoms began or became worse after quitting smoking.
But because of the addictive
power and other harmful effects of nicotine, most doctors still prefer to use
traditional medicines to treat ulcerative colitis before trying the nicotine