Are there alternative treatments for ulcerative proctitis?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In addition to medication, some alternative treatments may help ease the symptoms of ulcerative proctitis. You should talk to your doctor if you are considering using alternative treatments. Dietary changes may help. Some people respond well to increasing the amount of fiber in their diet, but others may find that it makes their symptoms worse. Adding fish oil to your diet might help decrease the inflammation associated with proctitis. Foods that contain prebiotics might help improve intestinal health in general; these include garlic, artichokes, bananas, and some other fruits, vegetables, and grains. Probiotic supplements containing acidophilus can also contribute to overall intestinal health. Some herbs have been known to help soothe and heal inflamed and irritated body tissue. For example, drinking tea made with slippery elm and marshmallow might help soothe the colon and rectum. Homeopathic remedies, biofeedback, exercise. and acupuncture may also help. While all these suggestions may be useful, they can only address symptoms; the underlying cause of a patient's ulcerative proctitis must be found and addressed medically.

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