Most patients who come for treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis) are already on medication for the control of their symptoms. They know that the conventional medication is not a cure, rather it is a life long treatment. The goal is to try and keep the symptoms mild, to treat any flare-ups aggressively, to provide additional nutritional support and thus decrease the risk of intestinal obstruction, abscess, fistula, colon resection or colon cancer. Endoscopy can be used to check the progress of treatment whether it is conventional or holistic. However, insurance companies may not pay for colonoscopies if performed more frequently than once every two years. In the interim, markers for inflammation, vitamin/mineral levels, weight gain and general improvement in health can be used to assess homeopathic progress. Changes in symptom frequency and severity is also used to guide remedy selection and dosing schedule. It is possible over a period of 1-2 years to gradually reduce the amount of conventional medication a patient is taking, tapering it slowly until the patient is only taking homeopathic remedies. Long standing cases if IBD involving treatment with multiple immunosuppressive drugs may take up to 5 years to cure and will likely involve many ups and downs along the way.
Luckily for the patient and the physician, some people show up for treatment at the very beginning of the disease process. George was such a patient. He was a 19 year old young man of Greek background who had just been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease by colonoscopy and biopsy. He had chronic diarrhea and right sided abdominal pain. He was tall, thin with very pale skin and a bluish tint to the whites of his eyes. After a few initial remedies failed to work, I hit upon Tuberculinum. Several doses in ascending order of potency cured him. In thanks for his treatment, his family sent me this small bust of Hippocrates. To this day, I keep it on my book shelve, next to the small bust of Hahnemann, the founder of Homeopathy.