Celiac Disease*: Alternative Medicine
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1. Apple cider vinegar
Two to four tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar three to four times a day is extremely beneficial. It can be sweetened with cranberry juice for taste. Raw vegetable juices, yogurt and ginger juice are all great for digestion and absorption which is so poor in celiac patients.
2. Vitamin and mineral supplements
Absorption of fats and other nutrients is weakened in celiac patients. A common deficiency is that of vitamin K which can be supplemented with green foods, especially alfalfa. 1,000 to 2,000 IU of vitamin A and D found in fish oil can be taken with a physician’s advice. Evening primrose oil supplies omega 6 essential fatty acids that most celiac patients lack.
3. Olive leaf extract
Olive leaf extract, when taken orally, acts as a great boost to the immune system. This extract is so effective that it is slowly replacing synthetic antibiotics. This can be taken in the form of the liquid or capsule as per instructions.
Acupuncture can be very useful for treating imbalances and qi deficiencies. The energy level of the spleen is believed to be low by Chinese physicians. Acupuncture helps in increasing the energy level. This treatment along with Chinese herbs is very helpful. Both can be administered by Chinese acupuncturists.
5. Chinese medicines
Most Chinese practitioners believe that the so called food allergies are due to spleen qi deficiencies. This can be due to eating habits, lifestyle or congenital problems. A practitioner will be the best guide. Otherwise Chinese herbal medicines like Six Gentleman pills in combination with Shen Ling Bai Zhu Pian, sinus and nose pills, stomach curing pills, rhubarb pills, good sleep pills are available online and are believed to cure celiac disease.
6. Water cure
A very important step in dealing with celiac disease is to rid the body of various toxins that affect the liver and kidneys. Biological processes like circulation, digestion, absorption and excretion depend on water. Because water is so important for digestion, lack of fluids makes digestion and excretion more difficult. Drinking at least ten glasses of water helps these processes and flushes toxins out.
7. Silica tea
Silica has the property of reducing inflammation and to rebuild connective tissues. Silica rich horsetail tea taken three times a day or 15 drops of the tincture in liquid taken 3 times daily is enough to take care of the inflammation.
8. Echinacea and goldenseal
These are herbs that are great healers. They have anti inflammatory and anti bacterial properties. A gluten free diet reduces the inflammation and restores the function of the small intestine. Including these two herbs quickens the process. They are available in combination with other herbs like slippery elm, marshmallow and geranium as ‘Roberts Formula’ at health stores. It should not be taken continuously but with two weeks on and two weeks off for two months.
9. Homeopathic treatment
Homeopathic treatment is the only holistic method that not only treats the symptoms of celiac disease effectively, but tries to find out the underlying cause and the individual’s susceptibility to it. There are various medications depending on the cause, modalities and the patient’s psyche. It is best to consult a homeopath for the treatment to be effective. Some of the medications widely used in homeopathy are lycopodium, carbo veg, arsenic album, silicea, nux vom, bryonia, sulphur, calcaria phos, natrum mur and mag carb.