It is less known but widespread disease: many people suffer from it all over the world. Let’s talk about Crohn’s disease and the use of Aloe Vera, thanks to the contribution of our Naturopath
What is Crohn’s disease
Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestine or MICI. It is counted among the immune diseases, and is present mainly in countries with high industrial development.
The pathological process may also affect the stomach, duodenum, jejunum, vermiform appendix, cecum, ascending colon and bladder; more frequently it affects the terminal tract of the ileum and the colon. The inflammation involves the entire wall of the affected tract and often extends to the nearby mesentery and lymph nodes.
It occurs predominantly in youth (20-25 years) and in old age (65 years). It is often associated with systemic autoimmune disorders, such as oral ulcers and rheumatic arthritis. Generally, people with MICI lead more or less normal lives. The outlook is very variable and depends on several factors. The location and extent of the disease, possible complications and individual response to treatment.
The causes are still unclear, which limits medical therapy to the use of drugs that control inflammation. It is certainly safe to say, based on current scientific knowledge, that this is not a contagious disease. It would not even be a hereditary disease in the strict sense of the term, i.e. not transmissible through chromosomes. There is only some familial predisposition if about 15-20% of patients have one or more close relatives affected by Crohn’s disease.
The use of Aloe Vera and Crohn’s disease
In this particular disease, nutrition does not play a central role in this disease. However, a correct diet can alleviate the most important symptoms and disorders, especially in the acute phase.
In general, it is advisable to follow a low fixed residue diet, i.e. limiting the consumption of fibre and other foods that can complicate digestion: the aim is to reduce bowel movements so as not to aggravate the painful symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, such as cramps, a swollen belly, diarrhoea and intestinal gas.
In addition, it is obviously essential to consult a specialist who will recommend the appropriate medication.
Some people combine a light pharmacological dosage with the use of Aloe Vera juice: integrating the juice with the diet and the doctor’s instructions can help hydrate the digestive system and limit the discomfort typical of the disease.
NB. We advise you to always inform your doctor if you plan to take complementary therapies that can work in combination with medical treatment. In the most intense periods, in addition to Aloe Vera, we recommend the use of Omega-3 supplements.