Crohn’s Disease Treatment in Oshkosh, Wisconsin – Healing the Gut
What is Crohn’s disease?
Crohn’s disease is considered an irritable bowel disease (IBD) and an autoimmune condition because the immune system attacks the cells of the gut lining, causing severe inflammation. The attack and resulting inflammation can happen anywhere along the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (although often affects the small intestine), and can sometimes affect the joints, skin and mucous membrane tissue, causing joint pain and skin problems along with gut problems.
What are Crohn’s disease symptoms?
Typical symptoms of Crohn’s disease include chronic diarrhea, many times containing blood and/or mucous, abdominal pain and cramping. It could also include a feeling of abdominal obstruction. Blood testing will normally show elevated white blood cell counts and low red blood cell counts. An endoscopy and colonoscopy are normally performed to confirm inflammation has become serious and prolonged enough to cause observable damage to the gut. Fatigue is a common primary symptom as well.
Holistic Treatment of Crohn’s disease
I apply a holistic, body-centric treatment methodology in working with Crohn’s disease. Due to the complex nature of this condition, effective treatment requires sensitivity to and the ability to support proper functioning of the nervous system. I apply Chinese medicine channel theory and the energetic principles of quantum shiatsu to support a positive energetic shift in the client’s nervous system. Crohn’s often also involves some level of pain. Along with a therapeutic massage treatment approach (tui na) derived from Chinese medicine, I frequently use specialized tools like cupping and moxibustion to achieve an immediate reduction in the pain. The ability to maximize the body’s nutrient absorption through diet and strengthen gut function is critical in supporting Chron’s. I address this aspect using the principles of nutrition therapy, which starts with a properly prepared whole foods diet and uses a variety of evaluative and functional tools to support the digestive system and immune system functioning. For more information on specific nutritional recommendations for Crohn’s Disease, please download a free copy of my ebook: Nutritional Strategies to Manage IBS and Chronic Pain – Condensed Version.
If you or anyone you know are suffering from Crohn’s disease in or around Oshkosh, Wisconsin, or nationally, call Courtney Cowie at (920) 460-0229.