Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience. Due to limitations of time, not all information that Dr. Weyrich knows or would like to further research is published here. Dr. Weyrich welcomes financial contributions to support specific research topics, as well as copies of non-free access journal articles for him to review on a topic. Constructive criticism is also welcome.

Overview of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases include a number of different disorders in which all or part of the alimentary tract is chronically inflamed. Although in some cases successful treatment may suggest underlying mechanisms, in many cases the exact causative mechanism remains controversial.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease that are considered below include:

  • Immune System Balancing
  • Low Dose Naltrexone

Signs and Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Abdominal pain.
  • Rectal bleeding.
  • Blood in stool.
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss.
  • Vomiting.

Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Symptoms may suggest endoscopy studies, perhaps with biopsy of inflamed areas.

Differential Diagnosis of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Conventional Treatment

Conventional treatment consists of symptom relief through the use of immune suppressing drugs that reduce inflammation, such as methotrexate, azathioprine (Imuran), mercaptopurine, or sulfasalzine.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Immune System Balancing

[McCulley2018, pp 35, 89] reports that inflammatory bowel disease is a TH2-dominant autoimmune disorder, and proposes an approach to treating this disease, which should be supervised by a properly trained medical professional. Dr. Weyrich has considerable interest in this topic, but has not treated any cases of inflammatory bowel disease with Immune System Balancing.

Please see What is Immune System Balancing? for more information.

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

Low dose Naltrexone (4.5mg/day) has been shown to have an immune-balancing effect that may benefit Crohn's Disease, with a 67% remission rate [Farmer1985], [Smith2007], [Smith2011]. Dr. Weyrich suspects that Low Dose Naltrexone may also beneficial in treating other inflammatory bowel conditions.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of inflammatory bowel disease with LDN.

Please see What is Low Dose Naltrexone? for more information.

Sequelae of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Although the symptoms of inflammatory bowel diseases may impact the quality of life, the disease is rarely fatal. However, inflammation does increase the risk of neoplastic changes (cancers).

References for Inflammatory Bowel Disease