Alternative Medicine for Celiac Disease

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

People with celiac disease can't simply eat anything they want! They have to be quite selective. And this lesson offers a selection of its own alternative therapies for celiac disease.

Celiac Disease

It seems like a lot of restaurants nowadays cater to the gluten-free loving crowd. For some people, eating gluten-free stuff just seems like the right thing to do. For others; however, it's a serious dietary choice for they may suffer serious problems if they eat gluten-containing products.

What is gluten? Gluten is a type of protein found in grains like wheat, barley, and rye. People with celiac disease, or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, have an immune reaction to gluten. This can lead to everything from diarrhea to anemia and much more.

This lesson is not going to go into details about the disorder itself. Instead, let's go over some of the alternative therapies some people believe can help them with celiac disease. Remember, many of these have no solid basis in science so make sure to consult your doctor before starting, stopping or changing any therapy, including an alternative therapy.

Diet & Supplements

Maya has celiac disease. She knows that the conventional therapy for her disorder is eating a gluten-free diet for the rest of her life. In addition to following a strict diet, she also tries to keep her gut healthy thanks to probiotics, glutamine, and fish oil.

Probiotics are micoorganisms, usually bacteria, which help keep your digestive tract in good shape. Some examples of bacteria some people recommend for celiac disease include Bacillus coagulens and Lactobacillus GG.

Since her intestines are damaged during celiac disease, Maya takes glutamine, an amino acid that might help improve the function of her digestive system.

Finally, Maya also takes fish oil supplements on a regular basis. That's because fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids, which might help suppress some of the inflammatory aspects of celiac disease.

Other supplements some people believe might help them manage celiac disease and/or its consequences include:

  • Aloe vera, a kind of tropical plant
  • Paprika. Yes, the spice!
  • Marshmallow root
  • Licorice root
  • Dandelion, in tea.

Other Therapies

Besides using supplements, Maya consults her licensed acupuncturist. She believes that the inflammation seen in celiac disease can be reduced by placing specialized needles at various points in her body. She also thinks that acupuncture can help regulate her immune system so that it doesn't over-react to the gluten and cause her so much harm as a result.

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