Related Terms

  • Regional Enteritis

Crohn disease (CD) is inflammation in the colon and the end of the small bowel. It causes loose stools, belly pain, lack of energy, and other health problems. You may go back and forth between times when you have symptoms and times when you do not.

CD is managed by avoiding certain foods that make it worse. Medicine can also help. Surgery can remove harm or blockage if other methods don’t work.

Natural Therapies

There are no natural therapies that have good proof to support their use for CD.

Unlikely to Be Effective

  • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) do not appear to lower rates of relapse to active disease. A1, A2
  • Probiotics do not appear to aid or maintain disease remission. B1-B3

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.

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