Conditions
Gastroenterological
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

New, natural treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a long term condition that causes the immune system to attack the digestive system, which in turn causes inflammation. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most prevalent inflammatory bowel disease conditions in the UK, and both have shown promising results when treated with natural, plant-based IBD treatments.

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10 million

people around the world live with IBD

90%

of those surveyed agreed that their IBD symptoms improved with natural, alternative treatment

Over 3/4

said plant-based IBD treatments improved abdominal cramping

23%

have used herbal products for IBD symptom relief

“The Releaf+ subscription simplifies the entire process of my plant-based treatment.“

Nigel, Releaf Patient

October 2023

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Symptoms

Tummy pain

Persistent diarrhoea

Blood or mucus in your poo

Bleeding from your bottom

Unintentional weight loss

Fatigue

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, you may have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

In the UK, inflammatory bowel disease symptoms are conventionally treated using prescribed anti-inflammatories and steroids. In some extreme cases surgery is recommended to physically remove parts of the bowel, but this can be costly, and the recovery process can take a long time.

5-aminosalicyclic acids

Immunomodulators

Corticosteroids

Biologics

If you are struggling to manage your symptoms and have already tried two conventional treatments for IBD, plant-based treatments may be suitable for you. Use our free eligibility tool to find out now.
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A word from our specialist

"There is increasing evidence that medical cannabis can reduce the intensity of symptoms in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, albeit without altering what the condition looks like under the microscope. Irritable bowel syndrome similarly, although a distinct condition from both Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis, can be calmed down considerably by means of cannabinoid therapy."

Dr David Tang

Gastroenterological Specialist

How can alternative, plant-based products relieve inflammatory bowel disease?

Natural, plant-based IBD treatments typically target the inflammation caused by an inflammatory bowel disease, and influence the typical responses the immune system initiates. 

In some cases this may be decrease the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines in the gut, which is believed to contribute to the development of Crohn's disease, whilst in others it may reduce inflammation in the colon and rectum, which can alleviate some of the painful symptoms associated with IBD like diarrhoea and rectal bleeding. 

Other evidence suggests plant-based treatments can help decrease the perception of pain, which may make IBD less of a hindrance when going about daily routines and activities, and self-reported quality of life scores also tend to improve after patients start natural, herbal treatments. 

Plant-based treatments are considered a suitable treatment option for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases in the UK if they have been unable to manage their symptoms with conventional or traditional options. To find out if these natural alternatives may be able to help you, fill out our free online eligibility checker today. 

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