Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes ulcerations in the small and large intestines. “Conventional wisdom” has been that it is somehow linked to an over-active immune system. However, Traditional Naturopaths have long believed that natural reinforcement of the immune system is in order. Now, the Allopathic community appears to be “coming around” as well.
“Dr. Alistair Forbes, medical director of the gut disorder organisation Core, told the BBC News website the work was ‘very exciting’ and consistent with other pieces of work which suggested Crohn’s was linked to a weak immune response. He said: ‘The cause of Crohn’s remains unknown, and although there are genetic factors, it is quite clear they don’t explain the whole thing. Crohn’s is clearly related to the bacterial flora in the gut, but how is not clear at all. There are several pieces of information that suggest Crohn’s is linked to an abnormality of the immune response, rather than an excessive one in the first instance.'”
However, they are still looking toward treatment with a drug, rather than natural means to stimulate immune system strength.