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Crohn’s disease is a complex inflammatory bowel disease, often presenting as abdominal pain, diarrhoea, and bloody stools.

Crohn’s disease

Understanding Crohn’s disease

Crohn's disease

Crohn’s disease is classified under the spectrum of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Another inflammatory bowel disease in ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disorder marked by persistent inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This complex disorder, characterised by unpredictable exacerbations and remissions, can have a profound impact on the quality of life of afflicted individuals (1).

New research has estimated that 1 in every 123 people in the UK are living with either Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis, meaning that over half a million people are living with IBD in the UK. These new estimates are almost double of the 300,000 that were previously estimated (1). The incidence of Crohn’s in the UK is increasing, and globally the UK is second only to the US in terms of percentage of the population living with IBD (2).

Many herbs are suitable for self-care. However if a health condition does not resolve with home remedies we recommend using the information in Herbal Reality along with your health advisors, especially herbal practitioners from the professional associations listed in our Resources page (‘If you want to find a herbalist”). When buying any herbal products, you should choose responsible manufacturers with independently assured quality standards and sustainability practices. Check the label carefully for the appropriate safety and sustainability information.

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