A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
Sensitivity to cereal protein, gluten causes celiac disease, or sprue in people. This disorder is not common in occurrence and its main effect is in bringing about a malabsorption of nutrients from the diet because of the intolerance of the body to the gluten content of cereals like wheat, rye and barley-all of which are a normal part of the diet around the world. Some cereals like rice and corn do not contain gluten and can therefore be consumed by people with the disorder. The first signs of celiac disease in a child will become apparent by the time he or she is six months old, that is as soon as the child is weaned off from his or her mothers milk and begins eating food; a reaction to the gluten content in baby's formula will be the first sign that the child has celiac disease. However, the degree of manifestation of this condition may vary from one person to the next and milder cases of the condition can lie low and are often not discovered until the person reaches adulthood many years later. Some of the very usual physical symptoms associated with the disease include diarrhea along with vomiting one or two hours after a meal, the abdominal region may also become painfully bloated. At times the stools produced by the patient can be large, extremely smelly and shiny in appearance. The first sings of malnutrition become apparent when these symptoms are present over a long time. Some of these signs of poor nutrient absorption by the body can include infertility and anemia, and noticeable weight loss. Children tend to have peculiar symptoms of their own and it usually manifest itself as a lack in energy and a failure to grow. These physical symptoms come accompanied by a rash, and recurring canker sores, the patient may endure sever pain in the bones and he or she may be tormented by sudden mood swings at all times of the day and night.
Celiac disease is hereditary and the sensitivity to gluten is passed from one generation to the next. The manifestations of the disease such as the poor absorption of nutrients comes about because the gluten damages the intestinal mucous membranes-this also leads to the presence of persistent and painful diarrhea. Health is restored only by a modification in the diet of the individual and the maintenance of a strict gluten-free dietary regimen will gradually eliminate all symptoms and complications within the body. Depending on the intensity of the condition in the individuals, it has been observed that certain adults suffering from celiac disease are able to reintroduce small quantities of gluten in their daily diet, this is not the case at all in other sufferers, who may suffer severe and serious relapses if even a minute quantity of gluten is introduced in the diet. A diagnosis from a professional and qualified doctor is recommended to verify the symptoms as being caused by celiac disease as many other intestinal disorders produce very similar symptoms in people.
Supplements and herbs
The resulting intestinal inflammation during celiac disease leads to a very poor absorption of food, thus nutrients are required by the body in large quantities to make up for this deficit in the diet. Supplementation helps to correct the nutrient imbalance within the body as an added measure to the changes in diet the person must make during the treatment of the condition-the malnourishment and poor nutrient uptake of the body must be corrected by both of these measures acting together.
The use of the various herbal remedies given below will help in soothing intestinal irritation caused by the disease and also being about a reduction in the level of inflammation. Additionally these will help heal damaged and irritated mucous membranes within the body.
The tincture of the agrimony is an excellent herbal supplement, and the use of four drops of the tincture in water thrice a day is recommended as an herbal supplemental measure. The importance of the mineral silica to the strengthening and restoration of the connective tissues has already been mentioned and it is known that good amounts of silica in the intestines can lead to a quick reduction in the inflammation during the disease. Supplements of this mineral can be taken in dosages of three cups of a silica-rich horsetail herbal tea or fifteen drops of a horsetail tincture mixed in some liquid thrice everyday during the treatment period. Different types of inflammations arising in the gastrointestinal tract can also be alleviated through the use of a combination herbal formula tea made from herbs like the burdock, the slippery elm, the sheep sorrel and the Turkish rhubarb-drink this tea on a regular basis as a supplemental measure to treat the disease. Another good herbal tea for treating the disease can also be made from herbs like the dandelion, the saffron and the yellow dock; this herbal tea will also aid in the purification of the blood while substantially adding to the nourishment of the body.
Additional things you may do
Damaged intestinal walls as a result of celiac disease can be healed and quickly treated through regular hydrotherapy on the abdomen.
A diet free of the compound gluten is the primary treatment for celiac disease; in children the condition is commonly diagnosed before a child attains two years of age. It is important for the child to persist with the dietary regimen and in this endeavor the child will need a lot of support from his or her parents. The greatest challenge posed to children with celiac disease as that they are unable to consume what their friends are eating-this is a very big hurdle to cross for children with the condition. The condition of celiac disease extends throughout the life of an individual and is considered a chronic problem-consequently children must be disciplined to deal with it as something they have to live with. A relapse is very easy as even minor deviations from the restricted diet at any given time will cause great problems and will engender the reappearance of the symptoms. Emotional issues arise for the child and the parents of children with the condition as well as children with celiac disease must find counseling and support groups to help them deal with these issues on a long term basis.
Inflammations in the intestine can be reduced and healed with the aloe vera herb, when it is taken in small amounts as a regular or daily supplemental measure. For supplemental purposes of this sort make sure that you purchase only the edible-food-grade form of the herb. Dosages of the herb for children can be about 1/2 teaspoon of the herb, taken two times every day, or as and when it is necessary. The irritations in the digestive tract can also be soothed and healed through the use of the slippery elm herb as a supplemental measure. This herb can be consumed in the form of an herbal tea or as a capsule; alternately it can be made into a paste with water and mixed in the child's food. The taste of the slippery elm is rather mild and easy for children to eat. Dosage of the herbal supplement can be a single dose, once or two times every day, as and when necessary.