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What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD is a chronic inflammatory disorder in both the small and large intestines. The major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Crohn’s disease commonly starts in the terminal ileum, but can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus and in contrast, Ulcerative Colitis is usually restricted to the colon and the rectum. The main difference between the 2 conditions though is that Crohn’s disease affects the entire wall of the bowel while Ulcerative Colitis only affects the mucosa or epithelial lining of the gut.
Symptoms of IBD include abdominal pain, bloating, persistent diarrhea, loss of appetite, vomiting, bright red blood in stools and weight loss, along with anemia, fever, skin and eye problems, delayed growth and sexual maturation in children and symptoms generally worsen during menses. IBD is also linked to liver problems, arthritis, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, osteoporosis and colon cancer. It is treated with immunosuppressive drugs to control the symptoms, as well as an anti-inflammatory drugs and steroids and in severe cases, surgery may be required.
How can oregano oil relieve Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Wild oregano oil is known for having excellent anti-inflammatory (Landa, et al., 2009) and anti-spasmodic properties. Even though the exact cause of IBD is unknown, offending agents like bacteria, virus and the others triggers the inflammation and wild oregano oil can target all of these by itself. As a matter of fact, the antimicrobial effect of 3 essential oils against common food-borne microorganisms comprising of gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, molds and yeast has been done and researchers concluded that the carvacrol and thymol in oregano oil had the strongest antimicrobial effects (Lopez, et al., 2007).
How should oregano oil be used against Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
Solutions4Health Oil of Wild Oregano is already appropriately diluted with a carrier oil so that it can be used for both internal consumption and external use.
As with the use of any nutraceutical, it is important to first consult with your doctor to discuss your use of Oil of Wild Oregano in light of any medical conditions you may have and any medication you may be taking.
Take the recommended dosage daily that is listed on the bottle, or as discussed with your healthcare professional.
Landa P., Kokoska L., Pribylova M., Vanek T. and Marsik P. In vitro anti-inflammatory activity of carvacrol: Inhibitory effect on COX-2 catalyzed prostaglandin E(2) biosynthesis. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009; 32(1): 75-78.
Lopez P., Sanchez C., Batlle R. and Nerin C. Vapor-phase activities of cinnamon, thyme, and oregano oils and key constituents against foodborne microorganisms. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 2007; 55(11): 4348-4356.