Nettles and Crohn's Disease, Colitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Anti-TNF-alpha...[is] very effective in the treatment of acute Crohn's disease, but are minimized by the decline of their effectiveness after repeated applications. The stinging nettle extract, IDS 30, is an [auxiliary] remedy in rheumatic diseases [Crohn's Disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis, arthritis] dependent on a suppressive effect of [certain substances.]*

"CONCLUSIONS: The long-term use of IDS 30 [extract of nettle leaf] is effective in the prevention of chronic...colitis...[It may be a new therapeutic option for pro-longing remission in inflammatory bowel disease."

*Cytokines, inflammatory actors

Editor's Note: Green tea is also an inhibitor of TNF-alpha.

From Int. J. of Colorectal Dis., vol. 20, 2005. By: Drs. Konrad, Mahler, Seibold, et al., U. of Berne, 3010 Berne, Switz.