Coeliac Disease

What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac Disease is a congenital illness that occurs in people who have an allergy to the wheat protein known as gluten.

What are the Symptoms of Coeliac Disease?

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Weight Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Anaemia
  • Bloating
  • Indigestion

What are the Causes of Coeliac Disease?

If a person with this allergy digests gluten it causes an inflammation of the bowel. Damage can be caused to the small intestine lining, leading to difficulties in absorbing the essential nutrients in food.

Traditional Treatments for Coeliac Disease

There is no medication that can be taken to help ease the symptoms. The only way to treat Coeliac Disease is prevention by adopting a strict gluten free diet. When initially diagnosed, the prospect of permanently changing your diet can be daunting to many people. However with more awareness being generated about the disease in recent years, it is becoming easier to control and adapt it to your lifestyle. Many shops and supermarkets now contain a dedicated gluten-free section. It is also becoming more common for restaurants to have gluten free diet options on their menu. The main foods that contain gluten and that should be avoided are:

  • Wheat
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Oats

Complementary/Alternative Treatments of Coeliac Disease

As prevention is the main way to avoid the symptoms of Coeliac Disease, there are not many commonly known alternative treatments. However some herbal remedies can help to reduce the symptoms. Chamomile is known to help the digestive system and also has the added benefit of calming and soothing properties. Try drinking chamomile tea once a day. Peppermint oil can be used to reduce spasms in the intestines. Therefore it can help to relieve the cramps associated with Coeliac Disease. The concentrated oil is the best option; however drinking peppermint tea is also a good idea. Consult your doctor before trying peppermint oil as it can have side effects for a small number of people. Elm powder is another herbal remedy that works by coating the walls of the intestines. This can help to prevent damage and reduce pain.