Cayce Health Database
OVERVIEW OF CROHN'S DISEASE
WHAT IS CROHN'S DISEASE
Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory
bowel disease, a group of chronic disorders that cause inflammation
or ulceration in the small and large intestines. Crohn's disease
usually involves the small intestine, most often the lower part (the
ileum). In some cases, both the small and large intestine (colon or
bowel) are affected. In other cases, only the colon is involved. Sometimes,
inflammation also may affect the mouth, esophagus, stomach, duodenum,
appendix, or anus. Crohn's disease is a chronic condition and may
recur at various times over a lifetime. Some people have long periods
of remission, sometimes for years, when they are free of symptoms.
There is no way to predict when a remission may occur or when symptoms
The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal
pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea. There also may be rectal
bleeding, weight loss, and fever. Bleeding may be serious and persistent,
leading to anemia (low red blood cell count). Children may suffer delayed
development and stunted growth. The cause(s) of Crohn's disease
is unknown. The main theories regarding causation focus on genetic
predisposition, virus or bacterial infection, and immune system dysfunction.
From a medical perspective, Crohn's disease is regarded
as incurable. Treatment focuses on symptomatic relief and management
of the illness. Medications and dietary restrictions are standard
medical therapies. Crohn's disease sometimes requires surgery, but
it cannot be cured by surgery. The inflammation tends to return in areas
of the intestine next to the area that has been removed.
Crohn's disease also can lead to complications that
affect other parts of the body. These systemic complications include various
forms of arthritis, skin problems, inflammation in the eyes or mouth,
kidney stones, gallstones, or other diseases of the liver and biliary
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE OF CROHN'S DISEASE
Although the diagnostic label of Crohn's disease
was never used, Edgar Cayce gave numerous readings for individuals suffering
from inflammatory bowel disease which would meet current criteria for
Crohn's disease. Although the causes and treatment varied somewhat
for each individual, one of the common themes was that inflammatory bowel
disease can be traced back to viral infection (often intestinal flu) that
has "settled" in the intestines. The lymphatic system becomes disturbed
due to the toxic build up in the bowel.
Another common pattern described by Edgar Cayce traces
the cause of intestinal inflammation to problems further up in the digestive
system. For example, improper functioning of the stomach, small
intestines or liver can produce a toxic load on the lower intestines.
In other readings, the cause was linked to pressures on
spinal nerves which govern the digestive system. Improper digestion
and assimilation in the upper gastro-intestinal (GI) tract led to inflammation
in the intestines. Spinal adjustment (manual therapy) was usually
included in the treatment plan in such instances.
EDGAR CAYCE'S THERAPEUTIC MODEL
Whether the intestinal inflammation was produced by
flu virus or other factors, the treatment recommendations were consistent
in emphasizing the need to address the whole digestive system. In
other words, improving assimilation and elimination throughout the entire
alimentary canal is helpful in supporting the healing of the intestines.
Specific therapies for symptomatic relief are also included in the treatment
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily and a cleansing diet of fresh fruits and
- SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: Osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
is recommended to relieve any pressures that may be hindering assimilation
and elimination. If osteopathic or chiropractic treatment is
not available, the use of an electric vibrator along the spine may
- MEDICINE: A specific herbal formulation combining ginseng, ginger,
lactated pepsin and stillingia has proven very effective in cases
of inflammatory bowel disease. For persons experiencing diarrhea,
another herbal remedy based on alum root is suggested. Beef
juice taken as a medicine is recommended for persons who experience
general fatigue and debilitation as a result of the disease.
- GRAPE THERAPY: The use of grapes in the diet and in abdominal
packs may be helpful for individuals suffering from abdominal pain.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health