How aggressive your Crohns treatment will be would depend on your symptoms at the time.
Most doctors would not spend more than few minutes discussing Crohns disease diet with you. Its all about Crohns treatments. Its understandable. Doctors learn medical studies and treat according to them. Most of these serious studies are not about Crohns disease diet effect on a patient.
There is more and more information about alternative Crohns disease treatment and holistic approach to Crohns. There are more and more studies that show beneficial effects of probiotics and other natural supplements on Crohns disease patients and other IBD patients as well as patients with IBS and Celiac disease. This makes me very happy. Because that is what I really believe in. I believe that Crohns disease treatment should be a combination of holistic, natural and alternative medicine together with conventional medicine. I am a pharmacist and you would think I would only believe in medications. But I am a Crohns disease patient and I went through so much and now I am so much better. And you should be too.
Sometimes, the doctors would start the patient on nutritional supplementation if the case is pretty severe. When the symptoms are very serious and the patient has a bad flare-up the doctor may consider adding nutritional supplementation through the nasogastric (tube from the nose to the stomach) or parenteral (intravenous) tubes to make it easier on the stomach. This is usually done for a short period of time.
Some iron supplements can be added to Crohns disease treatment plan. Many Crohns patients have vitamin deficiencies and iron deficiency could cause anemia. Taking iron pills can treat anemia for the time you are on this supplement.
You would be surprised to know that natural treatments for Crohn’s disease are practiced by many Functional medicine practitioners.
The goal in natural treatment for Crohn’s disease is to get the patient in full remission with individualized diet, natural supplements that are recommended according to Functional medicine labs and appropriate exercise.