What is the Difference Between Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease?

What is the Difference Between Crohn's Disease and Celiac Disease?

The most common and the most haunting digestive disorders are Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease. Both are autoimmune disorders and both affect the gastrointestinal tract. Many find it hard to differentiate between Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease as both overlaps a lot in symptoms. Ayurveda refers to these two diseases as Grahani Roga which is the disease of the small intestines. These two are nightmares for sufferers whenever they try to eat the food they desire. Most people confuse one another and often find it difficult to follow a diet or take any precautions.

So, today in this article, we will help you to disclose the difference between them. We will also recommend a super diet that will aid in your Crohn’s disease. Stay tuned till the end. Okay, without any further delay, let’s dive in. Have an insightful read! 

Similarities between Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease

Both diseases have terrible effects on the intestines, both are due to autoimmune reactions and research also explains that patients with celiac disease are more likely to have Crohn’s disease than others. Studies also found that they are genetically similar and patients can experience the following symptoms of Crohn’s Disease and symptoms of Celiac Disease mostly on the intestines but rarely on other body parts too:-

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Burning sensation in the stomach
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Rashes on the skin
  • Anaemic condition
  • Reduced height or low growth.
  • Red sores or mouth ulcers

Although they coincide a lot in symptoms, the relative causes and the treatment options differ. To be more precise even if people confuse them as one, they are not, they are two different conditions. Okay, let’s also read what those differences are and what you can do to take care of yourself. 

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Causes of Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease 

Ayurveda clearly explains eating gluten-loaded food which causes autoimmune reactions in people who are sensitive to it is the primary cause of Celiac Disease. Although the same autoimmune reaction is the cause of the development of flares and ulcers in the intestines of Crohn’s disease, no one is sure of the cause of those autoimmune reactions. So we can conclude that:-

  • Celiac Disease is due to gluten sensitivity resulting in indigestion of gluten foods thereby leading to reactions in the gut.
  • Crohn’s Disease is due to hereditary, genetic and environmental causes resulting in autoimmune reactions in the gut. But, remember that an incompatible diet and stress can exacerbate this condition. 

Do You Know?

  • Around 2 million people in US and 1 million people in the US suffer from Celiac Disease and Crohn’s Disease respectively.
  • People with Celiac Disease are almost 10 times more likely to get inflammatory bowel syndrome maybe it’s Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis.(1)
  • People with Crohn’s disease were advised to follow a gluten-free diet and surprisingly 65% of them found relief from eating foods that do not have gluten and flare-ups also reduced a lot.(2)

Well, that’s a brief about Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease, now let’s look into the treatment patterns of both diseases. 

Ayurvedic Remedies for Celiac Disease 

Ayurveda explains that celiac disease is due to the eating of incompatible foods and also foods that have gluten. Many patients at IAFA have been successfully treated by Dr. Sahil Gupta using Ayurvedic herbs and also a personalised gluten diet.

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  • Ayurveda primarily recommends eliminating the trigger, which is gluten foods.
  • Following a personalised gluten-free diet.
  • Indication of herbal medicines. If you want to know in detail about the Ayurvedic management of celiac disease, then you can read it here.
  • Some external therapies like Enema therapy and Lepa also help in the treatment of celiac disease.

To make things easier, we will recommend you to book an online consultation now and talk with our ayurvedic expert Dr. Sahil Gupta and get your therapy now! This is the effective treatment of Celiac Disease.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Crohn’s Disease

There is no single therapy that can cure your Crohn’s disease flare-ups. But surprisingly even if you have or don’t have celiac disease following a gluten-free diet may be a relief to your gut and also you can reduce flares. Ayurvedic Remedies focuses on the Deepana of Agni which is the stimulation of digestive fire and elimination of Ama Visha and prescribes those herbs which can relieve gastrointestinal symptoms.

  • Know about the complete Ayurvedic medicines for Crohn’s disease, read it here.
  • Following low fibre and less packaged foods can be beneficial.
  • Ayurvedic techniques like mridu virechana, Vasthi (medicated enema), anuvasana vasthi (oil enema) and Vamana karma (induced emesis) are performed to get better results.

This is an ayurvedic way of treatment of Crohn’s Disease. 

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A Word from IAFA 

  • If you have celiac disease or Crohn’s disease, don’t delay, get treated now.
  • No matter which disease you are suffering from, a gluten-free diet will be your bestie.
  • Maintaining a food journal and jotting down the foods which trigger flare-ups can make your Crohn’s disease less suffering.
  • Keeping in mind the foods that have gluten can remind you to avoid them and look for alternatives. So always keep a list of gluten-rich foods to avoid them.
  • The best thing you can do is get to the root cause and eliminate the disease by visiting IAFA, yes, book an online consultation now and live a healthier and happier life without any worry about what to eat.

Get every clarity with us on Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease, by consulting our health expert.

Bonus Diet! 

Hey, before leaving, we promised you that we will share with you a highly beneficial diet to reduce the flare-ups of Crohn’s disease. That is a low FODMAP diet. Research suggests that people on a low FODMAP diet have shown more significant results in IBS than others. A low FODMAP is low fermentable, oligosaccharides, disaccharides and monosaccharides and polyols. Off! So much to remember, right?  Well, to put it simply, these are certain types of carbohydrates like sugars, starches and fibres. Stay tuned for another insightful article on a diet plan for Crohn’s disease. We have already covered celiac disease in detail, you can check it out!

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