Okay, so back in 2012 (can’t believe it’s been that long!) I posted an experimental protocol for healing intestinal strictures and scar tissue, called Intestinal StrictureHeal (not to be confused with the Rectal version). I gave out the eBook for free so people could test the protocol and over 500 people downloaded that eBook.

After numerous requests for people to fill out a detailed feedback form on how it worked for them (but not getting too many replies), along with people posting their comments on the blog, I decided that the easiest way to get some kind of standardized feedback was to send out a Survey. So we did that last month and Ta-da! Here are the results:

  • 58 people filled out the survey
  • Of those, only 30% carried out the protocol exactly as I advised and 33% implemented less than half of the protocol.
  • However, the fascinating thing to me, is that even people who quit after a week, or left out half the ingredients, or didn’t see much improvement (for a variety of reasons) – a whopping 92% said they would recommend the protocol to a friend!

In terms of how much improvement people experienced (keep in mind that most did not implement the full protocol, or left out ingredients) here are the results:

Other fascinating results include the person who used it on their mother diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. And they reported the doctors said it prolonged her life by 2 months and made her passing much more comfortable. Wow! Totally unexpected.

So, if you’re interested in trying this Intestinal StrictureHeal protocol, I think you really should read through the survey respondents’ comments for yourself. The stats only give a partial picture, but the individual feedback is more meaningful and I think will be more helpful for your decision-making process.

You can download the complete survey feedback results here.

If you participated in the survey, don’t worry, your name or email etc. does not show up on the results – we take privacy seriously!

I am currently working on the 3rd Edition of my landmark book, Listen To Your Gut, so one of the reasons I wanted the survey results was to decide whether to include this protocol in the book, or not. However, due to the difficulty of implementation I think it might be best to leave it on the blog here – or perhaps to include it as a free bonus eBook…

Regardless I wish to extend a huge congratulations! to those of you adventurous enough to test this protocol and for listening to your gut as to the best implementation for your unique body. It is just wonderful to have a community like this who pulls together to walk a path of conscious healing; without waiting for the med/scientific sector to catch up, or give permission first.

Go us!!

Intestinal StrictureHeal Survey Results Are In!
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  • I am sorry that I didn’t fill out this survey. Somehow I totally missed it.

    I followed both components of your protocol (internal and external) pretty much as written for a while. I have been doing a lot of different things and so I am not sure how much your protocol helped. I do think that my issues got better than they were, though much more in terms of the other problems that I have had than with regard to the strictures.

    I’m wondering if you have ever investigated ultrasound for these kinds of issues.

    After reading this article, I made an appointment with a chiropractor who has some expensive ultrasound equipment in his office and he spent a while treating my abdomen. I released a bunch of black stringy stuff the next day (that was unusual for me) and things did feel looser.

    So I am going to try pursuing this for a while longer and see how it goes.

    http://rockonnutrition.net/blog-post/ultrasound-therapy-for-fibromyalgia-and-lyme-disease/

    Thank you for working so hard to try to figure this out!

    1. That is a very interesting article Lisa – thanks so much for sharing! I am VERY interested to hear how this works for you, PLEASE let us know the results after you’ve had 5 treatments or so (or if you quit and why).

      Sound healing and a cat’s purr also have the same effect. And cats will often lie on the point of pain, or tumor and purr. If you have a kitty, you could try that too and compare with the treatment – that would be interesting to know too.

      How long was your first ultrasound session?

    1. Hello Erin,

      Jini is not a medical professional and is unable to comment on the safety of the StrictureHeal while trying to conceive. She recommends contacting a doctor and researching the different products used in it for pregnancy safety. Sorry we are unable to provide more information concerning that.

      Best wishes,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • My Crohn’s Colitis strictures naturally break up and release after about 1.5 weeks on a strict Absorb Plus enteric diet. My flareup frequency is now down to once per year after about 4 years of following the protocol on every flare without fail, and they are diminishing in severity as well.

    Counting my previous orders from the shopping cart here on your store, I see 10 times out of 10 orders I have put my (previously completely disabling) version of complex fistulizing Crohns Colitis in remission using only Absorb Plus, additional oils for calories, and adding bone broth as the flare begins to subside. 7 tubs in 2 weeks does it every time now.

    Jini I have never given you a formal testimonial on this but THANK YOU from the bottom of my hearts for this incredible product that has helped me avoid toxic biologic drugs for almost 5 years now.

  • WOW!! Josh – that is fantastic!! Only 1 per year now is incredible improvement. I wonder how long until that becomes zero… And thanks so much for sharing your story/experience here. Using Absorb Plus in this way is not something I had thought could have this effect all on it’s own, so that is very interesting to know. And you have no doubt offered a lot of hope/encouragement to others struggling with similar challenges. Ah, you just make my heart glad 🙂

    And of course, you’re very welcome! Just keep sharing your story and paying it forward – HOPE is a very healing state, so thanks for giving a boatload of it out right here!

  • Awesome, thanks for the reply Jini. My Mom loves you too – she saw my state after my first diagnosis in 2011, where I was bedridden with horrendous fistulas and weight loss for months at a time. I was so skinny and weak, at times I collapsed on the floor trying to make it the 20 feet to the bathroom. All of this terrified her.

    After we ordered Absorb plus and went through the protocol a few times (back in 2012-2013) she started calling it “The Jini Shake” – and she still calls it that to this day! I don’t even think she knows the real name of the product lol. So I know she thanks you too.

    Absorb Plus is definitely what puts me in remission. However I think the overall healing and reduction in both flare frequency I am experiencing is due to my focus on healing gut dysbiosis, rather than relying on pharma meds.

    To this day the only mainstream pharma drug I have ever taken on a regular basis is Pentasa. I let them use steroids on me for the first time this past December, because a large pyoderma gangrenosum appeared on my left shoulder during the flare (first time, I didn’t know what it was). The Absorb Plus was already putting me in remission by the time I checked into the hospital – they insisted on the steroids because of the pyoderma.

    But my strictures had already released, blood loss in my stool decreased, frequency of bowl movements was decreasing, and my appetite started increasing before* they prescribed the pred. Those are all the (now familiar) signs that I am turning the corner into remission. This happens after 2 weeks on Absorb Plus. ie. by the time I’ve finished my 6th or 7th tub I know I am going into remission with no drugs.

    I take LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) 4.5 milligrams once per day. It was after I started the LDN that the fistulas became less of a factor for me. Now they’re almost completely inactive, and even when I have my one flare up per year they are insignificant compared to the way they were after my diagnosis 5 years ago.

    My approach for healing dysbiosis: No dairy. No sugar (its been over 2 years since I dropped it completely). Very little grains, only rice for me on a regular basis. I eat absolutely no industrial factory food – most of my meals are made of single ingredient whole foods: if a package has more than 2 items I make sure every single ingredient is ok for me.

    I eat fermented foods at least one meal every day, and take an 80 billion count probiotic on days where I might have eaten some excess starch, or meat – I was strictly paleo diet until this last episode. Now I’m about 80-90% vegan – I only have a small portion of fish, chicken, or turkey once or twice a week.

    This is because I believe excess acidity in my diet might have been one of the last factors as to what was building up in my system and triggering the last yearly flare. My theory is that the acidity might be one of the things that my bad gut bugs feed on. And so far that is working out amazingly well for me – I can tell the difference in my digestion without the meat, and I don’t even really miss it all that much.

    I definitely tell anyone that can benefit from my experiences all about Absorb Plus. Including my GI and colorectal surgeon: I get mixed reactions for sure, lol. Some at my GI group are actually confused and annoyed that I’m still not a Humira ‘customer’ and are still trying to push it on me in opposition to all the evidence. I’ll tell Mom that you said hi online, she’ll be thrilled! You are a hero in her world and mine!

  • My husband has had Crohn’s Disease for 35 years. Recently, after 4 weeks on the Half-elemental diet, then 2 weeks on a full elemental diet, we began reintroducing food. We also began the Stricture Heal protocol (topical only) on February 10, 2017, and I began doing some colonic massage for him. (Tom has a stricture from a resection that removed 16″ of his ilium back in 1982.) We did both of these things every day.

    With just doing the castor-oil packs he felt fine. Then on 2/14 we added DMSO to the area of the stricture only. The next day, Tom began feeling discomfort in a new spot in his bowel – not near the stricture, which was confusing because all these years he’s only had cramps in the area of his stricture. We continued to reintroduce Phase 1 on the food chart (still having several Absorb Plus shakes and all supplements each day) and did the Stricture Heal. He was having mild cramps off and on each day, but not enough to incapacitate.

    I should mention that Tom hasn’t had rice in 15 years, since he was on the SCD since 2002. He was excited to try rice…I was a little nervous to be honest!

    On Feb. 26 we added Potassium Iodide to the protocol. That night he woke up in bed feeling his heart racing. That was kind of strange, so we decided not to use Potassium Iodide again. We continued protocol each night, and Tom started having Cranial-sacral therapy.

    Yesterday, March 2, Tom woke up at 4:30 with cramping in the upper left-hand portion of his abdomen, then he had an almost formed BM! He stayed home from work however, due to strong cramping. We did castor oil and massage, but his situation got worse with distention and pain. By the evening he had a 100.8 fever, pain, no bowel movements, and so we went to the hospital. A CT scan showed no bowel obstruction (thankful for that!) but sadly, it showed a brand new area in his bowel that was inflamed, indicating a Crohn’s flare-up. We were so disappointed, and a bit confused too.

    They gave Tom one dose of steroids in his IV last night, but we allowed no more. This was so disappointing after all we have worked on with the IBD Remission Diet. But It was also scary to find a brand new area of his bowel affected by Crohn’s after 35 years. I can’t help but wonder if the rice triggered something, or most important, did the Castor-oil packs or adding DMSO do something? We don’t want to continue either of these things if they are the culprits.

    Do you have any thoughts about the risk of using castor-oil/DMSO packs and the possibility of these affecting the bowel in a negative way? Thank you for your thoughts. We are committed to treating this without drugs, and will return to the Half-Elemental diet after Tom is discharged. Just need to be sure if we should continue doing the castor oil packs or not.

    1. Hi
      Just thought I would chime in as it might possibly help. As much as I really appreciate what Jini is doing and has done, I do wonder about some of the things she recommends and the shake components. I realize we are all different and respond differently. But it is good for us all to share our experiences for a knowledge base. The one thing I always look for is testimonials. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD) has more testimonials to healing than anything else out there that I know of.
      After a life time of Crohn’s, emergency surgery at age of 15 with blockage of ileum and then developing Peri-anal fistula/abscesses and having several surgeries on the area and having new pockets of pus form, I was facing a colostomy and rectum removal. That is when I went on Specific Carbohydrate Diet. With in 3 months I was healed on this diet alone and off all medication.
      To look at the diet see : http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info
      The theory of the diet is that bacteria thrive on starches (rice, oatmeal, grains) and sugar; any complex Carbohydrate. So it makes sense with the reintroduction of rice you would feed the bacteria. The SC diet is very similar to the Paleo diet, but paleo is not enough as it allows arrowroot powder and a few other things not on SCD. You have to be very strict, 100 percent. I was well for 15 years until I cheated with potato chips 3 days in a row and suddenly got constipated. I have a stricture in rectum from old abscess surgeries and my stool suddenly got “thick”. I didn’t get cramping and diarrhea like in the old days. Anyway, that is why I ended up here looking for answers for that stricture in my rectum. I do fine taking a natural product called “Hydro-C” which I take in the morning and it loosens up my stool. When my stools got thick I went back on the beginner diet on SCD and added in bone broth, beets on a regular basis, fresh ginger tea, and good sauerkraut. That worked for me and my stool got much better in consistency. I just had a colonoscopy for the first time since I was around 22. I am 51 now. When I was 22 they couldn’t get in even with a pediatric scope. By the way I was able to use natural calm as a prep (magnesium citrate) which worked. The only reason I did a colonoscopy was because I thought I might have strictures that needed to be dilated. As it turns out my colon was “pristine” according to the doctor and I had no strictures, other than the one in my rectum I already knew about. He couldn’t believe it, knowing my history of severe Crohn’s (it was the first time I saw him as he was an expert in dilation) and I haven’t been on any medication in 17 years. He was actually interested in hearing about my diet.
      Another thing I think is interesting was reading what Jini said about a doctor who told her long ago to eat black bananas with homemade 24 hour yogurt (I make this yogurt on the SCD) for 6 weeks to get well. One thing I did in the beginning of the Specific Carbohydrate diet, not on purpose, but because I liked it and was trying to gain weight, was eat up to 6 well spotted bananas a day mixed with yogurt. I ate the other allowed SCD food too and I healed very quickly, especially my very huge fistula/abscess the doctors said would never heal, as the area was so diseased. I am thinking maybe that is because bananas are a SCD allowed prebiotic while the yogurt is a probiotic and somehow they have a synergistic effect on each other. So thanks Jini for mentioning that, because I think there may be something to that.
      Just thought I would share my experience as it may help someone else. Feel free to email me with questions: ktfish@nycap.rr.com

  • Hi Sally,

    You ask some good questions and the first answer is that ANYTHING can trigger a flare, or can be an intolerance. Each of our bodies is so unique. And then there are tolerance thresholds, or introducing too many new things too fast – so the body feels overwhelmed/unsafe and that emotional state can result in a flare of symptoms or an allergy.

    So I wish I had better answers for you, but the only way you can be sure about anything is to go back to what you know works, what you know if safe.

    Then, after a period of stability, when his body says YES, introduce ONE new thing and then wait 3 days and see what the body thinks/feels about that. If all seems fine, then do that one thing again, and gauge response. And then maybe do that one thing every second day for a week or two. And see if all is still okay. Then try it every day, and so on. The body may say, “No, not every day, but once every 3 days is good.”

    The only other tip I can suggest, is that since he’s been on SCD for so long, I would not try any grains until Phase 4.

    Also, with his history, I would do Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol (working up to the full high dose probiotics) for at least 6 months before testing StrictureHeal again. That’s just my feeling. But he must listen to his own gut wisdom above all!

    Hope that helps.

  • Thank you, Jini, for your reply. It was very encouraging to read what you wrote. I did not want to overload you with information, so I failed to mention that:

    a) Tom just weaned off of Humira in December/2016

    b) He had a kidney stone attack Dec. 28, and was hospitalized 3 times in January-February. A stent was put in, then he developed a UTI, and finally the stone was surgically removed.

    All the while I was sneaking into the hospital carrying Absorb Plus along with all the supplements. I’d say there was a good amount of stress on Tom’s body: antibiotics, pain killers, and anesthesia 2x. Even so, once he was settled at home we began introducing Phase 1 foods. Not surprising, I’m thinking now, that he developed a new Crohn’s flare.

    We are following your suggestion – going back to the beginning for a few days, then will start with some pureed squash, following the time-table you outlined. Good advice. We’ll also steer clear of any rice until Phase 4. Do you think the Probiotic Retention enema would be helpful after all the prescription drugs he was given in the hospital?

    We’ll hold off on doing the StrictureHeal for 6 months. Do you think that doing the Castor-oil packs alone would be okay, or should we hold off on those as well?

    Thanks again – you have encouraged the two of us more than you know!

  • Hi Sally, everyone and anyone would benefit from the Probiotic Retention Enema. The Sydney Colon Clinic uses it to stop bleeding in Crohn’s and Colitis. But always, test a small amount first and see what the body says!

    Same with the Castor oil – I have not heard of anyone having intolerance issues, but start small, test, listen to the body. And you’re welcome! xo

  • Thank you for those recommendations.

    You don’t need to post this, but I wanted you to know that at your website’s suggestion, We looked into The Goldberg Clinic back in 2015 and Tom became a patient. The the only reason we haven’t been down there in a year is because of the travel distance between Detroit and Atlanta. We love Drs. Goldberg & Tener and hope to see them again real soon!

    Also, at yours & their suggestion, we looked into Clear Passage for treatment of Tom’s stricture. He went to the clinic in the fall of 2015 and had very good results. Looking back, I wish we had followed his treatment with the IBD Remission Diet, because the results from the therapy didn’t last.

    Well, hindsight is 20/20, so today I’m thankful for the protocol you offer and the progress Tom has made so far. The cranial-sacral therapy has been amazing and helped calm the inflammation significantly. God bless you for all you have done to turn your experiences into helpful suggestions for those of us online!

    1. Hello Sally,

      Great to hear that Tom has had some success with the different treatments. Just so you know Dr. Goldberg actually offers online and phone appointments as well now, if you are interested in that. You can contact them to find out more information on that option. Please let us know if you have any other questions, and hope Tom continues to heal well. We would love to hear how he continues to do and what else you learn helps him.

      Have a good day,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Thank you, Rachel. We are so thankful to have the resources from LTYG in our tool box. We feel more equipped and empowered than ever before in the past. I’ll keep you posted on Tom’s progress…things are settling down it seems, and so it is just one day at a time for now : )

  • Hello Jini & Rachael: I’d like to give you an update on my husband Tom’s progress. It’s hard to believe, but he definitely turned a corner last week and we are seeing some huge improvements! Bloating, gas, and cramps have all ceased and, after several weeks on the IBD Remission Diet, he is finally eating foods comfortably. Even having some normal bowel movements (which is something he never thought he’d see!).

    I would like to share some of the things that have helped Tom make such great progress:

    – Moving very very slowly in introducing new foods, eating more fish than ever as it seems easier to digest.
    – Continuing Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol, and taking Natren Probiiotics three times per day. Also did the retention enema.
    – George’s Aloe Vera, along with all supplements recommended at LTYG
    – Nightly abdominal massage along with reflexology on his feet (this has made a huge difference in gas/bloating)
    – Weekly cranial-sacral therapy (can’t say enough about these!)
    – NAET (Nanputripad’s Allergy Elimination Treatment) to address food sensitivities
    – Nightly Castor oil packs (from stricture heal protocol)

    After 35 years of trying to manage Crohn’s Disease, we have never seen such an improvement in Tom’s health. Words cannot express our appreciation for all that you have done to make this possible. Thank you for the support and methods and tools available through LTYG. God bless you all!

    1. Hello Sally,

      That is fantastic! Great to hear he is feeling so much better so quickly. Thank you so much for sharing his progress and what was able to help him. Sounds like a great list of diet, supplements, and protocols he has been working on. Keep up the great work and at it for continual healing. We would love to hear how he continues to progress. Best wishes on his healing and a happy life to you both!

      Well wishes,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Hi Jini
    I currently don’t have any inflammation however Colonoscopy did reveal a intestinal stricture so I have started the topical strictural protocol

  • Hi Jini,

    I am encouraged about the stricture heal protocol. I currently do not have active inflammation however do have intestinal stricture. I almost set up the surgery date but came across your information. I have started the topical intestinal stricture healing protocol. are there any symptoms that indicates its working? how long does it take to heal? I truly believe in your concept , surgery would cause more scar tissue and begin to open another can of worms.

    1. Hello Lucy,

      Glad to hear you were able to find this protocol and we hope it is helpful for you. As stated in the ebook, “You’ll likely see or feel that either the scar tissue is reducing, or perhaps the whole area feels softer, or your stool gets a bit wider, within 2-4 weeks. Complete healing may take 2 – 12 months.” We would love to hear how it works out for you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Jini

    one last question. my ct scan indicated” a diminished caliber over a 1.6cm segment. also fibrostenotic disease affecting 15 to 20cm of the distal ileum. would that be considered a strong fibrotic stricture?

    thank you in advance for answering my questions

    Kindly
    Lucy

    1. Hello Lucy,

      Unfortunately Jini and her team are not medical professionals and are unable to give you a answer concerning this. If you are concerned we would recommend contacting your doctor.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

  • Hi Rachel

    thank you for addressing my questions. I have started this protocol and am on my 4th week , I have seen my stool wider 🙂 ok so now I know that is a sign that my intestinal stricture is softening or perhaps dissolving in any event healing is happening 🙂 I am so thankful for this blog 🙂

  • This discussion is very interesting to read because my husband has been steadily improving over the last three weeks and one thing he has noticed (hard to miss!) is no more “D” and instead having formed stools. (Tom is only doing one part of Stricture Heal right now: the castor oil packs.) Having his ilium removed 35 years ago left us resigned to the fact that formed stools were a thing of the past. Now we believe his stricture may actually be softening, widening, and healing!

    Rachel mentioned that while the bowel is healing, the abdomen may soften, and no more pain or cramping. All of that has happened with Tom. We continue to do castor oil packs nightly and follow up with abdominal massage and reflexology on his feet. The results have been quite dramatic.

    After 35 years we had nearly given up hope…but now it feels like Tom has been given a second chance. Just want to encourage everyone to keep trying until you find the right combination of supplements, diet, and alternative treatments to fit your situation.

    There is definitely something to the LTYG protocol – like nothing we’ve ever tried before, and we’ve tried a lot! So thankful to Jini for her inspiration.

  • Thank you Sally for your encouraging comment. I have hope that this topical stricture heal castor oil packs will work for my stricture.
    I am happy to hear about your husbands healing , Praise the LORD

  • I have a narrowing just above the rectum around 7cm above anal verge .I read about your strictureheal solution an planning to try it .Your book says it has to be applied over abdomen but my stricture is deep in the pelvic region .plz suggest how do I apply it .If I try putting it from anus what if the solution goes to the colon which is not affected and is normal .Will it harm.
    Pls do reply as I am very worried

    1. Hello Kapil,

      Thank you for the inquiry. We actually have information on doing the StrictureHeal topically over the abdomen, as well as rectally. You can sign up for the free ebook with instructions how to use the protocol rectally here: http://blog.listentoyourgut.com/natural-remedy-for-anal-stenosis-and-stricture/ If you use the ingredients and products as we recommend there should be no harm to the areas that are not infected. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

      Kind Regards,
      Rachel
      Customer Care

      1. Thanks for the reply .
        My stricture covers the lower colon also including 1cm of the upper rectum so am confused whether to take the intestinal or rectal stricture heal .
        Awaiting a reply

        1. Hello Kapil,

          We would recommend you either use both the intestinal or rectal StrictureHeal together, or at least the Rectal at first. Hope that helps.

          Kind Regards,
          Rachel
          Customer Care

  • Thank you, Katie, for your post and for referencing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Tom was on the SCD for 15 years (and we believe it saved his life back then) but he never experienced total remission from Crohn’s Disease. Indeed, he continued to have flare-ups from time to time. We could never quite put our finger on the cause…one of the most frustrating things about living with Crohn’s.

    I believe Jini has made a valid point in her writings: perhaps if the SCD included probiotics (along with natural antibiotics such as Wild Oregano Oil) in its regimen, more people would have success with it. For Tom, this has made all the difference.

    There are also some other components to the IBD Remission Diet that made a huge difference in Tom’s recovery. One key player was Absorb Plus which allowed him to go strictly elemental for several weeks, giving his bowel a total rest.
    Each of the supplements brought healing as well: L-glutamine, Quercitin, Grapeseed Extract, CoQ10, Udo’s, George’s Aloe Vera Juice…all working together to deliver relief to his gut.

    In addition, regular cranial-sacral therapy has calmed down inflammation, and nightly castor-oil packs along with massage has relaxed the stricture. None of this would have happened with just the SCD. So while I’m grateful to Elaine Gottschall for her program (very grateful!) I do feel that there are some key components that have been missing…at least in my husband’s case.

    Currently Tom is doing amazingly well. He gradually came off the IBD Diet in March/2017 and is now fully back on the SCD – with better results than ever before. Our goal has been met: no more tight stricture, “D”, cramping, or bloating. Energy has returned and we hope to see some weight restored soon (he lost about 25 lbs last fall). All in all we are so pleased and very thankful to God for the restoration of health!

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