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Review article: complementary and alternative therapies for inflammatory bowel disease.
Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Feb 01; 23(3):341-9.AP

Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine includes a wide range of practices and therapies outside the realms of conventional western medicine. Despite a lack of scientific data in the form of controlled trials for either efficacy or safety of complementary and alternative medicine, use by patients with inflammatory bowel disease, particularly of herbal therapies, is widespread and increasing. There is limited controlled evidence indicating efficacy of traditional Chinese medicines, aloe vera gel, wheat grass juice, Boswellia serrata and bovine colostrum enemas in ulcerative colitis. Encouraging results have also been reported in small studies of acupuncture for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Contrary to popular belief, natural therapies are not necessarily safe: fatal hepatic and irreversible renal failure have occurred with some preparations and interactions with conventional drugs are potentially dangerous. There is a need for further controlled clinical trials of the potential efficacy of complementary and alternative approaches in inflammatory bowel disease, together with enhanced legislation to maximize their quality and safety.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Gastroenterology, University College London Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK. louise.langmead@uclh.nhs.ukNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

16422993

Citation

Langmead, L, and D S. Rampton. "Review Article: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, vol. 23, no. 3, 2006, pp. 341-9.
Langmead L, Rampton DS. Review article: complementary and alternative therapies for inflammatory bowel disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006;23(3):341-9.
Langmead, L., & Rampton, D. S. (2006). Review article: complementary and alternative therapies for inflammatory bowel disease. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 23(3), 341-9.
Langmead L, Rampton DS. Review Article: Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Feb 1;23(3):341-9. PubMed PMID: 16422993.
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