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Herbal medicine in the treatment of ulcerative colitis.
Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan-Feb; 18(1):3-10.SJ

Abstract

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a refractory, chronic, and nonspecific disease occurred usually in the rectum and the entire colon. The etiopathology is probably related to dysregulation of the mucosal immune response toward the resident bacterial flora together with genetic and environmental factors. Several types of medications are used to control the inflammation or reduce symptoms. Herbal medicine includes a wide range of practices and therapies outside the realms of conventional Western medicine. However, there are limited controlled evidences indicating the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicines, such as aloe vera gel, wheat grass juice, Boswellia serrata, and bovine colostrum enemas in the treatment of UC. Although herbal medicines are not devoid of risk, they could still be safer than synthetic drugs. The potential benefits of herbal medicine could lie in their high acceptance by patients, efficacy, relative safety, and relatively low cost. Patients worldwide seem to have adopted herbal medicine in a major way, and the efficacy of herbal medicine has been tested in hundreds of clinical trials in the management of UC. The evidences on herbal medicine are incomplete, complex, and confusing, and certainly associated with both risks and benefits. There is a need for further controlled clinical trials of the potential efficacy of herbal medicine approaches in the treatment of UC, together with enhanced legislation to maximize their quality and safety.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Gastroenterology, The Shanghai Tenth People's Hospital, Tongji University, No. 301 Yanchang Road, Shanghai, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22249085

Citation

Ke, Fei, et al. "Herbal Medicine in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis." Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology : Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association, vol. 18, no. 1, 2012, pp. 3-10.
Ke F, Yadav PK, Ju LZ. Herbal medicine in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2012;18(1):3-10.
Ke, F., Yadav, P. K., & Ju, L. Z. (2012). Herbal medicine in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology : Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association, 18(1), 3-10. https://doi.org/10.4103/1319-3767.91726
Ke F, Yadav PK, Ju LZ. Herbal Medicine in the Treatment of Ulcerative Colitis. Saudi J Gastroenterol. 2012 Jan-Feb;18(1):3-10. PubMed PMID: 22249085.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Herbal medicine in the treatment of ulcerative colitis. AU - Ke,Fei, AU - Yadav,Praveen Kumar, AU - Ju,Liu Zhan, PY - 2012/1/18/entrez PY - 2012/1/18/pubmed PY - 2012/7/20/medline SP - 3 EP - 10 JF - Saudi journal of gastroenterology : official journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association JO - Saudi J Gastroenterol VL - 18 IS - 1 N2 - Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a refractory, chronic, and nonspecific disease occurred usually in the rectum and the entire colon. The etiopathology is probably related to dysregulation of the mucosal immune response toward the resident bacterial flora together with genetic and environmental factors. Several types of medications are used to control the inflammation or reduce symptoms. Herbal medicine includes a wide range of practices and therapies outside the realms of conventional Western medicine. However, there are limited controlled evidences indicating the efficacy of traditional Chinese medicines, such as aloe vera gel, wheat grass juice, Boswellia serrata, and bovine colostrum enemas in the treatment of UC. Although herbal medicines are not devoid of risk, they could still be safer than synthetic drugs. The potential benefits of herbal medicine could lie in their high acceptance by patients, efficacy, relative safety, and relatively low cost. Patients worldwide seem to have adopted herbal medicine in a major way, and the efficacy of herbal medicine has been tested in hundreds of clinical trials in the management of UC. The evidences on herbal medicine are incomplete, complex, and confusing, and certainly associated with both risks and benefits. There is a need for further controlled clinical trials of the potential efficacy of herbal medicine approaches in the treatment of UC, together with enhanced legislation to maximize their quality and safety. SN - 1998-4049 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22249085/Herbal_medicine_in_the_treatment_of_ulcerative_colitis_ L2 - http://www.saudijgastro.com/article.asp?issn=1319-3767;year=2012;volume=18;issue=1;spage=3;epage=10;aulast=Ke DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -