Are there alternative treatments for digestive diseases?


One alternative treatment is probiotics. Scientists are studying the effects of probiotic supplements on various digestive complaints. Probiotics are microorganisms that occur naturally in the digestive tract, may keep harmful bacteria in check, and may help with digestion. A probiotic called Lactobacillus acidophilus is found in some kinds of yogurt. Other alternative treatments include peppermint or other aromatic oils for cramps, and charcoal or chlorophyll supplements for the odor from flatulence, though they don't relieve the gas itself. Some alternative practitioners give colonic enemas for digestive problems, but these treatments can be dangerous and have no proven benefits.

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Digestive Diseases

Digestive diseases, also known as gastrointestinal diseases, are disorders that affect your esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines. The symptoms of digestive diseases vary widely depending on which part of your digestiv...

e system is affected. Generally symptoms can be blood in your stool, a change in bowel habits, pain, weight loss or heartburn that is not relieved by antacids. See you doctor if you have any of these signs of digestive disease.

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