Herbal Remedies in Gastroenterology

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Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is presently not considered to be part of conventional medicine. Nevertheless, an estimated 51% of patients with gastrointestinal disorders have tried some from of CAM. Indeed, 10% of alternative medicines are being used for digestive symptoms. After prayer or spiritual healing, herbal medicine is the second most common CAM therapy. While herbal products make numerous health-related claims, those that have been systematically evaluated are unfortunately few. The modern gastroenterologist must be up to date with the regulations, side effects, and possible benefits of specific herbal products used in patients with gastrointestinal disorders.

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