Abstract

Complementary and Integrative Gastroenterology

Korzenik J1, Koch AK2, Langhorst J2. Med Clin North Am. 2017 Sep;101(5):943-954. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2017.04.009. Epub 2017 Jul 10.
 
     
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1 Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Endoscopy, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Electronic address: jkorzenik@bwh.harvard.edu. 2 Department of Integrative Gastroenterology, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Faculty of Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Am Deimelsberg 34 a, 45276 Essen, Germany; Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Kliniken Essen-Mitte, Faculty of Medicine, University of Duisburg-Essen, Am Deimelsberg 34 a, 45276 Essen, Germany.

Abstract

Complementary and integrative medicine is developing within gastroenterology, expanding options particularly for inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and reflux esophagitis. This article encompasses new developments in complementary integrative medicine with an emphasis on herbal therapies. Studies of potential therapies have been advancing with increasing sophistication. The best studied with the most promising results in ulcerative colitis is the use of curcumin both for the induction and maintenance of remission. Other polyphenols, such as resveratrol and epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also have supportive data for ulcerative colitis. Mind-body approaches have been applied in these diseases with positive data, particularly for irritable bowel syndrome.

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