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Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplements for Gut Health 

Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplements for Gut Health
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Herbal Medicine and Nutritional Supplements for Gut Health
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Kara Fitzgerald

, and Nikky Contractor

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0008
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date: 03 August 2021

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common health considerations. Current therapies such as acid blockers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and antibiotics are not without their challenges and adverse effects. Herbal medicine provides an array of anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiemetic, and carminative plants that provide additional tools to the health care professional. Quality dietary and nutritional supplements containing extracts of herbs, prebiotics, or probiotics offer a standardized delivery system for these ingredients. Herbal medicine and dietary supplements have been demonstrated to be effective in various gastrointestinal conditions. This chapter will highlight the nutraceutical products that have been proven in clinical trials to treat and mitigate digestive health ailments.

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