Review article: herbal treatment in gastrointestinal and liver disease - benefits and dangers

Citation
L. Langmead et Ds. Rampton, Review article: herbal treatment in gastrointestinal and liver disease - benefits and dangers, ALIM PHARM, 15(9), 2001, pp. 1239-1252
Citations number
104
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Review
Categorie Soggetti
Pharmacology,"da verificare
Journal title
ALIMENTARY PHARMACOLOGY & THERAPEUTICS
ISSN journal
0269-2813 → ACNP
Volume
15
Issue
9
Year of publication
2001
Pages
1239 - 1252
Database
ISI
SICI code
0269-2813(200109)15:9<1239:RAHTIG>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
Herbal medicines are now used by up to 50% of the Western population, in a substantial minority of instances for the treatment or prevention of digest ive disorders. Although most indications for the use of. such remedies are anecdotally or traditionally derived, controlled trials suggest some benefi ts for ginger in nausea and vomiting, liquorice extracts in peptic ulcerati on, Chinese herbal medicine in irritable bowel syndrome, opium derivatives in diarrhoea and senna, ispaghula and sterculia in constipation. Herbal pre parations contain many bioactive compounds with potentially deleterious as well as beneficial effects. There is clearly a need for greater education of patients and doctors about herbal therapy, for legislation to control the quality of herbal preparati ons, and in particular for further randomized controlled trials to establis h the value and safety of such preparations in digestive and other disorder s.