Herbal Remedies for Digestive Problems?

Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005

Know what condition you have before looking for treatments.

By Gary Vogin
WebMD Feature


I don't think there is any evidence on the use of chlorophyll. I suspect that you have irritable bowel syndrome. There is evidence to support the use of probiotics for some GI conditions, perhaps even irritable bowel.

The concept of yeast overgrowth is probably not real, unless you are suggesting that you have a vaginal yeast infection or have thrush, which is yeast in the mouth.

We all have yeast in our guts all the time. It's kept in balance by the other bacteria and our immune systems. When it's not in balance, you develop infections.

Live-culture yogurt is probably a good food source for a probiotic. There are other, more exotic foods that are have live cultures, but I'm not that familiar with them nor with the evidence for using them.

Flushing the system as in using purgatives, laxatives, or enemas is not necessary and is more likely to cause harm than help.

If your symptoms continue, make sure you see your doctor.

Gary D. Vogin, MD, is a medical editor for WebMD. A board-certified internist, Vogin practiced medicine at the Emory Clinic in Atlanta before coming to WebMD.

The opinions expressed herein are the guest's alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have a question about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.

Published Nov. 4, 2002.

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