Herbal Medicine For Gastrointestinal Disorders
Herbal medicines can benefit patients experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) disorders that cannot be treated using conventional drug therapy, according to a new Neurogastroenterology and Motility study.
Researchers reviewed data on Japanese herbal medicines and found them to be effective in reducing the symptoms of GI disorders such as functional dyspepsia, constipation and postoperative ileus.
“Japanese herbal medicines have been used in East Asia for thousands of years,” says lead researcher Hidekazu Suzuki, professor at the Keio University School of Medicine. “Our review of the world medical literature reveals that herbal medicines serve a valuable role in the management of patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders.”
Many of the drugs used to treat GI disorders are ineffective or cause side effects and, in some cases, this has led to drugs being withdrawn from the market. Herbal medicine is a safe, holistic alternative with no adverse side effects.
Herbal medicine, also referred to as botanical medicine or phytomedicine, utilizes herbs for their medicinal and therapeutic properties. Herbal medicine can effectively treat a variety of conditions. Herbs used in formulas include
• Astragalus for colds.
• Chinese angelica for anemia.
• Chinese yam for chronic cough and wheezing.
• Ginger for circulation.
• Ginseng for immune system.
Herbal medicine is also effective for health maintenance and disease prevention.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.