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Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;46(4):809-824. doi: 10.1016/j.gtc.2017.08.009. Epub 2017 Oct 3.

Herbs and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Department of Gastroenterology, Royal London Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, Whitechapel Road, London E1 1BB, UK.
Centre for Immunobiology, Blizard Institute, Barts and the London Queen Mary School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London, 4 Newark Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AT, UK. Electronic address:


Although herbal preparations are widely used by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), evidence for their efficacy is limited and they may not always be safe. Mainly small studies of varying quality have suggested that several herbal preparations could be of benefit in IBD, but larger better-designed trials are needed to establish their place in inducing and maintaining remission. Patients and health care workers need to be made more aware of the limitations and risks of using herbal products for IBD.


Crohn disease; Herbal medicines; Herbs; Inflammatory bowel disease; Ulcerative colitis

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