St. John's Wort Doesn't Ease IBS

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St. John's Wort Doesn't Ease IBS
Fri, 01-08-2010 - 2:17pm
The popular herbal supplement St. John's wort does not appear to relieve the pain and discomfort that accompanies irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), new research suggests.

The finding is the first to indicate that an herbal preparation long-touted as an effective alternative treatment for mild and moderate depression does not appear to treat IBS.

"People are definitely looking for alternative treatment options, and as a physician I have patients showing up all the time with supplements and asking me, 'Should I be taking this?'" said study author Dr. Yuri A. Saito, an assistant professor of medicine at the Miles and Shirley Fiterman Center for Digestive Diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "But there is a global paucity of clinical trials with respect to natural alternative agents, so it's not always possible to give a good answer," Saito added.

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