January 6, 2010

St. John’s wort not helpful treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, Mayo Clinic researchers say

By Kelley Luckstein

Mayo Clinic research study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology finds that St. John's wort is not an effective treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).


While antidepressants are frequently used to treat IBS, to date, no study has examined the success of using the herbal supplement St. John's wort in treating IBS.


"Our study investigated if herbal antidepressants such as St. John's wort could benefit irritable bowel disease patients," says Yuri Saito, M.D., M.P.H., gastroenterologist and lead physician scientist on the study.


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Tags: GI, irritable bowel syndrome, St. John's Wort

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