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Chamomile To Treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Updated October 29, 2012

What chamomile is:

Chamomile is a perennial herb that has been used for medicinal purposes since the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Chamomile is a known anti-spasmotic and a mild sedative, and may help soothe the muscles in the digestive tract. While no human studies have been performed on this supplement in relation to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), it has been proven to reduce irritation and cramping in animals.

How chamomile is used:

Chamomile can be taken as a tea, capsule, or tincture. Tea is normally taken 3 to 4 times a day between meals. Capsule and tincture forms are generally taken 2 to 4 times daily in doses of 200 to 500 mg. See your physician or licensed health care professional to determine the proper dosage in capsule or tincture form.*

Interactions with other drugs:

Chamomile may reduce the effects of chemotherapy drugs including:

  • Cisplatin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Docetaxel
  • Fluorouracil
  • Methotrexate
  • Paclitaxel

Use during pregnancy:

Chamomile is thought to be safe during pregnancy and for breast-feeding mothers. Check with your physician about any possible effects chamomile might have on an unborn child or an infant.

Warnings:

Chamomile is a flower in the Asteraceae, or daisy, family. People who are allergic to ragweed, aster, or chrysanthemums may also have a reaction to chamomile. This is a rare occurrence, but anyone taking chamomile should be aware of this possibility.

Overall:

Chamomile is generally considered to be very safe.

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Any alternative remedies you are using should always be discussed with your physician or health care professional.

Amber J. Tresca
About.com Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

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