Bacterial Overgrowth (Digestive)

Matthew Capowski

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#1
This thread will be used to discussed bacterial imbalances in the content of the digestive system. Some terms to describe this and some examples of this include: dysbiosis, dysbaceteriosis, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, and small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome.
 

Matthew Capowski

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#2
Herbal therapy is equivalent to rifaximin for the treatment of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4030608/

This study lists the commercial herbal preparations it used and compared them against rifaximin and comes to the following conclusion: "The present study demonstrates that herbal therapy may be as effective as antibiotic therapy in the treatment of small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), as indirectly measured by normalization of the lactulose breath test abnormalities."

Also worth noting: "Although the overall prevalence of SIBO in the general public is unknown, a meta-analysis has shown that the prevalence of SIBO is approximately 56% among patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)."
 

Matthew Capowski

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#5
While this article is about Lyme disease, it talks about herbs that disrupt biofilm and biofilm is of course an issue in dysbiosis:
How These Anti-Biofilm Herbs Help Prevent Lyme Disease Symptoms From Recurring by Greg Lee: http://goodbyelyme.com/free_articles/biofilm/nitric_oxide_herbs

Particularly interesting was the assertion: "Using herbs to interrupt the nitric oxide pathway can disrupt how bacteria form biofilms."