Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina 29208, USA. Udai.firstname.lastname@example.org
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can be divided into two major categories, ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn disease (CD). While the main cause(s) of IBD remain unknown, a number of interventional and preventive strategies have been proposed for use against CD and UC. Many reports have focused on the use of alternative natural medicines as potential therapeutic interventions in IBD patients with minimal side effects. While the use of alternative medicines may be effective in IBD patients that are refractory to corticosteroids or thiopurins, alternative treatment strategies are limited and require extensive clinical testing before being optimized for use in patients.
Source: Int Rev Immunol. 2012 Feb;31(1):66-84.