The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    The status of probiotics to treat functional constipation

    Functional constipation is an umbrella term covering persistent, difficult, infrequent, or seemingly incomplete defecation without a known cause.

    Researchers from The Medical University of Warsaw, in Dzialdowska, Poland reviewed the evidence in adults in children.

    First, the details.

    • 5 studies in 377 people were reviewed — 3 in adults, 2 in children.

    And, the results.

    • In adults,
      • Data suggest a favorable effect of treatment with Bifidobacterium lactis DN-173 010, Lactobacillus casei Shirota, and Escherichia coli Nissle 1917 on defecation frequency and stool consistency.
    • In children,
      • L. casei rhamnosus Lcr35, but not L. rhamnosus GG, showed a beneficial effect.

    The bottom line?

    Despite the encouraging findings, the authors concluded, “The use of probiotics for the treatment of constipation condition should be considered investigational.”

    3/16/10 20:47 JR

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