Gastrointestinal Conditions

Chamomile is widely used to relieve stomach cramping, dyspepsia and flatulence. The herb's antispasmodic and relaxant effects provide a theoretical basis for its use in these conditions.

In an open, multicentre study, 104 patients with gastrointestinal complaints, including gastritis, flatulence and minor spasms of the intestines, were treated for 6 weeks with 5 miyday of an oral chamomile preparation (standardised to contain 50 mg alpha-bisabolol and 150-300 mg apigenin-7-glucoside per 100 g). By self-evaluation, all patients improved with 44.2% becoming symptom free (Stiegelmeyer 1978).

Diarrhoea in children In Europe, chamomile is widely used to treat a variety of paediatric complaints.

A prospective, double-blind, randomised trial was used to document the efficacy of a preparation containing chamomile extract and pectin in children aged 6 months to 5.5 years with uncomplicated diarrhoea. The chamomile preparation reduced the duration and severity significantly faster than placebo (de la Motte et al 1997).

Commission E approves chamomile for gastrointestinal spasms and inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

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