Bifidobacteria

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What other names is Bifidobacteria known by?

B. Bifidum, B. Breve, B. Infantis, B. lactis, B. Longum, Bifido, Bifido Bacterium Longum, Bifidobacterias, Bifidobactérie, Bifidobactéries, Bifidobacterium, Bifidobacterium adolescentis; Bifidobacterium animalis, Bifidobacterium bifidum; Bifidobacterium breve; Bifidobacterium infantis; Bifidobacterium lactis; Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidum, Bifidus, Bifidus Brevis, Bifidus Infantis, Bifidus Longum, Bifidobacteria Bifidus, Lactobacillus Bifidus, L. Bifidus, Probiotic, Probiotique.

What is Bifidobacteria?

Bifidobacteria are a group of bacteria that normally live in the intestines. The bacteria are used as medicine.

Possibly Effective for...

  • Prevention of a type of colitis caused by bacteria (necrotizing enterocolitis).
  • Prevention of diarrhea in infants, when used with another bacterium called Streptococcus thermophilus.
  • Prevention of traveler's diarrhea, when used with other bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, or Streptococcus thermophilus.
  • Treating a skin condition in infants called atopic eczema.
  • Inflammation of the intestines in infants.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Preventing a complication after surgery for ulcerative colitis called pouchitis.
  • Reducing side effects of treatment for the ulcer-causing bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
  • Ulcerative colitis. Some research suggests that taking a specific combination product containing bifidobacteria, lactobacillus and streptococcus might help induce remission and prevent relapse.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Common cold and flu (influenza); diarrhea caused by antibiotics; liver problems; high cholesterol; lactose intolerance; mastitis; mumps; cancer; stomach problems; replacing bacteria removed by diarrhea; chemotherapy; Lyme disease; preventing infections after exposure to radiation, aging, antibiotics, and other causes; and other conditions.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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