- What other names is Bifidobacteria known by?
- What is Bifidobacteria?
- How does Bifidobacteria work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Bifidobacteria.
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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