Gastrointestinal

Definition of Gastrointestinal:

Pertaining to the stomach, small and large intestines, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder.

Also: GI, GI Tract

Topics Related to Gastrointestinal

Acute, Intermittent Porphyria

...the condition
“...Other GI features may include nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal distention, and ileus...”

Alfalfa

...as a treatment
“...Gastrointestinal Conditions: Increases appetite, helps with, bowel issues, digestive disorders, dyspepsia, peptic ulcers, poor absorption of nutrients, poor digestion, regulates the bowels, relieves...”
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Allergic Tension Fatigue Syndrome

...the condition
“The fatigue related to chronic food allergy usually starts as intermittent episodes in association with some other allergic manifestation, especially gastrointestinal symptoms, headaches or nasal allergy...”

Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

...the condition
“...Is it friend or foe?  If viewed as an enemy (something that shouldn't be on the inside of the GI tract), an allergic response can occur...”
...our question about Pain in the upper abdomen / stomach area
“The first part of the body to react to food is often the gastrointestinal tract.  Sometimes mast cells are involved in allergic reactions and release chemicals such as histamine...”

Amino Acid Profile

...as a treatment
“...Disorders that can be discovered through an Amino Acid Profile include: protein inadequacy, gastrointestinal insufficiencies, inflammatory responses, vitamin and mineral dysfunctions, detoxification impairments, cardiovascular disease, ammonia toxicity, food and chemical sensitivities...”

Anxiety

...recommendation Kava
“...Only about 2% of patients taking kava reported minor side-effects, predominantly gastrointestinal complaints, skin reaction, headache and photosensitivity...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...It is a natural tranquilizer as it functions to relax skeletal muscles as well as the smooth muscles of blood vessels and the gastrointestinal tract.  Whereas calcium stimulates muscle contraction, magnesium relaxes them.”

Aspirin

...as a treatment
“...As a consequence of this, the good effects of COX-2, which gives protection of the stomach and kidneys are lost and problems with this such as ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, kidney failure, fluid retention and high blood pressure can occur with the higher dosage...”

Asthma

...recommendation Cayenne Pepper
“...The respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts contain neurons which have large numbers of substance P receptors...”

Bacterial Dysbiosis

...recommendation Probiotics
“...One of the ways to help reestablish a balanced bacterial population in the GI tract is the use of probiotic supplements...”
...recommendation Microbiological Stool Exam
“A microbiological assessment of bacterial populations in the GI tract is important for determining the nature of the imbalance when dysbiosis is suspected...”

Bariatric Surgery Complications

...the condition
“...Laparoscopic gastric bypass patients have increased risk of bowel obstruction, gastrointestinal tract hemorrhage, and stomal stenosis...”

Bayberry

...as a treatment
“...In larger doses, bayberry root bark may cause gastrointestinal problems, nausea, and vomiting...”

Berberine-containing Herbs

...as a treatment
“...Most of these herbs have been used in the treatment of gastrointestinal infections, intestinal parasites, and diarrhea.”

Biotin

...as a treatment
“...Biotin supplementation is used most often in cases when gut flora has been altered or reduced by antibiotics, or gastrointestinal diseases.  It is also used with formulation addressing Candidiasis, the increased growth of Candida albicans...”

Black Radish

...as a treatment
“...Traditionally, black radish roots have been used in Europe as a gastrointestinal stimulant, bile duct cleanser and choleretic...”

Blastocystosis (Blastocystis hominis)

...recommendation Oil of Oregano
“One study investigated the use of oregano oil in the treatment of GI parasites in 14 adult patients...”

Blessed Thistle

...as a treatment
“...Not well studied, this plant has been used as a diaphoretic as well as an emmenagogue and for a variety of gastrointestinal complaints (for which it received an "Approved" status by the German Commission E)...”

Bromelain

...as a treatment
“...Bromelain is absorbed intact through the gastrointestinal tract, with the highest concentration of bromelain being found in the blood one hour after administration...”

Bulk Laxative

...related topic
“...They contain natural or semi-synthetic polysaccharides or cellulose derivatives that pass through the gastrointestinal tract undigested...”

Cancer, General

...recommendation Lycopene
“...One study found that for the 25% of people with the greatest tomato intake, the risk for cancers of the gastrointestinal tract was 30-60% lower, compared with those who ate fewer tomatoes...”

Candidiasis

...related topic
“...It is a common inhabitant of the GI tract, only becoming a problem when it multiplies excessively and invades local tissues...”

Carbohydrate Intolerance

...the condition
“...Examples include Celiac Disease, Tropical Sprue, and acute gastrointestinal infections...”

Carcinoid Cancer

...the condition
“...Most arise from the gastrointestinal tract.  The commonest sites of the primary tumour are the appendix (30%), small bowel (20%), colon (20%) and stomach less than 10%...”

Castor Oil

...as a treatment
“...Physiological effects of the castor oil pack include stimulating the liver, increasing eliminations, relieving pain, increasing lymphatic circulation, improving gastrointestinal function, increasing relaxation and reducing inflammation...”

Celandine

...as a treatment
“...It is "Approved" by the German Commission E for spastic discomfort of the bile ducts and gastrointestinal tract.”

Chamomile

...as a treatment
“...Chamomile has been used for centuries in Europe as a medicinal plant, mostly for gastrointestinal complaints...”

Cholecystokinetic

...related topic
“Increasing secretion of the gastrointestinal hormone cholecystokinin, which promotes emptying of the gallbladder.”

Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

...the condition
“...Patients may experience fever, excessive sweating, night sweats, weight loss, reduced appetite, an inability to tolerate warm temperatures, bone or joint pain, heart attack or stroke, gastrointestinal bleeding, infection...”

Cinnamon

...as a treatment
“...Bark preparations from both species are "Approved" by the German Commission E for the gastrointestinal complaints described above...”

Clostridium Difficile Infection

...the condition
“...Other risk factors that predispose a person to C. diff infection include previous C. diff infection, gastrointestinal surgery, preexisting intestinal disease, a weak immune system, chemotherapy drugs used to treat cancer, old age, kidney disease, and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs such as Nexium...”

Cobalamin

...related topic
“Essential for normal growth and functioning of all body cells, especially those of bone marrow (red blood cell formation), gastrointestinal tract and nervous system, it prevents pernicious anemia and plays a crucial part in the reproduction of every cell of the body i.e. synthesis of genetic material (DNA).”

Cold Applications (Cryotherapy)

...as a treatment
“...Cold packs applied to the abdomen cause increased gastrointestinal motility and gastric acid secretion; therefore, this treatment is contraindicated in those with known peptic ulcer disease...”

Constipation

...relationship to Stress
“...The researchers compared the patients, who had suffered bouts of constipation for an average of 21 years, with a group of women with no history of gastrointestinal illness.  All took standard tests that measure psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, self-image, social functioning and ability to form intimate relationships...”

Copper Toxicity

...relationship to Molybdenum Need
“...However, it is known that an insoluble complex of copper and molybdenum can be formed in the gastrointestinal tract thus reducing copper absorption...”

Coriander

...as a treatment
“...They are found often in products to relieve gastrointestinal complaints...”

Crohn's Disease

...the condition
“...Both Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic diseases that involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  However, ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn's disease can affect the entire digestive system, from the mouth to the anus...”
...related topic
“Chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.  The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea...”
...recommendation Slippery Elm
“Slippery elm's soothing mucilage effect has been used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.  It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's...”

Diarrhea

...the condition
“...Causes of Acute Diarrhea: The volume of the diarrhea may help to localize the disease process within the GI tract.  Frequent, small-volume bowel movements typically are associated with diseases of the left colon or rectum, and watery large-volume diarrhea suggest disorders of the small bowel or proximal...”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Diarrhea causes a loss of zinc and therefore digestive diseases or gastrointestinal surgery that result in diarrhea are often associated with a deficiency.”
...recommendation Activated Charcoal
“In an acute bacterial or viral infection of the GI tract, taking activated charcoal orally often stops the diarrhea...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery or who have digestive disorders that result in malabsorption, including sprue, Crohn's disease and short bowel syndrome, are at greater risk of a zinc deficiency...”

Dyspepsia / Poor Digestion

...the condition
“...The upper GI tract consists of the organs where food is initially taken into the body and digestion begins, including the esophagus, stomach, pylorus and duodenum...”
...relationship to Fluoride Toxicity
“...Gastrointestinal discomfort can be an early warning sign of fluorosis, so fluoride toxicity should be considered a possible reason for non-ulcer dyspepsia and gastrointestinal discomfort in the form...”

Eczema

...recommendation Grapefruit Seed Extract
“When dysbiosis is present, treatment with antibiotics or with a natural antibiotic derived from grapefruit seeds has produced major improvement in the GI symptoms of eczema patients and moderate improvement in the severity of eczema...”

Encephalitis

...the condition
“...The viruses can cause respiratory or gastrointestinal infections that are usually mild...”

Endocarditis

...recommendation Antibiotics
“...These include dental work, childbirth and surgery of the urinary or gastrointestinal tract.”

Endometriosis

...related topic
“...fashion with menstrual periods, the most common being pelvic pain and cramping before and during periods; pain during intercourse; inability to conceive; fatigue; painful urination during periods; gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, and nausea.”

Enlarged Liver

...the condition
“...manufactures and secretes bile, regulates the levels of chemicals in the blood, synthesizes proteins, filters waste products from the bloodstream, and receives nutrient-rich blood from the gastrointestinal tract and either stores or transforms these nutrients into chemicals that are used elsewhere in the body...”

Essential Thrombocythemia

...the condition
“...Where symptoms are present, they may include ... Gastrointestinal bleeding...”

Evening Primrose Oil

...as a treatment
“...OEP is relatively free of side-effects, although mild gastrointestinal irritation has been reported...”

Flax Seed, Flaxseed Oil, Linseed Oil

...as a treatment
“...Fresh, ground flaxseeds are used often as a bulking laxative, and as a soothing agent for the gastrointestinal tract.  The high mucilage in the seed is responsible for this activity...”

Folic Acid

...as a treatment
“...These included gastrointestinal symptoms, insomnia, irritability, and malaise.”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...When folic acid is consumed, it is actively transported into the blood from the gastrointestinal tract, where it acts as a coenzyme for a multitude of functions and often is converted to its active form, tetrahydrofolic acid (THFA), in the presence of the niacin coenzyme (NADPH)...”

Gastric/Peptic/Duodenal Ulcers

...the condition
“...The diagnosis of an ulcer is made by either a barium upper GI X-ray or an upper endoscopy (EGD – esophagogastroduodenoscopy)...”
...recommendation Robert's Formula
“Robert's Formula is a time-honored herbal preparation for upper GI inflammation...”

Gastritis

...recommendation Slippery Elm
“Slippery elm's soothing mucilage effect has been used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.  It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's...”

Gastroenteritis

...the condition
“...Self-treatment for adults may consist of the following ... Take non-aspirin medications for aches and avoid aspirin and ibuprofen since these medications may irritate the gastrointestinal system...”
...related topic
Gastrointestinal tract inflammation; characterized by abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting; which may be caused by bacteria, parasites or a virus.”

Gastrointestinal Bleeding

...the condition
“...Aside from those mentioned below, symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding also include vomiting blood (hematemesis)...”
...recommendation against Anticoagulant / Blood Thinner
“Drugs that reduce the blood's tendency to clot (anticoagulants) or that dissolve clots once they have formed (thrombolytics or tissue plasminogen activator) can cause gastrointestinal bleeding.”
...recommendation Occult Blood Tests
“If gastrointestinal bleeding is suspected due to other symptoms, but no blood is visible in the stool, a doctor may decide to test for occult (hidden) blood.”

Giardiasis Infection

...the condition
“...Typically, each cyst gives rise to two 'trophozoites', which are the vegetative form of giardia; they are able to colonize and rapidly replicate in the gastrointestinal tract as well as cause gastrointestinal symptoms...”
...recommendation Prebiotics
“...Prebiotic fermentation increases short-chain fatty acid production in the colon, and subsequent increased mucin production in the GI tract, which may enhance giardial clearing...”
...recommendation Berberine-containing Herbs
“...Berberine administration resulted in a marked decline in gastrointestinal symptoms (superior to that of metronidazole) and a 68% reduction in Giardia-positive stools...”

Glutathione Peroxidase

...related topic
“A family of antioxidant enzymes containing selenium which are important in the reduction of different hydroperoxides, including hydrogen peroxide which is involved in the irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and increase in perspiration.”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...While the gastrointestinal tract is the primary target organ, systemic disease is an important consequence of gluten ingestion in many patients...”

Goldenseal

...as a treatment
“...Look for goldenseal by itself, or in combination with other ingredients in products such as antimicrobial, anti-fungal, gastrointestinal aids, and immunostimulatory products...”

Grapefruit Seed Extract

...as a treatment
“...However, while one study found that GSE significantly inhibited E. coli, another normal inhabitant of the GI tract, it left the important and beneficial Bifidobacteria unchanged, and only slightly reduced the Lactobacilli species...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
“...Damage; Kidney Damage; Lung Damage; Cardiovascular signs or symptoms; Thyroid Disease; Multiple Cancers; Auto-Immune Deficiencies; Unusual Fevers; Night Sweats; Fluid Buildup; Sleep Disturbances; Gastrointestinal signs or symptoms; Genetic Alterations; Abnormal Births; Birth Defects; Menstrual Problems; Reduced IQ; Confusion; Memory Loss; Blood In Stools and Urine; Fibromyalgia; Epstein Barr...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...relationship to Hypothyroidism
Gastrointestinal manifestations of hypothyroidism include GERD as a result of delayed emptying of the stomach.”
...relationship to Crohn's Disease
“Crohn's disease is a chronic ailment that causes inflammation and injury in the colon and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus.”

Heavy Metal Toxicity

...the condition
“...As an example of the scope of a heavy metal's toxicity, lead can affect the nervous system, gastrointestinal system, cardiovascular system, blood production, kidneys, and reproductive system...”

Helicobacter Pylori Infection

...the condition
“In recent years, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) has been identified by researchers as the cause of the majority of gastrointestinal ulcers...”

Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)

...the condition
“Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HHC) is characterized by increased iron absorption in the gastrointestinal tract that may cause lifelong excessive iron absorption and accumulation and serious health effects including arthritis, cirrhosis, diabetes, impotence, myocardial infarction, and...”

Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome

...the condition
“...The first stages of HUS frequently present with gastrointestinal symptoms such as abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea...”

High Total Cholesterol

...recommendation Garlic
“...Large doses are required (6,000 to 8,000mg per day) to produce this effect, which causes gastrointestinal discomfort for some people...”

Histoplasmosis

...the condition
“...Symptoms of disseminated histoplasmosis include ... gastrointestinal bleeding from focal, oral, or mucosal ulcers...”

Hyperbaric Oxygen

...as a treatment
“...A few supporters also claim that HBOT helps patients with AIDS, arthritis, sports injuries, multiple sclerosis, autism, stroke, cerebral palsy, senility, cirrhosis, Lyme disease, and gastrointestinal ulcers...”

Hyperparathyroidism

...the condition
“...Immobilization and gastrointestinal illness with vomiting or diarrhea can cause calcium levels to rise, and if these conditions develop, patients with hyperparathyroidism should seek medical attention...”
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Hypersplenism

...the condition
“...Individuals may also bleed unexpectedly and heavily from the nose or other mucous membranes, and from the gastrointestinal or urinary tracts...”

Hypoglycemia

...the condition
“...Additional risk factors include ... upper gastrointestinal tract surgery...”

Hypokalemia

...the condition
“...Hypokalemia may result from excessive potassium loss by the renal or the gastrointestinal route, from decreased intake, or from transcellular shifts...”

Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut

...the condition
“...Leaky Gut Syndrome occurs when the wall of the GI tract is damaged...”

Insomnia

...recommendation Kava
“...Kava has been proven to be especially effective in treating refractory sleep disorders, including those involving headaches, menstrual cramps, and gastrointestinal disorders...”

Insulin Therapy

...as a treatment
“...It is treated in the gastrointestinal tract precisely as any other protein; that is, reduced to its amino acid components, whereupon all 'insulin activity' is lost...”

Intestinal Malabsorption Syndrome

...the condition
“...The main purpose of the Gastrointestinal tract is the digestion and absorption of major nutrients (fat, carbohydrate, and protein), essential micronutrients (vitamins and trace minerals), water, and electrolytes...”

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

...the condition
“...Approximately 20% have acute systemic JRA which is characterized by febrile onset, variable joint manifestations, rash, generalized lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, liver disease and, rarely, by GI tract disease.  Other children with JRA primarily have arthritis that is present at the onset of illness...”

Kaposi's Sarcoma

...the condition
“...Nausea and vomiting may indicate gastrointestinal (digestive tract) lesions...”

Lactobacillus Acidophilus

...as a treatment
“Out of the hundreds of strains of bacteria resident in the human gastrointestinal tract, Lactobacillus acidophilus is but one – but an extremely important one...”

Lactose Intolerance

...the condition
“...About 50-70% experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60% gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30% respiratory symptoms...”

Lecithin / Choline

...as a treatment
“...Choline is added as an ingredient in some multivitamin products as well as those specifically designed for the liver or gastrointestinal conditions...”

Licorice Root

...as a treatment
“...They apparently work by promoting the overall health of the gastrointestinal system rather than reducing the secretion of stomach acid that triggers ulcers...”

Liquid Diet

...as a treatment
“The full liquid diet is a temporary diet that is used in several different settings such as preparation for surgery or medical tests, or resting the lower GI tract.  The full liquid diet helps to keep a person hydrated, is easy to digest and does not leave much residue in the stomach or intestines...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...weakened immune system, malnutrition, trauma to the liver, Diabetes, old age, pregnancy, recent abdominal surgery, recent endoscopy of the bile ducts, tropical travel, Crohn's disease, abdominal or gastrointestinal infection, and steroid use...”

Lupus, SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)

...the condition
“...There is clinical involvement of the joints, skin, kidney, brain, and membranes of the lung, heart and gastrointestinal tract.  Women and non-Caucasians are disproportionately affected and SLE is most common in women of child-bearing age although it has been reported in all ages...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...Gastrointestinal problems, such as malabsorption disorders, can cause magnesium depletion by preventing the body from using the magnesium in food...”

Mastic Gum

...as a treatment
“...Several studies have already been published on Mastic Gum with regard to its positive effects on the gastrointestinal environment, thus gaining respect among the scientific and medical community...”

Megaloblastic Anemia / Pernicious Anemia

...the condition
“...The result is vitamin B12 deficiency, which gradually affects sensory and motor nerves, causing neurological, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular problems...”

Mesenteric Ischemia

...the condition
“...Signs and symptoms of chronic disease develop more slowly and include abdominal pain after eating, abdominal distention, unintentional weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and loss of appetite...”

Mitral Valve Prolapse

...the condition
“...This is the part of the nervous system that regulates the internal functions of the body such as blood pressure, heart rate, sweating, body temperature, gastrointestinal activity, and emptying of the urinary bladder...”

Motherhood Issues

...the condition
“...About 50-70% experienced rashes or other skin symptoms, 50-60% gastrointestinal symptoms, and 20-30% respiratory symptoms...”

Muscular Dystrophy

...the condition
“...The disease causes muscle weakness and affects the central nervous system, heart, gastrointestinal tract, eyes (causing cataracts) and endocrine (hormone-producing) glands...”

Myeloproliferative Neoplasm

...the condition
“...Other signs and symptoms depend on the underlying condition and include ... Gastrointestinal bleeding...”

NADH

...as a treatment
“...There are a few reports of gastrointestinal side effects, including nausea and loss of appetite...”

Neutropenia

...the condition
“...In prolonged severe neutropenia, life-threatening gastrointestinal and pulmonary infections occur, as does sepsis...”

Occult Blood Tests

...as a treatment
“...Positive test results may also indicate the following ... GI (gastrointestinal) trauma...”

Oil of Oregano

...as a treatment
“...While the 'killing action' of oregano oil in many studies was the result of activity in a "test tube" or culture media, enterically coated products will deliver the oil into the GI tract.  As at the time of writing, these antibacterial actions have not yet been confirmed by human clinical trials...”

Onion

...as a treatment
“...Other activities associated with onions are lowering blood pressure (via decreased platelet aggregation), general antibiotic activity and various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract.”

Ovarian Cancer

...our question about Bloating after meals
Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as gas, indigestion, nausea, or changes in bowel movements, are sometimes early warning signs.”

Parasite Cleanse

...as a treatment
“...Important note: Antibiotic use kills both the good and the bad bacteria indiscriminately upsetting the natural ecology of the gastrointestinal tract, setting the stage for parasite and other infections...”

Parasite Infection

...the condition
“...Parasites are responsible for many ill health conditions including diarrhoea, gastrointestinal upset, vaginal irritation, joint pain, nervous diseases, immune dysfunction and chronic fatigue...”

Peritonitis

...the condition
“...Bacteria may enter the peritoneum via a hole in the gastrointestinal tract, which can be caused by a ruptured appendix, stomach ulcer or perforated colon...”

Polycythemia Vera

...the condition
“...The earliest symptoms frequently include ... gastrointestinal bleeding...”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...The small intestine is the largest part of the gastrointestinal tract and is composed of the duodenum which is about one foot long, jejunum (5-8 feet long), and ileum (16-20 feet long)...”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...recommendation L-Arginine
“...In patients undergoing surgery for gastrointestinal cancer, supplementation with 25gm of arginine a day for 7 days improved their nitrogen balance as measured 5-7 days after surgery and led to more rapid recovery and discharge from the...”
...recommendation Aloe Vera
“Aloe can be applied topically to wounds and taken internally for both skin wounds and gastrointestinal ulcers...”

Probiotics

...as a treatment
“...The human gastrointestinal tract – the small and large intestines – is home for these hundreds of species of bacteria...”

Rapid Intestinal Transit

...the condition
“...The time taken for food to pass through the gastrointestinal tract depends on various factors...”
...our question about Duration of current diarrhea symptoms
“...Stool that leaves the large intestine too quickly is watery: there is not enough time for fluid and nutrients to be absorbed from the contents of the gastrointestinal tract.”

Reduced Water Consumption

...as a treatment
“...consumed along with food can be quickly and easily dispensed with in a very acidic stomach, preventing what might otherwise become a short term bout of food poisoning or a possible longer term GI tract infection...”

Robert's Formula

...as a treatment
“Although never fully studied in placebo-controlled trials, Robert's Formula has long been favored by natural doctors treating suspected inflammation in the GI tract.  Robert's formula usually consists of cabbage leaf, geranium, marshmallow, slippery elm, echinacea and goldenseal...”

Roemheld Syndrome

...related topic
“A syndrome where problems in the gastrointestinal tract or abdomen trigger or cause cardiac symptoms...”

Rosacea

...the condition
“...of rosacea is unknown, but many factors have been suspected of influencing it: alcoholism, menopausal and other flushing, a tendency towards seborrhea, local infection, B-vitamin deficiencies and gastrointestinal disorders...”

Roundworm Infection

...the condition
“...Late (6-8 weeks after ingestion) GI symptoms resulting from mechanical irritation include vague abdominal complaints (i.e. cramping, nausea, vomiting); small bowel obstruction (mostly in children); pancreatitis (secondary to worm...”

Salmonella

...related topic
“A widespread genus of gram-negative motile-rod bacteria, some of which can cause moderate GI infections, while several can produce metabolites in food that cause serious toxic reaction when the food is eaten.”

Schisandra Berry

...as a treatment
“...Schisandra is claimed to support healthy functioning of the liver, encourage healthy digestion and GI functions, and naturally balance endocrine functions...”

Selenium

...as a treatment
“...Selenium is absorbed fairly easily in the upper portion of the GI tract.  Selenium is considered a trace mineral...”

Sepsis

...the condition
“...Sepsis is a serious, rapidly progressing, life-threatening infection that can arise secondary to localized infections of the respiratory, genitourinary or gastrointestinal tract, or from the skin...”

Shepherd's Purse

...as a treatment
“...Shepherd's purse has also been used internally to treat cases of blood in the urine and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, such as with bleeding ulcers...”

Short Bowel Syndrome

...the condition
“...The types of surgery that can cause short bowel syndrome include surgery for ... Volvulus (abnormal twisting of a portion of the gastrointestinal tract that cuts off the blood supply and leads gangrene and tissue death in the affected segment)...”

Sjogren's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Mononeuritis multiplex – weakness or paralysis of various muscles; Kidney problems (tubular interstitial nephritis, renal tubular acidosis – a risk factor for kidney stones, glomerular disease); Gastrointestinal symptoms Swallowing difficulty due to decreased saliva production; Constipation; Food intolerances; Irritable Bowel Syndrome; Heartburn; Indigestion; Inflammation of blood vessels...”

Small Intestine

...related topic
“...The small intestine makes up more than 70% of the length and 90% of the surface area of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.”

Small Intestine Cancer

...the condition
“...of the 21st century, doctors in the US were diagnosing only about 1,200 malignant small intestine tumors each year – a very small number compared to the frequency of tumors in other parts of the GI tract.  Put another way, cancer is 50 times more common in your large bowel than in your small bowel...”

Soil Based Organisms

...as a treatment
“...Consequently, restoring, or maintaining GI health depends on a constant supply of SBOs...”

Stricture

...related topic
“...Usually refers to the esophageal or gastrointestinal tract.”

Subphrenic Abscess

...the condition
“...Risk factors for secondary subphrenic abscess include ... abnormal cell growth (neoplasia) in the gastrointestinal tract...”

Supplemental Fiber

...as a treatment
“...In physiological terms a bolus is "a rounded mass of food passing through the gastrointestinal tract".  As a mass it picks up excess waste products and rids them from the body better...”

Tardive Dyskinesia

...the condition
“...Neuroleptic drugs are generally prescribed for psychiatric disorders, as well as for some gastrointestinal and neurological disorders...”

Test for Inhalant Allergies

...as a treatment
“...As a general rule, inhaled allergens such as dust mites, tree, grass or weed pollens will produce respiratory symptoms and ingested (food) allergies will produce skin and/or gastrointestinal symptoms or anaphylaxis...”

Thuja

...as a treatment
“...People with seizure disorders or gastrointestinal problems (such as ulcers or gastritis) should avoid thuja...”

TMJ Problems

...the condition
“...The TMJ Association lists these symptoms because TMJ implant patients frequently report them ... chronic respiratory, urinary tract, pelvic, or gastrointestinal infections...”

Trichinosis

...related topic
“...GI symptoms may appear within a few days, whereas the systemic symptoms usually appear about 8 to 15 days after ingestion of infected meat.”

Trichotillomania

...the condition
“...Trichobezoars can be diagnosed by using special upper gastrointestinal X-rays, looking into the stomach with an endoscope, or using ultrasound...”

Ulcerative Colitis

...the condition
“...Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are chronic diseases that involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.  However, ulcerative colitis only affects the colon (large intestine), while Crohn's disease can affect the entire digestive system, from the mouth to the anus...”
...relationship to Bacterial Dysbiosis
“A variety of bacterial pathogens can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain...”
...recommendation Slippery Elm
“Slippery elm's soothing mucilage effect has been used for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.  It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's...”

Urinary Retention

...the condition
“...Bladder Stones; Bladder Cancer; Fecal Impaction; Gastrointestinal Cancer: Biliary, Pancreatic, Small Bowel, Colon, Rectal, Anal; Retroperitoneal Tumor (very rare); Foreign body in the urethra; Urethral stones (stones that have become stuck after...”

Valerian Root

...as a treatment
“...Aside from its strong odor – some find that valerian root smells unpleasantly like dirty socks – valerian is well tolerated, with only occasional mild gastrointestinal distress.  With constant use, side-effects can include headaches, excitability, digestive upsets, or sleep and heart disturbances...”

Vitamin B1 Requirement

...the condition
“...Elderly people are at risk of thiamin deficiency and this may lead to reduced mental functioning, depression, weakness, suppressed immunity and gastrointestinal problems.  Early thiamin deficiency may be easily overlooked as the symptoms are generalized and can include fatigue, depression and stress-induced headaches...”

Vitamin B3 Requirement

...the condition
“...In general, niacin deficiency affects every cell, especially in those systems with rapid turnover, such as the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and nervous system...”

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)

...as a treatment
“...Pantothenic acid is readily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.  It is stored in high amounts in the adrenal glands but about 70% of absorbed pantothenic acid is excreted in the urine...”

Vitamin B-Complex Requirement

...the condition
“...The B-vitamins help to maintain the health of the nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, and mouth, as well as healthy muscle tone in the gastrointestinal tract and proper brain function...”

Vitamin C Requirement

...the condition
“...Pregnancy, breastfeeding, gastrointestinal diseases, and hyperthyroidism increase the need for vitamin C...”

Vitamin Pantothenic Acid Requirement

...the condition
“...Experimentally-induced human vitamin B5 deficiency has caused insomnia, leg cramps, paresthesias of the hands and feet, mental depression, decreased antibody formation, easy fatigue, gastrointestinal disturbance, and upper respiratory infections.”

Weight Loss Surgery

...as a treatment
“...Short-term risks include ... Leaks in the gastrointestinal system...”

Whipworm

...related topic
“...Usually symptomless, heavy infections – especially in small children – can cause gastrointestinal problems (abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal prolapse) and possibly growth retardation.”

Yeast

...related topic
“A single-cell organism that may cause infection in the mouth, vagina, gastrointestinal tract, and any or all bodily parts...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...Gastrointestinal...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Gastrointestinal malabsorption can lead to deficiency...”
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