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   Dec 12

Can Wormwood Ward Off Digestive Troubles?

Best known as a flavoring agent for absinthe and other alcoholic beverages, wormwood is often taken in supplement form to treat digestive troubles. Proponents claim that wormwood can stimulate the digestive system and aid in treatment of common ailments like heartburn and indigestion.

So far, few studies have tested wormwood’s effects on digestive health. Still, there’s some evidence that herb shows promise in the treatment of Crohn’s disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease). For example, a 2010 study of 10 patients with Crohn’s disease found that six weeks of treatment with a combination of wormwood and standard care helped promote remission of symptoms more effectively than standard care alone.

If you’re looking to soothe heartburn naturally, try using herbal remedies like slippery elm and marshmallow. And for help in alleviating indigestion, there’s some evidence that artichoke leaf extract and peppermint oil may be beneficial.

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Source: About.com

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