TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A new, plant-based remedy is being studied to see if it can help an often painful and embarrassing condition.

is an . Dr. Tom Welton of Topeka’s Cotton-O’Neil says cases can range from mild to severe, where normal, calm lining of the colon becomes swollen and develops sores.

Exactly what causes it isn’t known, but Welton says treating it usually involves suppressing the . The problem, he says, is most current medications act on the as a whole, rather than just the colon. As a result, a patient is at risk for pneumonia and infections.

That’s why Welton is excited about offering a Phase III clinical trial of HMPL-004. Derived from an extract of the andrographis paniculata, it targets solely the immune system of the colon.

Welton say it’s a natural, plant-based product which, in preliminary studies, has shown to be effective in decreasing inflammation of the colon without a lot of side effects. The most common side effect is a mild skin rash, reported in fewer than five percent of participants.

The study is for patients over age 18 with mild to moderate symptoms. They’d take nine vitamin-sized pills a day, and receive a baseline , plus followups through a year-long study period. The would be used in conjunction with a dose of mesalamine

Trial Tests Plant Based Remedy For Ulcerative Colitis

About Robert Hill

I founded IDEAS Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society, from my home base in Vancouver, British Columbia. Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society IDEAS is established to raise public awareness of intestinal diseases in order to help remove the stigmas associated with these illnesses. The programs of IDEAS help children, youth and young adults learn to live full lives, find acceptance and gain confidence.

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