Med­i­cal treat­ment for in­testines not for the squea­mish

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By QIUQUANLIN in Guangzhou qiuquanlin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A hospi­tal in Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince, is tak­ing a new ap­proach to the treat­ment of in­testi­nal dis­or­ders that could make some peo­ple squea­mish: us­ing fe­cal bac­te­ria.

“Fe­cal bac­te­ria, which is pu­ri­fied and ex­tracted from hu­man stool, could be help­ful in restor­ing nat­u­ral and healthy di­ges­tion. It is be­ing in­creas­ingly used as an ef­fec­tive method to treat di­ges­tive dis­eases, such as in­flamed ul­cers,” said Zhou Yongjian, a physi­cian with the Guangzhou First Peo­ple’s Hospi­tal.

The hospi­tal has been en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple, those aged 12 to 18 in par­tic­u­lar, to do­nate stool for the re­search.

“We need to con­duct more clin­i­cal re­search into transplanting fe­cal bac­te­ria, which has been iden­ti­fied glob­ally as an emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy in the treat­ment of di­ges­tive dis­eases,” Zhou said. “When the in­testi­nal flora (bac­te­ria that aids di­ges­tion) has been dam­aged and germs at­tach to the body, and if noth­ing else works, a bac­te­rial treat­ment should pro­vide a rem­edy.”

Ac­cord­ing to Zhou, a num­ber of physi­cians in the United States, Canada and Aus­tralia have suc­cess­fully em­ployed the method.

The hospi­tal has so far at­tracted 50 po­ten­tial young donors, of whom only two were qual­i­fied. The hospi­tal will pro­vide a free med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion worth of 4,000 yuan ($600) and 200 yuan in sub­si­dies for each donor.

A num­ber of pa­tients with di­ges­tive prob­lems have been suc­cess­fully treated with the new tech­nol­ogy since the hospi­tal be­gan clin­i­cal re­search last year.

“It was very help­ful. My di­ges­tion is now in good con­di­tion,” said a fe­male pa­tient sur­named Li, 40, who had chronic in­flam­ma­tion for three years be­fore she was treated in Au­gust.

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