There was a thread on here a couple of years back, asking via a poll what sorts of treatment people had had long term success with. (Or words to that effect.)
Probiotics were the one type of medication that had the single largest proportion of hits, with about
25% of respondents having either used them successfully in the past, or using them with some success on an ongoing basis. (That included some who did not find them a great success, but felt they improved their symptoms.)
Personally I use them to help "switch off" a flare - just a simple probiotic soya yoghurt can make a big difference, if I start using it soon enough - and I have used Udo's Choice Super8 capsules with success in the past, as part of a regime of nutritional therapy which ended a rampaging flare.
As regards finding which one works for you, recent research sheds some light on why there might be variation. After taking samples worldwide, apparently doctors analysing the intestinal flora genome have come to the conclusion that rather like blood types being universal, worldwide there are only three gut bacteria ecosystems to be found in human beings; each may be associated with susceptibilities to different types of poor health. For example, Type A might be prone to obesity and type 2 diabetes, Type B might be prone to multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis, and Type C might be prone to cervical or prostate cancer. (
That's just a made up example, I don't even know what the bacterial ecosystem categories are called.)
These vulnerabilities might also have some overlap, which would complicate matters; so Types A and B might both be prone to Crohn's.
So the wrong probiotic might not work for you, depending on what types of gut bacteria you have.
Plus of course, if probiotics are crowding out an overgrowth of toxic bacteria, then you might expect diarrhoea as the bad bacteria flush out of your gut, and possibly Herx'ing - (Herxheimer-Jarisch reaction) where the toxins produced by dying nasties make you feel like death warmed up.
So clear as mud really...but definitely worth trying.
Post Edited (snohare) : 2/10/2012 7:55:12 AM (GMT-7)