Drug-free gel drink used to remove radioactive toxins from Chernobyl victims could help millions of IBS sufferers
- NHS experts overseeing major trial of Enterosgel, an intestinal adsorbent
- It is thought it may ease diarrhoea, bloating and symptoms associated with IBS
- IBS afflicts one in ten Britons and prompts two million GP visits a year
A drug-free gel drink that helped remove radioactive toxins from Chernobyl victims could provide relief to millions of Britons enduring the misery of irritable bowel syndrome.
NHS experts are overseeing a major trial into whether Enterosgel, an intestinal adsorbent, can ease the diarrhoea, bloating and other embarrassing and painful symptoms associated with IBS, a condition that afflicts one in ten Britons and prompts two million GP visits a year.
The over-the-counter solution mops up harmful viruses, toxins and allergens from the gut, with manufacturer EnteroMed claiming it can lead to relief from some of IBS’s most distressing symptoms.
Woman suffering from the painful symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (stock image)
Its effectiveness in removing toxins was hailed in a scientific study of 4,700 children who were contaminated by radioactive fallout from the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine in 1986.
Doctors at Bogomolets National Medical University in Kiev found that three courses of a mixture containing Enterosgel administered over ten-day periods ‘provided effective detoxification’.
Senior NHS doctors in England are hoping to recruit 400 volunteers with IBS to take part in a trial at 27 hospitals and GP surgeries.
IBS afflicts one in ten Britons and prompts two million GP visits a year, with often painful and embarrassing symptoms