The history of emergence of the probiotics concept as well as basic knowledge on the mechanism of their action is described. The possibilities of the therapeutic use of probiotics, in particular for cases of Crohn's disease, viral gastroenteritis and travelers' diarrhea are discussed. The conclusion is made that the effectiveness of the use of probiotics has not yet been proved due to the fact that in clinical trials of these preparations many uncontrolled variables are not taken into consideration. For this reason at the present moment the prophylactic and curative use of probiotics is an idea whose constructive character has yet to be proved.
|Translated title of the contribution
|Probiotics: a therapeutic concept awaiting recognition
|Number of pages
|Zhurnal Mikrobiologii Epidemiologii i Immunobiologii
|Published - 2003