Therapeutic Modulation of Gut Microbiota in Functional Bowel Disorders

J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2017 Jan 30;23(1):9-19. doi: 10.5056/jnm16124.


Functional bowel disorders (FBDs) are functional gastrointestinal disorders with symptoms attributable to the middle or lower gastrointestinal tract. These include irritable bowel syndrome, functional bloating, functional constipation, functional diarrhea, and unspecified FBD. Increasing evidence has emerged of late that intestinal microbiota is involved in the pathogenesis of FBDs. In this review, the therapeutic benefits and future perspectives of the currently available strategies for modifying the gut microbiota in FBDs are described, focusing primarily on irritable bowel syndrome and functional constipation.

Keywords: Diet; Fecal microbiota transplantation; Irritable bowel syndrome; Microbiota; Probiotics.

Publication types

  • Review