Probiotics and Disease: A Comprehensive Summary-Part 7, Immune Disorders

Integr Med (Encinitas). 2017 Oct;16(5):46-57.


This article series provides a literature review of the disease-specific probiotic strains associated with immune and autoimmune conditions that have been studied in published clinical trials in humans and animals. This is not an exhaustive review. The table design allows for quick access to supportive data and will be helpful as a guide for both researchers and clinicians. The goal of the probiotics and disease series is to provide clinically useful tools. The first article (part 1) focused on mental health and neurological conditions, and the second article (part 2) explored cultured and fermented foods that are commonly available in the United States. The third article (part 3) explored the relationship between bacterial strains and 2 of the most prevalent diseases we have in modern society: cardiometabolic disease and fatigue syndromes. The fourth article (part 4) elucidated the role of the microbiome in infectious diseases, and the fifth article (part 5) examined respiratory conditions of the ears, nose, and throat. The sixth article (part 6) explored the relationship between beneficial microbiota and skin disorders. This seventh article (part 7) reviews the relationship between beneficial microbiota and autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, and other immunity-related disorders. Future articles will review the relationship between probiotics and skin disorders, the influence of the microbiome on cancer development and prognosis, and gastrointestinal and genitourinary diseases associated with dysbiosis, followed by an article focused on probiotic supplements. This literature review is specific to disease condition, probiotic classification, and individual strain.

Publication types

  • Review