Today I am dissecting Dysbiocide. And dang I’m excited about it!
Seriously. There is zero sarcasm in the excitement, even though my life feels like one, big sarcastic reel.
I’ve known generally about it and why it works, but never anything in as much detail as I’ve researched for this post.
And I figured it was time to get the details gathered together because this has, hands down, been one of my favorite healing supplements. I’m constantly asking myself, “Why is it so good, though?”
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Dysbiocide is a supplement created by Biotics Research Corporation. This is how they describe the product:
Dysbiocide® supplies a proprietary blend of herbs and herbal extracts to support normal gut health. Select herbs are well recognized in promoting the synergistic healing of damaged intestinal tissue, resulting predominately from dysbiosis. The combination of Eastern and Western herbs in this formula provides a broad anti-dysbiotic effect, even with low dosing.
And here is what the product consists of.
I’m breaking down the ingredients to understand its potency better.
Dill (Anethum graveolens) (seed)
Its common use in Ayurvedic medicine is in abdominal discomfort, colic and for promoting digestion. You’ll find it in gripe water, , given to relieve colic pain in babies and flatulence in young children.
In the book, Body Into Balance: an Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care, dill is noted as a carminative. Carminatives improve digestion, dispel gas, ease bloating, and act as antispasmodics to relieve cramps. Other carminatives include: lemon balm, thyme, holy basil, cardamom seeds, peppermint, fennel, bee balm, lavender, catnip, and ginger.
Stemona (Stemona sessilifolia) (root) (powder and extract)
Finding information on Stemona sessilifolia isn’t very easy. The information you can find about Stemona, as the Genus, focuses on the lungs and respiratory conditions.
However, briefly, you will find mention that it’s used for destroying intestinal worms and expelling gas.
The fact that this is the second ingredient listed on the ingredients list means that there is something fairly powerful in it.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) (shoot & leaf) (extract)
Wormwood is a digestive bitter that is used to support healthy appetite levels and gastrointestinal function, and a healthy flora balance in the digestive tract. I just featured it in the Gut Health Guide to Digestive Bitters.
Java Brucea (Brucea javanica) (fruit) (powder & extract)
This is another one where not a lot of information was found.
According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, java brucea seed has bitter, cold, and slightly toxic properties, and is associated with the Large Intestine and Liver meridians.
Chinese Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla chinensis) (rhizome) (powder & extract)
Chinese Pulsatilla is one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine.
It is used to to clear heat, cool the blood, resolve fire toxicity, relieve dysentery and ease abdominal pain. Pulsatilla Root benefits the digestive system, benefits female health and supports the lymphatic system. It contains antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antibiotic and anti-amebic properties.
Jamaica Quassia (Picrasma excelsa) (bark) (extract)
Quassia, also known as Jamaica Quassia and Bitter Wood, is a small, shrubby tree native to the West Indies. Its species name, amara, is derived from the Spanish word amargo, which means “bitter.” The bark of the tree contains quassin, a substance 50 times more bitter than quinine.
In fact, it’s the bitterest naturally-occurring chemical known to exist.
Quassia is used for digesting food. And it can also help get relief from diarrhea caused by dysentery. It helps make sure food passes through the digestive system at the proper rate for optimal nutrition absorption.
Cutch Tree (Acacia catechu) (heartwood & bark) (powder & extract)
Black cutch, is a deciduous, thorny tree belonging to the Fabaceae family. The plant is native to Southern Himalayas of Pakistan, northern India and Nepal, south to Andhra Pradesh in India, and east to Burma and Thailand. It is occasionally planted in Indonesia (Java), Thailand, Burma and India.
While Cutch Tree is used especially for the treatment of cough and sore throat, it’s also effective against dysentery, diarrhea, and wound healing.
Hedyotis (Hedyotis diffusa) (aerial part) (powder & extract)
Most commonly known and used for colorectal cancers, Hedyotis clears heat and eliminates toxins.
As one of the last ingredients listed, it’s not clear how much of this is used in the formula.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) (leaf & flower) (extract)
They say that yarrow has a million uses. The word yarrow comes form the Greek warrior Achilles. Not only is it used internally, but externally as well. Yarrow has many skin implications – i.e. applying it cold amplifies the tightening and toning effect of the tissues.
It’s used in Dysbiocide likely because of its antimicrobial properties and abilities to tighten/tone boggy tissue and improve healing.
Dysbiocide for SIBO
In 2014 when I was first diagnosed with SIBO, Dr. Schweig (in California) had me on a antibiotic herbal protocol. The main supplement I took at that time was GI Synergy. Over the next few years, I’d do various herbals; nothing worked quite right.
After we moved back to Minnesota, I took a final round of Rifaximin and Neomycin, my (then new) doctor suggested Dysbiocide. He suggested 7 days on Dysbiocide, then the rest of the month off. And for me, it was for prevention and to ensure the healthy, clear state.
I had never heard of Dysbiocide before, but I was willing to try anything to finally kick SIBO to the curb.
Today I swear by it. But for me personally, I use it for maintenance. Full disclosure: I never tried it when I had active SIBO and wanted to clear it.
For those of you who want to try it for SIBO clearing, the combination of Dysbiocide and FC Cidal is typically recommended.
Dysbiocide and FC Cidal
FC-Cidal™ is a product, also by Biotics Research Corporation, which supplies a proprietary blend of herbs and herbal extracts to support healthy GI function.
Herbs, spices and botanical preparations often exhibit antimicrobial properties due to a wide array of terpenoid and polyphenolic compounds.
Culinary herbs have long been used to control pests and food-borne yeasts and molds in the context of food safety. For example, the thymol content of thyme oil can be 30-70%, while the carvacrol content ranges between 3 and 15%. Both of these compounds possess antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
The active ingredients in FC-Cidal include:
French Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) (leaf), Indian Tinospora (Tinospora cordifolia) (stem & root), Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) (whole herb), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) (leaf), Pau D’ Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) (inner bark), Stinging Nettle Extract (Urtica dioica) (root), Olive (Olea europaea) (leaf)
Because they use different (complimentary) ingredients, Dysbioicide and FC Cidal are typically recommended together.
One study has tested the effectiveness of these supplements. The combination of Dysbiocide and FC-Cidal (two capsules of each, twice a day) taken for 4 weeks was found to be as effective as rifaximin for treating SIBO.
Because they mention rifaximin only (not neomycin), I do wonder if this protocol is effective for methane-dominant SIBO?
Side Effects of Dysbiocide
I have never had a single side effect from taking Dysbiocide. That’s not to say you can’t, though.
The company gives these product warnings:
Not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. May cause mild constipation in sensitive individuals. If constipation persists, discontinue use and contact your healthcare professional. Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is not recommended concurrently with drugs that thin the blood, drugs that reduce stomach acid, or drugs that prevent or lessen seizures. Consuming Wormwood may intensify the effects and side effects of drinking alcohol. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Have you ever taken Dysbiocide? Thoughts? Your experience with the product?
If you’re interested in trying the product, HERE is where I get mine on Amazon.
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