With a broad outlook, ranging from medical anthropology to the mechanism of action of medicinal plants, the book addresses, from both a theoretical and a practical perspective, the problem of normalising overlong gut passage time, tackling its physiopathological, clinical and epidemiological aspects.
Constipation is given particular attention, both for its clinical aspects, with particular reference to the correct management of the patient, and from the perspective of the use of relevant medicinal plants and natural substances.
The chapters devoted to the physiology, pathophysiology and ecology of the intestines try to give a broader perspective on the phenomena underlying gut passage. The medical anthropology chapter is laid out as a journey through time and space, across different historical time periods, touching all continents and many different cultures. Details of remedies used in eleven different traditional healing traditions are provided.
The work of all authors has led to the creation of a book that is useful in daily life, but is also full of insights for who desires to investigate these themes further.
- Mauro Bortoletti is a Surgeon specialising in Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology and Cardiology, and is a nationally certified Senior Consultant in General Medicine
- Paolo Di Maurizio has a specialisation in Gastroenterology and Digestive Endoscopy, General Surgery and Paediatric Surgery
- Antonio Guerci has a degree in Biological Sciences and is Full Professor of Anthropology since 1986
- Andrea Lugli, graduate in Phytotherapy from the College of Phytotherapy (UK) and Industrial Chemistry from the Università di Bologna, is a lecturer in Phytotherapy on two Master's degree programmes (in Pavia and Bergamo) and is a scientific consultant on research and development of natural products. Author and co-author of numerous scientific publications. In 2006, he was the promoter and coordinator of the Monografie ESCOP translation project and author of Compendio alle Monografie ESCOP. For Gruppo Aboca-Planta Medica, he has also written Piante Medicinali del Mondo, Patrimonio dell'Umanità; Una visione tra Etnobotanica, Tradizione e Scienza(2005), Conoscere le piante medicinali - 40 schede pratiche, tante curiosità e suggerimenti utili (2010), Gonfiore Addominale e Piante Medicinali - Con elementi di Fisiologia-Patofisiologia, Clinica, Storia, Letteratura, Antropologia medica e Etnofarmacologia (2010), COLITE Quale è il problema? (2016)
- Giuseppe Ventriglia, medical doctor with a Master's degree in Phytotherapy, he teaches both at universities and to professional groups. He has many years’ experience in educational planning and consultancy. Head and coordinator of projects for public and private science institutions. Author and co-author of numerous scientific texts and articles in national and foreign magazines. For Gruppo Aboca- Planta Medica, he is also the author of Gonfiore Addominale e Piante Medicinali - Con elementi di Fisiologia-Patofisiologia, Clinica, Storia, Letteratura, Antropologia medica e Etnofarmacologia (2010), Il modello dell'omeostasi - Salute Malessere Malattia (2010), COLITE Quale è il problema? (2016).