Fecal transplant or fecal microbial transplantation (FMT) is a treatment for people with recurrent colon infections (Clostridioides difficile). It is an alternative treatment by transferring the “good” bacteria from a healthy individual’s feces into the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). The fecal transplant was first recorded in the 4th century in China, Human fecal material was known as yellow soup that used to treat severe diarrhea. In the 16th century, Ching Ming Dynasty used fresh or fermented fecal suspensions for patients with GI conditions such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain.
Why use fecal transplantation (FMT)?Recurrent colon infection is a bacterium that causes an infection of the colon and it is commonly treated by antibiotic medications, yet it kills most of the good bacteria in the intestinal tract. Studies have shown that over 90% of patients were treated by FMT and do not have significant side effects reported. FMT can help to replenish bacterial balance by increasing good bacteria in the intestinal tract.