Irritable bowel syndrome: alternative therapeutic management

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2007 (EN)
Irritable bowel syndrome: alternative therapeutic management (EN)

., A. Forbes

SUMMARY Irritable bowel syndrome is common, ill-understood and often difficult to treat. Conventional pharmacological approaches have not yet provided adequate solutions, and understandably, patients have looked outside orthodox medicine to find relief. There is a paucity of verifable data in respect to the alternative and complementary therapies that have been embarked upon, but worthwhile studies have been performed, and it is possible to draw some conclusions based on scientific grounds. Dietary manipulation and exclusion diets can help but value from any dietary addition has yet to be confirmed. Hypnotherapy and psychotherapy (whether individual or group) are valuable in selected patients. Relaxation therapy and biofeedback techniques are probably helpful but reliable data is still awaited. Cognitive behavioural therapy is useful for some patients, but acupuncture does not seem to be effective. Key words: Irritable bowel syndrome, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, alternative therapy complementary therapy (EN)




Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology (EN)

Annals of Gastroenterology; Volume 15, No 3 (2002) (EN)

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