In the blogosphere, it is rare to see a lengthy, complete and thoughtful examination of the literature. That’s why I’m so excited to broadcast this newest missive from the very new Clever Homeopathy.
The challenges of IBS – A critical analysis of research in CAM and a critical examination of methodological modifications suitable for future investigations on IBS and for research in CAM in general « Clever Homeopathy.
Are people looking for answers for IBS? Absolutely. Here’s what a recent analysis had to say about the options and who’s using them. Here is an illness for which the majority of physicians would agree alternative therapies have a place.
Irritable bowel syndrome: an update on therapeutic modalities.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common condition that a physician faces in the GI clinic. Of the general population, 10 – 25% suffer from symptoms judged to be IBS. The negative impact of this disease includes not only pain, suffering and direct medical expenses but also significant social and job-related consequences. IBS can be the result of dysfunction in any part of the brain-gut axis: alterations in the CNS caused by psychological or other factors, abnormal gastrointestinal motility, or heightened visceral sensations. Diagnosis is based on either the Manning or Rome-II criteria. Education, reassurance and emotional support are the cornerstones of successful treatment. The mainstays of the current therapeutic approach continue to be: stress management strategies, dietary modification entailing addition of dietary fibre and pharmacotherapy. Pharmacotherapy is still limited to treating symptoms. Newer drugs that modulate motility or drugs that modulate visceral sensation may be useful in selected cases. Psychopharmacological agents are useful in the treatment of IBS, especially in those with psychological co-morbidity. Alternative therapies such as homeopathy, acupuncture, special diets, herbal medication and several forms of psychological treatments and hypnotherapy are sought by many patients and are now being offered by physicians as treatment options, either alone or in conjunction with conventional forms of therapy in patients with refractory symptoms.
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- Stress Associated With Grief, Natural Disasters, And Emotional Abuse Plays Ongoing Role In IBS (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Past Trauma May Contribute to Bowel Disorder (nlm.nih.gov)
- Psychological Trauma Linked to Bowel Disorder (livescience.com)
- Probiotics May Offer A Promising Solution For Those Suffering From Irritable Bowel Syndrome (prweb.com)