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Archive for the 'Irritable Bowel Syndrome' Category

A systematic review of reflexology

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

ReflexologyTherapy[1]Prof. Ernst has reviewed all the studies. (more…)

Is there a role for acupuncture in functional gastrointestinal disease?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Doctors use the word “functional” to describe symptoms or problems when they can find no anatomical abnormality.

Researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch, in Galveston reviewed the evidence using acupuncture and electro acupuncture. (more…)

St. John’s wort to treat IBS?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Here’s the rationale supporting this study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota.

St. John’s wort treats mild-to-moderate depression. Antidepressants are often used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). But no one has studied the effects of St. John’s wort in patients with IBS. (more…)

Review: Chiropractic for gastrointestinal problems

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Are chiropractic treatments effective for gastrointestinal disorders?

Prof. Ernst has reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Predicting IBS responders to hynotherapy

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Approximately two-thirds of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) respond well to hypnotherapy.

Researchers at the University of Manchester, in the UK, assessed whether a therapeutic response to hypnosis could be predicted by relating mood to a positive, neutral or negative color. (more…)

Effect of diet on irritable bowel syndrome

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Studies suggest that in one quarter of patients, symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may be caused or exacerbated by diet.

Researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, at Chapel Hill, reviewed the data from a clinician’s perspective. (more…)

Reviewing the potential benefits of probiotics

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

The British Nutrition Foundation reviewed the effect of probiotics on health. (more…)

Acupuncture in patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Researchers from The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in Boston compared true and sham acupuncture in relieving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. (more…)

CAM treatments for irritable bowel syndrome

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Several can be recommended as part of an evidence-based approach to treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to researchers from the University of Ottawa in Ontario. (more…)

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Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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New recommendations to treat IBS

Friday, December 19th, 2008

 The American College of Gastroenterology has published new guidelines for the management of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Let’s focus on their view of herbals, acupuncture, and diet. (more…)

Success with peppermint oil for IBS symptoms

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

An international group of researchers report that peppermint oil is “more effective than placebo in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).”

It compared favorably to fiber and antispasmodic drugs too. (more…)

Probiotic studies presented at ACG

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

 NewsWise reports the results of 3 studies presented during the American College of Gastroenterology’s 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando.

Highlights of the reports on probiotics used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) follow. (more…)

CAM use in functional bowel disorder

Sunday, October 5th, 2008

 One-third of these patients use CAM.

Are they dissatisfied with mainstream treatments? (more…)

A review of probiotics to treat IBS

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Recently, the use of tegaserod (Zelnorm) and alosetron (Lotronex) to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) was restricted because of adverse events.

Here’s what we know about probiotics for the relief of symptoms of IBS. (more…)

Updating what we know about probiotics and diarrhea

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Growing evidence suggests that probiotics might serve as a functional food in the treatment of diarrhea.

Here’s what we know.


Making a case for an endocannabinoid deficiency

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

Dr. Ethan Russo (no relation) is a consultant for GW Pharmaceuticals and a proponent of medical marijuana.

This article is the latest justification that “migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.” (more…)

Positive results with peppermint oil to treat irritable bowel syndrome

Monday, January 28th, 2008

In general, past entries on this topic were positive, although peppermint oil gets a “C” rating (inconsistent or limited-quality patient-oriented evidence) for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Maybe so, but here is another supportive study that tested the effectiveness of enteric-coated peppermint oil in a well-defined group of patients. (more…)

Peppermint oil is “probably effective”

Friday, December 28th, 2007

No consistent, good-quality patient-oriented evidence is available on peppermint oil (Mentha piperita). So, the authors based their conclusions on the criteria in the strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT). (more…)

Is CAM cost effective treatment?

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

Three criteria determine drug reimbursement decisions: therapeutic value, cost effectiveness, and burden of disease. Now, an article from Erasmus University in The Netherlands questions whether it’s sufficient for a drug to meet these criteria, and proposes a 4th hurdle.

Consider how CAM would hold up under such scrutiny based on what we know today. (more…)