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Hepatogastroenterology. 1997 Sep-Oct; 44(17): 1328-30.

The role of acupuncture in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot study.

Chan J, Carr I, Mayberry JF.

Gastrointestinal Research Unit, Leicester General Hospital, England.

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the potential value of acupuncture in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). METHODOLOGY: The study was an open design study of 7 patients with established irritable bowel syndrome in which assessment was by a diary card. RESULTS: The results showed a significant improvement both in general well-being and in symptoms of bloating. CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture seems to be effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and merits further study.


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