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Z Gastroenterol. 1998 Jun; 36(6): 519-24.

["Alternative" therapy methods in functional disorders of the gastrointestinal system]

Bittinger M, Barnert J, Wienbeck M.

III. Medizinische Klinik, Zentralklinikum Augsburg.

Patients with functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract often respond poorly to standard therapeutic regimes. Therefore, "alternative" forms of treatment (e.g. homocopathy, acupuncture, phytotherapy, diet modifications, psychotherapy, hypnosis) often come into play. Critical assessment of these forms of therapy is difficult: placebo response is high in functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and usually no placebo-controlled studies are available to prove the efficacy of these forms of therapy. Up to now no data was able to prove the efficacy of homoeopathy and phytotherapy, and the efficacy of acupuncture has to be questioned. In contrast to this, hyponosis, psychotherapy and some forms of diet modification seem to be useful at least in some patients with functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract.


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