Acupuncture may not be as good for irritable bowel syndrome as originally thought. A new study review published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology has found that past clinical trials found mixed reviews for the practice.
While some studies claimed that acupuncture worked better than traditional IBS medications, other studies found that acupuncture offered no foreseeable help. In other studies, researchers found that the type of acupuncture used was nothing more than a “sham” version of the practice used to skew test results.
According to lead researcher Eric Manheimer of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, “It’s difficult to interpret the results of the review.”
Manheimer adds, “I think the evidence is equivocal”
The digestive disorder can cause painful bouts of abdominal cramps, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea.
Many irritable bowel syndrome sufferers manage the condition with diet changes along with anti-diarrheal medication or laxatives and fiber supplements for constipation.
According to Health News, there are other ways to treat IBS that may be more effective:
“There are a few drugs for the condition — including alosetron (Lotronex), which works on nerves to relax the colon, and lubiprostone (Amitiza), which helps with constipation.”
Other drugs used can include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and the drug class known as antispasmodics.
Patients have often claimed that the negative side effects from many irritable bowel syndrome drugs have turned them off of from the drugs.
Do you think acupuncture has the ability to actually help irritable bowel syndrome sufferers?
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