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Massage Acupuncture, Moxibustion, and Other Forms of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2017 Dec;46(4):875-880

Date

11/28/2017

Pubmed ID

29173528

DOI

10.1016/j.gtc.2017.08.015

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85030467885 (requires institutional sign-in at Scopus site)   39 Citations

Abstract

Complementary and alternative medicine is frequently used by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients; most common are massage, acupuncture, and moxibustion therapy. Massage therapy is poorly studied in IBD patients; therefore, its benefits remain unknown. Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy have been shown to improve inflammation and symptoms in animal and human studies. However, current clinical trials of acupuncture and moxibustion are of insufficient quality to recommend them as alternative therapy. Nonetheless, because these therapies seem generally to be safe, they may have a role as complementary to conventional therapy.

Author List

Stein DJ

Author

Daniel J. Stein MD Director, Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Acupuncture Therapy
Animals
Humans
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Massage
Moxibustion