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A meta-analysis of the results from RCTs of acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has found no benefit of acupuncture on IBS symptom severity or IBS-related quality of life compared to sham acupuncture controls.

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A Chinese herbal formula developed from a combination of two traditional Chinese herbal formulations - Tong Xie Yao Fang and Zhong Man Fen Xiao Wan - has been shown to have potent anti-inflammatory activities in immune cells in vitro as well as in the inflamed colon in vivo.

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A large randomised controlled trial carried out in China has found acupuncture to be an effective treatment for functional dyspepsia.

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A Chinese herbal medicine containing Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae flavescentis) has been shown to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug mesalamine for treating ulcerative colitis (UC).

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A UK study has shown that vegetarians are a third less likely to suffer from diverticular disease than meat eaters.

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A Chinese herbal medicine containing Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae flavescentis) has been shown to be as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug mesalamine for treating ulcerative colitis (UC).

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Combining acupuncture and the relaxation response has synergistic beneficial effects on gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms in HIV patients who are using highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART).

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Two Chinese herbal formulae have been found to have antacid effects in an artificial stomach model.

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A Hong Kong study has found that electroacupuncture can reduce the discomfort of rectal distension, suggesting that it may be useful during colonoscopy procedures.

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Hemp Seed Pill (HSP, [Ma Zi Ren Wan]) can improve the symptoms of patients suffering from functional constipation (FC). Researchers from Hong Kong carried out a rigorously designed two-part study to assess the efficacy of HSP in...

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