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Researchers in China have identified the active ingredients of ‘dragon's blood’, a resin derived from the herb Xue Jie (Draconis Sanguis), which are responsible for its beneficial effects on peptic ulcers and ability to stop...
A US group has discovered two measurable biological parameters associated with the placebo response to acupuncture for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). In a previous study by the same group, patients with IBS were randomised to...
A small randomised, sham/placebo-controlled pilot study assessing the effect of individualised TCM acupuncture and moxibustion (AcuMoxa) treatment on symptom control of IBS patients found that it showed promise as a treatment.
A sizeable trial investigating the ability of acupuncture to relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) has found that both real and sham acupuncture resulted in significant symptom reduction.
Italian researchers have carried out a pilot study to investigate the effect of acupuncture on faecal incontinence.
If proton pump inhibitors fail to control the symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, current standard management is to double the drug dose, despite limited therapeutic gain.
In a prospective, randomised, controlled clinical trial, 29 patients with mild to moderately active ulcerative colitis were randomly assigned to receive either traditional acupuncture and moxibustion, or sham acupuncture consisting of superficial needling at non-acupuncture points.
A systematic review has assessed the evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment in gastrointestinal diseases.
Inappropriate relaxation of the muscular lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) is associated with gastric reflux and heartburn.
In a single blind controlled trial of 51 patients with mild to moderately active Crohn’s disease, 27 were randomly assigned to receive traditional acupuncture, and 24 to receive sham acupuncture at non-points.