The role of acupuncture in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome: a pilot study

Hepatogastroenterology. Sep-Oct 1997;44(17):1328-30.

Abstract

Background/aims: The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the potential value of acupuncture in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Methodology: The study was an open design study of 7 patients with established irritable bowel syndrome in which assessment was by a diary card.

Results: The results showed a significant improvement both in general well-being and in symptoms of bloating.

Conclusions: Acupuncture seems to be effective in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and merits further study.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Pilot Projects
  • Time Factors