TITLE

Systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine for functional constipation

AUTHOR(S)
Chung-Wah Cheng; Zhao-Xiang Bian; Tai-Xiang Wu; Abdollahi, Mohammad
PUB. DATE
October 2009
SOURCE
World Journal of Gastroenterology;10/21/2009, Vol. 15 Issue 39, p4886
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint in clinical practice, affecting an estimated 27% of the population. Many patients are disappointed by current conventional treatments and, therefore, seek help from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Traditional Chinese medicine, is the most important part of CAM and has been practiced for treating diseases and promoting the health of humans for thousands of years, and has become a popular alternative choice. Although there are many Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) interventions available, and some have been verified by clinical trials, their efficacy and safety are still questioned by both patients and health care providers worldwide. The purposes of this review are, first, to appraise the qualities of individual study designs in the new Cochrane approach. Second, the benefits of individual CHM interventions or individual types of CHM intervention for the treatment of functional constipation are analyzed. Finally, valid and comprehensive conclusions are drawn, if applicable, in order to make clinical recommendations.
ACCESSION #
44861319

 

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