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Acupuncture may improve abdominal pain in IBS-D  Healio

Specific and nonspecific acupoint acupuncture improved symptoms of diarrhea among a small subset of patients with irritable bowel syndrome, according to results from a pilot study reported in JAMA Network Open.

“Available treatments target IBS symptoms rather than underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, and additional improvements in the testing methods are still necessary. All these factors have resulted in an increasing interest in complementary and alternative medicine, such as acupuncture,” Ling-Yu Qi, MM, of the International Acupuncture and Moxibustion Innovation Institute in Beijing, and colleagues wrote. “A previous study suggested that acupuncture has promising effects on IBS.”

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