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J Chin Med Assoc. 2024 Mar 7. doi: 10.1097/JCMA.0000000000001083. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), all types of body constitutions, except for the Gentleness (i.e., the control group in our study), have disease susceptibility and affect the disease development process. This study attempted to investigate the relationship between TCM body constitutions and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

METHODS: This cross-sectional study was based on Taiwan Biobank (TWB) and collected clinical data from 13,941 subjects aged 30-70. The results of the study showed that subjects with Yang-deficiency (N=3,161 subjects, OR=2.654, 95% CI=1.740-3.910), Ying-deficiency (N=3,331 subjects, OR=1.096, 95% CI=0.627-1.782) or Stasis (N=2,335 subjects, OR=1.680, 95% CI=0.654-3.520) were more likely to have IBS.

RESULTS: If the subjects with two or more TCM body constitutions: Yang-deficiency + Ying-deficiency (OR=3.948, 95% CI=2.742-5.560), Yang-deficiency + Stasis (OR=2.312, 95% CI=1.170-4.112), Ying-deficiency + Stasis (OR=1.851, 95% CI=0.828-3.567), or Yang-deficiency + Ying-deficiency + Stasis (OR=3.826, 95% CI= 2.954-4.932) were also prone to IBS.

CONCLUSION: These results confirmed the high correlation between TCM body constitutions and IBS. Because the current treatment for IBS is not entirely satisfactory, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine might provide patients with an alternative treatment option to alleviate IBS.

PMID:38451103 | DOI:10.1097/JCMA.0000000000001083

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