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Asian J Surg. 2024 Mar 15:S1015-9584(24)00404-4. doi: 10.1016/j.asjsur.2024.02.142. Online ahead of print.

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder distinguished by abdominal discomfort, irregular bowel habits, and changes in stool consistency.1The prevalence of IBS differs across nations, with a worldwide average of around 15%. In China, the prevalence ranges from 19.58% to 23.40%, while in North America and Europe, it varies from 10% to 25%. Females exhibit a higher prevalence compared to males. Given the constraints of conventional pharmacological interventions, certain individuals have sought acupuncture as a complementary therapeutic approach.2 IBS patients often experience recurring symptoms and extended durations of the disease, making it difficult to find a cure. Consequently, it leads to the development of psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety and depression, significantly affecting the patient's quality of life. To address this issue, various clinical studies have been conducted employing both Chinese and Western medicine approaches, with a particular focus on IBS-D patients who also suffer from anxiety and depression.3

PMID:38490867 | DOI:10.1016/j.asjsur.2024.02.142

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