Hépato-Gastro & Oncologie Digestive


The role of complementary alternative medicines in the irritable bowel syndrome Volume 29, issue 3, March 2022


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1 Hôpital Archet 2, CHU de Nice, Pôle digestif, Service de gastro-entérologie, 151, route Saint-Antoine de Ginèstière, 06202 Nice Cedex 3
2 Diététicienne, 29, avenue Malaussena, 06000 Nice
3 Ostéopathe DE, 22, rue Maréchal Joffre, 06000 Nice
4 Ostéopathe DE, 3, rue Berlioz, 06000 Nice
* Correspondance : T. Piche

Up to 50% of patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) spontaneously use complementary alternative medicine (CAM) due to high level of unsatisfaction with conventional treatments. A various panel of CAM associate techniques directed to body and mind (relaxation, meditation, yoga), some mechanical interventions (physical activity, reflexology, osteopathy, acupuncture), directed psychological interventions (hypnosis, mindfulness based cognitive therapy) and nutritional approaches (herbs, low FODMAPs Diet, and probiotics). All CAM have been evaluated in studies of various quality with – for some but not all – positive clinical findings to improve IBS severity and quality of life. The aim of this review is to give results and limitations of these techniques to promote their use in a new holistic therapeutic approach of IBS.