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Naturopathic Approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome—A Delphi Study

Introduction

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects 11% of the population, and up to 50% of patients report using complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) for it. To date, there is no research describing how providers of naturopathic medicine in North America, a well-defined CAM profession, approach IBS.

Methods

A Delphi study was conducted over a 17-month period in 4 rounds with 15 North American naturopathic medicine experts in IBS. Consensus was defined as a median value of 75% or greater agreement with the relevant statement.

Naturopathic Approaches to Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Protocol for a Prospective Observational Study in Academic Teaching Clinics

Background

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common functional bowel disorder with a worldwide prevalence estimated between 10-20%. It has a significant impact on quality of life and societal expense. While there are pharmaceutical options available, few can be reliably recommended. Many IBS sufferers turn to complementary and alternative medicine including naturopathy. Naturopathic approaches to IBS are poorly studied to date.

An exploratory comparative investigation of Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing in IBS (The FAST Study)

OBJECTIVE: To determine the ability of several non-IgE mediated food allergy (NIMFA) test methods to identify which foods would elicit symptoms in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers.

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