Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Title

Systematic review of Chinese herbal medicine for functional constipation

Language

English

Abstract

Constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint in clinical practice, affecting an estimated 27% of the population. Many patients are disappointed by current conventional treatments and, therefore, seek help from complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Traditional Chinese medicine, is the most important part of CAM and has been practiced for treating diseases and promoting the health of humans for thousands of years, and has become a popular alternative choice. Although there are many Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) interventions available, and some have been verified by clinical trials, their efficacy and safety are still questioned by both patients and health care providers worldwide. The purposes of this review are, first, to appraise the qualities of individual study designs in the new Cochrane approach. Second, the benefits of individual CHM interventions or individual types of CHM intervention for the treatment of functional constipation are analyzed. Finally, valid and comprehensive conclusions are drawn, if applicable, in order to make clinical recommendations. © 2009 The WJG Press and Baishideng. All rights reserved.

Keywords

Chinese herbal medicine, Functional constipation, Systematic review

Publication Date

2009

Source Publication Title

World Journal of Gastroenterology

Volume

15

Issue

39

Start Page

4886

End Page

4895

Publisher

Baishideng Publishing Group Co. Limited

DOI

10.3748/wjg.15.4886

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.3748/wjg.15.4886

ISSN (print)

10079327

ISSN (electronic)

22192840

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