Two independent studies find Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and moxibustion effective for the relief of irritable bowel syndrome. Both studies feature an integrative approach to patient care.
A study, administered at the Hospital of Jiangsu Business College, found a combination of herbs, acupuncture, and moxibustion more effective than montmorillonite clay for the treatment of pain, bloating, and regulation of the daily number of bowel movements. Another study, at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanhua University, found a combination of herbal acupoint applications, acupuncture, and probiotics perform better than any one of these therapies alone. The results indicate that an integrative medicine approach to patient care produces superior patient outcomes.