Chinese herbal medicine effective in IBS-C

An encapsulated formulation of seven Chinese herbs improves a range of symptoms in constipation-predominant irritable bowel syndrome, an Australian study shows.

The NHMRC-funded prospective trial randomised 125 patients with IBS-C to placebo or a standardised extract of seven dried and powdered Chinese herbs traditionally used for constipation. Participants took the capsules before meals for eight weeks, and were followed for 16 weeks.

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