Moxibustion is effective for diarrhoea type IBS

Purpose: Diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome is a common functional gastrointestinal disorder that imposes heavy burden on individuals and society. Asan external therapy of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), moxibustion is usually used to treat diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. This study aimed to explore the efficacy of moxibustion in treating patients with diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.

Methods: A systematic search for randomized controlled trials (RCTs) that reported the use of moxibustion in diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome treatment was performed in eight databases.

Results: Eleven RCTs including 725 participants meet the inclusion criteria. Compared with other positive treatments (Western medicine, TCM prescription, and acupuncture), moxibustion treatment had superior effects against diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome according to the meta-analysis.

Conclusion: This systematic review provided preliminary research evidence that moxibustion is effective in treating diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.


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