Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Crohn's Disease

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Abstract Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease and it has been known to be caused by several factors. The disease has a life-long treatment process as result of the relapse of the inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract. This is what has led to the development and interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches to the treatment of Crohn's disease. There are several of these approaches. However, there is lack of sufficient evidence to support the use of these methods on a large scale. For some of the methods, there is complete absence of evidence since the forms of treatment are simply extrapolated from their application to other inflammatory bowel diseases. At the same time, there are those methods which have firm evidence of their efficacy in the treatment of Crohn's disease. Complementary and alternative treatments for Crohn's disease Introduction Complementary and alternative medicine or more frequently known as CAM treatment is the term which refers to all medical products and other medical practices which are not part of the conventional or standard form of care. Standard care in this case refers to what medical doctors and other health professionals including registered physical therapists, nurses, occupational therapists, dentists, etc. do. Alternative medicine on the other hand refers to the treatments that are used aside from the standard ones. Complementary medicine is basically the non-standard forms of treatment

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