Pocket Guide to IBD, Second Edition

Marla Dubinsky, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD

Chapter 12: Complementary And Alternative Medicine (continued)

Joshua Korzenik, MD

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as well as visits to alternative practitioners, continues to increase dramatically in the United States. This trend is particularly apparent in patients with chronic diseases, including individuals with IBD. Health care providers who care for patients with IBD should be aware of common CAM approaches and be knowledgeable about the information that exists regarding the safety and efficacy of these approaches so they can counsel their patients appropriately. This is particularly important because many patients do not volunteer information…