Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 1: Why Patients Are Frustrated (continued)

KEY POINTS Digestive illness is widespread. Diagnostic and therapeutic frustrations abound, pushing patients to seek answers from Eastern systems of medicine.1 DIAGNOSTIC FRUSTRATIONS Despite advances in medicine, less than a quarter of patients with dyspeptic symptoms can be documented to have peptic ulcer disease and gastroparesis. Similarly, the lower gastrointestinal problems may not consistently yield a precise diagnosis. Most of the patients have normal results upon routine investigation and get labeled with such waste basket diagnoses as dyspepsia, gastritis, spastic colon, irritable…