Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 65: Chronic Pancreatitis (continued)

KEY POINTS Lifestyle modifications, including diet, cooking, smoking, and alcohol intake, have the potential to play a big role in the management. Curcumin, derived from turmeric, slows the progression of disease in animals. Antioxidants help decrease pain and improve quality of life. Data on the role of complementary and alternative medicine are limited. STRICT AVOIDANCE OF ALCOHOL Patients must stop drinking alcohol, even in cases where alcohol may not be suspected to be the etiology. Continued alcohol intake increases mortality risk. SMOKING CESSATION Smoking is a risk factor for chronic…