Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 64: Acute Pancreatitis (continued)

KEY POINTS Phytobotanicals show promise as an adjunct treatment in patients with acute pancreatitis. The role of probiotics in acute pancreatitis is controversial. Studies on the effect of antioxidants in acute pancreatitis have yielded conflicting results. Limited evidence indicates that complimentary therapies may provide benefit in an adjunctive capacity. ACUPUNCTURE1-4 Electroacupuncture at Zusanli (ST36) in rats reduces amylase and lipase levels in rat pancreatitis.1 The efficacy of electroacupuncture is better if undertaken at…