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An Integrative Approach to Abdominal Pain 

An Integrative Approach to Abdominal Pain
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An Integrative Approach to Abdominal Pain
Author(s):

Marika Alois

, Terry Kit Selfe

, and Irene M. Estores

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190933043.003.0017
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter discusses abdominal pain in the context of functional gastrointestinal disease (FGID) and some chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, recognizing the huge burden it places on the health care system and emotional costs to patients and health care professionals. It presents a review of several modalities that include mind–body medicine practices, natural products, botanicals, manual and movement-based therapies, and pharmaceuticals that can be used as part of an integrative health plan for patients presenting with FGID and abdominal pain. It describes an integrative approach that weaves in concepts of patient-centered care, effective communication, empathic listening, mindfulness, and evidence-informed practice.

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