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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Volume 2016 2016, Article ID 8652523, 9 pages -

Review Article

Institute of Digestive Diseases, Longhua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai 200032, China

School of Chinese Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong

School of Chinese Medicine, Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Study Centre, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong

Received 11 March 2016; Accepted 9 May 2016

Academic Editor: Raffaele Capasso

Copyright © 2016 Tao Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Functional abdominal pain syndrome FAPS is one of the less common functional gastrointestinal disorders. Conventional therapy has unsatisfactory response to it so people turn to Chinese medicine for help. Currently, we reviewed the whole picture of Chinese herbal medicine CHM clinical and basic application in the treatment of FAPS, especially the traditional Chinese medicine TCM syndrome, the single herb, and Chinese medicine formulae, thus to provide a solid base to further develop evidence-based study for this common gastrointestinal complaint in the future. We developed the search strategy and set the inclusion and exclusion criteria for article search. From the included articles, we totally retrieved 586 records according to our searching criteria, of which 16 were duplicate records and 291 were excluded for reasons of irrelevance. The full text of 279 articles was retrieved for detailed assessment, of which 123 were excluded for various reasons. The number one used single herb is Radix Ginseng. The most common syndrome was liver qi depression. The most frequently used classic formula was Si-Mo-Tang. This reflected the true situation of clinical practice of Chinese medicine practitioners and could be further systematically synthesized as key points of the therapeutic research for FAPS.

Autor: Tao Liu, Ning Wang, Li Zhang, and Linda Zhong



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