Complementary, holistic, and integrative medicine: Crohn disease

Alycia Leiby, Minal Vazirani

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• Although the use of CAM in pediatric CD is common, quality evidence-based research is limited. There is clearly a need for further randomized controlled trials. • The role of psychosocial distress in children with CD should not be overlooked and thus biobehavioral techniques should be considered and incorporated when possible. • Considering the potential for growth failure and need for surgical intervention in CD, any CAM therapies that are not harmful should be used only in combination with conventional medical treatment. • The importance of all health care providers partnering with their patients and asking about CAM use, as well as maintaining an awareness of efficacy, safety, harm, drug-supplement interactions, and appropriate referral sources, should be kept in mind when caring for those afflicted with this chronic disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-85
Number of pages3
JournalPediatrics in Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


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