An examination of naturopathic treatment of non-specific gastrointestinal complaints: comparative analysis of two cases.

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Integr Med Res, 2019, 8 (3), pp. 209 - 215
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Background: Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) affect more than one-third of the general population and contribute a considerable burden on the health and wellbeing of the community and the economy. This study aims to examine the treatment approaches and outcomes of naturopathic management of individuals presenting with a non-specific FGID. Methods: We report a comparison of two clinical case studies of patients being treated by a naturopath for a functional gastrointestinal disorder. The care was provided by two different student practitioners under the supervision of an industry qualified mentor within a multidisciplinary academic clinic at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. A student practitioner and student observer conduct consultations under the supervision of an industry qualified mentor. The outcomes of care were measured by the Gastrointestinal Symptom Rating Scale. Results: Clinical notations partially correlate to Jane's outcomes measured by gastrointestinal rating scale scores, which remain stable. Significant changes in Rona's gastrointestinal rating scale scores equate to only generalizable minimal clinical notations. Conclusions: The holistic and individualised approach core to naturopathic medicine practice is also informed by traditional methods, research evidence and the pragmatic needs of the patient. The emphasis within naturopathic treatment approaches on dietary changes and lifestyle prescription alongside other ingestive therapies such as herbal and nutritional medicine underscores the need for clinical research designs which support evaluation of complex interventions in real-world settings.
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