About.com- Study: Transcutaneous Interferential Electrical Stimulation for IBS
Posted 08 August 2012 - 01:52 AM
A new study has looked at whether the procedure of "transcutaneous interferential electrical stimulation" might have a positive effect on IBS symptoms. According to the study abstract, a form of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation called interferential current (IFC) was used. Approximately 60 IBS patients were split into a treatment group and a placebo group.. Symptoms were documented through the use of various questionnaires at the beginning and end of treatment, and at a one month follow-up.
The results indicated that both the participants in both groups experienced significant improvement in abdominal discomfort, distention, and bloating at the end of treatment and at the follow-up. For those who received the actual treatment, there was a greater reduction seen in symptoms at the follow-up.
Well, this study does not seem to be a striking endorsement of transcutaneous electrical stimulation for IBS, but I applaud the effort. Who knows? Maybe further investigations will show more of a benefit....View the full article