Naturopathy relieves abdominal pain in children

Treatment for children: Herbal combination helps against stomach problems.

(23.09.2010) Abdominal pain is part of the “daily bread” of the pediatrician: Up to 21 percent of all children suffer from functional disorders of the gastrointestinal system such as recurring pain in the upper abdominal area (functional dyspepsia) or a so-called irritable bowel syndrome. Like the working group of Prof. Dr. Michael Radke recently reported at the annual congress of the German Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine in Potsdam, can be helped with a herbal medicine.

An open prospective study investigated the use of a combination of nine plant extracts approved for the treatment of dyspepsia and irritable bowel syndrome in children aged 3 to 14 years. 980 small patients with gastrointestinal dysfunction from 43 practices were prescribed the drug by their pediatrician for a week in an age-appropriate dosage. As the working group of Professor Radke reported at the Potsdam Congress (lecture DGKJ-PV-041), the complaints of the children could be significantly improved by using the herbal medicinal product for one week.

The results in detail: 38.6 percent of the children or their parents assessed the symptoms as significantly improved. 35.6 percent of the study participants were completely free of construction pain symptoms after a week. The mean total score of the upper and lower abdominal complaints decreased from 16.1 to 8.93 score points at the start of therapy to 3.8 to 4.24 score points at the end of the treatment week. Compatibility, which is always the most important thing in the treatment of children, was rated as very good or good by 94.8 percent of children and parents. Of the 980 children and adolescents treated with the phytopharmaceutical, only seven reported adverse events. However, only four of these were likely or possibly related to the therapy. (kfn)

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