Categorization of Functional Constipation in Traditional Persian Medicine: A Descriptive Study

Elsagh, M. and Behbahani, F. A. and Fartookzadeh, M. R. and Adibi, P. and Kamalinejad, M. and Anushiravani, M. (2016) Categorization of Functional Constipation in Traditional Persian Medicine: A Descriptive Study. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 21 (1). pp. 48-52.

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Functional constipation (FC) is a common clinical condition without any specific physiological causes with economic cost and adverse effects on patients’ quality of life. The present study aimed to evaluate the causes of nonobstructive constipation in traditional Persian medicine and its prevalence in patients with functional constipation by content analysis of patients’ interviews and clinical exams. In this study, almost two thirds of the patients with functional constipation had mild to severe cold distemperament of the gastrointestinal system, and in almost half of them the signs and symptoms were compatible with dry distemperament of the gastrointestinal. This observational study reports high prevalence of gastrointestinal system distemperaments in patients with functional constipation. According to the results, we can consider the proposed management of distemperaments in traditional Persian medicine for functional constipation treatment and pathophysiology explanation. This project is a novel study that provides the opportunity for investigating the epidemiological aspects of these distemperaments and their relationship with functional constipation. © 2015, © The Author(s) 2015.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Cited By :1 Export Date: 16 February 2020 Correspondence Address: Elsagh, M.; Iran University of Medical Sciences, Research Institute for Islamic and Complementary Medicine, Nourth Lalezar St, Pirnia Alley, Iran; email:
Uncontrolled Keywords: constipation humor temperament traditional medicine adolescent adult aged classification cohort analysis female human Iran male middle aged pathophysiology procedures quality of life young adult Cohort Studies Humans Medicine, Traditional
Subjects: WZ History of Medicine
Divisions: Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Depositing User: mr lib4 lib4
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2020 10:30
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2020 10:30

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