NutritionComplementary and alternative medicine and gastrointestinal diseasesHaas, Laurie MD; McClain, Craig MD; Varilek, Gary MDAuthor Information Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA Correspondence to Craig McClain, MD, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, Room MN 649, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536, USA Current Opinion in Gastroenterology: March 2000 - Volume 16 - Issue 2 - p 188-196 Buy Abstract Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming increasingly utilized as a form of health care, with recent studies suggesting that over 40% of Americans use some form of CAM. This has major financial implications for the health care industry. Traditional physicians frequently are unaware of CAM use by their patients, and there are potential interactions between CAM and traditional forms of medical therapy. Many of the medicinal CAM agents have been used for their postulated anti-inflammatory and/or antifibrotic effects. CAM is especially frequently used in patients with chronic diseases. This review discusses CAM use in three types of chronic gastrointestinal diseases—liver disease, irritable bowel syndrome and dyspepsia, and inflammatory bowel disease. © 2000 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.