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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that causes abdominal cramping, bloating, pain, bowel habit changes (constipation and diarrhea), and can affect sleep. Melatonin is a natural human hormone that regulates the bodyís sleep-wake states, providing encouragement for people to sleep. It is produced by a gland in the brain and by the gastrointestinal system, which implicates melatoninís role in food digestion. Research conducted on people suffering from IBS found that treatment using melatonin improved abdominal symptoms, particularly pain, but did not have any effect on sleep.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by HealthSentinel.com
About: Melatonin a treatment for abdominal condition
Date: 7 November 2005
Author: Roman Bystrianyk
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