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  1. Parlar K[latin dotless i]l[latin dotless i]c, Serap PhD, RN
  2. K[latin dotless i]l[latin dotless i]c, Nermin RN, MSN
  3. Sevinc, Sibel PhD, RN
  4. Demirel, Cihat RN, MSN


The aim of this study was to examine the complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) experiences of patients with constipation irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). This qualitative study consisted of a total of 30 patients, who were admitted to a university hospital in Turkey. Data were collected using a descriptive questionnaire and a semistructured interview. Data analysis identified 5 main themes: (1) constipation-related difficulties experienced due to IBS, (2) the feeling that the CAM use is natural and useful, (3) the effect of the environmental stimuli in preferring the use of CAM, (4) the feeling that CAM is not negative and relieves, and (5) suggesting the CAM use. In conclusion, it was determined that all the patients with constipation IBS used various CAM methods. It may be recommended to raise the awareness of the patients by health care professionals about the CAM methods that may be useful.