Modern Acupuncture found to help those suffering from chronic form of constipation, study suggests
-Recent studies suggest that electro-acupuncture, a technique that uses acupuncture needles and low intensity electric current, was found to significantly help those suffering from chronic severe functional constipation (CSFC).
-CSFC is a condition where one has bowel movement at a frequency less than two times in a week, without any underlying condition or medication.
-Electro-acupuncture uses the needles and low intensity current that stimulates precise points on the body.
-In a study of about 1000 people with CSFC, the researchers randomised the patients to electro-acupuncture sessions and fake acupuncture sessions.
-Post 28 sessions, of the total subjects in the study, 31% experienced three or more bowels per week. Some of the common side-effects reported in the study (6%) included, pain and bleeding.
-Further studies need to be conducted to confirm electro-acupuncture as a treatment of CSFC.
-Findings were published by Annals of Internal Medicine
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine