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Electro-acupuncture (EA) can improve bowel movements in women with severe functional constipation, Chinese researchers have found. In their study, 822 female patients received either EA at traditional acupoints (bilateral Tianshu ST-25, Jianwaishu SP-14 and Shangjuxu ST-37) or sham acupuncture (SA) at non-acupoints during 28 treatment sessions over an eight-week period. The likelihood of achieving sustained complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) was significantly higher in the EA group (24.3 percent) compared with the SA group (8.1 percent). EA also improved stool consistency, straining and quality of life, and the benefits of EA were sustained for 12 weeks after stopping treatment.

Electroacupuncture for Women with Chronic Severe Functional Constipation: Subgroup Analysis of a Randomized Controlled Trial. Biomed Res Int. 2019 Jan 13;2019:7491281



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