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Chinese authors have found significant benefits for electro-acupuncture (EA) compared to sham EA for the treatment of chronic severe functional constipation (CSFC). Their systematic review was based on data from six studies involving 1457 individuals. Meta-analysis of pooled results favoured the EA group for an increase in complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) per week in the fourth week of treatment, with further improvements seen at eight weeks. During the follow-up period, significant improvements in CSBMs per week were seen in the experimental group, although the effect decreased in the twelfth week (MD = 0.87). There was no significant difference in the Bristol stool scale scores between the two groups in the fourth week, but significant differences were observed in the eighth week. A significant improvement in patient assessment of constipation quality of life score was observed in the EA group during treatment.

Electro-acupuncture vs. sham electro-acupuncture for chronic severe functional constipation: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complement Ther Med. 2020 Nov;54:102521.