Here’s a little article about Acupuncture and constipation taken from healthcmi.com a great TCM news site. It basically describes a new study that shows Acupuncture as an effective option for relieving slow transit constipation. Acupuncture is an excellent modality to treat a wide range of symptoms relating to disorders involving digetsion and gut functions such as IBS. The study used a range of standard acupuncture points that are commonly used in the clinic on a regular basis. Read the snippet below and please comment if you have anything to say:
Acupuncture is effective for relieving slow transit constipation (STC). Slow transit refers to the slow passage of feces through the large intestine. Acupoint ST25, Tianshu, and CV12, Zhongwan. STC is a type of functional constipation that is present in approximately 15 to 30% of constipated individuals and is characterized by strained bowel movements with lumpy or hard stools. STC involves fewer than three bowel movements per week and is accompanied by a sensation of incomplete evacuation. There may be concomitant abdominal pain, nausea, and low appetite. The incidence of STC increases with age.