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Chinese authors have concluded that electro-acupuncture is more effective than medication for improving the symptoms of functional constipation (FC). Analysing the results of nine randomised studies, they found a small but significant increase in the frequency of spontaneous bowel movements in patients treated with EA, compared with those receiving anti-constipation medicine. Greater improvement was also observed in treatment response rates and constipation scores in EA-treated patients compared with medication-treated patients.

Comparison of electroacupuncture and medical treatment for functional constipation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Acupunct Med. 2017 Jun 19. pii: acupmed-2016-011127.

 

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