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A network meta-analysis performed by Chinese authors has shown that acupuncture improves the symptoms of chronic constipation more effectively than drugs, with fewer side effects. Data from a total of 40 studies (n = 11,032) was included, 39 of which were considered to be of high-quality. The most commonly used acupuncture point for chronic constipation was Tianshu ST-25, with Zusanli ST36, Quchi L.I.-11 and Dachangshu BL-25 also found to have beneficial effects on the motility of the distal colon. The results also suggested that sham acupuncture has curative effects that are greater than the placebo effect.

Comparison of acupuncture and other drugs for chronic constipation: A network meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2018 Apr 25;13(4):e0196128.

 

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