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Can auriculotherapy help relieve chronic constipation?

(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Nearly one in six adults worldwide may suffer from chronic constipation and, over time, the disorder can cause serious complications. Auriculotherapy, a form of acupuncture that involves stimulating targeted points on the outer ear, may help in managing constipation.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

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CONCLUSIONS: We found very low-quality evidence that was insufficient to conclude on the role of zinc supplements to improve taste acuity reported by patients and very low-quality evidence that zinc supplements improve taste acuity in patients with zinc deficiency/idiopathic taste disorders. We did not find any evidence to conclude the role of zinc supplements for improving taste discrimination, or any evidence addressing health-related quality of life due to taste disorders.We found very low-quality evidence that is not sufficient to conclude on the role of acupuncture for improving taste discrimination in cases of idiopa...
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
AbstractObjectiveTo observe the clinical effects of moxibustion at abdominal acupoints for slow transit constipation (STC) due to yang deficiency of the spleen and kidney.MethodsA total of 52 cases with slow transit constipation in conformity with the inclusion criteria were selected and divided into a control group and an observation group according to their visit order and random digital table, 26 cases in each group. Patients in the control group received routine nursing guide. Besides the same routine nursing guide, patients in the observation group received moxibustion at the abdominal acupoints, once every day. The c...
Source: Journal of Acupuncture and Tuina Science - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Conclusion The different efficacy of different acupuncture-moxibustion methods in treatment of functional constipation may be related with the mechanism of regulation of plasma SP content and the expression level of colonic SP mRNA.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Publication date: 30 June 2017 Source:World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion, Volume 27, Issue 2 Author(s): Tungho KUO, GUO Zhong-fu Conventional Bāliáo ( ) was used to treat constipation, green dragon swaying its tail and white tiger shaking its head manipulation was applied and sound effect was found.
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVES: To assess the effectiveness of electroacupuncture (EA) relative to conventional medication in functional constipation (FC). DESIGN: Systematic review and meta-analysis SETTING: To be included, studies needed to: (1) have been randomised controlled trials; (2) have recruited adult patients diagnosed with FC according to the Rome II/III criteria or the American Gastroenterological Association guideline for chronic FC; and (3) have randomised patients to be treated with EA or anti-constipation medication. We searched Medline, the Cochrane Library and Embase databases for articles published u...
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Acupunct Med Source Type: research
Commentary on: Liu Z, Yan S, Wu J, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Severe Functional Constipation: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med 2016;165:761–9. Context Chronic idiopathic constipation has been reported in ~11% of south Asian populations.1 Pharmacological agents, such as the 5-HT4 receptor agonist, prucalopride, result not only in increased spontaneous bowel movements (SBMs) but also in increased adverse events in the Asian population.2 Therefore, alternative therapies are being researched. Multiple abdominal points (‘acupoints’) have been associated with stimulation of parasympathetic nerve...
Source: Evidence-Based Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Tags: Therapeutics/Prevention Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe purpose of the study was to catalog the most recent available literature regarding the use of conservative measures in treatment of pelvic floor disorders.Recent FindingsPelvic floor disorders encompass abnormalities of urination, defecation, sexual function, pelvic organ prolapse, and chronic pain, and can have significant quality of life implications for patients. Current guidelines recommend behavioral modifications and conservative treatments as first-line therapy for pelvic floor disorders. We have reviewed the literature for articles published on physical, complementary, and alternative t...
Source: Current Urology Reports - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
Publication date: September 2016 Source:World Journal of Acupuncture - Moxibustion, Volume 26, Issue 3 Author(s): Ying GAO, Jian YANG, Shu WANG, Xiao-nong FAN Acupuncture at Lièquē LU 7) in treatment of one case of constipation was reported in this study, soothing the liver and resolving constraint and diffusing lung qi method were used. Bilateral Hégŭ ( LI 4), Tàichōng ( LR 3) and Qīmén ( LR 14) were needled for soothing the liver and rectifying qi, Dànzhōng ( CV 17) was needled for diffusing the heart and lung and qi movement, and bilateral Nèiguān ( PC 6), Zúsānl...
Source: World Journal of Acupuncture Moxibustion - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
, la SEMERGEN y la SEMG Abstract In this Clinical practice guide we examine the diagnostic and therapeutic management of adult patients with constipation and abdominal discomfort, at the confluence of the spectrum of irritable bowel syndrome and functional constipation. Both fall within the framework of functional intestinal disorders and have major personal, health and social impact, altering the quality of life of the patients affected. The former is a subtype of irritable bowel syndrome in which constipation and altered bowel habit predominate, often along with recurring abdominal pain, bloating and abdominal d...
Source: Atencion Primaria - Category: Primary Care Authors: Tags: Aten Primaria Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 3 February 2017 Source:European Journal of Integrative Medicine Author(s): Brian S. Alper, Meghan Malone-Moses, Eric W. Manheimer
Source: European Journal of Integrative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research
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