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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Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
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Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Bad science Clinical trials Integrative medicine Quackery acupuncture electroacupunture featured meta-analysis PLoS ONE Source Type: blogs
Conclusions and InferencesElectro‐acupuncture at specific acupoints can improve intestinal motility in constipation by altering the ENS and differentially affecting excitatory and inhibitory neurons, restoring the coordination between contraction and relaxation muscles, and working in concert with the central nervous system and peripheral neural pathways. EA stimulation at either ST 37 or ST 25 relieves the symptoms of constipation, but has different effects in the proximal colon. ST 37 alters both excitatory and inhibitory enteric neurons, while ST 25 only influences inhibitory neurons.
Source: Neurogastroenterology and Motility - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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Source: Neurogastroenterology and Motility - Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: research
Conclusions: Noninvasive skin stimulation with microcones could relieve constipation and improve TMD scores and SAA activity. This procedure may be used as a self-care option. PMID: 29410718 [PubMed]
Source: Acupuncture in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Med Acupunct Source Type: research
Conclusions &InterferencesThe three acupuncture treatments were as effective as mosapride in improving stool frequency and stool consistency in CFC, but the magnitude of the treatment effect is unknown due to the lack of sham acupuncture control. The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic functional constipation is unknown. Our study result showed that acupuncture treatments are as effective as mosapride in improving stool frequency and stool consistency.
Source: Neurogastroenterology and Motility - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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
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