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We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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(2018) Acupuncture for patients with chronic functional constipation: A randomized controlled trial

Conclusions & Interferences: The 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.

Zheng H, Liu Z-S, Zhang W, et al. (2018) Acupuncture for patients with chronic functional constipation: A randomized controlled trial. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2018;e13307. https://doi.org/10.1111/nmo.13307


(2017) Factors related to acupuncture response

in patients with chronic severe functional

Constipation (CSFC): Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial.

Results.. The complete spontaneous bowel movement responder rate in week 20 was significantly greater in the electroacupuncture group than in the sham electroacupuncture group (62.9% vs. 37.9%, respectively; P<0.001). Both age and comorbidity were negatively associated with clinical response: with every one-year increase in age, the likelihood of clinical response was reduced by 1.2% and patients with comorbidities were approximately 42% less likely to respond to treatment.

Conclusion. CSFC patients with increasing age and comorbidity may be less likely to respond to acupuncture.

These findings contribute to guiding clinical practice in terms of pretreatment patient selection.


Yang X, Liu Y, Liu B, He L, Liu Z, Yan Y, et al. (2017) Factors related to acupuncture response in patients with chronic severe functional constipation: Secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial. PLoS ONE 12(11): e0187723. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0187723

(2017) Sustained effects of acupuncture in treatment of chronic constipation. (Editorial)

‘Considering that acupuncture on constipation also activates many brain regions and pathways these central neuronal mechanisms may also contribute to the prolonged anti-constipation effect of acupuncture.’

Tjen-A-Looi SC, Fu LW. (2017) Sustained effects of acupuncture in treatment of chronic constipation. Ann Palliat Med 2017. doi: 10.21037/apm.2017.03.02

(2016) Acupuncture for Chronic Severe Functional Constipation(CSFC): A Randomized Trial.

INTERVENTION: 28 sessions of EA at traditional acupoints or sham EA (SA) at nonacupoints over 8 weeks. Standardized MA and EA at ST25, SP14 and ST37 significantly increase complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBM) from a mean of 0.4 to 2.6 per week during the 8-week treatment and a 12-week follow-up. In sham acupuncture group, mean CSBM/week is modified from 0.4 to 1.3.

MEASUREMENTS: The primary outcome was the change from baseline in mean weekly complete spontaneous bowel movements (CSBMs) during weeks 1 to 8. Participants were followed until week 20.

RESULTS: 1075 patients (536 and 539 in the EA and SA groups, respectively) were enrolled.The proportion of patients having 3 or more mean weekly CSBMs in the EA group was 31.3% and 37.7% over the treatment and follow-up periods, respectively, compared with 12.1% and 14.1% in the SA group (P < 0.001). Acupuncture-related adverse events during treatment were infrequent in both groups, and all were mild or transient.

Conclusion: Eight weeks of EA increases CSBMs and is safe for the treatment of CSFC.

Liu Z, Yan S, Wu J, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Severe Functional Constipation: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern. Med 2016;165:761-9.

(2016) Acupuncture for the treatment of functional constipation: Systematic review.

Results. 'Acupuncture was significantly superior to medication therapy in short-term and long-term effectiveness. The likelihood of adverse effects was significantly lower for acupuncture than for medication therapy (P = 0.002).

However, the poor quality of the included trials indicates the need for well-designed RCTs, including adequate sample size and a reasonable placebo control, to assess the effectiveness of acupuncture for Functional Constipation.'


However we also need longer term studies to observe how long the effects of treatment remain.

Bai Tao, Song Chao, Zheng Cuihong, Huang Guangying (2016) Acupuncture for the treatment of functional constipation Systematic review. J Tradit Chin Med 2016 October 15; 36(5): 578-587


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