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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.
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(2018) Comparison of acupuncture and other drugs for chronic constipation: A network meta-
Conclusions: In summary, this study found that acupuncture may be a good treatment option for chronic constipation with minimal side effects, but quality studies are still needed to support our findings. The curative effect of sham acupuncture should be further studied.
Zhu, Lingping; Ma, Yunhui; Deng, Xiaoyan. (2018) Comparison of acupuncture and other drugs for chronic constipation: A network meta-
(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-
(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-
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-
(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-
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-
Conclusion: Eight weeks of EA increases CSBMs and is safe for the treatment of CSFC.
(2016) Acupuncture for the treatment of functional constipation: Systematic review.
Results. 'Acupuncture was significantly superior to medication therapy in short-
However, the poor quality of the included trials indicates the need for well-
However we also need longer term studies to observe how long the effects of treatment remain.
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