Acupuncture eases severe constipation

An eight-week course of acupuncture is an effective treatment for severe chronic constipation, Chinese researchers claim.

Their randomised controlled trial involving more than 1000 difficult-to-treat patients found that just two months of electroacupuncture, which uses a weak electrical charge through thin needles, significantly improves symptoms and quality of life.

The researchers report that on average the number of spontaneous