Functional constipation, more commonly known as chronic idiopathic constipation, is diagnosed when a person is experiencing constipation symptoms, but no specific cause for the problem can be identified.Whether acupuncture is effective for patients with functional constipation is still unclear. Therefore, Chinese researcher report the protocol of a randomized controlled trial of using acupuncture to treat functional constipation.

Their patients in acupuncture groups will receive 16 sessions of acupuncture treatment, and were followed up for a period of 9 weeks after randomization. The acupuncture groups are (1) Back-Shu and Front-Mu acupoints of Large Intestine meridians (Shu-Mu points group); (2) He-Sea and Lower He-Sea acupoints of Large Intestine meridians (He points group); (3) Combining used Back-Shu, Front-Mu, He-Sea and Lower He-Sea acupoints of Large Intestine meridians (Shu-Mu-He points group). And the control group is Mosapride Citrate group.

The results of triail will confirm whether acupuncture is effective to treat functional constipation and whether traditional acupuncture theories play an important role in it.
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Reference:Li Y, Zheng H, Zeng F, Zhou SY, Zhong F, Zheng HB, Chen M, Jing XH, Cai YY, Jia BH, Zhu B, Liu ZS.
Trials. 2012 Jul 3;13(1):104.