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Digestive Disorders


Diarrhea, Constipation

While no randomized controlled trials have been done, there are several descriptive accounts of successful treatment of infantile diarrhea with acupuncture (Lin 1987, Su 1992, Zhongxin 1989, Feng 1989). In one animal study, E. Coli was used to induce diarrhea in 34 pigs. Following acupuncture treatment, 80% of the pigs recovered from diarrhea (Hwang & Jenkins 1988).

Acupuncture can also help diarrhea and constipation through its balancing effect on intestinal motility. See here.

Lin Y 1987 Observation of therapeutic effects of acupuncture treatment in 170 cases of infantile diarrhea. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 7:203-204.

Su 7 1992 Acupuncture treatment of infantile diarrhea: a report of 1050 cases. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 12:120-121.

Zhongxin X 1989 Clinical observation of 500 cases with pediatric diarrhea treated by acupuncture. Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion 9:3-10.

Feng W 1989 Acupuncture treatment for 30 cases of infantile chronic diarrhea. Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine 9:106-107.

Hwang Y C, Jenkins E M 1988. Effect of acupuncture oil young pigs with induced enteropathogenic Escherichia coli diarrhea. American Journal of Veterinary Research 49:1641-1643.