Electroacupuncture combined with Chinese herbal medicine navel paste outperforms drugs for alleviating post-stroke constipation. In a controlled investigation, acupuncture plus topical herbal medicine had a higher total effective rate and a higher complete recovery rate than drug therapy. In addition, acupuncture plus topical herbal medicine had a significantly lower failure rate than drug therapy.
Researchers (Xiong et al.) compared the therapeutic effects of electroacupuncture plus Chinese herbal medicine navel paste with that of a pharmaceutical medication. Two groups were compared. A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) group received electroacupuncture to benefit circulation in the blood vessels and nerves. In addition, a Chinese herbal medicine navel paste was applied topically to the umbilicus region. The drug group received phenolphthalein, a diphenylmethane stimulant laxative, in tablet form. Phenolphthalein tablets are prescribed to relieve constipation. The TCM group achieved a 92.5% total treatment effective rate. The drug group achieved a 78.8% total effective rate.
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