beige party diet has left me constipated – any tips beyond adding fibre?
If you’ve become a bit too pally with the cheeseboard, here’s some shocking news: electro-acupuncture (that’s sending low-voltage currents through acupuncture needles) could be a safe and effective way to get you moving a bit more regularly. Researchers at Nanjing Medical University found it can relieve symptoms of severe constipation. Don’t have access to such a buzzy treatment? A study by the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences found standard acupuncture can do the trick, too.
If in doubt, Rhiannon Griffiths of
The British Acupuncture Council says that just 15-20 minutes needling the fleshy bit between finger and thumb (which targets the large intestine) and a point just below your knee (associated with acute digestive issues) should be enough to get things going again. ‘It takes effect in a matter of hours,’ she says. ‘If constipation is particularly bad, then some extra oomph may be needed, which is when electro-acupuncture can be helpful.’