beige party diet has left me con­sti­pated – any tips be­yond ad­ding fi­bre?

Women's Health (UK) - - ASK WH -

Michelle, Cardiff

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.’

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