A Brazilian pilot study suggests that acupuncture can improve symptoms and quality of life in patients with faecal incontinence. Eighteen adults reporting more than six months of daily faecal incontinence symptoms underwent 10 weekly sessions of acupuncture. Twenty-two needles were applied at each treatment to the same preselected points, chosen according to TCM theory (Quchi L.I.-1, Neiguan P-6, Shangiuxu ST-37, Yinlingquan SP-9, Weizhong BL-54, Fuliu K-7, Shuifen REN-9, Qihai REN-6, Zhongji REN-3, Zhangmen LIV-13, Shenshu BL-23, Dachangshu BL-25, Ciliao BL-32, Taiyuan LU-9, Waiguan SJ-5, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Zhiyin BL-67, Dadu SP-2, Linqi GB-41). After 10 acupuncture sessions all patients reported an improvement in incontinence intensity and quality of life, with the majority of patients showing statistically significant improvements in both physical and psychological symptoms.
Systemic acupuncture in patients with faecal incontinence.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Aug;24:162-6.