Swallowing a VIBRATING capsule
October 10, 2018
Swallowing a VIBRATING capsule could relieve constipation by stimulating stomach contractions and speeding up digestion
- Medication is programmed to vibrate in a patient’s large intestine
- Taking the capsule doubles the number of bowel movements versus placebo
- If studies confirm its effectiveness, the capsule may be available in three years
Swallowing a vibrating capsule could relieve chronic constipation, research suggests.
The medication, programmed to vibrate in the large intestine, stimulates stomach contractions and helps to move digestion along.
Taking the capsule, which is the size of a fish-oil supplement, just five times a week doubles the number of bowel movements a constipation sufferer has, a study found.
If larger studies confirm the capsule’s safety and effectiveness, the medication could be available in just three years’ time, according to scientists from Augusta University, Georgia.