Chinese herbal medicine effective at relieveing constipation

According to recent research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, hemp seed, as used in Chinese Herbal Medicine can help to relieve constipation.

The study, which was lead by Dr. Zhao-Xiang Bian of Hong Kong Baptist University involved investigating how various doses of a Hemp Seed Pill could help individuals with constipation.

Hemp seed has long since been used in traditional Chinese medicine as it is thought to act as a natural laxative for constipation as well as aiding symptoms such as dry mouth and sleep disturbance.

Bian and his research team began the trial by examining the impact of various dosed of hemp seed pills on 96 individuals with constipation. It was found that a dose consisting of 7.5 grams of granules dissolved in 150 millilitres of hot water taken twice a day proved effective for the participants.

In the second half of the trial a control group of 120 individuals were randomly given either a placebo or the hemp seed pill treatment twice a day for eight weeks. The results showed that almost 43 per cent of those taking the hemp seed pill were relieved of their constipation in comparison to only 9 per cent in the placebo group.

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Written by Emma Hilton

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