Findings from a pilot study presented at Digestive Disease Week in Chicago, IL, showed favorable results for an oral vibrating capsule as a non-pharmacological treatment for chronic constipation.

The study evaluated the use of the vibrating capsule as it moved through the digestive tract in patients suffering from chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (C-IBS).

In the study, 26 patients took the vibrating capsule twice weekly and responded to a daily bowel movement and laxative use questionnaire. Patients reported an increase in spontaneous bowel movements from 2 to 4 times per week, as well as a decrease in constipation symptoms, including reduced difficulty in passing stools and incomplete evacuation.

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The oral capsule is designed to begin vibrating 6–8 hours after ingestion. The vibrations mechanically stimulate the intestine, which help move stool through the digestive tract through contractions.

Study authors plan to initiate a controlled, double-blind study to further explore the capsule’s potential.

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