Shalom Life | July 01, 2014

Israeli Startup Invents Vibrating Capsule That Frees Up Intestinal Traffic Jams

A new treatment comes out of Tel Aviv University that may help to alleviate chronic constipation.

By: NoCamels Team

Published: June 18th, 2014 in Health » Israel

Uncomfortable cramping and bloating are just some of the symptoms that the millions suffering from constipation, the most common health disorder, experience. In fact over 42 million Americans, one-seventh of the population of the United States, are affected by the symptoms, pain and discomfort associated with constipation, a blocked up reality that can continue for weeks and even years.

However, there is good news on the horizon. A new treatment in the form of a vibrating pill-size capsule may serve to alleviate chronic constipation, as demonstrated by a new pilot study from researchers led by Dr. Yishai Ron of the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Tel Aviv University-affiliated Sourasky Medical Center. The team presented its findings last month at the Digestive Disease Week convention in Chicago.

In order to get things moving, the capsule developed by a company called Vibrant, houses a small engine which is programmed to begin vibrating six to eight hours after ingestion. After the pill is swallowed just like any other laxative, it begins to mechanically stimulate contractions in the intestines, facilitating the movement of stool through the digestive tract.

According to the study, the vibrating capsule was found to nearly double the weekly bowel movements of patients suffering from chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and constipation predominant irritable bowel syndrome (C-IBS). The innovative non-drug therapy may offer a solution for anyone who suffers from chronic constipation but finds laxatives, fiber drinks, enemas, and other standard treatments unhelpful or uncomfortable.

This article was first published on NoCamels – Israeli Innovation News and was re-posted with permission. To continue reading this article on the site, click here.


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