Effect of ear mushroom (Auricularia) on functional constipation

Tae Il Kim, So Jin Park, Chang Hwan Choi, SangKil Lee, Won Ho Kim

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Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Constipation is one of the most prevalent gastrointestinal complaints. High fiber intake is recommended as an initial therapy for constipation. Ear mushroom is known to have higher fiber contents about 50% than other mushroom. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of fiber supplements using ear mushrooms on the improvement of functional constipation. METHODS: We conducted a double blind study with 3 groups (placebo, ear mushrooms alone, and ear mushrooms with additives including cascara sagrada, etc.), which were randomly assigned out of 34 patients with functional constipation, defined by modified Rome II criteria. Number of bowel movement, straining, sense of incomplete evacuation, stool consistency, satisfactory relief, abdominal pain/discomfort and colon transit time were evaluated and analyzed before, during and after the treatment. RESULTS: Both ear mushrooms alone and ear mushrooms with additives significantly improved number of bowel movement, straining, sense of incomplete evacuation, stool consistency and satisfactory relief in patients with functional chronic constipation (p<0.05). Although the use of ear mushrooms with additives was found to be more effective on the improvement of constipation than ear mushrooms alone, it may induce abdominal discomfort or pain. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with functional constipation, fiber supplements using ear mushrooms significantly improved constipation related symptoms without serious side effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalThe Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi
Volume44
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1

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Agaricales
Constipation
Ear
Cascara
Double-Blind Method
Abdominal Pain
Colon
Placebos
Pain

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Kim, Tae Il ; Park, So Jin ; Choi, Chang Hwan ; Lee, SangKil ; Kim, Won Ho. / Effect of ear mushroom (Auricularia) on functional constipation. In: The Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi. 2004 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 34-41.
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Effect of ear mushroom (Auricularia) on functional constipation. / Kim, Tae Il; Park, So Jin; Choi, Chang Hwan; Lee, SangKil; Kim, Won Ho.

In: The Korean journal of gastroenterology = Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe chi, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.01.2004, p. 34-41.

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