Chewing gum aids recovery from bowel surgery, mounting evidence suggests.
The latest work published in Archives of Surgery reviews data from five recent trials involving 158 patients.
Chewing gum appears to speed up the return of normal bowel function by stimulating nerves in the digestive system, say the UK report’s authors.
Trials are now needed to see if this, in turn, can reduce the recovery time needed in hospital, the London-based team from St Mary’s Hospital say.
In each study, a group of patients chewed sugarless gum three times per day following surgery for a period of five to 45 minutes and were compared with patients who did not chew gum.
Patients who chewed gum passed gas and had a bowel movement sooner than those who did not chew gum - signs that their bowel function returned sooner.
Any type of abdominal surgery can slow down or halt bowel function - a condition known as ileus, which can cause serious complications.
chew：嚼，咀嚼，深思熟慮。例句：I’ll chew the problem over for a few days.（這個問題我會仔細思考幾天。）
recovery：復元，痊癒。例句：She made a quick recovery from her illness.（她很快病癒。）
pass gas：放屁。例句：Go outside to pass gas. （要放屁到外面去。）