As it moves through the GI tract, the experimental Vibrant capsule vibrates, using a mechanism similar to the buzzers restaurants hand out to let you know that your table is ready. The agitation induces natural muscular waves known as peristalsis, moving stool through the body without chemical action. “We expect to treat chronic constipation of all kinds because this should really help things move,” says Satish Rao, a gastroenterologist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.
Hope for chronic constipation sufferers thanks to vibrating pill that can ‘double the number of weekly bowel movements’
The gadget, called Vibrant and about the size of a fish-oil supplement, sends out pulses that, the designers claim, stimulate natural movements in the gut