I know that it’s April 1st, but this post is not an April Fool’s joke.  Israeli company Vibrant Ltd. has developed a vibrating capsule that the Company claims to provide chemical-free and safe treatment for patients suffering from constipation.  According to Vibrant: “The capsules, mechanically operated, aid in treating constipated patients without side effects.

Constipation relief is achieved by the capsule’s vibrations on the large intestinal wall, consequently inducing natural peristaltic activity, generating spontaneous additional bowel movement.
Vibrant capsule is easy to swallow. The capsule is controlled through algorithms, predefined by Vibrant’s R&D and gastroenterologist. The capsule is activated by a base unit that transfers the data of the predefined algorithm into the capsule, before swallowing it. The capsule operates inside the large intestine and is washed out of the body with the bowel movement.”

In September 2012, Vibrant announced that it had started conducting a pilot trial of the company’s anti-constipation vibrating capsule. The clinical trial was taking place at two Israeli hospitals among patients with chronic idiopathic constipation.  At the time, Vibrant planned to complete the pivotal clinical trial by mid-2013 and obtain the CE mark.