Constipation Natural Treatments
By Dr. Mao Shing Ni
The human bowel system is like the sewer system - if the sewers get clogged, the waste backs up and spills into the house. If your bowels are not moving, all the toxins and waste products of daily living remain and recirculate in your body, leading to disease. With constipation there is trouble emptying the bowels daily, and stools may be dry and hard, making them difficult to pass and forcing you to strain. In some cases, you may experience incomplete passing of the stool and feel the urge to have a bowel movement after you’ve just had one.
Many people suffer from constipation in Western cultures, where sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet, and stress are prevalent. Constipation is caused by a fiber deprived diet, hormonal changes, side effects from pain medications, illnesses, and, in some cases, misshapen intestines. Regular bowel movements are essential for a long, healthy, and productive life.
In Chinese medicine, the bowels are recognized as being connected to the liver and spleen digestive systems. Besides improper diet, many cases of constipation are due to prolonged stress and emotional imbalance, causing the liver energy to stagnate and preventing natural peristaltic bowel movements. Other cases of constipation involve prolonged blood and fluid deficiency, drying up the stools and making them hard to pass.
I’ve seen many patients suffering with constipation, and I often work with them in consultation with a gastroenterologist. Usually constipation is one of many symptoms of a medical condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallstones, colitis, Crohn’s disease, bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel, or endometriosis.
My treatment for constipation focuses on discovering the primary condition and then freeing the liver energy, stimulating the natural movements of the bowels. I also address the underlying cause, be it emotional, dietary, or deficiencies of blood and fluids. I find the best success comes when the patient participates by changing his or her lifestyle.
Below are some of my favorite home remedies that have been used successfully in my practice. If you experience sudden constipation lasting more than a week, you should consult your physician, as this may be a sign of a more serious condition requiring immediate attention.
HOME REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION
SELF-ACUPRESSURE FOR CONSTIPATION
ABDOMINAL MASSAGE FOR CONSTIPATION
Here is a simple 15-minute abdominal massage used to promote bowel movement function. Do this massage daily.
Continue for 10 to 15 minutes.
One of the biggest causes of constipation is leading a sedentary life. Continual inactivity dramatically reduces stimulation to the digestive tract. Just like those of a hibernating bear, our bowels shut down. A simple activity like a 30-minute brisk walk each day helps stimulate the leg and thigh muscles, where the stomach and liver energetic meridians traverse.
HERBAL THERAPY FOR CONSTIPATION
DIET FOR CONSTIPATION
DAILY SUPPLEMENTS FOR CONSTIPATION
CONSTIPATION: ADVICE ON WHAT TO AVOID
©2015 Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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