Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Constipation

Traditional Chinese Medicine suggests that good health depends on the proper amount and distribution of Qi in the body. Qi travels through channels in the body. Blockage or constriction can be resulted in an improper flow of Qi through the body, resulting in a variety of medical problems.

Constipation can be caused by reduction in the flow of Qi, an excess of cold in the body, and an excess of warmth. Long term persistent constipation must be examined by doctor to ensure that there is no underlying disease or disorder that is the cause. Once other factors have been eliminated, patient can pursue Traditional Chinese Medicine as an alternative treatment.

Some studies suggest that acupuncture for constipation is effective. There are meridian lines for each major organ system in the body including the large intestine. On this large intestine meridian, there are acupuncture points which can be used for constipation. Other organ systems such as the stomach and liver also have specific acupuncture points that have been used for centuries to treat constipation. In Western Medicine, it is known that stress can influence the bowels and contribute to constipation. In TCM, this is why sometimes liver acupuncture points are used to help the bowels because treating the liver can help reduce stress.

Chinese Herbs to Induce Bowel Movements

Black sesame seeds also known as Hei Zhi Ma, is recorded in the Chinese Materia Medica for moistening and moving the bowels and relieving constipation.

Da Huang also known as Rhubarb Root, is a strong purgative and is very effective at promoting bowel movements.

Xiao Cheng Qi Tang is a Chinese herbal formula which helps bowel movements to alleviate abdominal distention and constipation

Where to buy: Xiao Cheng Qi Tang

How to use: Xiao Cheng Qi Tang can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.

Acupressure can also help to relax the abdomen and promote regular bowel movements without any pain or discomfort. It helps in relieving the associated symptoms of constipation such as abdominal pain, bloating and gas. (Acupressure)

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