Can Acupuncture Relieve Constipation?
You may suffer from Constipation and you may be wondering if Acupuncture can relieve Constipation. It may come as a surprise that you have had constipation all your life, or at least for a while, and never knew that Acupuncture can and does relieve constipation.
There are many reasons why people get constipation; Dehydration, poor fiber diet, sedentary lifestyle and many other reasons. In Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we treat things a bit differently than one might expect. Our goal is to help the body heal itself and correct its functioning to eliminate disease. In order to properly discuss this topic, we will need to discuss the different causes for constipation, and how Acupuncturists may approach each. Some causes of Constipation are as follows:
- Poor Fiber Diet
- Poor Peristalsis in Intestines
- Medication Usage
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Enema Overuse
- Sedentary Lifestyle
It would seem that preventing constipation by eating more fiber may be the solution for someone who has a poor fiber diet causing constipation, but even if the person eats more fiber while they have constipation, there may be feces impacted in the colon. If this is the case, simply eating more fiber may not be the correct solution once the situation has progressed. Though eating fiber consistently is a very good solution for this type of constipation, the individual must change their lifestyle once the impacted colon is unclogged. However, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, and TCM Nutrition can provide relief of constipation, impacted stool, and lifestyle change recommendations to patients to help them with Constipation.
Sometimes, people get constipation because they over use enemas and fiber supplements, thus, the intestines get lazy and no longer have strong peristalsis that’s needed for regular bowel movements. In this case, Acupuncture is very effective because it can energize the intestines so that they provide adequate peristalsis for the body. Often people can get constipation if they have heat excess in the body which often occurs with dehydration. With Acupuncture we can cool the body down and help it generate fluids with certain acupuncture points. Herbs are very helpful for heat condition and fluid insufficiency as well.
Another common cause of constipation is IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome in which the intestines can fluctuate between diarrhea and constipation. In the case of IBS a key factor in this disease is stress, as it is often a trigger for the onset of IBS. Acupuncture is famous for helping people manage stress.
Lastly, Constipation can often occur because of medication use of over use, of which constipation is a side effect. For constipation related to medication, we may be able to help you with the underlying disease that you take such medication for or recommend alternative medications. In this way, we can help our patients become healthier and less likely to need medication usage at the same time we help your body reestablish healthy Bowel Movement patterns.
Whatever the root cause of your constipation problem is, we want to help you and Acupuncture is a wonderful solution that is safe, natural and effective. If you schedule an appointment with Jun’s Acupuncture we can give you a consultation to determine the root cause of your constipation, and give you a treatment plan that suits your needs.
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