Natural and Alternative Constipation Treatment Options

Constipation Treatment {introduction}

A person is considered to experience constipation when he or she has less than three bowel movements per week. When a bowel movement does occur, it is often with difficulty and small in size. Constipation can be attributed to poor diet (especially lack of fiber), inactivity, dehydration, certain medications and other factors.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Constipation.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Constipation

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".

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Herbal Formulas

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Aloe Capsules - Constipation Herbal Formula
Aloe Constipation Formula

Uses: Constipation. Aloe has been used for thousands of years for a variety of health concerns; among its most beneficial is its use as a safe and gentle laxative. It is also an excellent supplement...

Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan - Improves digestive function, indigestion, constipation, abdominal distension herbal formula
Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan - Improves digestive function, indigestion, constipation,

Uses: Improves digestive function, constipation, abdominal distention, poor appetite, flatulence, reflux. Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan (Pian, Hua Qi Wan) is a TCM herbal formula used to treat spleen...

Replenish the Root Teapills - Thrist, Cough, Constipation Herbal Formula
Replenish the Root Teapills - Thrist, Cough, Constipation Herbal Formula

Uses: Thirst, Dry mouth, Chronic Cough, Constipation.  Replenish the Root Teapills (Gu Ben Wan) is traditionally used to treat dryness of the lungs, stomach, intestines, and mucous membranes.  It is used to...

Run Chang Wan - Constipation & Dry Intestines Herbal Formula
Run Chang Wan - Constipation & Dry Intestines Herbal Formula

Uses:Constipation & Dry Intestines. Run Chang Wan (Peach Kernel Teapills, Tao Ren Wan, Smooth Tea Pill, Colon Moving Pill) is a natural and gentle Chinese herbal formula used to moisten and lubricate the bowels. It...

Tong Bian Pian - Constipation Herbal Formula
Tong Bian Pian - Constipation Herbal Formula

Uses: Constipation, dry stools and abdominal flatulence. Tong Bian Wan, literally "Constipation Pills" in Chinese, may moisten the intestine to promote bowel movement. The Chinese herb is used for accumulation...

Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

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Forum posts related to Constipation

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  • alessia1983's picture
    Submitted On Wed, 07/23/2014 - 7:39am
    Contributor ~ alessia1983

    I go to a Chinese therapeut in my town, Bucharest, and I have told him all my problems: hormonal imbalance, constipation, insomnia, rhinitis etc, and he treats be mainly for constiopation, insomnia, rhinitis and stomach. I hope he understood and...

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    Submitted On Sun, 11/17/2013 - 3:50pm
    Contributor ~ Kanyoni

    I have dealt with several practitioners, consider top in the profession, and I am very dissappointed for the following reasons:

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  • mashtee2003's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 06/29/2013 - 2:00am
    Contributor ~ mashtee2003


    Has anyone been able to treat SIBO successfully? This is the disorder where the bacteria that is suppose to be in the large intestine somehow travels to the small intestine and causes problems. This disorder is really caused by...

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    Submitted On Sun, 11/18/2012 - 5:51am
    Contributor ~ friendphil

    Our 1 1/2 year old has a history of pneumonia (hospitalized for three months ending 7 months ago) and since then, frequent problems with bronchitis, various degrees of phlegm, drooling, occassional vomiting.  She has been making inroads on...

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  • brittleas's picture
    Submitted On Thu, 11/15/2012 - 3:18pm
    Contributor ~ brittleas

    I have the conditions listed above. The migraines and headaches seem to be hormonal. I have acne with pus to my neck area mostly (ST channel). I bought your herbs for migraines (Pian Tou Tong Wan) d/t noticed chinese vitex in there and thought it...

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  • jiffy88's picture
    Submitted On Tue, 09/11/2012 - 3:47pm
    Contributor ~ jiffy88

    Hi, I'm 28 years male and have the conditions listed.

    My two main concerns are my loose stools and erecticle dysfunction.

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  • brendan's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 06/16/2012 - 9:08pm
    Contributor ~ brendan

    Px is 40 y.o male.

    Chief complain: he suffers from R + L sided pain around his scapula, moreso L. sided along the inferior border.  Px is also very "stressed"

    *Levator scapula/trapezius and most of upper back is very...

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  • pejo_mstd's picture
    Submitted On Sat, 11/26/2011 - 7:00am
    Contributor ~ pejo_mstd

    Hi, my mother unfortunatley got Pancreatic cancer, and also constipation that seam hard to resolve. Since I can not treat her closely myself, i would like to know the points to use for the constipation. I have found the ones for the cancer but...

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  • Skye's picture
    Submitted On Sun, 08/28/2011 - 10:10pm
    Contributor ~ Skye

    Hello Friends, Next week I will turn 60.  Although I have given up ice cream and changed to a very healthy diet & supplements, my health has suffered. For the past 8 yrs., no doctor could make a diagnosis because all of my labs were...

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    Submitted On Sun, 12/12/2010 - 1:46pm
    Contributor ~ klieft

    My patient is very worried since her faeces are really green, very dark green. No blood, however with a little bit of slime. She is thinking about a carcinoom since her natural therapist told her about this possibility. When she came to me she...

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  • dumplin1010's picture
    Submitted On Wed, 06/23/2010 - 6:28pm
    Contributor ~ dumplin1010

    female patient in mid 30s

    MC: history of constipation (deficiency type), began in 2006 will have BM every 2-3 days but maybe as long as 7-10

    was given a diagnosis of a "lazy hypothalmus"? low motility in colon...

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The areas and points listed below are those that are commonly found blocked in people with constipation (infrequent bowel movements, dry, difficult, etc.).  As constipation can be both a...

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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Constipation

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Constipation

    Listed below are TCM Herbal Formulas related to this condition.
    General Indications Functional Grouping Combinations
    Ma Zi Ren Wan - Hemp Seed Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Constipation with dry/difficult to expel stools along with frequent urination.

    Pulse will be submerged and rapid or floating and choppy and the Tongue will have a dry, yellow coating.

    Moisten the Intestines and Unblock the Bowels, Drain Downward
    Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan - Bupleurum, Dragon Bone, and Oyster Shell Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

    The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

    Calm the Spirit, Sedate and Calm the Spirit
    Xie Xin Wan - Drain the Epigastrium Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head.  Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.

    Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.

    Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity, Clear Heat
    Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan - Coptis Clearance Pill - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Clear Heat and Relieve Toxicity, Clear Heat
    Tong Bian Pian - Constipation Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness, Treat Dryness
    Gu Ben Wan - Replenish the Root Teapills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Enrich the Yin and Moisten Dryness, Treat Dryness
    Run Chang Wan - Lubricate the Intestines Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Moisten the Intestines and Unblock the Bowels, Drain Downward
    Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan - Aquilaria Qi Transforming Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Clear Damp-Heat, Expel Dampness
    Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan - Saussurea Qi Promoting Pills - TCM Herbal Formula

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    Clear Damp-Heat, Expel Dampness

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Constipation

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    Western Herbs and Constipation Medical Information

    Western herbs for Constipation

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Constipation - Western Medicine Information

    Below you will find general Western Medicine information relevant to this condition.