Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Constipation - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of constipation generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

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.

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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for constipation:

Aloe Capsules
Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan
Gu Ben Wan
Li Dan Wan
Run Chang Wan
Tong Bian Wan

The following (13) acupuncture points may be useful for constipation. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (12) Chinese herbs currently associated with constipation. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for constipation. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Constipation

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

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.

Chen Xiang Hua Qi Wan

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Gu Ben Wan

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Huang Lian Shang Qing Wan

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Ma Zi Ren Wan

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.

Mu Xiang Shun Qi Wan

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Run Chang Wan

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Tong Bian Pian

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Xie Xin Wan

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.

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