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.

The following TCM Diagnostic Patterns May Be Involved With Constipation

Acupuncture Points That May Be Useful For Constipation

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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