Did You Know What’s The Best Chinese Herbs For Constipation?

What Chinese herbs are excellent for constipation?

What Chinese Herbs are excellent for Constipation? 

What Chinese Herbs are excellent for Constipation?
Constipation is one of the most bothersome symptoms all time

Do You Know What’s The Best Chinese Herbs For Constipation?

Eat well, sleep well and poop well.

These are the primary keys to become healthy. 

Without these, you won’t be able to live a good quality of life.  

However, because modern people eat badly, sleep poorly, and don’t have a bowel movement every day, natural Chinese herbs have the potentials to help people suffer from this bothersome problem, called constipation.

Because the “gut” is the second brain, if you don’t go to the bathroom every day, you might get a foggy brain and be unable to concentrate, even giving you anxiety and depression. 

So, your intestines have to be clean, and your gut bacteria need to be well-balanced, which is called gut flora. 

More gut flora is in the small intestine than the large intestine.

In the stool, there is 30% gut flora contained.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, there are several causes why the stool is stuck in the intestine and won’t move.  

There are two types of constipation like excess and deficiency. 

Excess constipation happens in the acute stage.

However, deficient constipation occurs in the chronic stage when you lack something that you need in your life.  

Excess Constipation

  • Food Stagnation
  • Heat

Deficient Constipation

  • Qi, Blood, Yin deficiency
  • Yang deficiency

Food Stagnation

Because you have indigestion in your digestive system, the food you ate stuck in the intestines, and the intestines won’t move it.  

Heat

There are several reasons you get heat in the intestines, such as stress, diet, etc.  

Due to Large Intestine heat, stools get dried out, hard, and challenging to pass.  

Deficient Qi, Blood, Yin (Essence)

Qi is the energy of the body and carries the blood. 

If you don’t have enough Qi, you have no energy to push the stool and gives you bowel movement.  

Yang deficiency (Cold-induced)

Yang is like fire, and yin is like water. 

When yin and yang are balancing with each other, you are healthy.

However, when you are lack yang (vital energy), you will get cold-type symptoms like frequent urination, low energy, low back pain, and constipation. 

Because if Yang-Qi is deficient, you can no longer warm the body fluids or moisten the intestinal tract.

As a result, Yin-Cold gels in the intestines get blocked the peristalsis movement.

Chinese Herbs

Based on the Oriental Medicine diagnosis, we select the different herbs for constipation.

For example, when you have no energy to have a bowel movement, we prefer nourishing herbs.

On the other hand, when you are in acute constipation, we choose the purgative formula.

Niu Bang Zi 

Single Chinese herbs that clear Wind-Heat - Niu Bang Zi (Burdock seeds)
Single Chinese herbs that clear Wind-Heat – Niu Bang Zi (Burdock seeds)

The English name of the Niu Bang Zi is Fructus Arctii, also known as Burdock seeds.

It disperses wind heat, benefits the throat, relieves toxicity, vents rashes, and moistens the intestines. 

Wind-Heat toxins where there is also Internal Heat causing constipation.  

Da Huang

Single Chinese herbs that purgative - Da Huang
Single Chinese herbs that purgative – Da Huang

Da Huang, also known as Rhubarb Root, is also called Greater Yellow Root. 

It is a potent purgative to activate Blood Circulation and resolve stasis. 

The action of this herb helps to drain Heat, purges excess, reduces Damp and Blood Heat, invigorates the Blood, and removes stagnation. 

Fire dries out the intestine causing constipation, so this herb helps cool down the intestines – constipation leads to other toxic symptoms such as acne.  

He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)

Single Chinese herbs to nourish blood and Yin - He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)
Single Chinese herbs to nourish blood and Yin – He Shou Wu (Fo-Ti)

He Shou Wu, also known as Fo-Ti, is a powerful herb to nourish Blood and Yin.  

It moistens the intestines and unblocks the bowel so that it helps for blood deficiency constipation.   

In addition, this herb also helps to replenish hair for premature gray hair and loss of hair because the blood is the nutrient of the hair.   

Dang Gui

Single Chinese herbs that nourish blood and yin - Dang Gui
Single Chinese herbs that nourish blood and yin – Dang Gui

Dang Gui is a primary Chinese herb for women’s disorders, which nourishes blood and yin. 

It moistens the Intestines and unblocks the bowels. 

Blood has a moisture function in the intestine, and if you have a lack of blood in your system. 

It works for Dry Intestines due to Blood Deficiency.  

There are more Chinese herbs for constipation. I want to explain more next time.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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