How to solve stubborn constipation with Chinese herbs?

How to solve stubborn constipation with Chinese Herbs?

In the previous blog, I talked about what Chinese herbs are excellent for constipation.  So, in this blog, we would love to talk about how to solve stubborn constipation with some of the best Chinese herbs.  

Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation? 

Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation?
Is it true?  Can Chinese herbs get rid of constipation?

“I don’t go to the bathroom every day.”

“I have bloating and gas all the time.”  

I have heard these complaints from many patients who don’t have bowel movements regularly, especially women.  Ultimately, getting rid of stool in your intestines every day is one of the most important aspects to become healthy.  

The most common constipation treatments are a fiber-rich diet, hydration, and magnesium in the modern world.  

However, even though people get these treatments, sometimes they don’t work.  

One of the reasons is HEAT in the intestines.  

How to check the Heat in the system?

Why don’t you look at your own tongue.  

  • Red tongue
  • Red-tip of the tongue
  • Greasy yellow coating
  • Cracks on the tongue

If you have one of these signs, you might have heat in the intestines.  

Tongue Diagnosis
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First, I want you to imagine that you are alone in the desert.  Next, your body easily loses fluids and gets thirsty.

Eventually, you might not want to move anymore.  As a result, heat dries out your body.  

Heat dries out the land
Heat dries out the land

Thus, same thing happens in your intestines if you have heat.  

There are two different types of Heat causing constipation in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

  1. Excess Heat 
  2. Deficient Heat

Excess Heat in the intestines

Excess Heat is mostly associated with inflammation. 

Other symptoms are red eyes, thirsty, dry mouth, bad breath, swelling, pain, burning sensation, dark-yellow urination, and irritability.  

Deficient Heat in the Intestines

On the other hand, deficient Heat happens when lack of nutrients in the body, or essences. In traditional Chinese medicine, the body is balanced with Yin & Yang. 

First of all, yin is like water, and Yang is like fire.  When you are lack water, you get heat signs called Yin deficient heat because you have no function to cool your body. 

Most likely, it’s a chronic stage when you have deficient heat.  Other symptoms are night sweats, thirsty, fatigue, low appetite, and scanty urination.  

Where is the Heat coming from?

Where is the heat coming from?
Where is the heat coming from?

I would assume you briefly understand how we diagnose the constipation.  

You might wonder where is the heat coming from.  

Several reasons why you get heat in the systems such as stress, diet, age, side effects from the medication, and lifestyle.  

Stress (Liver Qi Stagnation)

Stress is always one of the main reasons why you get constipation.  In traditional Chinese medicine, we diagnose Liver Qi Stagnation.  As you know, Qi is the energy.  Yet, what is the liver?  

In TCM, It’s not the same as the liver in Western Medicine. 

The liver controls the functions of the body like muscles and tendons, regulates energy (Qi). It is also associated with the autonomic nervous system (emotion).  In addition to these, this organ also stores blood.  

Why don’t you imagine that you have a soccer ball?

Pressure in the ballon creates Heat
Pressure in the ballon creates Heat

And, I want you to pump the air in it as much as you can until the air won’t go anymore.  Because of the pressure inside the ball, it creates heat, then eventually it will be burst.  the same thing happens in your body.  

Once this phenomenon happens in your body, most likely you get irritability or anger as well.

Diet (Food Stagnation)

Of course, when you eat too much, food stagnated because you can’t digest food properly. 

In addition, you might get other symptoms like burping, heartburn, bloating, and gas.  

Age (Yin Deficient Heat)

Yin is like water.  Water is the vital essence.  As you age, you lose the essence. 

Therefore, this is mother nature and you can’t avoid it.  

How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?

How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?
How to solve the heat with Chinese Herbs?

Now, I would like to explain how to treat Excess Heat and Deficient heat with Chinese herbs.  

Constipation from stress

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang

Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Tang is a classical Chinese herbal formula used to clear heat and as a sedative. 

It treats a variety of internal and emotional patterns, especially those whose symptoms are fullness in the chest, irritability, and palpitations. 

This formula contains Huang Qin, a Chinese skullcap, which clears heat from the lower body.  And, Da Huang is one of the major herbs for purgative.  

Constipation from food stagnation

Bao He Wan

Bao He Wan is intended to treat acute upset of the digestive tract with belching, acid reflux, a full feeling in the stomach, bloating, nausea, abdominal cramping, and constipation from overeating, poor food, or hangover. 

One of the chief herbs is Shan Zha which is Chinese Hawthorn fruit, and it has the function of dispersing and moving the stagnation of food, and clear heat.  

Constipation from Age

Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan

Ba Xian Chang Shou Wan is for chronic disorders and aging marked by significant yin deficiency in the lungs and kidneys.

This formula nourishes Yin and the essence to lubricate the dryness in the intestines.

Its primary pattern signs and symptoms are accompanied by typical yin deficiency heat patterns such as weakness in the lower body, tidal fever, dry mouth, dry skin, dizziness, night sweats, hot palms, and soles, tinnitus, and constipation from dryness. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, two kinds of heat can cause stubborn constipation that you might be suffering from a Chinese medicine perspective.

  • Excess Heat
  • Deficient Heat

Firstly, Check your tongue and notice other symptoms associated with your constipation.

Secondly, please open your mind to utilize one of the best remedies from over 1,000 years of medicine from China.

Finally, I hope it helps those who are suffering from stubborn constipation.

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Please feel welcome to comment if you have any questions about this post.

Sayonara till next post.

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

 

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