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Acupuncture Treatments For Constipation

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Constipation is defined when less than three bowel movements are occurring each week, and when stools are hard, dry, and hard to pass. It can take food wastes 40 to 45 hours to go through your digestive system and exit your body. Can Acupuncture help?

A new study from China suggests that electroacupuncture can help treat acute constipation. The treatments are only effective if there is not any other medical problem and no medications responsible for constipation. This study included 1,075 people who were enrolled, and none had over two bowel movements a week.

The participants were divided into two groups -- those in one group received electroacupuncture while the other group received sham treatments. The acupuncture session was conducted at 15 hospitals in China. Electroacupuncture involves applying low-voltage currents and delivered via acupuncture needles. In this study, the needles were inserted in 6 points at the abdomen. The needles were not inserted as deeply as they did with the real treatment and were put at non-acupuncture points.

The researchers found that 38 percent of these reported having three or more bowel movements each week during the 12 months of follow up. Electroacupuncture may be beneficial for many people suffering from severe constipation, particularly constipation, which has not responded to other therapies. However, the study did not include follow-up to reveal whether the relief lasted more than 12 weeks in the patients who were assisted. 

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Ayurveda Treatments For Constipation

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According to Ayurvedic principles, constipation occurs when Vata's chilly and dry attributes disturb the colon. This disturbance inhibits its proper functioning. The Ayurvedic remedy is to add heat, oil, and hydration into the system to be able to counter the excess Vata. These approaches specifically counter Vata's cold and dry qualities and can be quite valuable in supporting the return of regular bowel movements.

- Drink lots of water or herbal tea. Drink eight glasses of water or herbal tea each day. Warm and hot fluids are best since they balance Vata's chilly quality. In addition, it is essential to drink the vast majority of those fluids away from foods --at least 20 minutes prior to, or one hour after eating.

- Drink fruit juice. Papaya or pineapple juice and prune juice are particularly capable of transferring excess Vata from the colon. It is fine to dilute fruit juices with water.

- Eat fruit as they are hydrating, fibrous, and generally pacifying to Vata. Especially supportive choices consist of ripe bananas, peeled apples, soaked raisins, soaked prunes, and peaches. Make sure to eat the fruit at least one hour before or after other foods and chew them thoroughly to obtain the most benefit.

- Increase the amount of oil in your diet. High-quality oils help lubricate the cells so that an appropriate quantity of fat or oil can stay in the stool. While most oils are usually supportive, the best oils for Vata include jojoba oil, ghee, and olive oil.

- Take milk with some ghee or flax seeds. Before bed, drink a cup of boiled milk 1tsp of ghee. Alternatively, boil one tablespoon of flaxseeds in about a cup of water for 2-3 minutes. Cool and drink the tea along with the seeds. Allow at least one hour between the day's last meal and this bedtime drink.

- Take Vata pacifying herbs such as Triphala, a traditional Ayurvedic formula. This comprises of three fruits and is helpful to balance all three doshas. It has a specific affinity for the colon, which makes it quite supportive of healthy elimination. About half an hour before bed, possibly choose two Triphala pills with a glass of warm water, or if you want a powder, steep 1/2--1 tsp Triphala powder in a cup of freshly boiled water for 10 minutes. 

- If you have attempted Triphala in the past and haven't gotten the support that you were hoping for, you can try a bigger dose of it to determine if this makes a difference. You should do this in consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner. Each exceptional constellation of symptom, constitution, and other factors dictates an appropriate dose of herbs, and it's not unusual for different individuals with similar symptoms to require another treatment so as to accomplish the same aim.

- Psyllium husk is a natural source of soluble and insoluble fiber. It also functions as an effective demulcent and bulking agent in the colon, encouraging healthy and regular stools. The husks can be saturated in either warm water or warm milk and must be accompanied by adequate hydration. You'll also need to check with an Ayurvedic practitioner or your primary medical care provider since there are other considerations that should be taken into account.

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Diet Therapy Treatments For Constipation

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There may be lots of potential causes of constipation. Commonly, a deficiency of dietary fiber, not getting enough fluids and low levels of physical activity might increase the risk. Other causes could include health conditions like celiac disease or irritable bowel syndrome. Sometimes certain medications or supplements can lead to constipation, such as prescription medication for depression, pain management, higher blood pressure, and Parkinson's disease. Over-the-counter drugs, such as iron and calcium supplements, allergy medications, and antacids with aluminum, may also raise your chance of becoming constipated.

Occasionally people rely on laxatives and enemas to help keep their bowel movements regular. These over-the-counter remedies stimulate bowel movements. However, using both of these remedies too often may weaken your bowel's capacity to work normally. Utilizing both laxatives and enemas too often may cause constipation.

As laxatives and enemas can do harm to your intestines, so might restricting or holding bowel movements when you must go. Maintaining a bowel movement beyond the normal urge can impact normal muscle functioning and contribute to constipation. Consuming various foods that have dietary fiber, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, together with adequate fluid intake, can help keep your bowel movements regular and prevent constipation. Limit foods that are lower in fiber, like highly processed and prepared foods by replacing them with high fiber options. This should be done slowly and while increasing fluid intake.

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Functional Medicine Treatments For Constipation

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Bowel habits vary for each individual, but when you have difficulty passing feces or have less than three bowel movements per week or pain with bowel movements, you're probably constipated. People today tend to feel bloated, sluggish, and deficiency of optimum energy when they're constipated. Kids who get constipated often have worse behavior during those times. Consider the toxic waste that your body is trying to get rid of.  The longer this waste remains in the GI tract that the more likely you are to be influenced by them.

By using functional medicine, there are a lot of options to aid with constipation naturally. A wholesome gut depends upon a balance of intestinal flora, or germs, and thus do healthy bowel movements. In an antibacterial world, we should not be so quick to turn our nose up with live bacteria inside them, such as fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, and kimchi, along with eating yogurt with live cultures in it. Eating"live" foods such as these can promote the richness and diversity of our intestinal flora. If fermented foods create your mind sour, then try taking a daily probiotic supplement. Moreover, the intestinal flora in our intestine feeds on prebiotics found in fiber, so a diet full of various raw fruits and steamed vegetables will help keep your gut happy. Healthy fats also play a significant role in gut health, so be sure you are receiving cold-pressed olive and coconut oils and fatty acids such as omega-3s on your daily diet.

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Homeopathy Treatments For Constipation

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Normal bowel patterns change a great deal from person to person. One person's normal pattern might be a bowel movement two to three times each day, while another individual could move their bowels once every three times with no problem. It's not vital to have a daily bowel movement to keep good health.

Homeopathic remedies can help the management of occasional bowel difficulties. If issues recur frequently or persist, your practitioner should be consulted, since this can indicate an inner imbalance that needs to be addressed. Constipation is the most common GI issue in the U.S.

Persistent constipation is often an issue of diet & exercise. It's critical to increase fiber from fruits, veggies, and whole grains or seeds. Always be thinking about addressing the root cause or origin of a problem. Addressing lifestyle variables in this situation is a must. If constipation persists after increasing your fiber intake, you should consult with your doctor and a well- trained homeopath to find a solution. Some conventional homeopathic medicines for constipation are listed below. You should not self-medicate but consult with a qualified homeopath for your personal situation.

- Calcarea carbonica: This homeopathic medicine is used for an individual who tends to have dry, hard stools of a chalky look. May be considered for babies suffering from constipation.

- Nux vomica: Someone needing this homeopathic remedy is often feeling like the anus were contracted. The stools are extremely hard, dry, and can cause pain in rectum. There may be frequent, feeling like not finished. Pregnant women and energetic, irritable babies may also require this remedy.

- Silicea: Someone Needing this homeopathic remedy may experience stools with a lot of straining and application of pressure. Sometimes, after great urging and straining, the feces which has protruded slides back to the anus involuntarily.

- Alumina: Someone needing this homeopathic remedy often suffers from an utterly inactive process.  Even the softest of stools require great straining to pass. The individual may have no need for and no ability to pass a stool unless a considerable quantity of stools has accumulated.

- Bryonia: This homeopathic remedy can frequently benefit those who have stubborn constipation -- the stools are extremely dry, big, and painful and can only be passed with much straining. The stools can often be dark-colored and seem like burnt.

- Sulfur: Useful for painful stool from rectal fissures; ineffectual urging, with rectal burning; can alternate with diarrhea; stool difficult, dark, and dry; tendency to hemorrhoids.

- Silica: This homeopathic remedy is useful for stools that start out and go back; it is accompanied by soreness around the anus and frequently oozing of mucus.

- Sepia: This homeopathic remedy is frequently useful for those struggling with constipation during pregnancy. There's a slow and challenging release even for the softest stools. The stools can be hard, knotty, inadequate, and scanty

- Graphites: This is useful when there is no urge to defecate; may go for days without any bowel motion; stool shaped like balls stuck together with mucus, and painful to pass; pain in the anus that aches after passing stool and becomes sore.

- Natrum muriaticum: This is used for hard and crumbly stools that can cause rectal bleeding and soreness; constriction of the anus, bleeding, and pain.

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Yoga Treatments For Constipation

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Yoga has many health benefits. From diminishing the risk of postpartum depression to reducing inflammation levels in people with heart failure, spending some time in your own yoga mat is beneficial, from your head to your feet. And yes, that includes your gut and digestion. The most frequent reason for constipation, gas, and other tummy issues has to do with our poor, fast-paced lifestyle. Poor eating choices, anxiety, and hectic schedules can manifest in your digestive tract as hard stools (in addition to loose stools) or infrequent bowel movements.

How can yoga help constipation? Yoga can help alleviate the pain and distress of these digestive troubles. Yoga relieves constipation in two ways:

- First, it will help manage your anxiety response, which may significantly improve the operation of your digestion system. You may see that you're more likely to have "blocked up" when you are stressed out. Simple deep breathing and meditation can help move things along.

- The next way yoga benefits your digestive tract is via twisting poses, inversions, and forwards folds. These poses massage your digestive organs, improve circulation and oxygen consumption, help the process of peristalsis, and promote stools to move throughout your system. Doing regular yoga can lead to consistent, wholesome bowel movements.

Incredibly bloated people have bloated bellies, or just have a little more body fat around the center may discover spins extremely uncomfortable. It is not advisable to do an asana if it gets painful to do it. A little discomfort is okay, so long as it isn't painful. If you struggle with spins, you can consider seated twists. There are many natural ways to relieve your constipation, and several yoga asanas described below will help. It is best to work with a yoga therapist to do asanas correctly for constipation, gas, or bloating

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