Get Rid of Constipation through Acupuncture Treatments
Constipation affects 9 out of ten 10 Americans each year. If you have one of these following symptoms then you are probably suffering from constipation. Irregular bowel movements, extreme difficulty when passing out stools, stools that are harder and drier than normal, intense straining during bowel movements and feeling of fullness even when you have relieved yourself.
As constipation symptoms vary from individual to individual, naturally constipation remedies will vary too. There are the artificial remedies like laxatives, natural remedies like a high fiber diet and the alternative remedies like acupuncture.
Acupuncture as Constipation Relief
Acupuncture has its roots in Ancient China. Acupuncture is a traditional healing system that involves and engages the insertion of needles to specific acupuncture points in the body. It works to stimulate whatever inactive body part that may be causing your health problems.
Acupuncture works by further stimulating your nervous system and consequently your energy channels to release natural pain killers such as endorphins and encephalins.
Acupuncture also works to relax your nervous system and enhance your immune system. And since the nervous system is responsible for your body’s actions, it consequently eases your constipation by boosting your bowel movements.
The China Academy of Traditional Medicine in Beijing, China concluded that acupuncture is very successful in treating a wide array of digestive complaints: and one of those digestive complaints is, you guessed right, constipation.
The Different Types of Constipation according to TCM
TCM or traditional Chinese medicine categorized the origin of constipation into two broad types: the excess types and the deficiency types. The excess types are further divided into two subcategories: heat constipation and Qi stagnation and the deficiency types into cold constipation and deficiency constipation.
Heat constipation has the following signs and symptoms: irregular bowel movements, hard and dry stools, extreme difficulty passing out stools, feeling of fullness in the abdominal area, sparse amount and yellowish urine, and heightened feeling of hotness. Acupuncture works efficiently well with this type of constipation.
Qi stagnation has the following signs and symptoms: straining during bowel movements, a feeling of incomplete elimination of stools, normal to dry stools, fullness in the abdominal area and repeated belching. Acupuncture is also successful in easing this type of constipation.
Cold constipation has the following signs and symptoms: normal to dry stools that are hard to pass out, pale complexion, cold pain in the abdomen, knees and lumbar region discomfort, frequent urination and a feeling of unusual coldness. Acupuncture will only work on this type of constipation to an extent, it is best to partner acupuncture with herbal medications.
Signs and symptoms of deficiency constipation include: normal stool consistency but hard to pass out, pale complexion, nausea and dizziness, sweats and restlessness. Acupuncture also works with this type of constipation but only to a certain extent, it is recommended that you take extra herbal medications for best results.
When you are considering taking extra herbal medicines with your acupuncture treatment, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a licensed herbalist