According to Chinese Medicine older people can suffer from constipation when there is a kidney and spleen energy deficiency. A blood weakness can also be responsible, or a yin deficiency.

In Chinese Medicine younger people suffer constipation when there is a stagnation of stomach of liver qi, if they are stressed or anxious. Constipation can be a problem in pregnancy, when the foetus is causing internal pressure leading to a blood deficiency. Indigestion caused by overeating of eating the wrong foods can also contribute and in such cases a change of diet is advocated.

Chinese Medicine theory advises that older people should be given sesame seeds, sprinkled on their food, or even sesame seed oil. This will also help in pregnancy. In younger people who are not eating wisely, the system should be purged by rhubarb or magnolia bark used in combination. When the cause of constipation is stagnation of stomach and of liver qi, the remedy called the “Free and Easy Wanderer” is very useful. Plenty of greens will help, and spicy foods should be avoided.

If these self-help methods do not cure the problem, consult a Chinese Medicine practitioner, who will prescribe Chinese herbs to open the bowels and will get to the root of the problem to discover why the bowels are not working.

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