Brian is an author and
public speaker. He is currently writing several books on
the topics of fertility, prevention, and weight loss. Brian
practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in sunny
San Diego, California.
I have been under extreme duress regarding a bunch of issues.
If these issues were tallied on a stress chart; the amount of
the stress enhancers that top the list would be incredible. To
make a long story short, and without going into detail about the
nature of the problems.... I cannot have a natural bowel movement
and I have determined that the cause is stress related. Recently
I quit drinking coffee and that's when I noticed that I couldn't
go. I am taking lactulose as a stool softener, but I would like
to go naturally again. Also there has been no relief or resolution
to the problems that are stressing me out. I may need some helpful
relaxation techniques as well as herbal help in elimination. BTW,
I get plenty of water and fiber and have tried casa sagrada and
pysillium. I need relief.
Sounds like constipation-predominant IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
Of course, to diagnose that, you need to see a doctor to eliminate
other causes of the constipation... that's very important. But
if it's confirmed that you have IBS, you can be treated by acupuncture
and herbal formulas.
In fact, one of the best Chinese herbal research studies(1) we
have is on an IBS natural remedy, and you can read
You can read more about IBS and
Chinese medicine here.
To get this kind of IBS natural remedy, find a local acupuncturist-
this page will help you find
one and has steps for finding the best one in the area.
All the best!
1. Bensoussan A, Talley NJ, Hing M, Menzies R, Guo A, Ngu M. Treatment
of irritable bowel syndrome with Chinese herbal medicine: a randomized
controlled trial. JAMA. 1998 Nov 11;280(18):1585-9.)