Points - Ask the Doctor

Q: What are some things I can do to help with long-term constipation?

A: Constipation has many forms. There may be fecal impaction, difficulty defecating, lack of fluids, or other origins and causes. It would be a good idea to consult a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) doctor to determine the proper diagnosis. In the meantime, I have the following recommendations:

1. Avoid stress, tension, spicy foods, fried foods, and meat.

2. Increase fiber intake. Start eating more apples, avocado, walnuts, figs, spinach, kale, raspberries, pears, pine nuts, sesame seeds, azuki beans, apricot kernel, beets, and cabbage. Fresh green vegetables are also recommended.

3. Eat three green apples per day.

4. Drink at least 60 ounces of room temperature of water per day.

5. Eat three dried prunes before bed.

6. Drink blended beets and cabbage juice before bed.

7. Movement is very important. Be as active as you can. Daily walks, yoga and/or tai chi / qi gong will help move things along

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This month's Ask the Doctor question was answered by:

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