Do you experience persistent constipation? We can help.
Constipation, defined as “infrequent or difficult bowel motions” is one of most common bowel problems reported in Hong Kong and across the world.
You would generally be diagnosed with constipation if you have three or less bowel motions a week. However, this definition is open to interpretation. Natural medicine principles suggest that going more frequently – ideally once a day – can have profound effects on our general health, energy levels and vitality.
Health professionals often consider constipation a symptom of an underlying disorder rather than an independent condition.
We often see constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel conditions such as diverticulosis. It is also associated with frequent use of pain medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like aspirin and Ibuprofen, or codeine-based medicines.
Constipation is often caused or aggravated by lifestyle factors such as, not drinking enough water, not eating enough fibre, not exercising regularly. We would recommend addressing these areas first if you are experiencing problems passing regular stools. If however, the symptoms persist you should seek advice.
Common triggers for constipation include dietary sensitivities, pelvic floor issues and stress. Some forms of organ insufficiency (where the organs are not functioning properly) can contribute to constipation. If you suspect this is the case, our practitioners can perform a physical examination and functional medicine testing.
From an integrated perspective, constipation often responds well to a combination of treatments conducted in tandem. Natural medicine and homeopathy can help treat bacterial overgrowth and manage dietary considerations. Osteopathy can help realign the musculature of the bowel and colon so function can return to normal.