Last week I had a 48 year old female come into my office seeking a natural medicine solution for her chronic constipation. “L” has been constipated for as long as she can remember – since she was 8 -nearly 40 years!!! She has always done everything by the textbook to address her constipation. This includes drinking water, eating a high fiber diet (with plenty of fruits and vegetables), cutting out the red meat and exercising. The only way she can have a bowel movement is by taking a laxative- senna – but this results in a bowel movement every other day.
“L” came to me because she was tired of taking medications for her constipation. She was frustrated with the gastroenterologists and wanted to pursue an alternative approach. “L” had heard from another friend how I helped another lady with her constipation issue through acupuncture. So “L” thought she would give it a shot.
With most acupuncture cases, usually 6 treatments is the average amount of treatments to see a noticeable change in a chronic health condition. But with a chronic constipation of 40 years, I would have estimated that “L” would need at least 12 treatments to notice a modest improvement in her bowel habits. So, I was not surprised when “L” reported to me that there was not change in her bowel movement status after her first acupuncture session. However I was surprised when she reported how she felt after the second acupucture session. “L” told me that she was able to have a bowel movement everyday for the next 5 days without the use of any laxatives. Also, “L” does not feel so tired in the morning, and she has more energy to complete her work.