Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA
Since 1988 practicing acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine
Xiaoyan Wang
L. Ac., MD (China)
3721 Westerre Pkwy.
Suite C
Henrico, VA 23233
(804) 301-1784
Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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The term constipation can mean infrequent or hard stools, or it can refer to difficulty passing stools. Constipation may involve pain during the passage of a bowel movement, the inability to have a bowel movement after straining for longer than 10 minutes, or no bowel movements at all for more than 3 days. Almost everyone gets constipated at some time during his or her life. It affects approximately 2% of the population in the U.S. Women and the elderly are more commonly affected.
The most common causes of constipation include a low-fiber diet, lack of physical activity, stress, travel, inadequate intake of fluid each day, or delay in going to the bathroom when you have the urge to defecate. Other causes are IBS, pregnancy, thyroid conditions, depression, neurological diseases, or certain medications.
In Chinese medicine, constipation is caused by a deficiency in the spleen and stomach. It is a result in dryness of the large intestines from foods that do not support the digestive process. Acupuncture helps restore proper circulation, eliminate pain and balance the body. Particular acupuncture points have an effect on gastrointestinal mobility, serving as a remedy for constipation. Acupuncture treatments can relax the colon, spleen and stomach to stimulate movement. In addition, Chinese herbs can be made especially for constipation, which will relax stuck qi and restore intestinal function.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can treat various gastrointestinal disorders. Not only do they control the symptoms, they often change the underlying constitution of the body to achieve long-term results. If you would like to pursue acupuncture & Chinese herbal treatment or information, please contact Xiaoyan.

Richmond Acupuncture Clinic and Wellness Center in VA