Chronic constipation- the movement of Qi.

Whatever comes in has to come out, in some form.

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I have addressed this over and over in my clinical practice almost daily.

It’s might be a cultural taboo to talk about poop but the “nasty” waste comes out from our body tells a story of what’s happening inside.

If you experience infrequent bowel movement, belly pain, bloating and the sense of incompleteness on a regular basis, you might be having chronic constipation.

In traditional Chinese medicine, constipation is not just a symptom by itself. It also explains the pattern of illness that the patient is going through.

The conventional treatment of chronic constipation includes stool softeners, laxatives, extra fiber, and diet change. Doctors would also suggest to increase hydration and reduce stress. As these are good and effective treatment, traditional Chinse looks at constipation with a different light.

TCM sees every function of our body is operating on Qi (or energy). This “Qi” dominates the moving, transporting, transforming, differentiating and fortifying function in our body. Bowel movement is one of the functions that incorporates all mentioned above.

When we ingest food, our stomach qi starts to move and transport. The spleen qi starts to transform the food into the nutritive and the dampness(the waste) and the nutritive qi then is transported to the small intestine and the large intestine to be differentiated.

The differentiating Qi is dominated by Spleen, Liver, Lung, and Kidney. With the function of differentiation, our body is able to keep the nutrients and expel the waste.

When our body is encountered with pathogens from an external source(like infections) or an internal source(like stress), we can restore to a normal function fairly quickly if we are in a good balance.

Essentially in TCM, treating constipation emphasizes the movement of Qi. In order to move freely, it’s important to let the movement unobstructed.

And the movement of Qi is greatly influenced by the emotions and physical activities.

When there is Qi stagnation, the movement slows down. It can easily show on your digestive system. One of the most common symptoms is constipation or bloating.

“When there is stagnation, there is pain and the pathogens gather and where the pathogens gather, the Qi will be weakened”. According to Yellow Emperor of Internal Classics, the Qi needs to flow freely like water flows in the river.

When the flow is obstructed, the obstruction can be a harbor of pathogens. In TCM, the six external pathogens are wind, cold, summer heat, dampness, dryness, and fire along with internal pathogens: blood stasis, food stagnation, phlegm obstruction, parasitic obstruction, and seven emotional trauma. Qi stagnation can be combined with one or more of these six pathogens.

When initially, constipation can be simply caused by  Qi stagnation, it can turn into something more complicated with other pathogens.

The treatment principle of constipation is to soothe the Qi movement and then clear the pathogens accordingly.  Clearing and draining the most common therapeutic methods as we treat constipation. But keep in mind that clearing and draining can also damage the Qi. Therefore I would recommend tonification with acupuncture and herbs.

In treating constipation, acute or chronic, encourage the movement is the most important method. Secondly, we also need to protect and tonify the Qi in the middle Jiao. ( The digestive system).

Traditional Chinese Medicine always seeks a balance between the dynamics of the human body and the change of the environment. The keep factor is Qi.

If we have unobstructed Qi flow, like the meandering river, we are able to transform the nutrient freely and transport the waste out of our system. That’s a balance between human and nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A note to the young TCM providers

Whenever I get an email from my readers, especially my peers in TCM practice, I can’t help but feel really warm and encouraged. Traditional Chinese Medicine has a place in this world because of the passion and diligence of all the practitioners. Although there are different needling techniques and different school of thought in the practice, and I don’t know all of them. I appreciate everyone’s work in TCM that makes this profession strong and growing.

I would like to thank everyone’s effort in working . I would also like to open up myself as a channel for deeper learning. If you are a young practitioner and would like to learn Chinese classics such as Nang Jing , Shang Han Lun or Neijing or other classics or like to form a study group, feel free to email the office : drtzechingwang@easternwellnesstcm.com.

I am also very happy to provide suggestions on herbal prescription or mentorship with no cost for the young practitioners.

Many blessings to my peers out there. May the TCM force be with you.

 

 

 

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Living in a world of pain.

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Pain is such a negative word .But it’s also a word worth billions of dollars.

If you google “how much does Americans spend on pain medication” a whopping number of $635 billion according to ScienceDaily.

Granted that it was only reporting the cost of chronic pain but another new feed also tell us a little bit of what’s happening with pain among American’s lives. CNBC reported on April 26th 2016 about 80% of global opioids consumption is in the United States.

We all know what pain is like , it’s not a warm feeling . It’s consuming and draining for a person.  But what truly is pain?

If we need to make choice of having pain or not , we would most likely say no to pain.

Can we really live our lives without any pain?

Pain is not a disease. It’s a signal telling us there is abnormality in our body and also helps  us to sense and avoid danger.

But why does a signal system turn into an epidemic?

In the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, pain is caused by stagnation or “blockage”.

What can cause stagnation?

Imagine a road with no obstruction, the flow of traffic is smooth and easy . A smooth traffic flow brings less stress for the driver. We all like that , don’t we?

When there is construction, broken pavement or  traffic light not working, then we are most likely stuck in the traffic and not going anywhere. The stress , the frustration or irritation can all be seen as stagnation. In physical symptoms are shown as pain.

In the world that relies heavily on pain medication , we should ask ourselves what are the cause in our lives .Is it relationship? Is it workload? Is it the trauma that we can’t face ?

I don’t think doctors are the ones to be blamed for prescribing pain medication to their patients. But there is a lot more we can do for ourselves.Slow down a little. Reconnect with people and yourselves. Eat nutritious food and exercise regularly.

If we don’t look at ourselves and believe that we can take care of our bodies without depending on medication, we will never truly be healthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you.

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It’s a moment like this gave my job so much meaning.Even been in practice for over 13 years, I  am often impressed by how powerful Traditional Chinese Medicine can be. Thank you for your effort to come through the door for me to help.Thank you.

Dr. Wang,

I wanted to drop this email to you for a wonderful job you did for me.

It started around 2/17/17 with my right jaw pain resulted from the root canal work at a dental clinic a week early. I went back to the clinic for a check-up of the pain and got a referral to see a TMJ specialist. At the first visit (2/22), prescriptions for steroid and antibiotic were made. I followed the specialist’s instruction carefully. However the jaw pain and the limited mouth-opening situation continued.

At the second visit (3/7), I was told to visit a physical therapist, plus going for a MRI at a local health images clinic.  As my insurance won’t cover the costs for those referrals, aside from the fact that I was not sure those follow-up recommendations were really necessary, so I decided to take a wait-and-see if the pain will be gone by itself.

After two weeks or so of less measurable and tangible improvement, I went to your clinic asking for help on 3/24. I felt less pain right after your acupuncture treatment on the ride side of my face and could open my mouth a bit wider the next day, with continuous improvement thereafter. Another follow-up visit to your clinic was not required.

Being a member of that dental clinic for more than 30 years, I feel obligated to suggest them trying an alternative approach when dealing with TMJ (or whatever it is called) on the following grounds:

– Unless justified, taking Medrol Dose Pak and Amoxicillian should be the last resort. In my case I had no infection, but possibly with muscle spasm during the root canal work;

– Insurance does not cover the cost for my TMJ fee and related prescriptions, neither the recommended  physical therapy and MRI. For people with fixed income, additional health cost becomes a burden;

– My two-month suffering was way too long unnecessarily and could be shortened significantly.

In addition to this thank-you note to you, I also mentioned to my dentist during my last semi-annual visit on 8/3 that “please consider another option in dealing with TMJ related situation in the future”.

N.H.

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About Dr. Tzeching Wang, Ph.D., L.Ac.

I began Chinese medicine training since 1998 under my first teacher Dr. Lee Zhen Yu in Taiwan. Since then I received extensive training in traditional Chinese herbs and acupuncture in Taiwan and China. I later began my TCM training in Liao Ning  University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shen Yang city , China.

During my study , I was extensively trained in TCM gynecology and  TCM neurology .I served in World Federation of Chinese Medicine Society and participated in research in Chinese medicine and integrative medicine.

I teach in Taiwan , China and United States for over 10 years and currently serve as a faculty and research director in Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

My specialty includes TCM gynecology and TCM neurology , scalp acupuncture, and traditional Chinese herbal formula.

I found Eastern Wellness Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2015. Eastern Wellness Acupuncture also partners with Chong Qing Tang,LLC. , Nuherbs,LLC. Treasure of the East,  to provide lab tested, geo-authentic and therapeutically effective herbs for our patients.

Apprentice to Dr. Lee Zhen Yu

MS Acupuncture Liao Ning University Of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Ph.D Liaoning University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shenyang

Licensed acupuncturist in the State of Colorado.