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What Your Bowel Movements Reflect About Your Health

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Did you know that your stools can indicate a lot of information about your internal health? 
Do you tend towards looser stools or bitty hard pellets? Your bowel movements say a lot! Take a look at the Bristol stool chart to see the varying degrees that one can experience in the bathroom. 
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Unraveling the Mysteries of Your Bowel Movements and Chinese Medicine Insights

At first glance, one might question the correlation between bowel movements and Chinese medicine. Nevertheless, within the principles of TCM lies the understanding of the human body as an interconnected entity, where every facet plays a vital role in maintaining balance and well-being. Notably, the spleen, a fundamental organ in TCM, assumes a central responsibility in the digestive process and the transformation of ingested sustenance into vital energy, known as Qi.

Paying heed to the nuances of bowel movements can provide valuable insights into the state of our digestive health, indicating the overall efficiency of the spleen’s function. Consider the following observations:

COLOR:
– Dark or black stools may signify the presence of blood stagnation, prompting the need for improved circulation and the optimization of spleen function.
– Pale or light-colored stools can imply spleen Qi deficiency, thus warranting focused efforts to nurture this vital energy.

SHAPE:
– Loose or watery stools often signal weakness in spleen Qi, leading to compromised digestion and assimilation. Addressing this imbalance can restore harmony.
– Pellet-like, small stools may be indicative of the necessity to augment fiber intake, supporting the spleen’s vital functions.

FREQUENCY:
– Irregular bowel movements can point towards an imbalance in the spleen-stomach relationship, manifesting as bloating and discomfort. Restoring harmony in this context is of paramount importance.
– Regular, well-formed bowel movements are indicative of the harmonious flow of Qi and healthy spleen function, a testament to the body’s equilibrium.

Traditional Chinese medicine offers a wealth of time-tested solutions to address imbalances and foster optimal spleen health:
Acupuncture: As a therapeutic modality, acupuncture stimulates specific points along the body’s meridians, enhancing the flow of Qi and fostering the revitalization of spleen function. A holistic and non-invasive approach, it holds promise in restoring digestive equilibrium.
 
Earseeds & Acupressure As a therapeutic modality, acupuncture stimulates specific points along the body’s meridians, enhancing the flow of Qi and fostering the revitalization of spleen function. A holistic and non-invasive approach, it holds promise in restoring digestive equilibrium.

Herbal Remedies: In the annals of TCM, an array of medicinal herbs, such as ginger and licorice root, are recognized for their profound effects in nurturing the spleen, ameliorating digestion, and alleviating discomfort. Nature’s treasures hold remarkable potential for digestive well-being.
Mindful Nutrition: Aligning dietary choices with TCM principles stands instrumental in supporting the spleen’s vital functions. Emphasis on warm soups, cooked vegetables, and whole grains reinforces digestive harmony.
 
Movement and Qi Gong: Moving your body aids with the mobility and motility of your bowel movements. Find activities that fit your lifestyle and preferences, whether it’s walking, swimming, dancing, or practicing yoga. Qi gong is a fantastic method of movement that everyone can adopt into their daily life because it contains slow movements and deep breathing. Qi gong brings spirit, mind and body together, and can be used during times of stress as well. 

At our office, our licensed acupuncturists can perform a digestive health exam to decipher where your imbalances lie. 
From there, we will discuss some treatment modalities and put together a personalized plan of action for you. Watch this video to learn what to expect at our office. 
 
Our team is eager to assist you in your journey to better health and regular bowel movements. 

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