Constipation refers to the extension of defecation cycle or hard stool. The 4 major reasons are: heat, excess, cold or deficiency.
Heat is caused by the gastrointestinal system. Patients will have dry mouth, bad breath, scanty and dark urine, fever, dry hard fecal matter.
Excess is caused by the stagnation of Chi in the body, due to the lack of movement or emotional stress. Patients will have belly pain, bloating and hard stool.
Cold is caused by the intake of too much cold food, or catching a cold and not treated properly. Patients will have cold limbs, belly pain.
Deficiency is caused by the lack of large intestinal fluid, or lacking vital energy. Patients will have dry stool, pale look. They easily feel lack of strength and fatigue.
TCM practitioner will find out the root cause of constipation of each patient and tailor make prescription to tackle individual problem.