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What can contribute to constipation?
As we age a few things change in how
our body functions. We experience a
slowing down of the colonic motility and
we appear to manufacture less serotonin
levels in our gut. Remember, serotonin is
also manufactured in your brain. You may
have less exercise, poor diet, insufficient
sleep, higher stress levels and insufficient
water. All these things can contribute to
constipation. You also need to take time
to relax! Being stressed, uptight and tense
in your mind and emotions will create a
tense tight colon!
Most people have heard of Irritable
Bowel Syndrome, commonly referred to
as IBS. I find this term used loosely to
cover a number of bowel disorders that
reflect some type of irregularity, and
sometimes it is even used when the
problem is simple constipation.
Medically, you would receive
antispasmodics and be told to increase
your fibre intake. A natural regime
would recommend you also include
Slippery Elm powder, which is excellent
for healing the gut mucosa, along with
antispasmodic herbs that have no side
affects and help relieve any cramping and
colicky pain. They also assist in healing
the mucosa and function of the bowel.
The herbs also help to combat any
parasitic infestation that can be present
in any colon problem, along with helping
to normalise the gut/bowel flora. There
are no pharmaceutical drugs that will
help in all these areas of healing.
Eat in Peace
Since stress has played a role here it is
important to take remedies that help
strengthen the nervous system and
alleviate the stressful reactions that take
place between your mind and your gut.
You can drink chamomile, lemongrass
or peppermint teas in the evening and
bedtime which can help relax and act as
what herbalists refer to as a carminative.
Stronger herbal solutions are only avail-
able from qualified practitioners.
So, this enables you to see how your
mind and your emotions can have a huge
part to play on your digestion and your
colonic motility. Remember, relax when
you eat! I encourage everyone to take
time out to eat in a relaxed environment
and focus purely on the food you are
eating, not on your work, or TV, or reading
or your computer. Your mind is assimil-
ating this information and thereby
interfering with the equilibrium and
function of the mind-gut connection.
While you assimilate this knowledge,
you are also assimilating the nutrients
from your food so this function is always
affected by where your mind directs
its focus. This generates stress to the
stomach lining, where we have many
nerve endings, interfering with the whole
Be aware that what you perceive
and every thought you process triggers
an emotion! So, if you are watching a
program that contains unpleasant graphic
information your mind will be assimilat-
ing this, or if you are upset or angry when
you are about to eat, these emotions will
impact on your digestion! This is why it
is best to be in a relaxed environment
where you don't have any mental
Since we are all unique, we all handle
stress in different ways. Some people will
find their stomach region will become
tight. Others will feel the tightness in
their belly or colon region. Either way,
this can contribute to a myriad of different
symptoms including headaches, irritabil-
ity, frustration, depression and anxiety. So
enjoy your meal, relax, chew your food
slowly and thoroughly, and avoid drinking
any fluids at least 30 minutes before or
after eating. This allows the digestive
enzymes to work more efficiently for
Some relaxation techniques I recommend:
● Sit by the ocean, in the park/woods/
● Practise yoga
● Take a leisurely walk
● Enjoy some relaxing bodywork such as
Bowen Therapy, Reiki, Energy Healing,
Additional advantages of Bowen
Therapy are that it assists in releasing
blocked qi energy as in acupuncture (but
without the needles)! Receive professional
advice on dietary needs -- everyone requires
varying nutrients and types of foods and
learn to relax! When you self prescribe
you may not "get it right" and be
disillusioned with the lack of results.
You may also spend a lot of money on
products, tests and treatments that you
may not require for your health problem.
This article is only an indicator of
some health problems that can manifest
from a poorly functioning digestive system
-- many auto-immune disorders can also
manifest. People often leave things for
too long putting up with minor symp-
toms and not seeking correct advice.
Naturopaths, Medical Herbalists and
Homoeopaths spend many years training
in these specialised fields of natural
therapies and research has indicated how
natural remedies are far more affective
and far less invasive in helping to resolve
many chronic disorders than many
Sydney-based Lyn Craven is a practitioner of naturopathy,
nutrition, medical herbalism, Bowen therapy, Reiki energy
healing, meditation, and is a corporate health presenter/
consultant with 16 years experience in natural therapies.
'When you self prescribe
you may not "get it right"
and be disillusioned with the
lack of results.'
A Master of Dragon Gate Chi Gong Daoyin
Therapy. For 14 generations, this therapy has
been passed down from father to son, with
only one person receiving the teaching in
each generation. Master Tao, assisted by his
wife Lucy Luo, now teaches and practices this
therapy to help patients, prevent disease and
achieve well being and health.
When he diagnoses you, you don't have to
say anything. Once he puts his hand near your body, he will know your health
condition, then he will tell you what's wrong, what is causing it and tell you
what the problem is. Please ring Lucy to make an appointment.
After Chi healing, Master Tao teaches Chi Gong
Daoyin to the patient. Chi Gong Daoyin is good for a wide range of conditions
including spinal problems, sports injuries, chronic conditions, heart diseases,
high blood pressure, women's health, infertility - which Master Tao is very
confident in treating. The treatment consists of Chi Gong healing and the
teaching of Daoyin therapy with each session lasting about 45 minutes.
People can also come for Chi Gong Daoyin classes.
To find out more please ring Lucy on the the number below.
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