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Alternative Solutions to Constipation

You don’t need to take a bunch of laxatives or undergo a series of medical treatments to relieve yourself of the pain of constipation. Try a few of these alternative solutions that will reduce bloating and ease the pain in your abdomen without pumping your body full of drugs.

Massage

Self-massage or professional massage are two of the best alternative cures for constipation. If you want to try to cure your constipation yourself before seeking professional help, you can massage your own abdominal area with your hands or a tennis ball to help your bowels release stool.

Start by lying on your back and massaging your abdomen from right to left in a downward motion. You can roll a tennis ball on your abdomen for better results. Once you have made your way down to your pubic bone, start the process over again until you feel your bowels begin to loosen. If self-massage isn’t working, you might want to seek professional help. Any type of massage should help to relieve constipation, so tell your therapist you want a detoxifying massage that will help relax your bowels. You can even see a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage to help clear your intestines of bacteria and toxins. Your therapist will focus on the area around your abdomen and above your intestines as well as your buttocks and anus.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a naturopathic way of releasing energy that is clogged in certain areas of the body called meridians. When you are constipated, certain meridians could be blocked that make it difficult for your energy or chi to move through your body.

This could cause your stool to become backed up in your intestines. An acupuncturist will insert hair-thin needles into the top layer of your skin, allowing your chi to move freely through these points. Acupuncture is virtually painless and offers a relaxing and soothing sensation that can also aid in digestion.

Yoga

Certain yoga postures are known for helping to ease constipation. You can either seek treatment from a professional yoga instructor on a one-on-one basis, take a slow flow or gentle yoga class or try some yoga postures on your own. The postures that generally help with constipation include half plow, triangle pose and corpse pose. Corpse pose is the easiest out of the three and can be done at the end of any yoga routine. Simply lay on your back with your legs spread naturally apart and your arms at your side with your palms up. Take three deep breaths and focus on your breath as you inhale and exhale.

Bikram yoga is especially beneficial for constipation since it uses heat to draw impurities and toxins from your body. Just remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the yoga session.

Cupping

Cupping is a service that is now offered by many acupuncturists and naturopaths. It involves clearing stagnant energy or chi by drawing it from the body through suctioned cups. Cupping also helps to clear toxins that have become stagnant in the body and help move blood flow to certain areas of the body—like the intestines, which need proper circulation to push stool through to the rectum.

Sauna/Jacuzzi

Though saunas and Jacuzzis can seem counterproductive since they draw water out of the body, they can actually aid in detoxification when prescribed by a doctor or health professional. Both saunas and Jacuzzis can help the rid the body of toxins and other materials that can cause the bowels to stagnate. You should always use a sauna or Jacuzzi while drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated and to replace the water that is drawn from your system. Some techniques, like diving into a cold pool after using the sauna can further aid in detoxification. These suggestions should only be used under the supervision of a medical professional. Luckily, there are plenty of natural ways to rid your body of toxins and to help your intestines pass stool. Try out a few of these suggestions before turning to harsh laxatives or medicines.