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AYURVEDIC HEALTH REMEDIES

CONSTIPATION

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AYURVEDA PERSPECTIVE ON CONSTIPATION

How often should you poop? Ayurveda suggests that one bowel movement in the early morning followed by a possible second bowel movement later in the day is appropriate. Your stool should be more or less the shape and texture of a ripe banana, easy to pass, formed, and somewhat bulky. Less than one bowel movement a day, or if the quantity is very small count as constipation.

The importance of healthy elimination in Ayurveda is summarized by the phrase "You are as healthy as your colon." Poor bowel health results in fermentation of fecal matter, which irritates and ultimately degrades the lining of the intestines. Fermentation also creates toxins that are absorbed into the blood. Daily evacuation of stool prevents a cascade of potential health problems.

Constipation by Constitution

In Vata constipation, the stools are dry and hard. A bowel movement may consist of a group of small hard stools, likened to rabbit pellets, dry pieces, or lack of a bowel movement altogether. This dryness of the stool has several causes. It may be due to frequent urination that results in chronic dehydration. It may be due to toxins that disrupt the nervous system, causing asynchronous contractions. Similarly, stress and anxiety can disrupt peristalsis, causing constipation.

In hot Pitta constipation, the stools are smelly and sticky. It may come out in pieces and be difficult to clean. This is due to an excess of hot, oily foods your diet. Fried food and red meat in particular are culprits - they are hard to digest, therefore taking a long time, and create excess oil in your stool while heat dries out the water. What remains is sticky, somewhat dry, and difficult to pass. You may feel incomplete after visiting the bathroom.

Kapha constipation consists of large, infrequent bowel movements. This is due to a lack of mobility in the colon, resulting in sluggish bowels. When there is finally enough energy to stimulate peristalsis (the wave-like motion of your intestines which expels stool) the result is a large quantity. This slow metabolic rate may be associated with depression and hypothyroid.

Treatment by Type

Adding a pinch of salt to water can help a Vata person stay hydrated. Adding more oils and fiber in your diet can also help. Foods with sour taste can soften stools. Belly breath releases tension in abdomen. A short walk massages your intestine.

Vata type constipation is sometimes remedied by gentle, nourishing laxatives like milk with ghee or marshmallow tea, as well as calming herbs like ashwagandha and kava kava. Nourishing, sweet, oily foods like sweet potatoes with ghee, oatmeal, cooked apples and pears all encourage smooth elimination in Vata types.

Hot, sticky Pitta constipation requires cool, soothing herbs and foods to reduce inflammation and encourage hydration. A favorite Ayurvedic herb that fits the bill is amalaki, one component of the famous colon detoxifyer- triphala. Aloe vera juice or gel cools down your digestive tract while helping to hydrate your intestines. Drink plenty of coconut water, too.

Kapha constipation is caused by poor bowel tone, a complication of hypothyroid. Sluggish Kapha type constipation requires bitter greens, roughage and fiber in the diet to keep the bowels clean and moving. Taking mild laxatives, like triphala, gently scrape your colon clean and keep you regular.

Stimulant laxatives like senna and castor oil are a last resort, and not to be used without guidance of your health practitioner.

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DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.

Balance Your Body with Diet, Herbs, & Lifestyles Having These Biocharacteristics

Everything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Constipation', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.

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CLEAR

ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.

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GOOEY

ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.

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OILY

ABOUT OILY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

In Ayurveda, oily refers to anything moistening. More specifically, oily refers to building substances that increases fat, or are themselves fatty. For example, sugar is Oily.

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BITTER

ABOUT BITTER BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Bitter taste has cholagogue action - it is cold, clear, light, and stimulating. It increases digestive enzymes, laxative, and drying.

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SALTY

ABOUT SALTY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.

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SOUR

ABOUT SOUR BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sour refers to anything fermented or acidic.

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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General Laxative

GENERAL-LAXATIVE

Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives.

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High Fiber Laxative

HIGH-FIBER-LAXATIVE

A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr

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Stimulant Laxative

STIMULANT-LAXATIVE

Stimulant laxatives induce bowel movements by stimulating peristaltic movement (the contraction of smooth muscle in the intestines). They are effective when used on a short-term basis. On a long-term basis, they can create dependency. Aka irritant laxativ

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Stool Softener

STOOL-SOFTENER

Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.

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Internal Detoxicant

INTERNAL-DETOXICANT

Liquefies, dissolves, decongests or dislodges internal stagnant toxins. Decongests the lymphatic system.

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Cholagogue

CHOLAGOGUE

Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.

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Constituents:
Anthraquinone

ANTHRAQUINONE

Acts as a colon stimulant laxative and osmotic stool softener. Stimulates inflammatory prostaglandins in the colon. Calcium channel blocker that relaxes smooth muscle tissue. It is the active ingredient in senna, turkey rhubarb, cascara sagrada, etc.

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HOW TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE #1

CONSTIPATION IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE #1 - AFFECTING DIGESTION

If you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Since digestion is so metabolically intensive and sensitive to stress and emotions, the earliest warning signs of imbalance usually appear in the digestive tract first. You may have gas and bloating, for example, or acid reflux. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to warning signs. They indicate that an imbalance is starting to accumulate. Correct these warning signs before they accumulate further and weaken your body's resistance. This is usually accomplished by removing diet and lifestyle habits that aggravate your imbalanced doshas and biocharacteristics.

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AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS

According to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Constipation'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
BIOCHARACTERISTICFOODS TO AVOIDDO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
VATA
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KAPHA
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COLD

ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.

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DRY

ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.

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TOXIC

ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC

A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.

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ASTRINGENT

ABOUT ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.

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SEE A DIET WHICH REMOVES THESE CAUSES

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RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Constipation'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.

Biocharacteristics of 11,486 People Reporting Constipation

On average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Constipation were less aggravated than 60% of other symptoms. From the 11,486 people who reported Constipation in this research study of 74,671 individuals, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:

BIOCHARACTERISTIC

AVG CLIENT LEVEL %

%CASES (#)

#IMBALANCE

Astringent Aggravates
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99.8%
29.8% (3,424)
8,068 have Astringent constitution
Cold Sign
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93.8%
29.0% (3,332)
8,107 have Cold constitution
Dry Aggravates
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87.9%
29.5% (3,383)
9,009 have Dry constitution
Vata Aggravates
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72.6%
37.7% (4,332)
11,554 have Vata constitution
Light
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68.1%
26.1% (2,999)
9,391 have Light constitution
Difficult
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64.8%
32.7% (3,757)
8,532 have Difficult constitution
Bitter
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48.4%
24.6% (2,825)
8,626 have Bitter constitution
Heavy
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46.0%
26.8% (3,076)
9,738 have Heavy constitution
Oily
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36.7%
21.5% (2,469)
9,587 have Oily constitution
Kapha Aggravates
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33.7%
31.0% (3,561)
12,745 have Kapha constitution
Sweet
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30.5%
25.6% (2,937)
9,650 have Sweet constitution
Salty
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29.8%
24.1% (2,764)
7,179 have Salty constitution
Gooey
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25.5%
20.2% (2,325)
7,069 have Gooey constitution
Toxic Aggravates
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23.6%
26.6% (3,055)
7,099 have Toxic constitution
Sour
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21.2%
14.5% (1,665)
7,528 have Sour constitution
Pitta
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15.1%
26.5% (3,044)
10,540 have Pitta constitution
Hot
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13.8%
15.8% (1,819)
7,949 have Hot constitution
Pungent
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13.3%
17.9% (2,054)
6,802 have Pungent constitution

Risk Factors of Constipation

Below you will see general risk factors as well as the greatest risk factors, i.e. those who were also more likely to report Constipation. Overall, 31.02% of people surveyed in this research study reported Constipation.

SYMPTOM (Cases)

Cases With Both

% Reporting This

Increase from 31.02%

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Feel underweight (2358)
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776
32.9%
10% more often
Feel overweight (25362)
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7408
29.2%
10% less often
Hyperactive, quick (19615)
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3380
17.2%
40% less often
Fatigue / tired (16721)
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6299
37.7%
20% more often
Male (1336)
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288
21.6%
30% less often
Female (26227)
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8519
32.5%
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Use laxatives frequently (2294)
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1884
82.1%
160% more often
Impacted Fecal Matter (1293)
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1036
80.1%
160% more often
Difficulty eliminating (7017)
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5191
74%
140% more often
Straining to eliminate (8787)
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5686
64.7%
110% more often
Less than 1 elimination a day (9417)
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5995
63.7%
110% more often
Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool (10231)
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6165
60.3%
90% more often
Intestinal Obstruction (352)
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199
56.5%
80% more often
Intestine lumpy / like a rope (1615)
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870
53.9%
70% more often
Fullness below belly button (8299)
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4347
52.4%
70% more often
Pus in stool (292)
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152
52.1%
70% more often
Solid foods aggravate abdominal pain (1417)
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722
51%
60% more often
Palpable Mass in Abdomen (267)
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134
50.2%
60% more often
Abdominal pain continuous (1145)
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570
49.8%
60% more often
Tarry black stools (1494)
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730
48.9%
60% more often
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food (461)
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223
48.4%
60% more often
Laxatives to lose weight (2812)
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1330
47.3%
50% more often
Restricting Water Intake (650)
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305
46.9%
50% more often
Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation (7701)
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3582
46.5%
50% more often
Guarding area of pain (886)
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409
46.2%
50% more often
Blood or pus in mucus (462)
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213
46.1%
50% more often
Bloody stools (1021)
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469
45.9%
50% more often
Even liquid foods aggravate abdominal pain (1126)
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516
45.8%
50% more often
Convulsions (156)
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71
45.5%
50% more often
Groove in length of stool (1322)
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602
45.5%
50% more often
Burning / painful urination (1010)
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456
45.1%
50% more often
Mucus on stool (6422)
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2896
45.1%
50% more often
Weakness / Debility (3964)
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1785
45%
50% more often
Gray Stool (528)
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237
44.9%
40% more often
Joint pain after eating (712)
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319
44.8%
40% more often
Prolapsed colon (272)
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121
44.5%
40% more often
Poor discernment of temperature (1393)
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619
44.4%
40% more often
Bluish Skin (1150)
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509
44.3%
40% more often
Bones brittle / break easily (575)
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252
43.8%
40% more often
Pain with sense of fullness (4736)
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2065
43.6%
40% more often
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) (4107)
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1785
43.5%
40% more often
Chest Pain (2589)
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1124
43.4%
40% more often
Yellow vaginal discharge (1950)
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840
43.1%
40% more often
Neuralgia (784)
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337
43%
40% more often
Eat when abdomen painful (2767)
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1189
43%
40% more often
Pain relieved by doubling over (2537)
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1089
42.9%
40% more often
Chronic Peeling Skin (1173)
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501
42.7%
40% more often
Pain wakes you up at night (1604)
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683
42.6%
40% more often
Location of abdominal pain moves (5432)
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2309
42.5%
40% more often
Pressure in eye (2299)
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978
42.5%
40% more often
Gray sclera (white part of eye) (231)
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98
42.4%
40% more often
Cardiac Insufficiency (139)
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59
42.4%
40% more often
Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping (5234)
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2214
42.3%
40% more often
Pain around belly button (2663)
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1123
42.2%
40% more often
Blisters (609)
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257
42.2%
40% more often
Pain relieved by pressure (2280)
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961
42.1%
40% more often
Sore eye muscles (2328)
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981
42.1%
40% more often
Dull / Gray Skin (1056)
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443
42%
40% more often
Cloudy urine (3984)
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1668
41.9%
40% more often
Brown coating tongue (279)
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117
41.9%
40% more often
Pelvic Congestion Syndrome (227)
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95
41.9%
40% more often
Narrow Stool / Stringy Poop - Thin, pencil stool (6437)
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2692
41.8%
30% more often
Vomiting (1149)
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480
41.8%
30% more often
Abdominal pain worse after eating (3850)
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1611
41.8%
30% more often
Tongue frothy on edges (739)
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308
41.7%
30% more often
Pain relieved by pooping (9034)
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3764
41.7%
30% more often
Nipple Fissures / Candida / Skin Problems (827)
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345
41.7%
30% more often
Flat rash (526)
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219
41.6%
30% more often
Bluish nail-beds (2239)
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931
41.6%
30% more often
Parasite passed in stool (353)
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147
41.6%
30% more often
Liver Sore (883)
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367
41.6%
30% more often
Fibromyalgia (3094)
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1285
41.5%
30% more often
Tight/tense abdomen (2454)
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1019
41.5%
30% more often
Low fiber diet (4548)
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1883
41.4%
30% more often
Discomfort in abdomen (10315)
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4263
41.3%
30% more often
Pain left upper abdomen (3172)
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1306
41.2%
30% more often
Psychiatric Treatment (3639)
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1497
41.1%
30% more often
Painful rash (516)
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212
41.1%
30% more often
Manic / giddy (2385)
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980
41.1%
30% more often
Fainting (2169)
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890
41%
30% more often
Purple/blue lips (658)
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270
41%
30% more often
Sharp abdominal pain (5537)
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2265
40.9%
30% more often
Skin problems in lips (2842)
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1162
40.9%
30% more often
Shaky / Jitters (4508)
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1844
40.9%
30% more often
Chronic Infection (1413)
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577
40.8%
30% more often
Pain left lower abdomen (4442)
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1813
40.8%
30% more often
Tension in eyes (3219)
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1313
40.8%
30% more often
Diuretics to lose weight (2085)
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851
40.8%
30% more often
Seizures (452)
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184
40.7%
30% more often
Sticky saliva (2391)
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970
40.6%
30% more often
Pain sudden onset (3992)
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1619
40.6%
30% more often
Cold aggravates joint pain (5644)
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2290
40.6%
30% more often
Dilated Pupil (518)
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210
40.5%
30% more often
Fever (Current) (294)
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119
40.5%
30% more often
Epilepsy (190)
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77
40.5%
30% more often
Anal Spasm (1145)
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464
40.5%
30% more often
Cracked skin / fissures (2335)
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944
40.4%
30% more often
Cold to touch (4321)
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1744
40.4%
30% more often
Can't afford to buy food (1909)
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772
40.4%
30% more often
Pain right lower abdomen (4066)
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1638
40.3%
30% more often
Blood thick / Congested lymph (1069)
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431
40.3%
30% more often

Complications of Those Reporting Constipation

In this research study, people who report Constipation were likely to report the following:

REPORTS

CASES WITH BOTH

INCREASE

%

NORMALLY

Impacted Fecal Matter
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1036
+2.6 times
9%
3.44% (1,293 cases)
Slow, heavy digestion
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6801
+2.6 times
59%
22.89% (21,898 cases)
Use laxatives frequently
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1884
+2.5 times
16%
6.3% (2,294 cases)
Difficulty eliminating
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5191
+2.4 times
45%
18.88% (7,017 cases)
Prolonged bleeding when cut (Poor clotting)
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495
+2.3 times
4%
1.74% (1,259 cases)
Straining to eliminate
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5686
+2.1 times
50%
23.34% (8,787 cases)
Less than 1 elimination a day
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5995
+2.0 times
52%
25.67% (9,417 cases)
Rabbit pellet / Hard lumpy stool
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6165
+2.0 times
54%
26.99% (10,231 cases)
Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
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4834
+1.9 times
42%
21.59% (13,471 cases)
Bluish / Purple Tongue
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175
+1.9 times
2%
1.04% (472 cases)
Intestine lumpy / like a rope
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870
+1.8 times
8%
4.48% (1,615 cases)
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Fullness below belly button
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4347
+1.7 times
38%
22.31% (8,299 cases)
Guarding area of pain
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409
+1.7 times
4%
2.38% (886 cases)
Abdominal surgery
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457
+1.6 times
4%
2.47% (1,336 cases)
Abdominal pain continuous
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570
+1.6 times
5%
3.09% (1,145 cases)
Restricting Food Intake
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5205
+1.6 times
45%
28.12% (15,613 cases)
Solid foods aggravate abdominal pain
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722
+1.6 times
6%
3.75% (1,417 cases)
Seizures
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184
+1.6 times
2%
1.25% (452 cases)
Exercising as punishment
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776
+1.6 times
7%
4.43% (2,175 cases)
Alternating Diarrhea / Constipation
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3582
+1.6 times
31%
19.8% (7,701 cases)
Pancreatitis
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184
+1.5 times
2%
1.3% (498 cases)
Tongue frothy on edges
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308
+1.5 times
3%
1.96% (739 cases)
Sore eye muscles
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981
+1.5 times
9%
5.97% (2,328 cases)
Bloody stools
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469
+1.5 times
4%
2.66% (1,021 cases)
Tarry black stools
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730
+1.5 times
6%
4.02% (1,494 cases)
Low fiber diet
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1883
+1.5 times
16%
10.73% (4,548 cases)
Restricting Water Intake
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305
+1.5 times
3%
2.02% (650 cases)
Pressure in eye
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978
+1.5 times
9%
6.09% (2,299 cases)
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
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1785
+1.5 times
16%
10.87% (4,107 cases)
Irregular/small appetite
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4064
+1.5 times
35%
23.81% (20,509 cases)
Pain with sense of fullness
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2065
+1.5 times
18%
12.26% (4,736 cases)
Artificial sweeteners
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2847
+1.5 times
25%
17.04% (8,589 cases)
Mucus on stool
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2896
+1.5 times
25%
17.07% (6,422 cases)
Exercising after eating too much
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962
+1.5 times
8%
5.47% (2,548 cases)
Location of abdominal pain moves
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2309
+1.5 times
20%
13.68% (5,432 cases)
Pain relieved by doubling over
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1089
+1.5 times
9%
6.2% (2,537 cases)
Dilated Pupil
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210
+1.4 times
2%
1.38% (518 cases)
Exercise aggravates symptoms
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1810
+1.4 times
16%
11.1% (5,106 cases)
Gas, irregular digestion
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9665
+1.4 times
84%
58.32% (47,247 cases)
Sharp abdominal pain
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2265
+1.4 times
20%
13.92% (5,537 cases)
Chest Pain
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1124
+1.4 times
10%
6.96% (2,589 cases)
Pain wakes you up at night
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683
+1.4 times
6%
4.18% (1,604 cases)
Compulsive exercising
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669
+1.4 times
6%
4.18% (1,909 cases)
Pain around belly button
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1123
+1.4 times
10%
6.98% (2,663 cases)
Intestinal colic / spasm / cramping
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2214
+1.4 times
19%
13.28% (5,234 cases)
Joint pain after eating
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319
+1.4 times
3%
2.1% (712 cases)
Poor diet
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4017
+1.4 times
35%
24.63% (11,384 cases)
Vomiting
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480
+1.4 times
4%
2.82% (1,149 cases)
Intermittent abdominal pain
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2721
+1.4 times
24%
16.93% (6,963 cases)
Pain relieved by pooping
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3764
+1.4 times
33%
23.29% (9,034 cases)
Purging Food
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1099
+1.4 times
10%
7.06% (2,856 cases)
Pain sudden onset
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1619
+1.4 times
14%
9.9% (3,992 cases)
Celiac Disease
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409
+1.4 times
4%
2.85% (1,108 cases)
Fibromyalgia
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1285
+1.4 times
11%
7.84% (3,094 cases)
Lungs Irritated / Inflamed
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412
+1.4 times
4%
2.86% (1,038 cases)
Laxatives to lose weight
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1330
+1.4 times
12%
8.63% (2,812 cases)
Bluish nail-beds
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931
+1.4 times
8%
5.76% (2,239 cases)
Abdominal pain worse after eating
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1611
+1.4 times
14%
10.09% (3,850 cases)
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
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3705
+1.4 times
32%
23.16% (9,239 cases)
Pain below belly button
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2362
+1.4 times
21%
15.2% (5,880 cases)
Difficulty expectorating
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546
+1.4 times
5%
3.62% (1,399 cases)
Gallbladder Inflammation
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416
+1.4 times
4%
2.9% (1,070 cases)
Anorexia, past or current
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1513
+1.4 times
13%
9.45% (4,050 cases)
Pain above belly button
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1695
+1.4 times
15%
10.91% (4,330 cases)
Weakness / Debility
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1785
+1.4 times
16%
11.64% (3,964 cases)
Anal Spasm
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464
+1.4 times
4%
2.91% (1,145 cases)
Discomfort in abdomen
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4263
+1.4 times
37%
26.92% (10,315 cases)
Pain left lower abdomen
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1813
+1.4 times
16%
11.74% (4,442 cases)
Stomach Ulcer
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536
+1.4 times
5%
3.67% (1,449 cases)
Currently/recently on a diet
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3830
+1.4 times
33%
24.25% (11,960 cases)
Conflict makes me restless
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8127
+1.4 times
71%
52.33% (43,701 cases)
Pain relieved by heat
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1487
+1.4 times
13%
9.59% (3,723 cases)
Overwhelmed by responsibilities
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6395
+1.4 times
56%
41.32% (19,304 cases)
Self Mutilation
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752
+1.4 times
7%
5.17% (1,881 cases)
Pain relieved by pressure
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961
+1.4 times
8%
5.91% (2,280 cases)
Frequent Nausea
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2003
+1.4 times
17%
12.57% (5,021 cases)
Short bursts of energy
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6538
+1.4 times
57%
42.15% (34,156 cases)
Pretend Eating / Playing with Food
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223
+1.4 times
2%
1.48% (461 cases)
Insomnia
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4748
+1.3 times
41%
30.39% (13,627 cases)
Feel pain more than other people
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1899
+1.3 times
17%
12.65% (4,736 cases)
Blood or pus in mucus
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213
+1.3 times
2%
1.49% (462 cases)
Pain left upper abdomen
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1306
+1.3 times
11%
8.2% (3,172 cases)
Burning abdominal pain
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913
+1.3 times
8%
5.97% (2,301 cases)
Burping relieves stomach pain
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1280
+1.3 times
11%
8.22% (3,413 cases)
Kidney Infection
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658
+1.3 times
6%
4.49% (1,649 cases)
Dull ache in abdomen
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2000
+1.3 times
17%
12.73% (5,023 cases)
Pain right lower abdomen
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1638
+1.3 times
14%
10.49% (4,066 cases)
Blood thick / Congested lymph
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431
+1.3 times
4%
3% (1,069 cases)
Non-healing sore / ulcer
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323
+1.3 times
3%
2.25% (816 cases)
Manic / giddy
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980
+1.3 times
9%
6.75% (2,385 cases)
Dizzy / Light-headed
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4423
+1.3 times
39%
29.32% (11,401 cases)
Shortness of Breath
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2518
+1.3 times
22%
16.54% (6,434 cases)
Groove in length of stool
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602
+1.3 times
5%
3.76% (1,322 cases)
Anal Fissures
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941
+1.3 times
8%
6.02% (2,415 cases)
Staph infection
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405
+1.3 times
4%
3.01% (1,066 cases)
Sausage shape stool with cracks on surface
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4873
+1.3 times
42%
31.71% (12,215 cases)
Gastrointestinal Bleeding
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195
+1.3 times
2%
1.51% (555 cases)
Painful rash
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212
+1.3 times
2%
1.51% (516 cases)
Foul taste on tongue
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1452
+1.3 times
13%
9.82% (3,794 cases)
Dark Yellow Urine
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4014
+1.3 times
35%
26.48% (10,665 cases)
Interstitial Cystitis
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344
+1.3 times
3%
2.27% (878 cases)

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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How does 'constipation' affect your quality of life? What aggravates it? What has helped you? Is there something else you'd like to know about 'constipation'?

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I have enema dependency. I just can't poop without enemas --- I had a Barium enema yesterday at the hospital to try and get some help and answers. The doctor thinks I might have Hirschsprungs Disease. (never heard of this until yesterday). Has anyone heard about this? I'm a Veta type
- sillym, San jose, CA , 07-11-13 (Reply)
Thank you with all heart for getting back to me (truth is I am new to understand Ayurvedic ---(a friend sent me this site). I 'think' I am Vata (now -at age 61) ---but I think I might have been more Pita at one time when younger --(and may still some Pita parts in me). Is this how these things work? I will try to do a private call --but right now --I am so very overwhelmed. I *DO* have Hirschsprung Disease -- (the doctor confirmed this yesterday) --and I am being sent to a specialist -- I was born with this. (had problems my entire life --but kept trying many different things). I'm exhausted -drained -sad- fearful --etc. I try to eat very clean (organic- cook at home --but I 'am' making wrong choices --AND some days I 'lose' it ....(revisit my distorted eating --some binge eating --- a panic solution which 'always' never helps ---but sometimes I just cave. (not helping the problem). NOT often --as years ago ---but a little. Amazing online sites like this are here --THANK YOU!!!!!!!
- sillym, San jose, CA
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, 07-12-13 (Reply)
I think I have this Hircssprung disease also. What should I do?
- Dima, Bethesda, MD , 06-07-16 (Reply)
Dima, what we can offer here is more of a general approach to constipation. You might consider booking a one on one consultation with one of our practitioners to get help with your specific issue.
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ , 06-08-16 (Reply)

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