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  • Dr. Kunika Bharodia, LAc, MAOM, DACM

Poop Insights! Questions Answered through TCM

Q: How many bowel movements are normal for a person?

A: Normally, 1-2 bowel movements daily is normal as long as the person does not have to strain and the bowels are well formed.

Q: What are "Normal" bowels?

A: Absence of :

  • foul (fishy, rotten) smell,

  • discomfort while defecating,

  • blood or pus,

  • undigested food

  • dry, hard, lumpy bowels

  • straining

Q: What Causes Constipation?


● Not drinking enough fluids

● Lack of fruits and vegetables in diet

● Irregular diet

● Lack of exercise

● Certain medications

● Changes in regular routine

● GI issues / underlying health issues

● Anxiety / depression

● Pregnancy

● Aging

● Change of routine

Q: How can we help you with Traditional Chinese Medicine?

A: Our TCM doctor will go through your medical history and will diagnose you based on the TCM point of view. A treatment plan will be formulated based on your body’s requirements. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs will improve and stimulate peristalsis of the intestines, and open up the blockages causing the bowels to move freely. It can also moisten the intestines facilitating free movements of the bowels. If the constipation is caused due to heat or cold pathogens, with the help of acupuncture and herbs, a regular bowel movement habit can be established.

Our TCM doctors have been successful in treating patients and helping them improve their digestive health. (If you have any more questions on how we can help improve your digestion and bowel movements, feel free to contact us: )


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