Constipation is Not What You Think

Constipation is not only having trouble with #2.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, constipation can indicate liver energy imbalance. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of energy around body and mind. A disruption can cause many symptoms to manifest including constipation.

Also related is the large intestine, which is a yang organ, with the associated emotion being grief. Holding onto grief can lead to or worsen constipation. Deep breathing exercises and affirmations for grief release can therefore assist constipation.

Constipation is about perfectionism, holding on, and not letting go. It’s literally being anal retentive.

According to Louise Hay, constipation can be the result of “refusing to release old ideas, being stuck in the past, and sometimes stinginess”.  Take a look at the different areas of your life and see where you may be holding on. What are your fears and anxieties?

Try Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to tap out the core emotional issue or try holding your index finger to harmonize the attitude of fear.

In Jin Shin Jyutsu, the term attitude refers to “a fixed emotional response, such as habitual fear or anger. The inflexible, unyielding nature of attitudes is a primary source of disharmony”.

From an Astrological point of view, the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) have withholding tendencies. If your child is one of these signs, especially Scorpio, be sure he is well-hydrated and instill the importance of going when nature calls.

Good Habits to Check Out If You Struggle with Constipation

Go to the bathroom when you need to.

Consistently overriding nerve messages rewires the brain and a disconnect occurs between your body and your conscious response.

Keep hydrated.

Feeling hungry? Drink water. Feeling beat? Drink water. Feeling under the weather? Drink water. You may also need to add electrolytes to your water.

Have a balanced diet.

More plant-based, less processed-food-based. Include lots of high water-content foods, plus alkaline foods. Keep your gut flora healthy with probiotics.

Move more.

Yoga inversions, which are deeply relaxing, are also helpful for constipation. Too advanced? Try the Child’s Pose.

Find stress-release tools that work for you.

Stress throws the whole body and all the systems out of whack. Intentionally-generated positive emotions help move the body into coherence and parasympathetic mode, also known as “rest and digest” state.


This is the most natural resting position. In the modern world, with chairs and nice porcelain toilets, we have adopted the unnatural position of sitting, which compresses our organs.

Sitting also changes the anatomy of a natural poop. Squatting, with knees at the torso, ensures the rectum is straight. This means no straining is needed for a complete evacuation.

New to squatting? Squat, instead of sit, for resting. Squat instead of sit when you need to rest. Use a stool to raise your knees when you are on the toilet. Practice until you are comfortable squatting on top of the toilet. Or try out traditional toilets – the hole in the ground kind – readily available throughout Asia.