herbs for constipation
This formula is used for long time constipation and the person
is weak in body condition.
Poxiao (mirabilite) 120 gram, fresh radish 1250 gram.
Chop the radish into pieces, cook in water with poxiao. First,
cook 250 gram radish in water 1250 ml, until the radish is well
cooked. Pick out the radish, add more radish, 250 gram until it
is well cooked again. Repeat cook as such until the final water
is about 250 ml. Drink the herbal tea once for all. If the
person feels hard to drink all the tea, let him drink half
first. After one hour, drink the remaining half tea. The stool
should be easy to come out. If the pulse is very weak, hard to
allow such opening therapy, add herb Renshen several gram, which
is cooked separately and mixed in the herbal tea for drink.
It is the good function of Poxiao to soft hard mass and to
promote a block stuff moving (in the intestine). However, it is
salty and cold in herbal nature. When the constipation is severe
with hard and big stool block in the intestine, it is no big use
if the amount used is not large. But, large amount use may
damage Lung and Kidney, for too salty and Cold. It is not good
so to use in person with long time disease, or has asthenic Cold
in the Lower Jiao of the body. To cook with radish for several
time could remove its salty and the juice of the radish can melt
the Poxiao well. The radish is sweet and warm in herbal nature.
After cook, it can treat exhausting cough and short of breath,
suggesting its nourishing ability. When used together with the
Poxiao, its sweet and warm could combat the salty and Cold of
the Poxiao, and its nourishing ability can slow down the sharp
break ability of the Poxiao. If the pulse is weak, the Renshen
A lady, 70 years of old, just got the Shanhan disease. She had
no sweat. Her condition was originally the Mahuang Tang
condition, but she was given Guizhi Tang by mistake, so that the
condition was changed worse into the Baihu Tang condition. She
felt very annoying hot in Upper Jiao, and she would vomit the
movement she smelled the herb smell. She usually worked very
hard and her body was usually slim and thin. Considering this,
too salty and Cold herbs were not used. Therefore, this formula
was prescribed to her. The final herb tea still has a kind of
the Poxiao odor. So, a radish was cut into thin pieces. It was
mixed with Chinese onion, sesame oil, vinegar, as well as the
herbal tea, into a soup. The patient smelled it very delicious,
and did not know it was herbal tea/soup, so she ate it. The
stool was then past very easily.
A lady, 70 years of
old, suffered from exhausting cough very much. The diet was
developed into phlegm and saliva but not body liquid, so that
the bowel movement was very difficult. She could have the bowel
movement once every ten days. The diet became less and less.
This formula was tried to her. For her very weak body condition,
herb Renshen (ginsheng) 9 gram was cooked separately and drink
with the herbal tea. After one dose, the stool was past smoothly
and she could eat. Then, she was given Shanyao soup, mixed with
Shishuangbing. Her long term cough was also solved.
2. Zheshui Gongjie Tang (Zhe here means herb
Daizheshi; Shui means herb Ganshui; Gong means to solve and to
combat; Jie means hard stool in the intestine).
This formula is
used to solve the stop, the block, the stick of not digested
food in the intestine. The stool did not pass down, so the bowel
movement stopped for many days. It could be due to over-eating;
or to too much eat or drink cold food; or to the clot formation
of Cold and Fire in the intestine; or to the long term vomit,
the stomach Qi and the Chong qi rushed up instead of moving
Daizheshi 60 gram (grind), Poxiao 15 gram, Ganjiang (dried
ginger) 6 gram, Ganshui 4.5 gram (grind and drink it with herbal
tea from other ingredients).
If the body has more Hot condition, remove Ganjiang. If the
body has more Cold condition, add Ganjiang several gram.
If the person has more vomit, first drink the tea prepared from
Daizheshi 30 gram and Ganjiang 4.5 gram to stop vomit. After
stop of vomit, follow the original formula.
Though the herb Poxiao can make the stool soft to pass, if the
stool is too dry, there is no enough water or humidity in the
intestine, it would not work properly. The herb Ganshui is fast
moving in herbal property. It can bring the water in the stomach
right down to the dried intestine portion, to help the Poxiao to
soft the stool. Even if the stool is too hard to soft it
completely, its surface can become soft enough and flow down
along with passing water in the intestine. The nature of the
Ganshui is very sharp. It can move down but can also rush up, so
to cause diarrhea and vomit, if there is no proper control on
it. Especially, the long term constipation happened after large
vomit, or due to the reverse rushing up of the stomach Qi and/or
the Chong Qi, the use of the Ganshui is more to cause vomit. The
herb Daizheshi and Ganjiang are used here to bring the function
of the Ganshui mostly down to the intestine to push the stool
movement. In addition, the nature of Ganjiang is Hot, and that
of Poxiao is Cold. The combinational use of the two helps to
solve the Cold-Fire clot in the intestine. When the Cold-Fire
clot is solved, the stick stool is also solved. I have tried
this formula for many patients, no matter the dead stool was
blocked in the middle part of the abdomen, there were no case
One year, when I lived in Guangping city, suddenly there was a
patient who was send by a vehicle to me for help. The patient
was 50 years of old. He signed continuously and said he felt
there was something blocked in the lower abdomen and caused pain
very much. He had visited several doctors. There had been a
formula in which the herb Daihuang had been 45 gram but the
stool did not just move down. He also felt that, any herbal tea,
when moved to the blocked portion, would reverse up and vomited
out. This was same for diet.
Letter from Dezhou city, Shangdong province:
Mrs. Song is my
relative. He got constipation for two moths. He had visited more
than ten doctors, drink hundreds of herbal tea, without any
improvement but worse. The patient also thought that his
condition had no way to help. He was very weak with breath and
the family was preparing for his death. Later, I got your letter
and brought your book
see him. Thanks that he did not loss consciousness yet. I showed
him the book and the formula Zheshui Gongjie Tang. He knew
medicine before. He read the book on the bed for one hour, and
tapped his stomach suddenly and said his condition would be
solved and no need to die. He asked family urgently to buy the
herbs, cooked the herbs. After drink the herbal tea for a while,
there was a series of large sound in his abdomen. He felt that
the dead stool in the intestine was opened, and soon he had a
large bowel movement of three big basins of stool. After several
tens of minutes, he had additional several times of bowel
movement and his condition was solved. Later, he drink two cups
of Shanyao soup, together with some nourishing herbs for a
3. Tongjie Yong Chongbai Yun Fa (Tongjie
means to open, and to conduct, in Chinese; Yong means to apply,
and to use; Chongbai means Chinese onion; Yun means to warm up).
This formula is
used for the same constipation condition as above.
Big Chinese onion 1000 gram (chop into pieces), Vinegar
Fry the Chinese onion in the vinegar
to very hot. Fold it into two bags, apply it on to the
naval. Replace with a warm one after the previous one became
cold. Keep the application without stop. For the cold and used
one, add little more vinegar
to fry again to hot and to use it again. The amount of the
vinegar used during the fry
should be adjusted as no vinegar
flow out after folded into the bag. After continuous
application of the onion bag for six hours, the dead stool would
open and start to move by itself.
A child, 6 years of old, ate too much meat and could not digest
it. The meat blocked in the intestine to cause constipation for
six to seven days. He felt bloating in the abdomen, which was
very hard as stone when touch to feel. None of the herbs tried
worked. This method was used to him, after three hours, the
abdomen began to be soft. After another three hours, the stool
came out as sheep stool and the bloating disappeared.
A child, 15 to 16 years of old, got common cold, felt bloating
in abdomen, and had constipation for several days. His condition
was not Yangming sthenic block condition, but his doctor gave
him Chenqi Tang, which did not work either, and the bloating
became worse, so as hard to have breath. He also felt
palpitation from time to time. His pulse was very weak and thin,
which could be felt when pressed harder. The pulse was asthenic
but the condition was sthenic, the treatment was difficult.
However, when the Congbai Yun Fa was used, the bloating reduced
very soon. After another three hours, he felt the stool block
opened and moved to lower intestine. He was given Pig Gall
bladder conduction therapy, the stool came out.
A man, 40 years of old, felt and disliked cold usually. I let
him to take the Liuhuang (brimstone), two pieces, each as soy
bean size. It worked well. A year later, since he worked very
hard occasionally in a summer, he had Fire in the body, and he
also ate lots of melon, as well as large amount of meat, which
he could not digest, so that the dead stool caused block in the
intestine as constipation. He felt pain in abdomen and had vomit
from time to time. Doctors had tried Dahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang to
him, no use. Later, also tried was Jingdou Xueshi Baochi Wanying
San, three doses were combined as one dose to use, the stomach
pain was reduced, but the constipation remained. Later, when I
saw him, his pulse was nearly calm, only mild string and weak,
since he did not eat nor had bowel movement for ten days. I used
this Congbai Yun Fa to him. He felt loss in the abdomen, with
kind of opening sound, but still felt nausea and had wish to
vomit from time to time. I prescribed her Daizheshi 60 gram,
Ganjiang 4.5 gram to stop his nausea, but the Congbai Yun Fa was
continued to solve the constipation. By this way, let the herbs
work from both inside and outside. Up to five house of the Yun
Fa, the stool came out and the constipation was solved.
Comments: the Dahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang in the book
good formula to open the stool block. I tried it for stool block
in the intestine and it worked well. Even the Jingdou Xueshi
Baochi Wanying San, three doses used as one dose, also worked
well. I also tried it. For this case, neither formula worked.
The reason is that, the person had nausea, but the two formula
do not work for nausea. The patient said, with previous herbs,
he never felt the herbs moved down to the abdomen but all were
vomited out. Only this time, when he drink the herbal tea, he
could feel the herbs move down to the diseased location, so that
it worked for his constipation.
A man was 43 year of old. After sex activity, he ate lots of
cold and not cooked food. He felt sudden pain in the lower
abdomen, with kidney contraction feeling. He had constipation
for four days and felt annoying in the Upper Jiao part of the
body. Doctors had tried Dahuang Fuzi Xixin Tang, he felt
bloating pain on the side of abdomen. His pulse was string and
deep, especially deep feeling on the Chi position. The Congbai
Yun Fa was tried first to him. He had sound in the abdomen, with
kind of opening sense. The kidney contraction feeling was also
less, but constipation was the same. The herbal formula used
then was: Daizheshi 60 gram, Fuzi 15 gram, Danggui 30 gram,
Souzi 30 gram. After drink of the herbal tea, he felt the herbal
power moved down. The herbal residue was re-cooked and the
second tea was drink. Pretty soon he had dry stool moved down.
The Condition was solved.
Comment: In this case, when the Congbai Yun Fa was used, the
constipation remained but the block was already loss. The herbal
tea later with large amount of Daizheshi is for the reason that
the annoying in the Upper Jiao and the dry block of stool
prevent the use of warm herbs to warm the Lower Jiao. Only with
the use of Daizheshi, to make the Hot power down, so no worry
that the herb may cause rush up side effect. Also for its heavy
falling force, it can conduct the movement of stool in the
intestine. When the floating Fire in the Upper Jiao are
conducted down to the its root, the Lower Jiao, the cold in the
Lower Jiao is melted too.
(1). The Pig Gall Bladder conduct therapy, is introduced in the
Han Lun》to solve dry stool block.
Originally, it uses big gall bladder, which is mixed with little
vinegar . The mixture is
conducted into the anus. Now, it is modified as: add
vinegar into the big gall
bladder. Hold the opening and mix it with
vinegar by shacking. Insert a
long bamboo tube, with one end into the bladder (tied with
string) and another end into the anus. Press the bladder to
allow the juice into the anus. If the stool is deep to the anus,
insert longer the time. If the dead block is very hard, two or
three bladders are needed. If fearing the cold the bladder
juice, warm it in warm water. If there is no fresh pig gall
bladder, use the dried one. Soft it by rinse it in vinegar, than
add vinegar in it. Press the
bladder with hands until the inside contents in the bladder
become soft. If there is syringe, use it. It is more convenient.
(2). There is an ancient formula to solve sudden stop of urine.
It is also the Congbai Yun Fa. Use several stems of Chinese
onion, tie into a bunch. Chop the two ends even. Put one end on
to the naval, and burn the other end with moxibustion method.
When the naval feels warm, the urine comes out. This method is
to use its warm-opening property of the onion, through the naval
to the urine bladder, so as to open the hole for urine. However,
only burn its one end, the warm power is hard to conduct. If use
my Congbai Yun Fa, it works very fast for the block of urine, if
it is due to Cold block, or to the Qi stagnation.
Congbai Yun Fa can not only open the urine and the stool, but
also to solve hernia if it is iin early stage. It always works,
but it needs to be repeated several times. Even the hernia
disappear, it has to be repeated two to three times more. Or,
add Xiao Huixiang (cumin), Hujiao (pepper) powder to fry with
the onion. (when the Hujiao is used, it should not exceed 15
gram. The Xiao Huixiang can be used more).