Constipation is a problem emptying the bowels. This may be from hard and dry stools. Your belly may feel full and have pain and pressure.
Usual care involves changes in the diet, higher fiber supplements, and working out. Medicine may also help to soften stools or stimulate the bowel to move stool. Some medicines can be habit forming.
Natural therapies may be an alternative to medicine.
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Talk to your doctor about all herbs or supplements you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment plan or other health problems. Some Chinese herbal medicines are safe, but others may not be. They are not controlled like prescription and over the counter medicines.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Richard Glickman-Simon, MD Last Updated: 3/2/2019