Constipation, Diarrhea and Ulcerateive Coliitis(UC)

Acupuncture treatment for Constipation, Diarrhea and Ulcerateive Coliitis(UC)
Constipation, Diarrhea and Ulcerateive Coliitis(UC)


One of the most common observations of our team is the significant impact chronic constipation has on hormones, miscarriage, and a woman’s ability to conceive and go full term. Conversely, once constipation is resolved, we find hormone levels improve remarkably quickly.

Similarly, other health problems can be caused by chronic constipation, (haemorrhoids, piles, and anal fissures) and these conditions may impact all age groups. Our team have observed good anecdotal evidence to support the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in the treatment of constipation in conjunction with a good diet.


Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic condition causing pain and diarrhoea, and is due to inflammation and ulcers in the colon and rectum. Often there is blood in the stools and anaemia, as well as severe fatigue, low grade fevers, and weight loss. UC often develops slowly and symptoms can range from mild to severe, with periodic flare ups and worsening of the condition. Inflammation of the joints, eyes, and liver are also common in patients with UC. Similar to Crohn’s disease, UC is predominantly an inflammatory bowel disease and diagnosis is made by a colonoscopy.

We have seen a  good response when this is supported with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. However, most systematic reviews of acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine agree that more rigorous studies are needed because many of the past studies have been poorly designed (Schneider 2007; Lee 2009). However, there have been several promising studies on UC and inflammatory bowel disease where diarrhoea and pain are the main symptoms being addressed and CM treatment has provided significant benefit.

Mu (2007) and Lee (2009) found good results using acupuncture to treat UC.


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