Claudia Machado Cooke, MD, FACP, MPH  |  Health Through Understanding

Constipation

Constipation is the most common digestive disorder in the general population in the US. It is said that in countries where the squat-toilet predominates, it is practically an unknown.

It is traditionally treated through the use of bulking agents in the diet, increased fluid intake, laxatives, stool-softeners, behavioral modification, among others.

Careful review of diet, exercise, environmental factors, and stress factors often reveals the key to the cure for this problem. Dr. Cooke has helped many of her patients achieve a normalization of bowel function with conservative interventions. Although acupuncture may be a helpful adjunct here, too, instructing the patient in the self-application of acupressure often yields rewarding results.