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Normal bowel patterns vary a great deal from person to person. One person’s normal pattern may be a bowel movement two to three times daily, while another person may move their bowels once every 3 days without problem. It is not essential to have a daily bowel movement to maintain good health.
The information here is for the treatment of occasional bowel difficulties. If problems recur frequently or persist, your practitioner should be consulted, as this can indicate an internal imbalance that should be addressed.
- Alumina: for difficulty passing soft, sticky stool requiring great quantities of toilet paper.
- Bryonia: great difficulty passing large, hard, dry stools; feces dark as if burned; person is irritable and ill-tempered.
- Graphites: no urge to defecate; may go for days without bowel movement; feces shaped like round balls stuck together with mucus, painful to pass; rectal fissures or cracks, hemorrhoids that burn and itch; anus aches after passing stool and becomes sore from wiping; person gloomy.
- Natrum muriaticum: hard, crumbly stool that causes rectal bleeding, smarting and soreness; constriction of the anus, bleeding, and pain.
- Nux vomica: to help break a “laxative habit” where the person is unable to move their bowels without taking a laxative; one done is used before bedtime for several days.
- Silica: “bashful stool” that starts out and goes back in; soreness around anus and often oozing of mucus.
- Sulphur: for painful stool from rectal fissures; ineffectual urging, with anal burning; may alternate with diarrhea; feces hard, dark, and dry; tendency to hemorrhoids.