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From: GIna (71.177.95.4)
Subject:         Re: Gall bladder issues and constipation
Date: October 29, 2014 at 10:56 pm PST

In Reply to: Gall bladder issues and constipation posted by Johanna on October 26, 2014 at 2:07 am:

Hi Johanna
I am an acupuncturist, herbalist and bodyworker and I always have to work on people's scar tissue when they have pain in the same area as the scar tissue. An example was a woman who had a couple of cesarean sections and severe abdominal pain. After heavy testing in the emergency, they couldn't understand the source of her pain. When I touched her, I could tell it was the scar tissue. I massaged healing oils into the scar tissue and over the lower abdomen. I did acupuncture to release the blockages both in the abdomen and also distally. I also gave her herbal medicine, because she also had menstrual issues as well. After drinking the herbal tea and the treatments, only 3 times, the pain was gone. She had keloid type of scar tissue and such type needs fresh raw aloe vera if available or wheat germ oil or real vitamin E. Sometimes a cold laser over the scar tissue can help, but I would try the oil first. Even a castor oil pack over the scar tissue (sleeping with it at night) is very good at healing the area. Oils take time to penetrate.
Anyway, I have experienced this a lot with scar tissue and your surgery is relatively recent.
THere are herbs that invigorate blood circulation to the lower abdomen, both Chinese and western. See what is available in Germany. Arnica cream is sold everywhere, I think. That is better than nothing (homeopathic medicine is very weak compared to herbal medicine in such cases)
I saw that some raw vegans avoid oxalic acid, but this is a good laxative. If you make green juice that is rich in spinach or chard, this should help with your constipation. Also, fresh aloe vera in a smoothie is very good. Taking an herbal laxative is okay, as long as you are hydrated.
There are different causes of constipation, so there are different herbal laxatives. Some are oil-seed based, which are usually good for the elderly. Some are blood tonics. Some are "qi" movers, for people that get constipated from worry and stress. Some are strong purgatives for people with sluggish bowels, like those who are on pain medications. There really are so many. Also, some people find regularity just with probiotics.
I am also a colon hydrotherapist, and I think it's okay for a raw vegan to get a colonic once in a while.
I have helped so many people who have been constipated and NO one was ever helped by water drinking. I am not saying that doesn't exist, but I encountered so many people who drank even one gallon of water a day and were still constipated. So, your idea of a water fast does not sound hopeful to me. Look at how many people complain about constipation when they are on water fasts! Too many!
You need to be highly selective with everything you eat and drink to help promote elimination and colon and immune and lymphatic health.
But I am not saying to not drink water, it's just how you prepare water. For example, high quality green tea is a laxative (Longjing has the most caffeine, avoid that usually. Maofeng and oolong are more mild and less stimulating). You could make herbal tea, even simple as green tea. You can make rich vegetable broths (and throw away the cooked vegetables). Yes, you still need pure water, obviously, but to try to correct the problem of constipation, you need something more than plain water.
to sum up try:
1) wheat germ oil directly over the scar tissue
2) sleep with a castor oil pack at night for a week or two
3) drink vegetable juice (fresh, raw) with dark leafy greens, including spinach and chard.
4) take immune building herbs and teas (even raw garlic helps)
5) eat juicy fruits, orange and tangerine juice is especially helpful for constipation
6) grow and eat raw sprouts for maximum raw food potential for healing (see www.thesproutarian.com)
7) see if you can locate raw fresh aloe vera to make a raw smoothie. Drink one cup per day if possible for a few days.

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