Okay, this one is a little weird, right? I ask every patient about his/her bowel movement. Most of the time, their answer is, “Fine.” So, I ask about frequency, consistency, color, odor, etc. You’re probably thinking that’s too much information. This is a very important piece of your health, however. If you ever experienced severe constipation or diarrhea, I’m sure you can recall how miserable you were.
In ancient China, there was no X-ray, MRI, or CT scan. Palpation was a crucial part of diagnosis. They learned to feel the pulse, look at the tongue, and palpate the body to figure out what was going on in someone’s body. What came out of the body, such as stool and urine, also gave a lot of information. That is why I ask questions about bowel movement.
If you have a healthy GI system, according to the Chinese organ clock, you should have a healthy bowel movement in the morning between 5-7 AM and be hungry for a good breakfast between 7-9 AM. Healthy stool should have the texture and size of 1 banana - formed and not sticky. What is a sticky stool? If you have to wipe your bottom more than 1-2 times or if you see stool sticking to the toilet after flushing, you have a sticky stool.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love