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date: 24 June 2021

Constipation is a worldwide problem, affecting patients of all cultures and ages, with considerable morbidity and economic burden. As chronic constipation is a symptom-based disorder without a universally employed definition, its true prevalence is unknown. This chapter will outline integrative approaches to chronic constipation. The reader will understand the burden of this condition with respect to cost to the patient and medical system, as well as the challenge in resolving the condition and why it is important to have knowledge of the use of approaches outside of conventional medical treatment. The reader will understand how and when to apply lifestyle interventions, biofeedback, acupuncture, yoga, hypnotherapy, and botanical supplements, along with conventional over-the-counter and prescription medications.

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