What is Constipation?
Constipation is a condition of the digestive system where the sufferer has hard feces that are difficult to expel. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much of the water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through your digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from food. Consequently, the feces become dry and hard. Defecation (emptying the bowels) can become very painful and in some serious cases there may be symptoms of bowel obstruction. When the constipation is very severe; when the constipation prevents the passage of feces and gas, it is called obstipation.
Causes of Constipation
Insufficient water intake.
Insufficient fiber in the diet.
Insufficient activity or exercise or immobility.
Eating large amounts of dairy products.
Pregnancy brings about hormonal changes which can make a woman more susceptible to constipation. Also, the uterus may compress the intestine, slowing down the passage of the food.
A change in routine, such as during travelling.
Problems with the colon or rectum.
Overuse of laxatives.
Not going to the toilet when you feel the urge to.
Symptoms of Constipation
Infrequent bowel movements and/or difficulty having bowel movements.
Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain.
Uncomfortable feeling especially in abdomen.
Home Remedies For ConstipationAdd a tablespoon of Flax seeds to cereal or salads and consume it.
Take 10 ml of Lemon juice (Nimboo ka rass) and add 200ml of water to it with one teaspoon full sugar and drink it twice a day.
Eat old jaggery (guda) 4-5 gm daily.
Soak 2-3 Almonds and dried Fig (anjeer) in water for few hours. Peel the almonds and grind both of them. Consume one tablespoon of this with Honey (shahad) at night.
Drink glass full of milk with 5-10 ml of ghee at night.
Consume 10-20ml of Grape juice twice a day.
Take triphala powder 3-6 gm with luke warm water at night.
Useful Herbs for ConstipationTriphala.
Ayurvedic Herbs/Indian Medicinal Plants