Written and Reviewed By :
Dr. Riddhi P. Sardhara.
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 constipation is very severe; when 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.
A change in routine, such as during traveling.
Problems with the colon or rectum.
Overuse of laxatives.
Not going to the toilet when you feel the urge to.
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 food.
Symptoms of Constipation
Infrequent bowel movements and/or difficulty having bowel movements.
Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain.
Uncomfortable feeling especially in the abdomen.
Frequent urge to defecation.
Due to hard stool, sometimes it is with bleeding also.
Home Remedies For ConstipationAdd a tablespoon of Flaxseeds 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 of sugar and drink it twice a day.
Eat old Jaggery (Guda) 4-5 gm daily.
Soak 2-3 Almonds and Dry 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 a 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 lukewarm water at night.
Take an Amaltas (Cassia Fistula) pulp, soak in water for 7-8 hours, boil it and take lukewarm at bedtime, it helps to soften the stool and make easy defecation.
Take lukewarm water 4-5 times a day, it increases metabolism and helps to get rid of constipation.
Asafoetida, Jeera powder, Ajwain seeds, a pinch of soda bi-carb, and rock salt, this mixture is beneficial as a constipation reducer.
Taking ripen papayas or bananas twice a day also helps to remove constipation.
Decoction of Triphala and 5 ml of castor oil removes constipation due to lack of moisture in the body.
One tablespoon of Cow Ghee with lukewarm milk is also a better option for chronic constipation.
In the mouth and/or colon ulcer with constipation, take Gulkand (rosepetals in treacle) with milk is also useful.
Take a warm shake of Fig (Anjeer), Dates, and Jaggery (Guda) with milk at night is also useful in constipation.
Take Isabgol (Psyllium Husk) with warm milk or water at night also reduces constipation due to lack of food consumption by the patient.
Take Fenugreek seed 15-20, soak for 4-5 hours, take it at night it removes obstruction and helps in constipation.
Useful Herbs for ConstipationTriphala.
Amaltas (Cassia fistula).
Isabgol (Psyllium Husk).
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