Constipation means different things to different people.
For many people, it simply means infrequent stools. For others, however,
constipation means hard stools, difficulty passing stools (straining), or
a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. The cause of each
of these symptoms of constipation vary, so the approach to each should be
tailored to each specific person.
The number of bowel movements generally decreases with age. Most adults
have bowel movements between three and 21 times per week, and this would
be considered normal. The most common pattern is one bowel movement a day,
but this pattern is seen in less than half the people. Moreover, most
people are irregular and do not have bowel movements every day or the same
number of bowel movements each day.
Medically speaking, constipation usually is defined as fewer than three
bowel movements per week. Severe constipation is defined as less than one
bowel movement per week. There is no medical reason to have a bowel
movement every day
Going without a bowel movement for two or three days does
not cause physical discomfort, only mental distress for some people.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence that "toxins"
accumulate when bowel movements are infrequent or that constipation leads
- Infrequency, irregularity or difficulty in eliminating hard faecal
- Coated tongue
- Foul breath
- Loss of appetite
- Dark circles under the eye
- Mouth ulcers
- Diarrhea alternating with constipation
- Varicose veins
- Pain in the lumbar region
- Heart burn
Root Causes :
- Improper diet & irregular eating habits
- Insufficient intake of water and high fibre food.
- Excessive intake of animal protein
- Irritable colon
- Spastic colitis
- Emotional disturbances
- Lack of physical activity
- Paralytic or mechanical obstruction to the passage of stools.
Herbs which are useful :
Senna Leaves (Cassia Angustifolia)
Senna is an FDA-approved nonprescription laxative. It is used to treat
constipation and also to clear the bowel before diagnostic tests such as
Senna is also used for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), hemorrhoids, and
Senna contains many chemicals called sennosides. Sennosides irritate the
lining of the bowel, which causes a laxative effect.
Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
Haritaki is also named as Indian Gall Nut or Black Myrobalan is described
as mother of all herbs. As a mother never does any harm
to her offspring similarly Haritaki will never have any side effects on
Haritaki benefits human being in many aspects. It is very much useful
in chronic constipation. It help reduces the working of digestion system,
revitalizes each and every component of the body, home remedies for colon
cleansing, cleans out the needless wastes from the body; function as
nervine tonic and eye sight gets better. It is said about Haritaki that
there is no disease which cannot be prevented with it. Haritaki is
informed to be made use of in all seasons with different providers (Anupan)
and it will preserve the wellness in all periods.
Isabgol (Plantago ovata)
to its soothing effect on the mucous membrances isabgol is used in
constipation. The seeds should be soaked in water before use, which makes
them disintegrate in the alimentary canal. the large amount of mucilage in
the seeds binds and increase the mass of the stool, thus smoothening its
passage. The action is, chiefly mechanical, rather than
Two tablespoons of the seeds should be taken with milk or luke warm water
in this condition.
Psyllium seed has been used since ancient times, with no ill effects.
These seeds and their husks are a great source of natural, water soluble
fiber which is lacking in many people diets in the world. The seed has
less fiber than the husk but a wide range of nutrients the husks do not,
making products that contain both more beneficial.
Although it is primarily used to treat constipation, research shows that
psyllium seed reduces high cholesterol and tri-glyceride levels. Exactly
how it does isn't known, but it appears to bind with dietary cholesterol
and fat to prevent their absorption.
Nisoth (Ipomoea turpethum)
herb is used as a purgative. It has almost the same properties as the true
jalap, botanically known as exogonium purge and can be used with advantage
as its substitute. Its powdered roots are used as a purgative and to
relieve any chronic constipation.
Lifestyle Solutions and Diet :
Attend to the call of nature regularly even if you
do not get your motion at the same time everyday..
Indulge in the following active physical activities
/ outdoor games
a) Brisk walking.
c) Light physical exercises daily.
|Take green leafy vegetables.
||Suppression of natural urges
|Take lots of fruits daily
||Avoid late night sleep &
late night food
|Regulate your food habits
||Avoid lot of Tea /
|Balance your food with fruits
||Don't try Anal rub
|Do fasting - if needed
||Try avoid cold food, spicy
food, stale food.
|Bring varieties in the food
habit. Among the vegetable, surana and papaya are very useful in
|Take oily and fatty food (if
stools is hard)
||Try to lead a tension free
|Drink lot of clean water
||Avoid white flour, rice,
bread, pulses, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cheese, white sugar
& hard-boiled eggs.
|Take a light food at night /
||Fried food, pulses and
preparations of pulses are extremely harmful for the patients
suffering from chronic constipation.
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