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Constipation

A very common disturbance within the digestive tract, it restricts regular bowel movement. Since improper stool produces toxins (ama) which find their way into the blood stream and are then carried to all parts of the body, in chronic cases this problem can give way to serious diseases as rheumatism, arthritis, piles, high blood pressure and even cancer.

Symptoms

  • Infrequency, irregularity or difficulty in eliminating hard faecal matter
  • Coated tongue
  • Foul breath
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Dark circles under the eye
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Pimples
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Diarrhoea alternating with constipation
  • Varicose veins
  • Pain in the lumbar region
  • Acidity
  • Heart burn
  • Insomnia

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 :

Sennaleaves (Cassia angustifolia)

Senna is a powerful cathartic used in the treatment of constipation, working through a stimulation of intestinal peristalsis. It is vital to recognize, however, that the constipation is a result of something else and not the initial cause and that this has to be sought and dealt with.

Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)


It is very much useful in chronic constipation. Haritaki increases the frequency of stools and has got the property of evacuating the bowels completely.






Isabgole (Plantago ovata)

Due to its soothing effect on the mucous membrances isabgole 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 physiological. Two tablespoons of the seeds should be taken with milk or luke warm water in this condition. The seeds are particularly useful in chronic constipation characterized by spasms.

Nisoth (Ipomoea turpethum)

Turpeth 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 :

  • Attend to the call of nature regularly even if you do not get your motion.

  • Indulge in the following active physical activities / outdoor games
    a) brisk walking
    b) swimming
    c) exercises

    Do's Dont's
    Green leafy vegetables Suppression of natural urges
    Fruits Irregular food habbits
    Regular food habits Chilies
    Balanced Food Late night sleep & late night food
    Fasting Tea/coffee
    Variety in the food faulty posture
    Oily and fatty food (if stools are hard) Anal rub
    Boiled water Cold food, spicy food, stale food
    Light food at night Smoking, alcoholism ,tension, sugar, wheat, ghee, milk, sedentary life, Dicotyledom

Diet :

The patient suffering from chronic constipation are advised to take fruits, leafy vegetables and fruit juice in plenty. the bran of both rice & wheat are useful in relieving constipation. Among the vegetable, surana and papaya are very useful in relieving constipation. Fried things, pulses and preparations of pulses are extremely harmful for the patients suffering from chronic constipation. There are some vegetables which work in both ways - spinach relieves constipation of patients and it also produces constipation tendency in some patients who are suffering from chronic diahorrea. Some is true about banana and papaya. Taking sugarcane juice is very useful for relieving constipation.

  • Avoid white flour, rice, bread, pulses, cakes, pastries, biscuits, cheese, white sugar & hard-boiled eggs.

  • Take the following unrefined foods:
    Wholegrain Cereals : Wheat
    Green Vegetables : Spinach, broccoli
    Fruits : Bael, pear, Guava, Grapes, Orange, Papaya & Figs
    Dairy : Milk, Clarified butter, Cream.

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