Natural Remedies for Constipation, Ayurvedic Treatment

Constipation

If every morning you wake up with the tension of constipation, it’s time to read this article and resume a normal lifestyle with the help of Ayurveda. Constipation is all due to your ultramodern lifestyle. This problem is a boon of a faulty life routine gone awry due to lack of knowledge about the human body. Our digestive patterns have gone haywire and nothing seems to be in place right from our unbalanced food habits to irregular sleeping patterns to low or no physical exercise and what not!

Symptoms of Constipation

  • Colour of the tongue getting darker
  • Digestion of foods taking longer time
  • Yellowish colour in your stools
  • Difficulty in passage of stool
  • Bad taste in mouth or foul breath
  • Bowel movement problem with pain
  • Abdominal bloating with cramps and uneasiness is common
  • Excessive gas in stomach
  • Loss of appetite due to bloating
  • Feeling of in-activeness
  • Rectal bleeding may occur in acute conditions
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Weight loss may occur
  • Headache and dizziness experienced with false bowel alarms
  • Dry, small and hard faeces
  • Diarrhoea

Causes of Constipation

  • If you have low intake of water
  • Following a diet which is deficient in leafy and green vegetables
  • Not eating enough roughage on a daily basis
  • Decreased physical activity or reduced exercise
  • Medications such as diuretics, antidepressants and antihistamines cause constipation
  • Heavy intake of dairy products, red meats, eggs and refined sugar may also be a reason
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Problems like hypocalcaemia, hypothyroidism and diabetes
  • Health issues like Parkinson’s, fissures and pelvic dysfunction
  • Overusing laxative and suppositories to soften the stool
  • Travelling disrupts your digestive pattern
  • Old age is an obvious reason among many
  • Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy and periods too cause constipation
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Consuming too much iron via supplements
  • Anticonvulsants drugs
  • Intestinal obstruction such as ulcers or blood clots
  • Poor functioning of thyroid gland
  • Lead poisoning (common in rural settings)
  • Long bed rest (in case of accidents and impairing diseases)
  • Excessive intake of strong tea, coffee and alcoholic beverages
  • Binge eating and insufficient chewing

Complications Caused in Your Body and Life Due To Constipation

  • Haemorrhoids or piles
  • Faecal impaction or hardening of stool in your large intestine and rectum which leads to pain and discomfort
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Rectal prolapse which means faecal matter coming out of rectal tissue from the anus
  • Anal fissure
  • Rectal bleeding can be common
  • Hernia due to pressure while trying to cause bowel movements

Ideal Diet to Prevent Constipation

The primary and the most obvious cause of constipation is your diet. When it is low in dietary fibre and laden with fat, you get in trouble. A fibre rich diet lets you overcome the situation more powerfully and your constipation will not turn into a chronic problem.

  • Make sure to chew your food properly every time you eat
  • Aim for a more wholesome diet that contains fruits, boiled vegetables and preservative-free soups
  • Turn to vegetables like radish, turnip, tomatoes, peas, carrot, bitter gourd, salad leaves, sprouts, beetroot, coriander, lettuce or cabbage, etc.
  • You could also benefit from eating fresh fruits like, guava, mango, jamun, orange, papaya, grapes, etc.
  • Don’t forget to increase the quantity of salads in your diet
  • Fruits like watermelon, cucumber and musk melons can keep you hydrated and keep constipation at bay
  • Drink more water, around 3 litres a day. Try adding green tea to your daily routine
  • Try to incorporate whole grain cereals, wheat, whole grain bread, bran, honey and lentils in your diet
  • Increase the intake of some milk products like butter, ghee and cream made from cow’s milk to ease out your motion
  • Eating some quantity of dry fruits like fig, apricot and dates also helps

Avoid these foods that cause constipation

  • Restrict your daily intake of non-vegetarian items, especially red meat
  • Reduce your intake of fried and oily foods
  • Avoid junk foods at all costs as they are low in fibre and high in empty calories
  • Try to avoid bread, cakes and pizzas, pasta, maida items, burgers, and cookies
  • Avoid strong and warm spices, unhealthy fats and excessive salt
  • Exclude to a limit white flour, biscuits, preservatives, white sugar, and boiled egg from your diet

Natural Remedies for Constipation

And yes, turn to Ayurveda for the most natural remedies for constipation if the above mentioned measures and changes in your lifestyle and diet have failed to give results. It is not easy for everyone to get back to their normal life in a normal way. Thus, Ayurveda comes to their rescue in the following ways:

  1. You can soak Amaltas fruit with tamarind pulp overnight. In the morning mash the soaked ingredients and filter them. Drink this on an empty stomach
  2. Fruit juice that is unfiltered, preferably of fruits such as orange, papaya, beetroot, and carrot twice a day is very useful
  3. You can increase the use of coconut oil in your diet
  4. You can take 5 ml of cow’s ghee along with warm milk at bed time with brown sugar or honey
  5. Spinach juice helps relieve constipation as well
  6. Isabgol or Plantago ovata and vitis vinifera can be boiled with milk and taken at bed time with 5 ml ghee
  7. Triphala powder can be taken with a glass of warm water to alleviate constipation
  8. Warm water with half lemon squeezed into it helps in clearing motion
  9. Aloe vera juice helps clean the intestine as well
  10. Bael fruit is an Ayurvedic and delicious remedy for removing waste from your body
  11. Castor oil should be consumed on a regular basis
  12. Chicory is an all-natural laxative which is used as an Ayurvedic medicine for constipation
  13. Haritaki is also an Ayurvedic herb that is helpful for treating constipation
  14. Spices like cumin, coriander, and turmeric help you easily digest foods

At the end of the day, it is all about taking care of your body and Ayurveda is one way of doing it. Make it a part of your life and see the difference now! If these remedies don’t help, you can seek expert Ayurvedic medicine and consultant from Chandigarh Ayurved and Panchakarma Centre, the leading Ayurveda clinic in North India.

Herbal Remedies for Constipation, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms

 

Constipation is defined as the condition where a person has difficulty passing faeces or passes dry stool. The person has irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels. Colon in the large intestine is responsible for packaging and eliminating stool. As the food moves through the colon, it absorbs water while forming stool. The food is then pushed forward due to muscular contractions of the colon. When the stool reaches the rectum, it is in solid form and is expelled out of the body. But due to certain reasons the process does not go in the proper way and leads to constipation.

CAUSES

  • The most common of cause of constipation is the intake of low fibre diet.
  • Not taking enough liquids
  • Due to lack of exercise
  • Certain medications such as narcotics, antacids, antispasmodics, antidepressants, diuretics can cause slow passage of bowel movements
  • During pregnancy in females
  • Due to travelling long distances
  • Due to intake of laxatives in a large quantity
  • In some disorders such as neurological disorders, metabolic or endocrinal disorder, patients develop the problem of constipation
  • In people who ignore the urge to have bowel movement

SYMPTOMS

  • Difficult, dry and painful bowel movement
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss in the patient
  • Uncomfortable and sluggish feeling
  • Loose motions
  • Loss of appetite

Chronic constipation can cause haemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapsed, faecal incontinence and bloody stools.

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

In Ayurveda, constipation is known as Koshtha baddhata. It is mainly caused due to vata dosha imbalance. Ayurveda believes that when the colon doe not function properly, the there is accumulation of offensive and highly poisonous wastes known as ‘ama’ in ayurveda. This not only contaminates the body but also disturbs the digestive process.

The causes of koshtha baddhata are:

  • Prakriti of the person
  • Vega Dhaarana
  • Intake of vata dosha promoting food which is rooksha, pishtha, sheeta, kashaya, tikta or laghu
  • Anashana
  • Ati Vyayama
  • Aantra avrodha
  • Krumi
  • Maansika karana such as chinta, shoka and dwesha

Ayurvedic formulations that helps in relieving constipation are:

  • Triphala Churna
  • Panchskar Churna
  • Panchsam Churna
  • Trivritavaleha
  • Abhyarishta

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Eat plenty of fruits and green leafy vegetables
  • Have papaya and sugarcane in your diet. This helps in relieving the constipation.
  • Use whole meal flour in your diet
  • Avoid taking fried foods as the body takes more time to digest them.
  • Minimize the intake of rice in your diet. Wheat can be taken in place of rice.
  • Exercise helps in relieving constipation.
  • Drink carrot juice.
  • Eat guavas. Seeds present in guava provide roughage to diet ad relieves the constipation.
  • Ginger tea is beneficial in constipation
  • Avoid heavy, dry and oily foods.
  • Include oil or ghee in your diet as it provides lubrication the colon.
  • Avoid beans, dry grains, cabbage family plants, mushrooms and other light and dry foods.
  • Spices such as asafetida, ginger, cardamom and fennel should be taken. This helps to alleviate gas and promote the downward movement of vata dosha.
  • Cut down your mental worries and anxieties.
  • Avoid over exposure to severe heat or wind.
  • Drink atleast three litres of water every day.
  • Avoid taking tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Practice Pawanmuktasana, Vajrasana, Yoga mudra, Dhanurasana.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take one glass lukewarm water. Squeeze half lemon in it. To this add one teaspoon salt. Mix well and drink this every morning on an empty stomach.
  • Take one glass warm water and add one teaspoon isabgol to it. Mix well and drink this at bed time.
  • Add half teaspoon fennel seed powder to one glass of lukewarm water. Drink this at bed time.
  • Soak 6-8 raisins in hot water. Crush and strain well to regulate the bowel movement.
  • Mix one tablespoon honey in one cup of lukewarm water and drink this on an empty stomach in the morning.
  • Boil few fresh and ripe figs in a glass of milk and drink this before going to bed.
  • Take equal amounts of sunflower and sesame seeds. Prepare the mixture and have this once a day.
  • Take in two teaspoonfuls of castor oil in the milk for relieving constipation.

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