Homeopathic Remedy For Constipation
Dr Sheetal Bhatia
Domlur, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
What is constipation?
A condition in which there is difficulty in emptying the bowels, usually associated with hardened feces. Constipation is an incredibly common problem. Constipation is characterized by less than three bowel movements per week.
However, it can also involve other unpleasant symptoms, such as discomfort when going to the bathroom, abdominal bloating and pain due to stools being hard, dry and difficult to pass. It can be caused by the foods you eat or avoid, lifestyle choices, medication or disease. Constipation is an uncomfortable problem with several underlying causes.
Homeopathic remedies for constipation:
1. Nux Vomica: Nux vomica is a very effective homeopathic medicine for insufficient stool with urging to pass often. People who pass small amounts of stool frequently are prescribed this homeopathic treatment. Besides it also helps in treating piles besides constipation and is a good choice for people living a sedentary lifestyle.
2. Sulfur: In earlier phases of homeopathy, sulfur was given in addition to nux vomica for treatment. Sulfur is more effective when there is a burning sensation while passing stool and a burning sensation in the rectum.
3. Alumina: Alumina is very effective when a person does not get the urge to pass stool for days. If the stool passes only when a lot of it is accumulated in the intestine, this is a good choice to treat it. Alumina is also very effective when it comes to treating constipation in children, infants, or elderly people.
4. Bryonia Alba: If the stool is hard and is passed in lumps, Bryonia alba is the way to go. Also if there is extreme difficulty in passing stool and the stool passed is burnt, it can be used. Apart from the mentioned cases, if constipation causes a headache, then to Bryonia alba can be administered.
5. Silicea: In cases where the stool recedes after coming out, Silicea is prescribed. This is due to constriction of the anus as the stool after being partially expelled, gets pulled back inside. It is also prescribed for cases of constipation in women before and after menses.
Home remedies for constipation
Some of the constipation remedies are:
- Drink more water
- Exercise more
- Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee
- Eat prunes
- Try avoiding dairy
What causes constipation?
Constipation happens when the colon absorbs too much water. This can occur if the muscles in the colon are contracting slowly or poorly, causing the stool to move too slowly and lose more water. Constipation can have causes that aren't due to underlying disease. Examples include dehydration, lack of dietary fiber, physical inactivity or medication side effects. The most common causes include Milk, Lack of fiber in the diet, Physical inactivity, irritable bowel syndrome, pregnancy, aging, changes in routine, Overuse of laxatives, and medications.
Drinking more fluids, eating more high-fiber foods and getting regular exercise may help to relieve constipation. Using stool softeners and laxatives may also help. The treatment of recurring constipation can include lifestyle changes such as exercising more, eating more fiber, and drinking more water. Some gastroenterologists comment that there are people who do not allocate enough time for their defecation. Set aside enough time to allow your toilet visit to be unstressed and uninterrupted, and do not ignore the urge to have a bowel movement.
Ayurvedic medicine for constipation
Specific ayurvedic herbs can help flush out the colon and large intestines. Take these purgatives with lots of water to lubricate the bowels and help the passage of dry stool.
Triphala: The best ayurvedic remedy for constipation, Triphala is both a tonic and a laxative. Classically, Triphala is taken upon rising and just before bed. Steep ½ to 1 teaspoon in a cup of hot water 5 to 10 minutes. If you can’t stand the taste, take 2 capsules with warm water.
Dandelion Root: Boil 1 teaspoon of this mild laxative in water and drink three or four times a day. Dandelion root is an acquired taste, so you may prefer to take 3 to 4 tablets daily with a cup of warm water instead.
Flax seed (Linseed): Take 1 tablespoon of this “laxative without side effects” two to three times a day, followed by 2 cups of water.
Pain at the anus while defecating
Heaviness of body
Lack of appetite
Acid eructation (belching)
Yoga for constipation
When Vata is out of balance, Apana flows upward instead of downward. The solution is to go upside down. Inverted postures, such as Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose), reverse the flow of prana in the body for better integration and less flightiness. Physically, these poses wake up the lower belly and settle the organs in the pelvis that may have been out of place or “stuck.”
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