What is constipation?

Inability to fully evacuate the bowels or passing very hard stools is called constipation or Vibandh in Ayurveda. This prevalent problem is because of an incorrect lifestyle and bad eating patterns. Although constipation is often regarded as a frequent problem, if not treated or when constipation treatment is delayed, it may result in additional problems such as fissures, fistulas, piles, lack of appetite and indigestion.

To offer root-cause constipation treatment, it's Important to comprehend the root-cause first. Fundamentally, weak digestive power is the most frequent reason and it results from incorrect and irregular eating patterns, not taking in enough fluids, taking a diet that's low in fiber, a sedentary lifestyle, and gut evacuation habits which are poor. Emotional factors such as stress, anxiety, fear, jealousy, and sorrow also play an essential part.

Ayurvedic diet & lifestyle advice

According to Ayurveda, undigested food and occult stool slowly accumulate in the stomach and large intestines and impair Vata Dosha, leading to obstruction of the digestive tract. When the digestive tract isn't clear, the body won't have the ability to facilitate proper bowel motion, thereby causing the state of constipation. Ayurveda recommends the following:

· Walk or exercise daily for 30 minutes

· Drink 8 glasses of water daily

· Increase intake of fiber, particularly fruits and fruits.

· Fruits like an apple, ripe banana, or papaya daily is helpful. 

· Eat whole grains and nuts.

· Eliminate white bread, white rice from diet



Ayurvedic herbs for costipation

Some Ayurvedic medicinal plants and herbs can help with constipation. It is best to seek consultation with an Ayurvda expert prior to consuming any medicinal plant or herb.


Triphala consists of three components -Amla (Indian Gooseberry or Emblica Officinalis), Behada (Bibhitaki or Terminalia Bellirica) and Harada (Haritaki or Terminalia Chebula). This Ayurvedic formula acts as a tonic and laxative also. Triphala is considered one of the best Ayurvedic treatments for treating digestive problems, including constipation. It can effectively assist in internal cleansing and detoxification. The best ayurvedic cure for constipation, triphala is both a tonic and a laxative. It's strongly recommended to take triphala just before going to bed and after waking up in the morning.



Being a great source of dietary fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and Essential antioxidants, flaxseed may allow stool to pass easily through the digestive tract, which makes it a potent natural remedy to treat constipation. To use flaxseed for constipation, take about 1 tbsp of those super seeds and boil it in a cup of water for 2-3 minutes, let it cool slightly, and then drink the water. You can also eat the seeds. Just do this two to three times per day.

 See: Homeopathic remedies for constipation

Castor oil

Castor oil is a popular natural remedy that acts as a laxative, Relieving constipation and promoting regular bowel movements. For constipation, it is strongly recommended to take 1-2 tablespoons of castor oil on an empty stomach, preferably at bedtime until you get relief.


Psyllium husk

Psyllium husk, a laxative, works by increasing the water content of your stools, which encourages your intestines to move the stools through your digestive tract, which in turn alleviates constipation. Psyllium is a sort of fiber commonly used as a gentle, bulk-forming laxative. Being a soluble fiber, Psyllium can pass through your digestive tract without being fully broken down or absorbed. On the contrary, it absorbs water and becomes a viscous compound that also helps constipation, nausea , blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight reduction. These highly absorbent seed husks proceed through the colon and alleviate constipation. You may take 1 to 2 teaspoons in a glass of warm water.


Dandelion Root 

Dandelion can stimulate the liver to produce bile, which may help with constipation. Dandelion tea can also behave as a diuretic in the body, adding more water into the digestive tract and the stools. This can help relieve mild constipation. To ease digestion, drink a cup of dandelion tea after meals. Boil 1 teaspoon of the mild laxative in water and drink three or four times daily. You can also take 3 to 4 tablets daily with a cup of warm water.

Ayurvedic medicinal plants for constipation

If life style modifications fail to relieve the constipation, then only pharmacological therapy usually with laxatives carminatives and pachana drugs should be started. The following are recommended only with an Ayurvedic physician's prescription for constipation.

Medicinal plants

Dosage(Per Dose)


Ashvagol/Isabgol Husk(Plantago Ovata Forsk)

2-5 Gm.

Warm water/Hot milk  at bed time


Sonamukhi/Aragvadha(Cassia aungustifolia vahl) fruit pulp/Churna


Luke warm water at bed time


Haritaki/Harad(Termilalia Chebula Retz)Powder of seed less fruit


Luke warm water at bed time


Many Ayurvdeic drug formulations are available & may be prescribed by the physician. The duration of the treatment may vary from patient to patient. Physician should decide the dosage (per dose) and duration of the therapy based on the clinical findings and response to therapy.


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