Constipation
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Around 12 percent of individuals suffer from constipation globally. While constipation is common, it’s definitely not normal and it can have disastrous consequences. Having healthy digestion and eliminating waste every day is critical to your overall health. If you're tired of suffering from constipation, homeopathy may help.

What is constipation?

In North America alone, chronic constipation affects roughly 63 million people. Worldwide, approximately 12 percent of individuals suffer from self-defined constipation; individuals in the Americas and the Asian Pacific region suffer twice as much as their European counterparts.

 And while constipation might be common, it’s definitely not normal and it can have disastrous consequences.

Having healthy digestion and eliminating waste every day is critical to your overall health.   Your liver flushes out toxins and into your intestines. If your digestive system isn’t working optimally, then all those toxins and waste gets reabsorbed into your body.   So, it makes sense that constipation has been linked to multiple diseases. Constipation is not only uncomfortable, but can also lead to symptoms including bloating, irritability, lack of appetite and vomiting.


A wide variety of medical conditions and lifestyle factors can cause constipation. Maintaining a poor diet that includes
too many rich and fatty foods and too little fiber, puts a person at risk of constipation. Other common issues that can increase the risk of constipation include stress, dehydration, traveling, dietary changes,  not going to the bathroom enough or trying to hold stools in, not enough mobility, or exercise.

Homeopathic treatment for constipation

Constipation is defined as fewer than three bowel movements a week and bowel movements with stools which are hard, dry, and little, making them difficult to pass .

Persistent constipation is often an issue of diet. It's critical to increase fiber, found in fruits, veggies, whole grains and seeds - about two tbsp per day sprinkled on food. We should be thinking about fixing the 'origin of a problem'. Addressing lifestyle variables in this case is vital. But if constipation still persists after enhancing your intake of fiber (and water), you should speak with your doctor and work with a well- trained homeopath to discover a solution. If your bouts have the short or acute selection, self-prescribing is a fantastic option. In general here are a few remedies to consider if you find yourself suffering with constipation.


Homeopathic remedies for constipation

Any of the homeopathic remedies listed should ONLY be taken after a peronal consultation with a homeopathic practitioner.


Alumina: A person needing this Homeopathic remedy often suffers with a rectum that appears completely inactive -- with even the softest and thinnest of stools requiring great straining to maneuver. The individual tends to have no need for and no ability to pass a stool before a huge quantity of material has accumulated. The stools themselves tend to be hard and knotty or coated with mucus -- and may actually look like"sheep's dung". Cutting pains rectally are common with the stool. Also during feces, the anus can feel as though it's constricted and dried up with throbbing pain at the small of their back.


Bryonia: This homeopathic remedy is frequently Helpful for those who have stubborn constipation -- the stools are extremely dry, big and hard and may only be passed with much straining. Along with the feces is described as quite disappointing which, after much straining, causes a rush of blood to head, and sometimes a sense of confusion. The stools are often dark colored and seem like burnt. The individual needing this remedy will be thirsty for large quantities of water (often cold water) at long intervals -- with much dryness of the lips, tongue and mouth. They also tend to be a little irritable.


Calcarea carbonica: This homeopathic remedy is One to consider for a individual that tends to have dry, hard, possibly dimmed stools of an almost chalky look. Should be considered for babies (sometimes teething) suffering with constipation which have big, sweaty heads -- especially for babies who sweat on the mind during sleep and wet or soak the pillow. These very same kids may also be uncooperative in nature and likely to put on weight. Eggs are a favourite food of a person needing Calcarea carbonica. These folks are generally cold by character but strangely may sweat when cold.


Nux vomica: A person needing this manly Remedy is often troubled with an ineffectual and frequent urging to stool with a feeling like the anus were contracted. The stools are extremely hard, dry, and for a while following a stool can cause a sticking pain in rectum. There's often a frequent, ineffective desire for stool ("wishes to, but can not ") that contributes to passing small amounts, and leaving a feeling like not finished. There might also be indigestion and flatulence. The remedy is particularly helpful in those who lead a sedentary lifestyle or are experiencing effects of prolonged nursing, staying up late with a person who's sick, or mental illness, or those using drugs or alcohol to excess or overload their digestive tract using highly-seasoned food. Occasionally, pregnant girls and active, irritable babies will also require this remedy. Nux vomica patients are normally cold and unusually irritable, frustrated and offended easily.


Sepia: This Homeopathic remedy is often helpful for those struggling with constipation during pregnancy and at other times. There's a slow and difficult release even of the softest stools. The stools have a tendency to be hard, knotty (also like sheep-dung), inadequate, and scanty. Sometimes pregnant women and children that need this treatment find themselves needing manual aid to acquire the stool out. During the stool there could be pain in the anus extending into the perineum and vaginal area, with shooting and tearing pains in the rectum and anus. Before or after a constipated stool, there might be a feeling of weight (or'pushing feeling') from the anus. Sepia patients generally feel much better after exercise and are sun worshippers -- they adore sunlight and the warmth of the sun and can stay in it for hours at a time. When tired or worried they may turn out to be very indifferent and irritable towards nearest and dearest.


Silicea: Someone desiring this homeopathic remedy will experience stools that are evacuated just with much straining and pressure. Sometimes, after great urging and straining (until abdominal walls are sore), the feces which has protruded slides back to the anus involuntarily. The stool itself will be quite hard, dry and disappointing. From the rectum, there might also be sharp stitches when walking, with burning, stinging, itching during stool. Those desiring Silicea are typically bashful , cold -- even on a hot day following exercise -- and often have feet that sweat and have an offensive odor. They might also sweat copiously in the face and head upon falling asleep.


Once you have chosen a remedy that seems to match your symptoms (recall, homeopathy is individualized medication, the remedy that you need should match your symptom profile) dose with either a 30C or 200C potency to begin - putting one pellet under the tongue or a single pellet in water, stirring vigorously and carrying teaspoon doses as necessary. Always cease dosing when relief starts and just re-dose if symptoms worsen. Like any medical condition, talk to your doctor if you have any concerns about the seriousness of your problem as it might first need medical identification and/or intervention and observation.



Studies in homeopathy for constipation

1. In 2005, a research at Bristol Homoeopathic Hospital revealed over 70 percent of individuals with chronic diseases, including irritable bowel syndrome, reported positive health changes after therapy. More than 6,500 patients participate in the six-year study with issues like arthritis, asthma, eczema, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and chronic fatigue.


2. A pooled analysis of two small studies suggests a potential advantage for clinical homeopathy, utilizing the treatment asafoetida, over placebo for those who have constipation-predominant IBS. These results must be interpreted with caution because of the reduced quality of coverage in these trials, unknown or high risk of prejudice, short-term follow-up, and sparse data. Onesmall study found no statistically difference between individualized homeopathy and usual care (defined as substantial doses of dicyclomine hydrochloride, faecal bulking agents and diet sheets suggesting a high fibre diet). No conclusions can be drawn from this study because of the reduced number of participants and the high risk of prejudice in this trial. Additionally, it is very likely that regular care has changed since this trial was conducted. Further higher quality, adequately powered RCTs are required to assess the efficacy and safety of individualized and clinical homeopathy compared to placebo or usual care


References

1. Peckham EJ1, Nelson EA, Greenhalgh J, Cooper K, Roberts ER, Agrawal A., Homeopathy for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome., Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Nov 13;(11):CD009710. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD009710.pub2.

2. U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015-2020 External link(PDF, 10.3 MB). 8th ed. Published December 2015. Accessed May 1, 2018.

3. Liu LW. Chronic constipation: current treatment options. Can J Gastroenterol. 2011;25 Suppl B(Suppl B):22B–28B.


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