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.
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, 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 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.
Ashvagol/Isabgol Husk(Plantago Ovata Forsk)
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.