Constipation Cure - Try These Remedies

Published: 01st June 2010
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Constipation is defined as having a bowel movement fewer than three times per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to eliminate. Some people who are constipated find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, bloating, and the sensation of a full bowel.

Some people think they are constipated if they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, normal stool elimination may be three times a day or three times a week, depending on the person.

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life, and a poor diet typically is the cause. Most constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding its causes, prevention, and treatment will help most people find relief.

What causes constipation?

Common causes of constipation are

1. Not enough fiber in the diet

2. Lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)

3. Medications

4. Milk

5. Irritable bowel syndrome

6. Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel

7. Abuse of laxatives

8. Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement

9. Dehydration

10. Specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common)

11. Problems with the colon and rectum

12. Problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation)

What Are the Symptoms of Constipation?

Symptoms of constipation can include:

1. Infrequent bowel movements and/or difficulty having bowel movements.
2. Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain.
3. Pain.
4. Vomiting.

Home Remedies for Constipation

Following are some of the effective home remedies for constipation:
1. Apples are very beneficial in treating constipation. Eat two apples every morning. Bite them with the teeth instead of using a knife to cut them into slices.

2. The simplest home remedy for constipation is to drink a glass of lemon juice in water with a pinch of salt in it. This will treat any kind of constipation you are suffering from.

3. Papaya and guava are also useful in treating constipation. Regular intake of papaya at early morning in an empty stomach prevents constipation. Fruit salad containing guava and papaya can be taken anytime of the day. It provides good roughage and clears your bowel system and prevents constipation.

4. You can also take warm lime water early in the morning. It prevents constipation and keeps the body and mind fresh..

5. Grapes have laxative properties and prevent chronic constipation. Dry grapes are helpful in preventing constipation. Soak dry grapes in a vessel overnight and take this at early morning in an empty stomach.

6. Another common remedy for constipation is flax seeds. They have laxative properties. Add one tablespoon of flaxseed in a glass of water and allow it to rest for 2-3 hours. At night before sleep drink this flaxseed water. You will have a clear bowel the next day.

7. Take 2-3 seeds each of sunflower, almonds, sesame and linseed or flax seeds. Grind it and make a thin powder. Eat this herbal powder (1 tablespoon) for a week either with fruit juice or salads. It will give natural relief from constipation.

8. Oranges are also beneficial for colons and prevents constipation. Take orange juice at anytime of the day. It will clean your bowel system and refreshes you..

9. Spinach (palak) taken in raw or cooked form is very beneficial in clearing bowel system, digestive tracks, and many other diseases. Raw juice of spinach prevents and cures even the chronic constipation.

Herbal Remedies for Constipation

Following are some of the effective herbal remedies for constipation:
1. Bael fruit is an effective laxative. For best result you can use ripe bael. Prepare its juice with water and little sugar. Take this juice for 2-3 months. This will dissolve the wastes of the intestines and flush them out of the body.

2. Cassia is an effective laxative in the treatment of constipation. The pulp of the ripe fruit of the cassia tree is used for this purpose. It has no side effects even when taken by children and pregnant women.

3. Castor oil is also effective as a purgative. It is natural with no side effects. It has good results in constipation cure.

4. Another important remedy for constipation is chebulic myroblan. It is a mild laxative. Its pulp is taken with rock salt, or flavored with cloves and cinnamon. Regular use of this decoction relieves the person suffering from constipation.

5. Another effective herbal remedy for constipation is phyllium husk (isabgol). Take a glass of water and add one tablespoon of phyllium husk. Drink this early in the morning in an empty stomach. It prevents constipation.

6. Termnalia chebula (haritaki) improves digestive tracts, normalize the functioning of colon. It prevents constipation, detoxifies liver, improves digestion, and blood circulations.

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