Constipation also known as dyschezia refers to bowel movements that are hard to pass and very frustrating at times. Severe constipation that is less than one bowel movement per week includes fecal impaction. Constipation occurs in kids and adults of all ages. It is common among adults and are probably faced by women.
Remedies For Constipation
There are many causes of constipation like lack of intake of fluids, a poor diet, frequent travelers, junk food lovers, medications, pregnancy or emotional stress. The affected individual usually feels bloated in the stomach or get cramps, headache and vomiting. There are chances that Constipation may accompany diarrhea, as in case of irritable bowel syndrome. It is therefore essential that constipation treated on time.
Psyllium is derived from seed of ovata plant and is an excellent source of dietary fiber. This husk is easily available in all stores. It is a safe herbal laxative, which absorbs liquid in the intestine creating softer stools. Psyllium helps in maintaining a healthy bowel function. They act as a sponge and waste materials in the bowels. It clears toxins preventing them from staying too long in the colon.
Flaxseeds are the seeds derived from linum plant, they are full of soluble fiber that makes bowel movements regular. Flaxseed forms a gel in the stool that helps the body eliminate waves in the intestine. You can start with 1 tbsp of seed mixed into 7 oz of water, grind the flaxseeds well and you can sprinkle it over various dishes.
Cascara sagrada is referred as ‘sacred bark’ an herb that comes from the bark of tree, it stimulates colon to produce stronger contractions that works best for constipation. It is a herbal laxative that is found in many herbal combinations. Cascara contains chrysophanic acid, anthraquinones and a chemical called emodin, that produces a balanced laxative effect. These three compounds stimulate the bowel and cause a movement within 10 hrs. This laxative is taken with 6-8 oz of water and should be continued only for a week.
Aloe vera is a plant originally from north Africa and has been used medicinally for centuries. It helps the body to get rid of unwanted substances that helps in better bowel movements. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties help to treat internal as well external problems. Aloe vera is available in capsule form as well juice. Aloe vera juice helps in good bowel movements and thus relieves constipation. It acts as a cleansing colonic that helps to get rid of intestinal tract of fecal matter and toxins. It is to better to be consumed with fennel seeds powder or herb like turmeric.
Dandelion leaves are used to add flavors to tea, salads and sandwiches. It contains minerals, vitamins, potassium, zinc and iron. Dandelion tea has a laxative effect that functions well to relieve digestion disorders like diarrhea and constipation. Boil the dandelion roots, the part of plant for 15 minutes in 8 oz of water. Keep sipping this water throughout the day. It works wonders! The above herbal remedies are absolutely safe and cost-efficient.