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Ayurvedic Treatment for Constipation

Vadiya Radhakrishnan

The problem of constipation should be relieved as naturally as possible by dietary control, increased water intake and exercise. Ayurvedic system makes you aware of the natural ways to combat constipation.

Bowel regularity is very important for health and constipation can increase the risk of certain bowel conditions. In the long term, small pouches can develop in the wall of the lower part of the colon, known as diverticuli. These can sometimes become inflamed or infected with waste material. More serious complications such as bleeding and bowel perforation may also develop. In the shorter term, if waste products are not eliminated efficiently from the body harmful waste products can build up leading to problems such as fatigue, bad breath and poor skin health.

Constipation is a problem in passing stool, that is defaecation. It is the accumulation of toxins in the colon due to improper bowel habits.Though bowel habits vary from person to person, ideally one should have easy bowel movements in early morning and the stool should float on the water.

Constipation includes the difficulty in expulsion, infrequent bowel emptying and hard and dry stools. Constipation may lead to other symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence, headache, bad breath, and loss of appetite and indigestion.

All Vata consitution people suffer from the problem of constipation.The main cause of constipation is dietary. Inadequate roughage and fluid intake in the diet results in faeces lacking enough bulk to stimulate the bowel to move them along. Drinking too much cold drinks and the habit of smoking also contribute to constipation.

Other factors such as late nights, insomnia, stress, nervousness, worry, grief and fear are also responsible.

Constipation may lead to other symptoms such as abdominal discomfort, flatulence, headache, bad breath, and loss of appetite and indigestion. The symptoms in the three types of constpation according to ayurveda vary.

Vata Type: There is a brownish coating on the tongue that cannot be removed even by scraping the tongue. there may be a sense of uneasiness in the abdomen, pain with gas formation, hard stools and low digestive fire.

Pitta Type: Eating spicy food, walking in sun and inadequate fluid intake are the main causes of this type of constipation. In this type stools are hard and yellowish in colour accompanied with a burning sensation.

Kapha Type: This is due to the obstruction of the colon or due to mucous in the intestines. Because of this there is a sensation of heaviness in the colon, lethargy and low digestive fire. the stools are white in colour and there may be gas in the abdomen. The tongue is coated white and the person has bad breath.

Acute Constipation: Warm sesame oil as enema is very effective for immediate relief in case of acute constipation. Massage of the abdomen with sesame oil is also helpful. Glycerine can also be used to massage the abdomen. Fasting, anti-ama diet and detoxifying herbs are aslo beneficial. After the digestion has improved strong purgative like senna, castor oil and rhubarb should be given.

Chronic Constipation: Triphala is a combination of three myrobalan fruits: amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki and makes a good laxative. This can be given in dose of 1 to 3 gm at night with warm water. Abhayrishta is also an effective medicine for chronic constipation.

Drinking a glass of warm milk with one teaspoonful of ghee every night for three months is advised. Alternately four teaspoons of warm sesame oil can also be taken every night.

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