Constipation is the common problem of many people worldwide. There is estimation saying that more than 50% of people suffered constipation. Possible causes of constipation are sedentary job, lack of regular physical activity, stressful life circumstances and unhealthy sleeping habits. Unhealthy diet: refined food, tea and coffee overuse and meat consummation can also cause this problem. Lack of proper hydration may also cause constipation (everything less than 8 glasses of water a day might be considered as dehydration).
People usually have problems with the urge to pass the stool, but they might also experience rare bowel movements, hardened stool and irritable bowel syndrome.
Ayurveda has somewhat different view on people suffering from constipation. By their terms, constipation is caused primary by the ineffectiveness of vata dosha. The seriousness of the constipation depends specifically on the age of the person suffering from constipation. The first symptoms (according to ayurveda) are rare bowel movements and then difficulties passing the stool. As the chronic complications, there might be discomfort, pain and also fecal impaction and/or incontinence. The ayurveda teaches that severe stages of constipation can lead a person to lethargy, apathy and loss of appetite, which must be avoided.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Constipation
Ayurveda recommends changing the lifestyle and especially, eating habits to fight constipation. It is advised to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables (especially sugarcane, beetroot, papaya and tomato), and also use more high-fiber food in your diet. Use the food containing some oil or ghee and use wheat instead of the rice. Plenty of water is also appreciated. Keep the drinking water in copper tanks and drink it in the morning for the best results.
In the Ayurveda aloe vera is known as Kumari Saar. It is used as intestinal cleanser and should be taken two times a day. Usually ayurvedic practitioners recommend drinking the mixture of 20 to 30ml each water and aloe vera juice.
Isabguha is known as Psyllium husk in western medicine and it is the potent herbal preparation for constipation. The recommended dose is 1 or 2 tablespoons of powdered isabguha with some water before sleeping.
This ayurvedic remedy should be used only in acute constipation. Be aware that if you use rhubarb for a long time in can also cause constipation.
This is actually the herbal mixture, made of: bibhitaki, haritika and amla plants. Triphala is highly appreciated in ayurvedic medicine, for the cleansing and rejuvenating properties. Use 1 tablespoon of the remedy with some warm water, two times per day.