Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Constipation


Constipation is a condition in which it becomes hard to expel stool or waste material over a period of time. According to Ayurveda, undigested food and occult stool steadily gather in the digestive system and large intestines and weaken the Vata Dosha in our body. This results in the disturbance of digestive tract. When the digestive tract is not clear, it disturbs the bowel movement, thus leading to the state of constipation.


Causes of Constipation:

The fundamental reason for constipation is feeble stomach which more or less is due to:

a) Irregular and incorrect eating pattern

b) Not taking enough liquids

c) Eating a low fiber diet

d) An inactive lifestyle

e) Irregular sleeping pattern

f) Smoking and drinking alcohol

g) Not eating enough fresh fruits & vegetables

f) Eating foods high in carbs, preservative and acidic content

All of these factors prompt inadequate digestion of food and leads to the formation of ama (bodily fluid) inside the body and when they do not get proper passage to expel from the body, leads to the problem of constipation.




  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Flatulence
  • Pain at the back passage while defecating
  • Heaviness of body
  • Lack of appetite
  • Belching and burping

Diet and advice to be taken in order to avoid constipation:

  • Increase intake of fiber, particularly cooked vegetables and fruits
  • Eating an apple, papaya or banana every day can prove to be useful
  • Drink 7-8 glasses of water every day, ideally tepid in winters and at room temperature during summers
  • Take mid-morning soup, ideally cooked with spinach and tomato
  • Walking for 20-30 minutes in the morning or evening can help provide relief from the problem
  • Eat nuts and grains
  • Various ayurvedic medicines which help relieve constipation can be used as they are made using natural ingredients
  • Replace white flour with wheat flour since grain is an insoluble fiber that cleans up the digestion tracts and soothes clogging
  • Refrain from foods made with white flour like bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits, cakes and so on
  • High – protein sustenance like cheese, red meat, and soybeans can cause blockage, so these must be accompanied with a bowl of salad and lots of fluids
  • Eat freshly prepared and hot meal. Eating things straight out of the fridge or when they are cold can cause trouble in digesting them
  • Having excessive cold food like frozen yogurt or chilled drinks diminishes the solid discharge

Ayurvedic home remedies for constipation:

  • Take one table spoon of castor oil at sleep time until the point when you get relief
  • Build up a habit of drinking water in the morning. Begin with 2 glasses of warm water, and increase the intake to up to 6 – 7 glasses with the passage of time. It is more useful if this water is kept in a copper utensil overnight.
  • Soak 3-4 dried figs overnight in water and eat them on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning. Furthermore, drink the water in which they were immersed.
  • Apply 3 to 4 drops of tepid castor oil over the navel around evening time in kids. It will help in clearing the solid discharges in kids (of age 1-3 years) in the morning
  • Drink 3-4 cups of herbal tea daily for better digestion and active metabolism
  • Practice yoga. It will help alleviate the problem of constipation in two ways:

a) Manage stress response in the body (that can be a major cause of constipation)

b) Benefits the digestive system by increasing the blood flow and oxygen delivery in the digestive tract & encourage the stool to pass through easily

  • Various ayurvedic medicine for constipation which are formulated using medicinal plants can prove useful without any side effects
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