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Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Constipation

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

Home Remedies

Causes of Constipation:

The fundamental reason for constipation is a 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, preservatives, and acidic content

These factors prompt inadequate digestion of food and lead to the formation of ama (bodily fluid) inside the body. When they do not get proper passage to expel from the body, it leads to constipation.

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Symptoms

  • 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 to avoid constipation:

  • Increase intake of fiber, particularly cooked vegetables, and fruits
  • Eating an apple, papaya, or banana daily can be useful.
  • Drink 7-8 glasses of water every day, ideally tepid in winter 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 relieve the problem.
  • Eat nuts and grains.
  • Various ayurvedic medicines that 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 the digestive tract and soothes clogging.
  • Refrain from foods made with white flour, like bread, pasta, pizza, biscuits, cakes, etc.
  • High-protein sustenance like cheese, red meat, and soybeans can cause blockage, so these must be accompanied by a bowl of salad and lots of fluids.
  • Eat a freshly prepared and hot meal. Eating things out of the fridge or when cold can cause trouble digesting them.
  • Excessive cold food like frozen yogurt or chilled drinks diminishes the solid discharge.

Ayurvedic home remedies for constipation:

  • Take one tablespoon 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 two glasses of warm water, and increase the intake to 6 – 7 glasses with 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, drank 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 clear the solid discharges in the morning in kids (of age 1-3 years).
  • 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 ayurvedic medicine for constipation, formulated using medicinal plants, can prove useful without any side effects.

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