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Constipation - Natural Herbal Home Remedy for Constipation Treatment

Constipation is a problem that is largely confined to typical Western diet and lifestyle. Inadequate amounts of dietary fibre, and perhaps a lack of exercise, lead to the slow passage of faeces through the bowel and this in turn allows water to be re-absorbed, leaving hardened, rabbit-like stools. The frequency of bowel movements is less important than the harder consistency; straining can cause piles.

Home remedies for Constipation

Aromatherapy - One of the most effective methods of self-help in constipation is daily clockwise massage of the lower abdomen, and this can be performed using 2 drops of oils of Lavender, Marjoram or Rosemary in 5 ml (1 tsp) of base oil. Lavender and Marjoram are more relaxing, if tension is a factor, while Rosemary has a more tonic effect.

Types of Constipation

There are essentially two types of constipation. Where there is inadequate fibre and a sluggish digestive system, treatment should be aimed at toning up the bowel; when the constipation is linked to high levels of stress and spasm, see Colic, treatment may need to focus on relaxation and even reducing excessive fibre such as bran. If in doubt seek professional treatment, as the regular use of laxatives may be completely counter-productive. Given that approaching $500 million are spent in the United States each year on self-prescribed laxatives, there are good reasons to look at more natural ways!

Homeopathy - As usual, try to match the symptom pattern of constipation problem to the person.

BRYONIA: for hard, dry stools with much thirst and a dry mouth too. The stools can look a very dark brown color.

Nux VOMICA: for a bloated abdomen: after a bowel movement there is definite feeling that the bowel has not been properly emptied often due to a history of over-eating and chronic use of laxatives.

SULPHUR : for dark, hard stools which are moved only with pain and straining and may cause a burning sensation. Sometimes there is a pattern of alternating constipation and looseness.

Naturopathy - In most instances, increase dietary fibre by eating more fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grains and beans or pulses. Bran is a somewhat excessive form of fibre when taken on its own rather than as part of a whole food meal, so take only small amounts of it, if at all. Ensure that you increase exercise, particularly for the abdominal muscles, and regularly do deeper breathing exercises to encourage the diaphragm to move up and down; this act internally to massage part of the colon and aid peristalsis.

If constipation occurs after antibiotic treatment, the normal intestinal bacteria can be stimulated by taking a Vitamin B complex supplement, and also with Lactobacillus acidophilus. This is the bacteria that turn milk into yoghurt. Taking a little plain, live yoghurt daily may do the trick; if this is not enough or if sensitive to dairy foods try one of the proprietary acidophilus supplements.


 

 
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