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Constipation

As per recent studies,  24.0% of the study population had chronic constipation, and 39.6% had sub-chronic constipation. In most cases, constipation remains untreated until it reaches Chronic stages. 

The people who are suffering from constipation feel constantly bloated and uncomfortable. They feel constant burning in their stomachs and find it very difficult to pass stool in the morning and leave the bathroom with absolute dissatisfaction and frustration. Since they cannot cleanse their stomach, at times, they feel like they need to vomit.

The acidity problem does not allow them to have breakfast properly. Such mornings make the mood Irritating for the whole day. In the office, they need to go to the washroom 2-3 times, and every time it takes more time to feel empty. Their colleagues make fun and keep distance from them.

They don’t understand that with the proper treatment of the problem, They can pass stools easily & feel completely empty every morning, enjoy breakfast and dinner without any fear of acidity and constipation, have mid-day snacks with office colleagues, and enjoy birthday parties of colleagues and friends.

But the problem is not that they have not tried anything. They get temporary relief at the max whenever they try home remedies, allopathy, homeopathy, and even starvation. Further, they always have a fear that chemical-based medicines may cause future complications.

Constipation

What you need is the right solution?

Ayurvedic medicines work on the root cause of the problem, and hence sometimes, they may be very slow. However, with the proper selection of herbs and the suitable methodology to take the herb, one can get relief from constipation permanently.

Before going to the solution, let’s first understand what constipation is and the different aspects of constipation.

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What is constipation?

Constipation is a state when a person has infrequent bowel movements or less than three stools per week, and stool becomes difficult to pass. However, how often you need to relieve yourself depends from person to person.

Some people need bowel movements two to three times a day, while some others may have them only two to three times a week. Your bowel movement pattern is typically unique and normal for you as long as the pattern is stable and you’re not deviating too far from it.

Regardless of your bowel pattern, the key features of constipation include:

  • Your stools are dry and hard most of the time.
  • Your bowel movement is painful, and you find it very difficult to pass.
  • You don’t have a feeling that you have fully emptied your bowels.

How does constipation happen?

Your colon’s main job is to absorb water from residual food as it’s passing through your digestive system. It then creates stool (waste).

When your colon absorbs too much water from stool, that dries out the stool, making it hard in consistency and difficult to push out of the body.

The colon’s muscles eventually propel the waste out through the rectum to be eliminated. If stool remains in the colon too long, it can become hard and difficult to pass.

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stages

Stages of Constipation

Normal-transit constipation

Normal-transit constipation is the most common constipation stage. Stool & frequency can be expected, but have some difficulties like evacuation, bloating, abdominal discomfort & pain.

It can get better by eating more fiber foods or by using a laxative.

Slow-transit constipation

In this state, your colon isn’t moving waste fast enough, causing not feeling the urge to go to the bathroom, less stool once a week, Passing dry & hard stool, A bloating, or pain in the belly

Defecation disorders: 

It takes muscle developments in your pelvic floor to move stool out of your body. People need to spend a lot of time on the toilet straining and pushing to move their bowels, and sometimes they need to use fingers to get stool out or use enemas frequently. In this stage, laxatives or fiber supplements don’t relieve constipation

What causes constipation?

There are many reasons for constipation – lifestyle, medicines, medical issues & pregnancy.

  • Low fiber foods.
  • Drinking less water.
  • Not physically active like less exercise
  • Changes in the regular routine, like traveling or eating or sleeping at different times.
  • Eating large amounts of dairy products.
  • Stress.
  • Opposing the urge to have a bowel movement.

Many drugs can cause constipation as their side effects. Though your doctor will be able to explain better based on your medication, The following are the broad category of medicines found to cause some degree of constipation.

  • High pain medicines,
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Antidepressants,
  • Antacids that contain calcium or aluminum.
  • Iron tablets.
  • Allergy medicines,
  • Some blood pressure medicines,
  • Psychiatric medicines
  • Anticonvulsant/seizure medicines,

The below medical conditions can also influence your digestive system and can create constipation.
• Endocrine problems, diabetes, uremia, hypercalcemia.
• Colorectal cancer.
• Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
• Diverticular disease.
• Outlet dysfunction constipation. (This is a defect in the coordination of pelvic floor muscles, which are needed to help release stool.)
• Neurologic disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, and spinal cord injury.
• Lazy bowel syndrome. In this condition, the colon contracts poorly and hence retain stool.
• Intestinal obstruction.
• Structural defects in the digestive tract such as fistula, colonic atresia, volvulus, intussusception, imperforate anus, or malrotation.
• Multiple organ diseases, such as amyloidosis, lupus, and scleroderma.
• Pregnancy.

Symptoms

Symptoms of constipation

  • Not more than three bowel movements in a week.
  • Stools are lumpy, dry & hard
  • Stools are difficult to pass or painful.
  • Stomach pain or sometimes cramps.
  • Bloated and vomiting.
  • Feeling not completely emptied bowels after a movement.
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Constipation

How to Avoid Constipation

Following are a few very simple to adopt suggestions that will help you to get relief from constipation:

  • Drink three to four extra glasses of water a day. Avoid alcohol & caffeine-containing drinks, which may cause dehydration.
  • Add fruits, whole grains, vegetables, and other high-fiber foods in the diet. Eat less high-fat foods, like cheese, meat.
  • Include bran cereal in your diet.
  • Keep monitoring food in your diary and out foods that constipate you.
  • Keep doing exercise, Be physically active.
  • Monitor how you sit on the toilet. Raise your feet, leaning backward, or squatting can make bowel movement easier.
  • Add some fiber supplements in your diet.
  • If needed, take a very mild laxative or over-the-counter stool softener. Mineral oil enemas and stimulant laxatives are other options. Ask your family doctor for help in making a choice. However, Do not use laxatives for more than two weeks without calling your family consultant. Excess laxatives can worsen your symptoms.

Herbal Treatment of Constipation - Early Stage

Triphala for constipation

Triphala is an herbal remedy with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Triphala helps in various health benefits, such as improving oral and digestive health and skin healing.

The word Triphala is made from two words- tri means Three + phala means fruits. It is named triphala so because of the mixture of three dried fruits. 1)  Indian gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis), 2) black myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), and 3) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

It used as a natural laxative.

Triphala has been used since ancient times for treating stomach/Gastric related issues. It works as a natural laxative and can help in constipation, stomach pain, flatulence and improve the frequency & consistency of bowel movements.

How to consume : 

1) Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of triphala powder.
2) You can put the powder in your mouth, take a sip of warm water, gargle a bit and swallow it and can have one cup of warm water after consuming. If that looks difficult, you can mix the powder with one cup of warm water and drink it.
3) Take it after dinner.

Triphala

Treatment of Constipation - Advanced stages

Haritaki

Ayurvedic/herbal medication

Haritaki for constipation

In Ayurveda, Haritaki, Harde, or Harad Scientific name: Terminalia Chebula is known as the best herb which can be used in all ages of human life. Haritaki is known as the king of medicines.  Haritaki Powder is good for cleansing, purifying, & nourishment of the body.

Haritaki Powder is a natural laxative, which helps in the digestive tract and  elimination of waste and regularity

Whom can consume Haritaki:
Those who are having chronic constipation  & tried Tripahala powder for 2-3 weeks may start for Haritaki

How to consume : 

1) Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of haritaki powder.
2) You can put the powder in your mouth, take a sip of warm water, gargle a bit and swallow it and can have one cup of warm water after consuming. If that looks difficult, you can mix the powder with one cup of warm water and drink it.
3) Take it after dinner.

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Prescription Medications

If Haritaki is not able to provide relief to you, you need to consult the doctor and perhaps need to go evaluation. He may suggest  some prescription medications

In rare cases, surgery is needed to treat constipation. Your doctor may suggest surgery if a structural problem in the colon causes constipation. Some of these problems include a blockage (intestinal obstruction) in the colon, a narrowing in a portion (intestinal stricture) of the intestine, a tear in the anus (anal fissure), or the collapse of part of the rectum (rectal prolapse) into the vagina. Some causes of outlet dysfunction constipation can be treated with surgery.

This is best recommended after testing. If cancer was found in your colon, rectum, or anus, You might also need surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions and patient concerns:

1. what is the best way to take haritaki powder

1) Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon of haritaki powder.
2) You can put the powder in your mouth, take a sip of warm water, gargle a bit and swallow it and can have one cup of warm water after consuming.

If that looks difficult, you can mix the powder with one cup of warm water and drink it.

2. When should I take haritaki?

Best time for consume Haritaki is at night, just before bed

3. Is Haritaki or Triphala good for piles?

Haritaki (harad) is a very useful herb to cure constipation. Triphala is also an very effective remedy for piles. Take 1/2 – 1 teaspoon at night, just before bed

4. Is any side effect of these herb?

Haritaki & Triphala both are made up from pure natural herb. Very strongly suggest not to consume haritaki during pregnancy

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