Constipation is a term for unsatisfactory bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools. Almost everyone might experience constipation at some point of life, but disturbance to regular healthy habits of bowel movements can be a major issue leading towards unhealthy physiological condition and various diseases as well.
Normally the food we eat passes through then the digestive system which includes the stomach, intestines and finally reaches into the colon from where it is supposed to be excreted at specific interval mostly, early morning.
Low fiber diet is the major cause of constipation, but many other factor play an important role in unsatisfactory and irregular bowel movements. Following are the causes of constipation in brief:
- Low fluid intake
- Lack of exercise
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Drug induced e.g. iron and folic acid supplementation
- Habit of stopping urge
- Habitual intake of junk food and processed food.
- Secondary due to pregnancy or diseases like IBS.
- Painful evacuation of bowel
- Abdominal pain
- Hard stools
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weight Loss
- Abdominal Discomfort
- Abdominal Distension
- Loss of appetite
Complications of Constipation
- Anal Fissures
- Rectal Prolapse
Ayurveda works on the root cause of any disease rather than the symptoms. At Ayurveda Body Cure we do not simply give you laxatives and make you addict to it, instead we provide with the holistic approach of Ayurveda which includes herbal medication, Panchakarma, dietary and lifestyle recommendations, Yoga and exercise recommendations and breathing techniques.
Ayurveda has described number of herbs useful in treating constipation. Few amongst them are triphala, sonamukhi, kutki, sunthi, kumara, haritaki, Panchangul (Castor) Ricinus communis, etc. These herbs are selected by the expert Ayurvedic physician considering individual body constituency, climatic conditions, disease condition, etc.
Yoga Postures such as Pavanmuktaasana, Vajraasan, Yogmudras and breathing techniques help in restoring healthy and regular bowel empting pattern and also improves digestive metabolism
Diet and Lifestyle recommendations
Diet is an important factor to be considered in the treatment of constipation. After a detailed consultation a diet plan is recommended along with few rules to be followed. A healthy diet with loads of fiber plays a key role in the treatment plan. Along with diet one should always prefer drinking enough amount of water and include liquids in their meals.
Panchakarma detoxifies the body at cellular levels and increases the potency of herbs by clearing the blockages caused by toxin accumulation. In the conditions such as constipation detoxification through lower channels i.e. Virechan (purgation) is the best Panchakarma described in the texts of Ayurveda. Basti (enema) may also be helpful to relieve dryness of colon.