Constipation is known as Vibandha in Ayurveda. Causes leading to constipation are irregular food habits and irregular bowel habits besides psychological reasons.
Vata is the dosha that is predominantly involved with Vibandha. It is characterised by pain in the lower abdomen, scanty feces or painful defecation, dry feces, headache and lower back ache.
It has the property to relieve various disorders related to respiratory illnesses and constipation. It also helps to reduce cough and sore throat.
Consuming black pepper regularly can help in curbing constipation, nausea, among certain bacterial forms of disorders.
Castor oil is one option for getting relief from constipation. It causes the muscles in your intestines to contract and push out stool.
Chebulic myrobalan or harad removes blockages in various channels of the body, balances all your doshas and cleanses the stomach as it can improve digestion.
Amla juice is helpful in relieving constipation in piles. Also, it helps in regulating bowel movements and cures chronic constipation.
Senna, or Swarnapatri in Sanskrit, is also known as Indian senna. It is used for various medicinal purposes, including constipation. According to Ayurveda, Senna helps in managing constipation due to its Rechana (laxative) property.
Ispaghula husk is the common name for the seed coats of the plant Plantago ovata Forssk. It is used for the treatment of habitual constipation
and in conditions where softening of the
stools is desirable.
It possess hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, antifungal etc. properties. It is also used to check wounds healing, as an antibacterial. It also regulates the hormonal imbalances in the body.
Rose petals are high in fibre, so the problem of constipation can be avoided by eating it. Gulkand (made from rose petals) at bed time consumed with a cup of milk may help relieving milder forms of constipation.
A natural and simple diet is a significant factor in preventing constipation. Eat plenty of green vegetables, whole grains, cereals, bran, fresh and dry fruits, milk and milk products etc. One should carefully avoid faulty diets, intake of refined and rich foods lacking minerals and vitamins, overeating, excessive consumption of meat, regular use of purgatives and excess of strong tea or coffee. If you are prone to habitual constipation, taking warm water frequently during the day-time will help you. Food should be properly chewed and should be taken as per schedule, avoiding odd meal timings.
Mix the three myrobalans (Indian gooseberry, Chebulic myrobalan and Beleric myrobalan) in equal ratio and grind them in a mixer and sieve it. Consuming this powder with a glass of warm water twice or thrice a day helps relieve constipation.
In a glass of cold water mix a teaspoonful of Isapgula husk. Take this solution followed by another glass of water. This remedy is highly useful for constipation.
Drinking this water in the morning helps regulating the bowel movement.
Mix one part of Indian Senna, 2 parts of Chebulic myrobalan, and one part of Indian gooseberry.