Natural remedies for constipation
Constipation is one of the most common gastrointestinal complaints. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in his life. Women are definitely more affected by it.
Constipation may mean differently for certain people. Infrequent passing of stools, difficulties in voiding, sense of incomplete voiding are all suggestive signs of constipation.
The normal reference range for bowel movements varies from one person to another. Some people have bowel movements three times per day, others, only one or two times per week.
Medically, constipation is defined as fewer than three bowel movements in a week. Constipation may be considered severe, when there is less than one bowel movement in a week.
Infrequent stools with no other complaints is rarely abnormal. Women are more affected than men. The elderly and children are however most prone to constipation.
- hard, difficult to pass stools which require straining or manual removal with fingers.
- stools infrequent, less than three times per week.
- sensation of incomplete voidance
- the abdomen may seem bloated, distended or crampy.
- the bowel sounds may seem enhanced.
- Insufficient fiber intake in diet.
- Not chewing the food properly/eating hurriedly.
- Reduced water intake.
- Various medications
- Iron supplements.
- Stopping cigarette smoking
- Abuse of laxatives.
- Medications containing calcium and aluminum.
- Under active thyroid.
- Hormonal changes.
- Any severe illnesses such as stroke, paralysis.
- Major changes in life like pregnancy,menopause, old age or traveling.
- Psychosomatic causes like depression and anxiety neurosis.
- Biochemical imbalance, low potassium levels in blood.
- Lead poisoning.
- Conditions that obstruct the normal passage of the stools within the intestines, foreign bodies in the intestines, strictures, adhesions, tumors, etc.
- Abdominal surgeries.
- Weakened pelvic floor muscles.
- Irritable bowel syndrome, which alternates with diarrhea.
Tips to prevent constipation
- Increase fiber into your diet, 25 to 30 grams of daily intake can prevent constipation. Fiber help retain water in the stool, making them softer and easier to expel. Fiber can range from whole grain cereals and breads, dried fruits such as prunes, raisins. Popcorn, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, raw fruits and raw vegetables.
- Drink plenty of water, 8 glasses per day.
- Cut down on soft drinks and alcohol. They are dehydrating agents.
- Stop the regular use of laxative and enemas.
- Exercise, physical movement.
Treatment for constipation
Of course, on the mainstream medical field, the only treatment for constipation are laxatives and enemas. Therefore, as I mention earlier, one must look at their life style and changes into the diet.
Homeopathic treatment for constipation
Homeopathy is a holistic, non-toxic system of medicine that is individualized to your symptoms. There are numerous homeopathic remedies for constipation. An example of a choice for homeopathic remedies for constipation would be: Nux Vomica, Graphites, Alumina, Bryonia, Causticum, Sulphur, Lycopodium, and many more.
Homeopathic remedies derived from plants, minerals and animal sources. They are homeopathically prepared into a homeopathic pharmacy, FDA approved. Homeopathic remedies are safe and effective. They are an excellent choice especially in childhood, pregnancy and elderly because they are safe, they have no side effects.
Homeopathy offered promising treatment for constipation. Chronic constipation results from various constitutional problems such as stress, genetic predisposing, altered sleep pattern, etc. The homeopathic prescription depends upon symptoms and the underlying cause of the constipation.
The goal of therapy is one daily bowel movement without straining or pain. Homeopathy offers treatment which is based on the patient’s individual case pattern of symptoms.
Homeopathy is strongly recommended for all cases of constipation. Natural treatment for constipation is based on the treatment of internal causes, leading to the development of constipation. Most cases of constipation may not need medicine but only some lifestyle and food changes.
The homeopathic remedies for constipation have a certain distinction over the purgatives, because homeopathy is not habit forming. Most of the purgatives are habit forming, doing more harm than good at the end.
Homeopathic remedies are not addictive, they have no side effects. There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies for constipation. A person must seek the help of a professional specialized in homeopathy, and have a personalized consultation,(2 hours), to determine the appropriate homeopathic remedy to start the relief of constipation, the healing of the person.
Francine Kanter, RsHom, CCH
212 Chelsea Pl Ave
Ormond Beach FL 32174