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Homeopathy Treatment for Constipation

Dr Sheetal Bhatia

Dr Sheetal Bhatia

  Domlur, Bengaluru     Feb 9, 2017

   6 min     

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Overview

Not answering the call of nature may result in chronic constipation which leads to overworked kidneys. Constipation is an incredibly common problem. Constipation can be either acute (short duration) or chronic (long duration). All of us, at one time or the other, have suffered from the occasional bout of constipation. It may be caused by a sudden change in diet, pregnancy, travel, or stress. Functional constipation is a condition in which no anatomical cause is found. It can last from months to years. Symptoms include hard faeces, difficulty having a bowel movement, straining when passing a stool, the sensation of fullness after a bowel movement, intestinal pain, and discomfort. 

What is Constipation?

Constipation is a condition wherein you have trouble with excreting your faeces. You are said to have constipation if you had bowel movements less than three times in a week. Besides the inconsistent or absent bowel movements, a person with constipation also experiences symptoms such as discomfort during faecal excretion, bloating in the abdomen and painful passage of stool as it is hard and dry making it difficult to pass.

It may be caused by not answering the urge to go, lack of exercise, or insufficient fibre and liquid in the diet. 

It becomes difficult to ensure Bowel movement as it is painful. The affected person may feel uncomfortable, sluggish and bloated. 

Spastic constipation, also known as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is an irritation of the intestine caused by high levels of stress. This condition is characterized by symptoms such as recurrent abdominal pain along with diarrhoea alternating with constipation. Constipation can also be organic due to a physical change in an organ. Organic constipation is caused by an obstruction to the passage of stools. It may result from scar tissues, inflammatory conditions, tumours, or cancer of the bowels. Homoeopathic medicines for constipation are extremely effective in treating constipation in persons of all age groups. This is because homoeopathic medicines are essentially natural, thus creating the condition effectively and avoiding the use of any chemical substance. There are many natural ways to help relieve constipation. 

Homoeopathy for Chronic Constipation

A person who suffers from chronic constipation can be sure that every cell and tissue in his body is intoxicated.

Why? The longer faeces stay in the colon, the more water is absorbed from them. This causes the stools to become hard and difficult to pass. As bacteria and toxins build up in the colon, they begin to permeate and intoxicate the cells. The homoeopathic goal is to regulate the bowels back to normal function and to detoxify intoxicated cells.

Homoeopathy for constipation in Adults

  1. Argentum nitricum treats constipation caused when one takes too many laxatives, or when you have indigestion or heartburn. Argentum Nitricum is basically silver nitrate, a common homoeopathic remedy.

  2. Baryta carbonica is a fully proved and constitutional remedy. This remedy is ideal for people who are aged and experience difficulty in expelling stool.

  3. Bryonia is a homoeopathic remedy derived from the root of the Bryonia alba, a gourd plant. This remedy is used to treat various bowel problems, including constipation, due to indigestion.

  4. Berberis vulgaris is a remedy derived from the Barbery plant. This remedy especially acts as a pain reliever. It helps deal with constipation and diarrhoea that arise due to kidney stones.

  5. Lycopodium is a type of clubmoss. treats chronic constipation in infants, constipation in children with a

  6. Large appetite; an urge to stool without result in adults. It treats bloating after a meal; painful flatulence, the person feels worse between 4 and 8 p.m.

  7. Collinsonia treats abdominal pain, dry, hard stools difficult to expel, person doubles over from pain; indicated for pregnant women.

  8. The mucus of colon is an organ medicine which supports the healing and regeneration of mucosa in the gut.

  9. Graphites treat chronic constipation, colic pains, large stools difficult to expel,

  10. Distended abdomen, anal fissure, anal pain after stool, piles, the person may be overweight.

  11. Nux vomica is recommended for spasmodic constipation, bloating, gas, stomach cramps, drug addiction, the person is sensitive, anxious, and nervous.

  12. Silicea treats demineralization caused by toxin overload.

  13. Chelidonium is indicated for pale discoloured yellow stools.

  14. Vaccinum Viti's idea is a gemmo medicine indicated in the treatment of chronic constipation in adolescents and adults. It treats insufficient intestinal mucous secretion. 

  15. Hepar sulfur is indicated for bowel obstruction; intestinal atony.

Home Remedies for Constipation

  • Don't overlook the call of nature.

  • Cultivate regular habits of elimination.

  • Avoid iron supplements; they cause constipation.

  • Consume fibre-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and bran.

  • Practice good food-combining.

  • Drink a cup of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon in the morning.

  • Mix a teaspoon of ground flax seeds with yoghurt before bedtime.

  • Drink a large glass of juice made from fresh fruits.

  • Applying a pack of castor oil on the abdomen will help to relieve pain.

  • Make yourself a ginger tea.

  • Run a tongue cleaner over your tongue daily to ensure cleanliness in the mouth.

  • Engage in 30 minutes of physical activity.

  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water every day.

  • Drink coffee, especially caffeinated coffee

  • Take Senna, an herbal laxative

  • Eat prunes

  • Try avoiding dairy


Constipation in Children and Toddlers

Constipation is an uncomfortable problem with several underlying causes. Homoeopathy for constipation in babies is an effective way of solution. 

It is not easy to detect constipation in babies and children. You will have to look for behavioural changes in them to know that they are having trouble with bowel movement. Young children who have the condition show a change in their behaviour and show reluctance in engaging in bowel movement. Meanwhile, toddlers stand on their toes and rock back and forth., while keeping their legs and bottom stiff.

One of the best natural home remedies that will help children get rid of constipation and the accompanying pain is to drink a lot of water. In addition to that, draw a bath in which two tablespoons of baking soda is added to the warm bathwater. Let your child relax in this bath. Apply a warm, moist cloth on the anus.

Conclusion

Homoeopathic medicines are very effective for the treatment of constipation. The underlying causes and the symptoms are both treated, with no side effects using homoeopathy. That being said, many of the natural home remedies in this article can also provide significant relief.

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