Constipation is a medical condition in which a person has difficulty passing faeces or has unusually dry stool. In ayurveda, constipation is known as Ahana. According to ayurveda, constipation occurs due to aggravation of vata (air). High pitta and kapha doshas can also contribute in some of the cases.
Eating food that is difficult to digest, irregular sleeping habits and emotional disturbance are the other causes behind constipation. Among other causes of constipation are inadequate water intake, inadequate fibre in the diet, irregular routine, inadequate activity, eating excessive dairy products, thyroid conditions, neurological conditions, medications, pregnancy and colon cancer.
Triphala – Triphala is herbal mixture that acts effectively on constipation. It is considered the permanent treatment for constipation. Before going to bed, take 2-3 tablets of triphala with warm water.
Virechane –Another effective ayurvedic remedy for constipation is virechane. It can be taken with warm water before going to bed.
Avipattikar – For best results, take 1-2 teaspoon of avipattikar powder with milk.
Gandhak vati – Gandhak vati can be taken with warm water after every meal to reduce symptoms of constipation.
Other ayurvedic medicines – Abhyarishta, Panchasakar, Agastya Rasayana, Abhayadi Modaka, Pancha Sakara and Madhu Yashthayadi are ayurvedic medicines that improve digestion by strengthening the intestinal valves. If the problem is severe then ayurvedic home remedies for constipation can be taken along with the medicines.
If you only move your bowels once every three or four days, have a fever, experiencing abdominal pain frequently, pro-longed bloating, very thin stools, blood in your stools, see a doctor immediately.
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