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Constipation is something that everyone has once in a while. Medications, bowel habits, foods you eat, and laxatives all can cause occasional constipation. Home remedies and over-the-counter products generally treat occasional constipation. If you have constipation on a frequent basis contact your doctor – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Home Remedies For Constipation - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Home Remedies For Constipation - Causes,
Symptoms, and Treatment
  • Constipation is one common complaint in any
    population. Recently conducted nationwide gut
    health survey revealed, 22 of the adult Indian
    population is suffering from the condition, with
    13 complaining of severe constipation. 6 of the
    Indian population suffers from constipation
    associated with certain ailments.
  • The term constipation is basically a patients
    understanding varying from describing the
    subjective feeling of inability to expel the
    feces smoothly or regularly, hard stool or any
    obstruction to its passage, unproductive urges or
    feeling of incomplete evacuation.
  • Constipation is a condition of the digestive
    system where an individual finds difficulty to
    expel the stools due to its hard nature. In most
    cases, this occurs due to the major absorption of
    water in the colon from the food. The slower the
    food moves through the digestive tract the colon
    absorbs more water. As a result of this, the
    feces become dry and hard. When this occurs,
    emptying the bowels become very miserable.

What are the Causes of Constipation
  • Due to excess absorption of water in the colon
    the muscles in the colon contracts slowly and
    poorly causing the stool to move too slowly and
    lose more water.
  • Common causes of constipation include

Lack of fiber Rich Diet
  • People who include a good quantity of fiber in
    the diet comparatively suffer less from
    constipation. Fiber should be an inevitable part
    of the diet which can be taken in the form of
    fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It enhances
    bowel motility and prevents constipation.
    High-fat foods such as cheese, meats, eggs, etc.
    contain very less amount of fiber.

Physical Inactivity
  • Constipation is more often predominant in
    physically inactive individuals. The higher age
    group people are often the victims for this since
    they tend to have a more sedentary lifestyle. The
    risk factor remains high for individuals who have
    been bedridden for a long time, perhaps for
    several days or weeks.

Long term Usage of Medications
  • Due to the continuous usage of certain medicines,
    people tend to suffer from constipation. Eg
    Opioid derivatives, Anti-depressants,
    Anticonvulsants, Diuretics, etc.

Irritable bowel syndrome
  • People who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome
    (IBS) get constipation much more often, compared
    with the rest of the population.

  • During pregnancy, a lot of hormonal changes
    happen in a womans body due to which
    constipation can occur. Also, the enlarged uterus
    may compress the intestine, slowing down the
    passage of food.

  • As a person gets older, the metabolism slows
    down, which results in less intestinal activity.
    The intestinal muscles slow down their work and
    result in constipation.

Less consumption of water
  • Regular intake of plenty of water reduces the
    chances of constipation. Carbonated drinks,
    Alcohol and caffeine products cause dehydration
    and worsen constipation.

Overuse of laxatives
  • The intake of laxatives helps in increased bowel
    movements. However, continuous usage allows the
    body to get used to their actions and forces to
    increase the dose to get the desired effect. They
    can be habit-forming. Once the consumption is
    stopped, there is a significant risk of

Ignoring the Natural Urge
  • If the urge for bowel movements is ignored, they
    can gradually lead to constipation. The longer it
    is delayed, the consistency of the stool becomes
    dry and hard.

Changes from the normal routine
  • When a person travels, there may be certain
    variations that occur to the body. Changes in the
    food pattern and timings also contribute to the
    same. This affects the digestive system, which
    sometimes results in constipation.

An anomaly to the colon or rectum
  • Any obstruction or tumors can compress or
    restrict the bowel movement and cause
    constipation. Also, scar tissue, diverticulosis,
    and abnormal narrowing of the colon or rectum,
    known as a colorectal stricture.

Diseases related
  • Commonly some diseases tend to slow down the
    bowel movements which leads to constipation.
    These include the following
  • Neurological disorders In conditions like
    Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, stroke,
    spinal cord injuries, and chronic idiopathic
    intestinal pseudo-obstruction constipation can be
    an associated symptom.
  • Endocrine and metabolic conditions Uremia,
    diabetes, hypercalcemia, poor glycemic control,
    and hypothyroidism.
  • Systemic diseases Many tissues and organs are
    affected as a whole they include lupus,
    scleroderma, amyloidosis.
  • Cancer Constipation occurs in people with
    cancer, mostly due to medications and

What are the Symptoms of Constipation
  • Stomach ache
  • Stomach cramps
  • Feeling bloated and nauseous
  • Loss of appetite

Home Remedies For Constipation
1. Triphala
  • One of the best ayurvedic remedies for
    constipation is Triphala which is both a tonic
    and a laxative. Triphala is a magic combination
    of 3 drugs namely Amalaki (Amla), Bibhitaki
    (Bhahed) and Haritaki (Harad). Traditionally,
    triphala is taken after rising and just before
    bed. Soak ½ to 1 teaspoon in some heated water 5
    to 10 minutes. In the event that you can't stand
    the taste, take 2 cases with warm water.

2. Flaxseeds
  • Take 1 tablespoon of this "laxative without side
    effects" a few times each day, trailed by some

3. Banana
  • Bananas are of extraordinary esteem both in
    obstruction and runs as they standardize colonic
    capacities in the digestive organ to retain a lot
    of water for legitimate gut movements.

4. Beetroot
  • The juice should be taken once daily. The
    cellulose content of the beet acts as a bulk
    residue and increases peristalsis. Its regular
    use thus prevents habitual constipation.

5. Brown Rice
  • As a part of the eating regimen, incorporate
    brown rice. The fiber present in brown rice also
    helps to normalize the bowel function and thus,
    reduces constipation.

6. Bran
  • Bran is an effective bulk-forming agent that is
    generally safe to get rid of constipation fast.
    Essentially blend 4-5 tablespoons of bran to a
    glass of water and drink 20 minutes before meals.

7. Warm Milk
  • Warm milk is an excellent remedy for
    constipation. This can be consumed at bedtime,
    which will promote easy evacuation of the bowels.

8. Ghee
  • Regular intake of the ghee with food helps in
    softening the stomach and thereby helping to
    initiate easy expulsion of stools.

9. Almond
  • The use of almonds has proved highly beneficial
    for the treatment of chronic constipation. It is
    an incredible laxative. 11 to 15 kernels taken at
    bed time will facilitate a clear motion the next
    morning. Those who suffer from a weak stomach can
    take seven grams of almond oil with hot milk.

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