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Constipation

Constipation is considered to be an acute or chronic condition in which bowel movements occur less often than usual or consist of hard, dry stools that are painful or difficult to pass. Bowel habits vary, but an adult who has not had a bowel movement in three days or a child who has not had a bowel movement in four days is considered constipated.

As per Ayurvedic approach the definition of any disease doesn’t have much significance the thing is that what the consequences of a condition are on long term. When a person is not passing feces daily, it results in accumulation of fecal matter in the intestines and increase in mucus production. This proves to be a potential feeding ground for pathogenic bacteria, fungi, virus and parasites. These pathogens excrete toxic enzymes, acids and gasses – substances which can cause inflammation and degradation of the intestinal walls. They ultimately absorb and circulate to the cell level. Constipation slows circulation. Un-eliminated waste finds storage space throughout the body via the blood and lymph and eventually effects circulation to the organs and tissue including the head, feet and hands.
 
For constipation the biggest involved Dosha is the Vata, because it is responsible for all type of movements inside the body. When Vata is on its normal level, it never creates any problems such as Constipation. Because Vata is more about the movement, so whenever there will be some movement there will be dryness associated with this condition. Dryness is the main consequence of the movemnet- think about the movements in your mobike and car! Where there is movement there we always need some "unctousness". Ayurvedic treatment for constipation is based upon the same principle.
 
Chronic constipation can lead you to- Joint pains, Osteoarthiritis, Behavioral Problems and even to some Neurological Disorders, so it is better to treat the condition in time.
 
When wates lodge into the body these start to get absorbed. This waste, circulating with in the blood results in headaches, fever, chills, colds, skin eruptions, pain in calf muscles and more constipation. Every one will be amazed that a simple looking constipation may have so drastic consequences.
 
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A constipated fellow feels pain every time, it may be both severe and lingering, something that will have an emotion and psychological affect on him and his friends, loved ones and co-workers. Just as it is difficult to work with a broken leg, working while feeling the pain resulting from constipation can result in short temper, mood swings and anger.

Hemorrhoids may develop, as can anal fissures, and rectal bleeding. Rectal prolapse, though rare, may occur, a condition where a piece of intestinal lining pushes from the anal opening.

More than this the large intestine is the area of Vata Dosha (The air component of the body), which regulates the functioning of the nervous system. As a result of nervous system being affected there are problems as loss of memory, uncoordinated movements of body parts, abnormal sensations especially in body parts below the umbilicus and indigestion.

The whole digestive system works in synchronization so disturbance in elimination of unwanted wastes cause deranged digestion, assimilation and the person feels stomach ache and cramps, bloated, nauseous, and loss of appetite. Now how much nutritious food we may eat, it is of no use as the body is not getting it properly. So the consequences are under nutrition, decreased body defense against diseases and body gets readily attached by them.
 
Does high fiber diet treat constipation??
This is the biggest myth about Constipation that if one continues the high fiber diet, this type of diet will help one to get rid of the constipation!!
 
Scientific Explanation: When you take some high fiber diet, this increases the bulk of stool and evacuates it. This bulk is increased by this fibrous material by absorbing water from intestinal walls. Due to abosrption of the water from intestinal walls, these become dry and in due course this will result in imbalance of some of the salts inside the intestinal walls.
 
So it is not wise to take the high fiber diet alone! If you are taking this- don't forget to add some "unctousness" in this- some olive oil/ butter and the best one is the Ghee!



Some tips for regular bowel clearance:

  • Eat a well-balanced diet, having fibrous foods that including beans, bran, whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables; and fats in a good amount.
  • Drink adequate amount of liquids.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Do not ignore the urge to defecate.
  • Never go for toilet when you are not feeling the urge for defecation
  • Whenever a significant or prolonged change in bowel habits occurs, check with a doctor.
  • Eat a little bit less than your hunger, it helps your digestive system to digest and assimilate the food properly as well as ensures timely evacuation of feces
  • Dinner should specially be light
  • Do not take breakfast the day you do not go to toilet.
  • Avoid chilled drinks as far as possible especially with food
  • Never take a sleep immediately after taking meals instead of it take a small walk

Guidance According to Doshas

If you are a Vata body type:
  • Manage your routine properly.
  • Fix your times for your meals to provide proper energy to your body.
  • Never over eat
  • Don’t skip the meals
  • Take a good amount of fats
  • Taking too much fibrous diet is not good for you
  • Take hot water with meals
  • Your meals should be spiced well.
If you are a Pitta body type:
  • Take liquids in good amount
  • Avoid too much oils and spices
  • Put some Ghruta (Indian clarified butter) to your meals
  • Eat and drink the items which are on room temperature or lukewarm
  • Avoid more caffeine and alcoholic beverages
    If you are a Kapha body type:
    • Avoid excess of water intake
    • Never take even a sip of water when you are not thirsty
    • Take hot water with meals
    • Take small meals 3-4 times instead of taking large meals 2 times a day
    • Don’t take caffeine products immediately after the meals
    • Your meals should have fibrous food in sufficient amount
    • Maintain the gap of four hours in between two meals or eat when you feel that your prior meal has been digested properly.

     



    Disclaimer: All this material on the disease is informative and is according to Ayurveda. This is not evaluated by FDA. This all information is based upon Ayurvedic Knowldege and comes under traditional medicine.

    Different signs of constipation for different Doshas
    Dosha
    Sign & Symptoms
    Vata
    Dry and Hard Stool.
    Fissure might develop in this conditon.
    Excessive Flatulance.
    Dry tongue with fissures on it.
    Increased dryness in body.
    Body Aches and Joint Pains!!
    Pitta
    Soft but constipated stools.
    Burning sensation while passing stool.
    Hyperacidity
    Sour belching
    Inflammation in intestines
    Kapha
    Normal Stool with heaviness in abdomen.
    Heaviness in whole body.
    Uneasiness in mood.
     



    Solution for your Constipation according to your Dosha- look at above table
     

    Dosha 
    Solution 
    Vata 
    Two Triphala Capsules- twice Daily with hot water!  
     Pitta
    Two Capsules of Avipattikara Churna with hot water- twice daily 
     Kapha
     Two capsules of Panchasakar Churna before bed time

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Constipation


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