fbpx
Indus Valley Ayurvedic Centre

Constipation

Definition

Constipation is derived from the latin word “constipare”, meaning “to press, crowd together”. It’s a condition of the digestive system due to incorrect lifestyle and poor eating habits. At some point in life, almost everyone must have suffered from constipation. Understanding of Constipation various with people. For many people, it simply means infrequent stools. For others, constipation means hard stools / small stools – quantity/difficulty passing stools (straining) / or sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. The cause of each of these “types” of constipation is different, and the approach to each should be tailored to the specific type of constipation.

Constipation also can alternate with diarrhoea. This pattern commonly occurs as in irritable bowel syndrome. At the extreme end of the constipation spectrum is faecal impaction, a condition in which stool hardens in the rectum and prevents the passage of any stool called obstipation. Although constipation is often looked upon as a common problem, if not treated or if treatment is delayed, it can lead to further problems such as fissures, fistulas, rectal prolapsed, piles, lack of appetite and indigestion.

Constipation treatment in Ayurveda:

Constipation Treatment in Ayurveda, is correlated to Vit Vibandha / Mala Baddhata / Koshta Badhata, where there is impairment in the digestive system – Pachaka Pitta, Samana Vata, Kledhaka Kapha at the level of the stomach and intestines and majorly the Apana Vata – in the large intestine which causes dryness in the lower alimentary tract, slowing down the peristaltic movements and drying up of fecal matter leading to constipation

Causes:

The causes of constipation can be divided as, all basically accounting for Vata increase.

  • Congenital which is by birth – as structural and physiological defects
  •  Primary or functional constipation is ongoing symptoms for greater than six months not due to any underlying cause, there is no associated symptoms and is the most common cause of constipation as in Vata constitution individuals.
  • Secondary constipation is due to any of the following causative factors as-
  • Medications – Certain Medications/supplements as Iron, laxative abuse
  • Diet – low intake of liquids, diet low in fibre, fasting
  • Activities – lack of exercise / Sedentary Habits / altered sleep pattern
  • Ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
  • Psychological causes – Increased stress, anxiety, fear, jealousy, and sorrow.
  • Changes in daily routine – Travelling
  • Physiologically – the age factor – elderly, pregnancy
  • In infants, it is seen when introducing new foods and during toilet training.

Symptoms:

  • Incomplete evacuation of the bowel
  • Passing of hard stools
  • Abdominal pain, heaviness and distention of abdomen
  • Flatulence
  • Pain at the anus while defecating, occasionally with blood
  • Heaviness in body
  • Lack of appetite
  • Indigestion, nausea, and Belching

Line of Constipation treatment in Ayurveda:

  • Balancing Vata and correcting the digestive system

Treatments:

The treatment modalities include panchakarma, external therapies, internal medications, Activities, Advice of food and lifestyle changes.

  • Panchakarma – Basti
  • Externally – Chakra Basti, Abhyanga, Shiro Dhara
  • Internally – Deepana  (Carminatives)
  • Pachana (Digestives)
  • Vatanulomana – (Helps in balancing Apana Vata, acts as mild laxatives)

Activities:

Specific Asanas, Panayamas, Pelvic floor strengthening exercises, Stiz bath with herbal decoction

Food:

  • Improving on the intake of warm preferably warm water which helps digestion and easy balance of vata.
  • Warm milk with melted ghee is considered as the best food medicine for correcting constipation
  • Timely regular wholesome meals
  • Lifestyle changes:  specific to the individual’s constitution, nature of work and geographical conditions.

Share:

More Treatments

Acne Ayurvedic Treatments

Acne

Acne is usually a result of excessive oil secretions that develop on the surface of the skin, due to fluctuating hormone levels a variety of external physiological factors and, in some cases, a certain level of negligence pertaining to a skincare regime.

Allergies

Allergies

According to ‘Allergy UK’, research shows that one-in-four people in the United Kingdom suffer from an allergy at some time …

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimers Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease responsible for most cases of loss of memory and cognitive decline in humans. …

Ano-Rectal Disorders

Ayurveda treatment for fistula in ano-rectal disorders Fistula can be regarded as a condition, which results from an abnormal connection …

Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Arthritis

Arthritis is a term often used to classify any disorder that affects the body’s joints. Symptoms can generally include pain and stiffness in the joints. Other symptoms can include redness, bodily swelling, a sense of warmth along with a decreased range of motion in the affected joints.

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis

Arthritis – Osteoarthritis

Definition: A degenerative joint disease due to the lack of lubricating (synovial) fluid in the joints,  leading to the damage …

Arthritis Ayurvedic Treatments

Arthritis – Rheumatoid

Definition: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) / Polyarthritis is an autoimmune, chronic, systemic inflammatory condition that affects various tissues and organs, but …

asthma

Asthma

Ayurveda treatment for Asthma Asthma is a chronic inflammatory reversible lung disease that inflames, produces extra mucus, causes spasms and …

Bulimia

Bulimia

Definition According to Boston Children’s Hospital’, 1-5% of adolescents and 1.1 to 4.2% of females in the United States are …

Cardiovascular Diseases

Definition Cardiovascular disease includes all the diseases of the heart and circulation including coronary heart disease, heart failure, congenital heart …

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Definition Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is pervasive, and common amongst doctors, business executives, engineers and airline pilots.Chronic fatigue syndrome is also …

Scroll to Top