Udar Sanjivani

Best Treatment for Constipation Relief

Best Treatment for Constipation Relief

Vibandha, ayurvedic term for constipation, is a malady where bowel movements are irregular. It is accompanied by bloating, abdominal pain or discomfort. For some, a day without bowel movement is not distressful, but for others it's too uncomfortable. Acute constipation leads to obstipation, which is more of a life-threatening condition.

Constipation is not a disease, but may be the result of some other inherent conditions. Inadequate contraction of bowel muscles too may be the cause of constipation. It can happen owing to:

  • Low fibre diet.
  • Less intake of water.
  • Ageing, anxiety, and stress.
  • Less physical activities.
  • Emotional eating.
  • Pregnancy.
  • Medications (anti-histamines, aspirin, anti-hypertensives, calcium supplements, diuretics, etc.)
  • Due to some medical conditions (hypothyroidism, anal fissure, rectal cancer, etc.)

Even though constipation is rarely a serious health issue, but chronic constipation may result in bowel obstruction, hemorrhoids, colitis, hernia, laxative overuse, or rectal prolapse.

Constipation can be prevented by following some tips:

  • Dietary fibre: There are two types of fibres - soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre get dissolved and insoluble doesn't dissolve in the colon. Insoluble fibre has roughage and adds bulk to the waste matter thereby helping in easy evacuation. Dietary fibre exists in all plant foods.
  • Liquid intake: Consuming at least 2 to 2.5 litres of water daily keeps the bowel well hydrated. One glass of warm water first thing in the morning helps in bowel evacuation.

Herbal remedies are considered to be the best for constipation, as they don't have any side effects and are naturally effective. Ayurveda mentions some herbs that pacify constipation efficiently.

Bhringraj or Eclipta alba Hassk: An herb that's the king of all herbs and finds mention in seven Ayurvedic references. It acts on digestive, circulatory and nervous system at the same time. It's a laxative and helps with constipation.

Punarnava or Boerhavia Diffusa: If you are enduring any stomach ailment, Punarnava is the great herb because it reinforces stomach muscles, eases constipation, works on liver disorder and kidney disorders.

Giloy: Tinospora cardifolia, the wonder plant Giloy, has strong anti-inflammatory property to heal GI inflammation and acidity. It relieves bloating, distention and constipation. Giloy pacifies pitta dosha.

Kasaundi or Kasamarda or Cassia Occidentalis: It balances tridoshas. Owing to its teekshna or bitterness, it functions as Pitta Saraka (propels pitta out of the body). Besides Ayurveda, it is also used in Homeopathic medicines.

Kutki: Kutki or Katuka is a small perennial herb with potent hepatoprotective properties. Kutki finds mention in various Ayurvedic texts for several gastric ailments. It treats jaundice, liver disorders, indigestion, and prevents bloating and constipation. Besides this it is equally effective on anemia, hiccups, emesis and removes intestinal worms.

Vai Vidanga: Embelia ribes commonly known as false black pepper has a significant pharmacological prospect. It is used in traditional medicines for its mollifying effect on abdominal disorders, indigestion, and constipation.

Udar Sanjivani: This is a perfect blend of Bhringraj, Punarnava, Giloy, Kasaundi, Kutki, Vaividanga and many more herbs that is formulated on the basis of ayurvedic formula. It is a natural remedy for constipation and starts its effect from the intake of the right first dose.

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