Constipation

Digestive complaints such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating and indigestion are common today, and affect every one of us once in a while, due to many different possible reasons.

Constipation basically refers to the condition wherein an individual has slower bowel movements and has hard stools that are difficult to pass. Diet changes and some medications may be helpful in dealing with constipation; but why not try some herbal approaches to dealing with constipation?

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Constipation Natural Remedy

Figs & Flax Seeds

How The Constipation Remedy Works

Constipation is a frustrating digestive disorder that makes it difficult to pass stools. It is important to ensure you drink plenty of fresh water daily to help prevent constipation.

Certain medications can cause constipation so this remedy should work for you.

This figs and flax seeds remedy helps to relieve constipation in the following ways:

  • Figs: Figs are a natural laxative. They also contain high levels of fiber which helps to clear waste materials out of your body and ease the passing of stools.
  • Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are rich in fiber and healthy fats which boost your digestive system and help waste materials pass through your body.

How To Prepare The Constipation Remedy

1. Blend 1 large dried fig and 1 tablespoon of flax seeds in a blender until it forms a thick paste and then consume this mixture.
2. Use this remedy up to 4 times per day until the constipation subsides.

Here we’ve put down a list of some of the best herbs that may help you tackle constipation easily.

Cascara

The bark of the cascara sagrada plant contains anthraquinones which have mild laxative action. Consumption of the bark of cascara as a treatment for constipation can be quite helpful, since it doesn’t lead to development of any side effects whatsoever.

What’s more, the extracts of the bark of this plant also stimulates the intestine to promote bowel movements, which can be helpful in dealing with many digestive complaints including inflammatory bowel disease, intestinal blockage, irritable bowel syndrome and abdominal pain.

Senna

Senna extracts have been approved by the FDA for use as an herbal remedy for constipation. This non-prescription laxative can help clear out the bowels and relieve symptoms associated with other digestive problems such as hemorrhoids and irritable bowel syndrome. Senna also contains chemicals known as sennosides which have the characteristic laxative effect that helps push out the stools easily from the body.

Aloe Vera

Yes, aloe vera! You may have heard of the efficiency of aloe vera in dealing with a wide range of skin conditions including burns and wounds; but it turns out, aloe vera could be helpful in dealing with digestive issues as well, particularly constipation. The pulp extracted from the leaf of the aloe vera plant possesses mild laxative action that softens the stools, making them easy to pass.

What’s more, aloe vera also possesses important anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that reduce inflammation and infection of the internal linings of the digestive system, relieving abdominal cramps and stimulating contraction of the intestinal muscles, making the passage of stools easier.

Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds, which come from the flax plant, are yet another effective herbal remedy against many digestive problems, including constipation. Flaxseeds are rich in fiber, which adds bulk to the stools, making them easier to pass. The fiber also pulls water into the intestines, making the stool soft and passable.

Castor Oil

Castor oil has been in use as a remedy for constipation since a long time, and has been found to be effective in dealing with chronic constipation problems. The laxative properties of castor oil stimulate bowel movements and soften the stools.

The effects of castor oil are thought to be quick, and it is recommended that individuals suffering from chronic constipation should take this before meals.

Slippery Elm

Slippery elm is yet another wonderful herb that has been found effective against constipation and other digestive problems. It is also recommended by health professionals thanks to its soothing and lubricating effects on the intestine that help expulsion of stools without any harm to the intestines.

Slippery elm is also thought to possess healing and nourishing effects like the aloe vera plant, which makes it a wonderful remedy for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and stomach cramps.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek extracts, particularly fenugreek seeds, are thought to settle the stomach and relieve constipation. They are usually a component in many food preparations, and are thought to contain many important vitamins and minerals too.

Another great aspect about this herb is the fact that it is also a good source of fiber, which makes it a great supplement to be taken along with foods to keep the digestive system healthy.

Dandelion

Dandelion is thought to have mild laxative effect which stimulates the bowels and helps expulsion of stools. Dandelion leaves can be easily added to salads and other food preparations, and it can also be drunk in the form of a tea.

Sea Buckthorn

For all those who don’t drink enough water and suffer from constipation due to the lack of water, sea buckthorn may be a wonderful remedy. It contains many essential fatty acids which stimulates the mucus membranes of the intestines to lubricate the intestines, which make passage of stool easier.