By Dr. Sanjay Arora , Ayurveda
Constipation usually happens when we suffer from indigestion, in the sense that the food that we eat does not soften enough for it to pass in a normal manner through our digestive track in the form of stool. There are many reasons why this may happen including a reaction to certain kinds of food, an upset system in general, stress, wind or gas and many other such causes. Also, in many instances, constipation is also experienced as a side effect of certain ailments or medication. Similarly, there are many kinds of medicines and treatments that may be available to treat this condition so that constipation can be eliminated. Ayurveda is one of the most effective ways of dealing with such lifestyle problems as it is an ancient science that relies on techniques like a natural, herbal medicines, yogic postures as well as lifestyle tweaks and massages. Let us find out the Ayurvedic remedies for dealing with constipation:
1. Hydrate with Water and Tea: Warm water and herbal tea are the primary ingredients that an Ayurvedic practitioner will recommend for those who have just started to experience constipation. Constipation is usually formed due to a Vata dosha which has a cold quality. In order to balance this out and make digestion a smoother process, one will need to have plenty of warm water. Herbal tea will also help in such cases. One will need to have these fluids at least an hour before having meals and refrain from having the same during meals or with food.
2. Fruit Intake: It is essential to increase your fruit intake as the fibre present in the various kinds of fruit that we eat, can actually help in calming and soothing the imbalance in the Vata dosha, which leads to problems of indigestion. Once this has been soothed, it becomes easier to control the state of one’s digestion.
3. Milk Intake: In case there is a flare up of the Vata dosha, one will also need to soothe the same with the help of milk as well as flax seed drenched in warm milk. This will help in softening the food so that it may pass through the digestive track in a normal way. A teaspoon full of ghee or clarified butter may also be added to the warm milk, which can be taken just before bedtime so that normal motion is attained first thing in the morning. Other fluids that can help in the same also includes pineapple juice which can be diluted with a little bit of water.
Before undertaking any of the above measures to eliminate constipation, one must be sure to meet with an Ayurvedic doctor so that there is clarity on what dosha one is suffering from so that the doctor can prescribe the right remedies.