Constipation is defined as bowel frequency less than 3 times per week or the need to exert the body more than 25% of the time during defecation.
- Inadequate fiber intake
- Inadequate fluid intake
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- High stress (causing inhibitory effect on autonomic innervation of the colon)
- Drug intake
- Poor liver function
- Reduce muscular tension
- Carminatives (best long term)
- Antispasmodic (best short term)
- Reduce stress
- NEVER use anthraquinones
- May use anthraquinones but only as last resort for short term use
- Ensure adequate fluid intake
1. Improve Liver Function
2. Increase Stool Bulk
- Laxitives (Bulking)
3. Improve Intestinal Peristalsis
4. Lifestyle Changes
Depending on what the cause of the constipation was, some lifestyle changes can go a long way in long term maintenance and treatment.
Herbs For Constipation:
make sure the following appear:
- Fringe tree - choleretic/cholagogue
- Silybum - choleretic, hepatic
- Taraxicum - choleretic/cholagogue
- Cynara - choleretic cholagogue
- Matricaria - spasmolytic
- cramp bark - spasmolytic
- Bulking herbs
- Cascara sagrada - laxitive
- juglans cinerea - laxitive
Formula For Constipation:
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