By Dr. Ritu Krishnatreye, BHMS
Herbal constipation medicine
Regular bowel movements are important for good health.
Whether one suffers recurrent chronic constipation or just finds themselves occasionally bound up, we may need an external source for relief.
Laxatives provide fast and effective relief, and herbal laxatives tend to be safe and many don’t have the dangerous side effects that other laxatives have.
Herbal stimulant laxatives work in a similar fashion as chemical stimulant laxatives.
They increase the peristaltic contractions of the intestines, thereby pushing stool along for evacuation.
Some of the more common herbal stimulant laxatives include:
Stimulant herbal laxatives are effective, but should only be taken for a short duration, since the body can become dependent on them for bowel contractions.
These work by adding mass or bulk to the stool. Small, hard stools move more slowly through the colon and tend to collect into a larger, more difficult mass of stool.
Compared to this, soft, bulky stools require less effort to evacuate.
Some herbal bulk forming laxatives include:
All of these natural remedies provide a good source of fiber. Bulk forming herbal laxatives are generally mild in nature and therefore can be used for an extended period of time.
Herbal teas are widely known for their laxative effect. Chammomile tea, licorice tea, green tea and Senna tea are all good choices.
How do herbal teas stimulate a bowel movement? Besides any laxative properties of the tea, even just the warmth of the tea has a laxative effect.
So enjoy a cup of tea in the morning to get your day off to a good start. It may help to get your bowels moving, plus provide a daily dose of anti-oxidants.
If the above mentioned herbal remedies aren't enough, try a magnesium supplement.
Since a magnesium supplement is intended for daily use, it just may be the long-term constipation solution that you are looking for.
Not only is it not habit forming, but it may provide numerous health benefits.
Herbs are known as the gift of mother nature, and have been used for centuries for various health problems.
Although herbal constipation medicine tends to be more friendly than other medicines, they should be used with caution in children, pregnant and nursing women, the elderly and by those with an existing medical condition.