Constipation
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What is Constipation?


No able to clear bowels every morning?

Constipation refers to less frequent bowel movements (less than 3 times a week) or difficulty in passing stools. It most commonly occurs when stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be eliminated effectively from the rectum, which may cause the stool to become hard and dry.

 

How does constipation happen?

 

As food usually moves through the digestive tract, nutrients are being absorbed constantly. The partially digested food that remains moves from the small intestine to the large intestine also called the Colon. Your colon’s main job is to absorb water from the residual food as it’s passing through it, creating a solid matter known as stool (waste). The colon’s muscles eventually push the waste out through the rectum to be eliminated.  

 

Mechanism of Constipation

 

If one experiences constipation, food may process and move too slowly through the digestive tract, giving the colon more time (too much time) to absorb water from the waste. The stool hence becomes dry, hard, and difficult to push out causing Constipation.

 

What is the cause of Constipation?

 

People of all ages can have an occasional bout of constipation once in a while. Almost everyone goes through it at some point. Though occasional constipation is very common, some people experience chronic constipation that sometimes interferes with their ability to go about their daily tasks. 

 

Commonly, it is most often due to an unhealthy lifestyle:

 

  • Changes in diet and irregular routine- For instance, while traveling or sleeping at different times
  • Eating foods low in fiber- Fiber-rich foods help the food move smoothly through the gut
  • Eating large amounts of milk, cheese
  • Dehydration- Not drinking enough water
  • Little or no physical activity- Not exercising enough
  • Stress
  • Resisting the urge to pass stools for long periods

 

Dietary cause of Constipation

 

Certain Medications

 

such as NSAIDs, Antacids, Iron Supplements, Allergy Medicines, Ca Channel Blockers, Beta-Blockers, Anticonvulsant, Psychiatric and Antidepressants

Many of these contemporary drugs can cause Constipation. Hence, consult your homeopathic physician in case of any questions and concerns. 

 

Cause of constipation

 

Medical Conditions

 

  • Endocrine Disorders- like Hypothyroidism, Diabetes
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lazy Bowel Syndrome- wherein there is a poor muscular contraction of the colon
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Structural Defects in the digestive tract- like fissures, strictures, fistula, intussusception, volvulus, imperforate anus
  • Neurological Disorders- like Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Stroke
  • Multiple Organ Diseases- like Lupus, Amyloidosis, Scleroderma
  • Colorectal Cancer

 

Signs and Symptoms of Constipation

  • Frequency is fewer than 3 times a week
  • Bowel movement is painful. Stools are dry, hard, and difficult to pass associated usually with excessive straining 
  • Sensation as if the bowels are not fully emptied or there is a blockage in the tract preventing the passing of stools

Might also experience:

  • Nausea
  • Stomach ache, Cramps
  • Bloated sensation- a feeling of fullness

 

At least 1.5 million people see their homeopathic doctors each year due to constipation.

 

Signs and Symptoms of Constipation


Complications of Constipation

  • Hemorrhoids
  • Anal fissures- tears in the lining of the anus due to passage of hard stool
  • Diverticulitis
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI)- damage to the pelvic floor muscles due to excessive straining, which in turn causes urine to leak from the bladder
  • Rectal Prolapse- due to excessive straining

 

Complications of Constipation

Prevention and Treatment

Most cases of constipation are mild and easily treated and can be managed by you at home itself. Self-care starts by just making a few modifications in what you eat and drink. If you’re experiencing chronic constipation, you must talk to your doctor.

 

Some recommendations to help relieve constipation include:

  • Hydration:
    Maintain a minimum level of hydration by drinking a minimum of 2 to 4 Litres of H2O. Avoidance of caffeine-containing drinks and alcohol, which can cause dehydration. 
  • Diet:
    People with constipation should eat 18-30 grams of fiber every day. 
    Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fiber. Good sources of fiber are fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole-grain bread and cereals. Most of the fiber in fruits is found in the skins, such as in apples. Fruits with edible seeds like strawberries, also have the most fiber. Bran is a great source of fiber too. Adding all of these to the diet will help the passage of stool from the colon. Limit excessive intake of processed foods and high-fat foods like meat, eggs, and cheese. 
  • Exercise:
    Get moving. Exercise regularly to avoid physical inactivity.
  • Bowel Habits
    Maintain a regular schedule for bowel movements. Do not wait or ignore the urge to pass stools. Do not read, use your phone or other devices while passing stools. Improve the position of how you sit on the toilet. Squatting makes bowel movement easier.
  • Stress
    Try to manage and cope up with stress. Stress is usually the underlying cause of many diseases, including this one.

While the conventional modern medicine system would suggest the use of OTC fiber supplements, stool softeners, and laxatives to alleviate your symptoms. However, some of these drugs can even cause constipation sometimes. Excessive use of laxatives can cause diarrhea as a side effect whereas homeopathic medicines treat constipation in a natural way without any harm to the body. Also, laxatives are not safe for pregnant women, children, and should only be administered under the supervision of a doctor. They may even recommend surgery if constipation is due to a structural cause.

 

Diagnosis

You should consult the homeopathic doctor for the concerned treatment if you have severe pain, blood in your stools, or constipation that lasts longer than three weeks. Also, make an appointment for homeopathic treatment if you are experiencing any unexplained and persistent changes in your bowel habits.

Prevention and Treatment

HomoeoCARE's Approach


Treatment in modern medicine for chronic constipation depends majorly on the underlying cause. However, in some cases, a cause is never found. Homeopathy treats the disease by treating the main underlying and root cause that is improper absorption. Homeopathic medicines work on the mucosal cells of the intestine to aid the absorption of all the nutrients required by the body, helps in absorption of the dietary fibers, and also aim at increasing the secretion of mucous that in turn helps in softening the stools. 

Constipation may be a temporary situation, a long-term problem or a sign of a more serious condition. Be safe. See your nearest homeopathic physician, especially if you’ve noticed a change in your bowel pattern or if your life is being ruled by your bowels. 

Talking to your family or anyone about your bowel movements is not the most pleasant of topics. Pooping is something we all should be doing. Know that HomoeoCare Family is there for you. Here, our homeopathic doctors are trained health professionals who have discussed just every health topic you can think of with their patients. Homeopathy involves detailed case taking including the lifestyle and routines along with bowel movements and medical history. 

Remember, talk openly and honestly with your doctor about your bowel movements and any questions or concerns you may have about the same. HomoeoCare Team involving the best skilled homeopathic doctors is always available to listen to you and help you get relieved from this complaint once and for all by providing the best suited homeopathic treatment to all your gastric-related complaints.

 

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