Constipation is a condition of hardened faeces and difficulty in emptying the bowels. If a person is constipated then bowel movements result in the passage of small amounts of hard and dry stool, usually fewer than three times a week. It is the most common gastrointestinal disorder among people of various age groups.
The main symptom of constipation is urge for bowel but inability to do the same. Chronic constipation leads to many diseases. It gives lots of discomfort, pain, heaviness, headache, low appetite, gas etc. The reasons for this disorder can be many such as sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, low fluid intake etc.
In Ayurveda, Virechana or Purgation is given to cleanse the bowel and excrete the faeces. For purgation many medicinal herbs are used. These have laxative effect and activates the intestine to eliminate the stool. Senna leaves, prunes, raisins, haritaki, mango juice, flaxseed husk are example of few such laxative herbs.
The most common and classical Ayurvedic medicine for curing constipation is Triphala (3 fruits) powder. It is fine powder obtained by blending Amla, Harad and Baheda. For treating constipation 3 gram of it can be taken at night. Some other herbal medicine for curing constipation are given below.
List of Ayurvedic medicine
- Triphala Churna (Classical formulation)
- Abhayarishta (Classical formulation)
- Avipattikar Churna (Classical formulation)
- Gandhak Vati (Classical formulation)
- Panchasakar churna (Classical formulation)
- Diyva Churna (Patanjali Pharmacy)
- Nityam Churna (Zandu)
- Kayam Churna (Sheth Brothers)
- Kabz-Har (Baidyanath)
- Anuloma (Sagar)
- Fibron (Unjha)
- Herbolax (Himalaya)
- Jeeva Lax cap (Sanjeevani)
- Kabjeena (Vyas)
- Haritaki Churna
All above herbal formulation are OTC medicines and can be taken safely. If taken in recommended dose, these formulation have no side-effects. Always keep in mind, the constipation medicines are purgatives and excess doses can cause diarrhoea. Some of these are habit forming laxatives, especially senna leaves containing medicines. Therefor these medicines should be used occasionally only.