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Chronic Constipation

Constipation is a condition where the stools are difficult and incomplete. The stools will be hard and dry and may take a longer time to evacuate. This could be coupled with abdominal pain, fullness and bloating of the tummy, and painful bowel movements. If this goes on for a few weeks or longer, we call it chronic constipation.

The constipation demographics can be pretty scary- it says that one in every six individuals is suffering from constipation. People in older age groups, females, and the ones who lead a sedentary lifestyle are more prone to this health condition.

Constipation is divided into two based on its causes- primary and secondary. Primary constipation is the most common one, which is a result of everyday factors like diet and lifestyle choices, certain medications, etc. The dietary factors include not meeting fiber requirements, taking fewer fluids, improper dieting, and over-reliance on caffeinated beverages. Certain medicines like antidepressants, diuretics, and antidiarrheals also can trigger constipation. It is not chronic and is not often associated with abdominal pain.

Secondary constipation is a more serious condition with underlying pathology. Endocrinal (hormonal) issues like hypothyroidism, colorectal cancer, intestinal obstruction, gluten intolerance, diabetes, etc can cause secondary constipation. This will be associated with sharp or dull abdominal pain and severe bloating.

Some other causes of constipation can be psychological- that is, stress, anxiety, fear of using public toilets, laziness, etc. In children, constipation can occur for the reasons like weaning (stopping breastfeeding), starting toilet training, and on school going.

So, if you can’t move your bowels daily, does it imply constipation? Not essentially. ‘Regular’ is not synonymous with ‘daily’. Each body is unique, and we have to respect that fact. If you have been accustomed to going to toilet once in two or three days without any trouble, that is your regularity, and it won’t be an issue. But if it is less than twice a week, you might want to keep an eye.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Difficulty in passing bowels even with straining
  • Feces elimination less than twice a week
  • Bloating
  • Gas trouble
  • Distended tummy
  • Blood in stools
  • Incomplete defecation
  • Headache
Complications of constipation-
  • Anal fissures
  • hemorrhoids/piles
  • Rectal prolapse
  • Dry, hard stools blocking the intestines
  • Inability to control bowel movements, often stool leaking without knowing.
  • Hernia

Ayurveda Treatment

Ayurveda defines constipation as Vibandha. It is not considered a disease, but a health condition. Vibandha is mentioned as a vatik condition, mostly caused by the aggravation of the Apana sub-type of the vata. According to Ayurveda, the bowel is classified into three and each individual will have one of these from birth. They are mridu, madhyama, and krura. The mridu type of bowel, which is moderated by pitta indicates easy elimination- even a glass of milk can make the stools eliminated. The stools will be watery in consistency and are eliminated more than once a day. Madhyama is the moderate bowels managed by kapha and the feces are soft and semi-solid. The third type, krura is the one that is prone to chronic constipation. It is mediated by vata as it dries up the moisture from the stool, leaving it dry and difficult to eliminate. Vata, with its qualities, can make the stools blocked inside the intestine. The vitiated vata can in turn spoil the agni or digestive fire, impairing the digestion process.

Ayurveda has a vast array of medicines for improving digestive health and maintaining healthy bowel movements. They also improve the digestive fire and alleviates the root cause of vibandha.

Our Approach

When managed appropriately, constipation is never a nightmare. Here at AyurVAID, we approach such conditions in a proper Ayurvedic means and help you recover completely. AyurVAID is a pristine institution that bears the virtue of Ayurveda. Our doctors, skilled and proficient in their field, are here to help you, by providing you with comfort and reassurance. In-depth assessment of the condition, precise diagnosis, thorough samprapti vighatana (breaking the disease pathway), properly planned prakriti-oriented treatment, quality procedures, safe and hygienic environment, etc are our peculiarities. We offer you complete care and cure for the conditions that ail you.

We are: –

  • First NABH-accredited hospital in India
  • The winner of the esteemed National Award for Best Ayurvedic Centre of the year 2017 from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  • Industry’s best customer satisfaction score of 92%, rated by our clients

Key Outcomes

With Ayurvedic treatment, the primary intention is to correct the course of vata, which is called vata anulomana. Such medicines facilitate easy movements of the stool through the intestines. Then laxatives like trivrit (Operculina turpethum), aragwadha (Cassia fistula), Avipatti churna, etc for removing the remaining impacted feces. All the herbs that are to be used should be unctuous in order to contradict the dryness of vata. Snehapana (ghee intake) with herbs that are potent against vata can be done if the patient has a strong digestive fire. Swedana (steam bath), and panchakarma procedures like Vasti (medicated enema), virechana (purgation), etc can be done according to the severity of the condition. After the treatment, the patient is expected to be having normal, healthy bowel movements, and relieved bloating with an enhanced digestive fire.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What simple tips can I follow in everyday life to manage habitual constipation?
Correcting your day-to-day habits and eating patterns can go a long way when it comes to managing chronic constipation. For example, you can practice sleeping on your left side. This will help to move the intestinal contents in the right way with the help of gravity and reduces indigestion and heartburn. Drinking plenty of water can make your stools soft. Include fiber-rich food in your diet as it can soften the stool and make it bulky. Saying goodbye to midnight snack binging will be another better idea.
2. Will I get addicted to Ayurvedic constipation relievers if used every day?
Definitely not. Ayurvedic constipation relievers give your Apana vata a much-needed push so that the bowel is easily moved. They naturally correct the course of vata, enhance digestion, and encourage timely elimination. After a while, provided you adhere to a colon-friendly diet and regimen, constipation will get less chronic, and you will not have to take medicines for the same.
3. Should I control my dietary fiber intake?
While it is true that your digestive system needs fibers to aid smooth bowel evacuation, fiber consumption beyond a limit can trigger constipation. Yes, you heard it right! Increased fiber can clog the intestines and promote gas formation, leaving you bloated and constipated again. When eaten in the right amount, these fibers can benefit the gut bacteria, and make the stools softer, bulkier, and easier to evacuate. They also help in weight maintenance. There are two types of fiber- soluble and insoluble- and the body requires both. Soluble fibers found in peas, beans, and spinach absorbs water from the stool and give it the proper consistency. On the other hand, insoluble fibers in whole grains and veggies make the stool bulky and easy to pass.

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