Ayurvedic medicine is an alternative medicine that is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems, having been developed in India thousands of years ago.
It is based on the belief that health and wellbeing depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and spirit, and the primary focus is to promote good health rather than fight disease.
Ayurvedic herbs & spices have been used to ease constipation for thousands of years
When it comes to constipation, there are some specific ayurvedic remedies that can help provide relief of your symptoms.
7 simple Ayurvedic remedies for constipation :-
1. Flaxseed (linseed) – Flaxseeds are a great addition to the diet if you have constipation. In Ayurveda, 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed can be taken with 2-3 cups of water to provide a laxative effect. Read ‘The benefits of flaxseed’ to find out more.
2. Raisins – raisins are high in fibre and can act as a gentle but effective laxative. Soak a handful of raisins in water overnight and then eat them first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
3. Castor oil - Drinking a glass of warm milk before bed can help with clearing the bowels the next morning. With more chronic cases of constipation, try adding two teaspoons of castor oil – see ‘Does castor oil actually work for constipation’.
4. Lemons – a warm glass of water with 1 tsp. of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of pure, unheated sea salt first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, will help cleanse the bowels. The salt will help to move the stools through the intestine as it creates a purging effect. Note: do not try this remedy if you suffer with high blood pressure as the salt can make it worse.
5. Triphala powder - A very popular Ayurvedic medicine for constipation is something called Triphala Churna (or Triphala tablets), which is made by grinding three kinds of fruits or herbs, and taken before bed in warm water or milk. Triphala is a laxative that helps to regulate digestion and stimulate bowel movement. Taking the powder just before bed, or first thing in the morning on an empty stomach can help relieve constipation quickly. Brands such as Pukka do Triphala in a tablet form, or you can find the powder from good online retailers.
6. Slippery elm– slippery elm is known as an emollient herb, which means that it helps to lubricate the intestinal tract. Slippery elm is healing and nourishing and can aid digestion, relieving cramps and flatulence. Its healing properties also help to soothe an irritated stomach that makes it effective in treating those who have constipation. It can be taken in a powdered form or tablet, and can be found in good health food shops.
7. Dandelion root– this has a mild laxative effect. Boil 1 teaspoon of dandelion root in water and drink 3-4 times a day, or you can take 3-4 tablets a day with a cup of warm water instead.
To read more about natural remedies for constipation, please see ‘Natural remedies for constipation’