Aromatherapy Treatment for Constipation
One of the most effective methods of self help is daily clockwise massage of the lower abdomen and this can be performed using 2 drops of oils of Lavender Marjoram or Rosemary in 5 ml (1 tsp) of base oil Lavender and marjoram are more relaxing if tension is a factor while Rosemary has a more tonic effect.
Herbalism Treatment for Constipation
Always start with gentle laxative or aperients which increase bowel tone without giving griping. One of the best is Dandelion Root Taraxacum officinale) ideally weakens a decoction although may you get a gentle action from one of the Dandelion coffee drinks on the market. Another simple herb to use is Liquorice (Glycymbiza glabra) either chews one of the liquorice stick that you can buy from a health food shop or add it to the Dandelion Root for the decoction. If constipation persists with to trying another herb that works in quite a different way. Linseed (Lignum usitatissimum) absorbs liquid and created a soft bulk internally that aids the peristaltic wave movements that propel faces through the bowel. Take 10 ml ( 2 tsp) at breakfast with at least 300 ml (1/2 pt 1 ¼ cups) of water ideally soak the Linseed overnight in a little water to start the swelling process. It may look like frog- spawn but it can relieve tense constipation. Make sure you take plenty of liquids however.
Types of Constipation
There are essentially two type of constipation. Where there is inadequate fibre and a sluggish digestive system treatment should be aimed at toning up the bowel when the constipation is linked to high level of stress and spasm see Colic treatment may need to focus on relaxation even reducing excessive fibre such as brain. If in doubt seek professional treatment; as the regular use of laxatives may be completely counter- productive Given that approaching $ 500 million are spent in the United States each year on self- prescribed laxatives there are good reasons to look at more natural ways.
Homeopathy Treatment for Constipation
As usual try to match the symptoms pattern to the person. Bryonia: for hard dry stools with much too. The stools can look a very dark brown colour. Nux bomica: for a bloated abdomen after a bowel movement their is a definite feeling that the bowel has not been properly emptied. Often due to history of over- eating and chronic use of laxative. Sulphur: for dark hard stools which are moved only with pain and straining and may cause a burning sensation. Sometimes there is a pattern of alternating constipation and looseness.
Naturopathy Treatment for Constipation
In most instances increase dietary fibre by eating more fresh vegetables and fruit whole grains and beans or pulses. Bran is a somewhat excessive form of fibre when taken on it's on rather than as part of a whole food meal so take only small amounts of it if a all. Ensure that you increase exercise particulary for the abdominal muscles and regularly do deeper breathing exercises to encourage the diaphragm to move up and down these acts internally to massage part of the colon and aid peristalsis. If constipation occurs after antibiotic treatment the normal in tensional bacteria can be stimulate by taking a Vitamin B complex Supplement and also with Lactobacillus acidophilus. This is the bacteria that turn milk into yoghurt. Taking a little plain live yoghurt daily may do the trick;if this is not enough or if sensitive to dairy foods try one of the proprietary acidophilus supplements.