Treat constipation through natural therapies

Constipation could make one feel miserable. Though laxatives provide temporary relief, their frequent use could ultimately make them ineffective. Natural therapies help in tackling the problem in a much better manner. With minor diet modifications, and natural therapies done under expert guidance, the problem can be dealt with in a natural manner.

  • Place a cold wet towel or a cold mud pack, around the navel area for approximately twenty minutes regularly.
  • Regular hip baths (below the ribs to the thighs) in cold water, while gently massaging the area around the navel in an anti-clockwise direction could provide relief.
  • Hip bath using a decoction of drumstick leaves, tamarind leaves and castor oil, for about fifteen minutes once or twice a day.
  • Regular intake of high-fibre foods such as green vegetables (like celery, fenugreek), wholegrain cereals, beans (particularly soya), and fruits are recommended.
  • Drink a minimum of twelve glasses of water a day.
  • Limit the intake of processed and refined foods such as de-husked pulses, potatoes, suji etc.
  • Reduce solid intake, and include plenty of liquids such as fresh fruit and vegetable juices, coconut water, buttermilk, soups in regular diet.
  • Ayurveda recommends two tablespoons of castor oil mixed in two glass of warm water at bedtime for a few days.
  • Soak about three to four figs in a glass of water overnight. The resulting solution could be consumed in the morning, while also chewing the soaked figs for easy bowel movement.