Hey there! Are you struggling with constipation? If so, you’re not alone. Constipation is a common issue that affects people of all ages and can greatly impact your quality of life. This pesky issue can really put a damper on our daily activities, so let’s dive into what causes it and how we can find relief. But before that let understand constipation or what Ayurveda called Vibandha.
Ayurveda and it view on Constipation:
Ayurveda believes that constipation is the condition where an individual does not passes stool or eliminates hard/dry stool for considerable period of time. Ayurveda mainly linked it to an imbalance of Vata dosha (one amongst the three body energies), which controls bodily movements, like digestion and elimination. Things like an irregular lifestyle, night awakening, sitting at one place for long, stress, and a bad diet can all aggravate apana vayu which contribute to blockage of channel & thus leads to dry, hard stool.
On contrast modern science defines constipation when an individual passes fewer than three bowel movement in a week. They believe factors like inadequate fiber intake, lack of physical activity, certain medications, and health conditions that affect digestion are the major culprits.
Unique Ayurvedic approach on stress and Constipation:
Although constipation is majorly linked with gut health but in recent study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology found that psychological stress was associated with constipation in approximately 10% of patients.
You might be wondering, “How is stress related to constipation?” Well, stress can trigger the release of stress hormones, like cortisol, which can slow down digestion and lead to constipation. In addition, stress can cause us to adopt unhealthy habits like eating poorly or skipping exercise, which can further contribute to constipation.
Ayurveda text years ago understood the impact of stress on gut health. Thus markedly emphasizes on the importance of stress management and relaxation techniques, like meditation and breathing exercises, to help keep the Vata dosha balanced and promote healthy digestion.
Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Constipation:
Now let’s get to the good stuff: home remedies! Here are some simple Ayurvedic solutions you can try:
• Warm water: Start your day with a glass of warm water to help stimulate bowel movements and say goodbye to constipation.
• Triphala: This herbal mix of three fruits (Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki) works wonders as a natural laxative. Take it as a powder mixed with water or honey before bed. Avoid honey in case you have diabetes.
• Abdominal massage: Treat yourself to a gentle abdomen massage using warm sesame or castor oil to stimulate bowel movements and alleviate constipation.
• Yoga and exercise: Get moving with regular physical activity, including yoga poses like Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose), to keep your bowel function in check and ward off constipation.
• Diet: Fill up on fiber, fruits, veggies, and whole grains to maintain regular bowel movements and prevent constipation. Ayurveda also recommends eating at consistent times, avoiding overeating, and steering clear of processed foods and excessive caffeine.
• Do not hold natural urge: Holding them leads to aggravation of vata dosha thus leads to difficult to treat constipation.
• In summers take one teaspoonful of gulkand along with milk to treat & prevent mild constipation. Elder people can also take glass of hot milk mixed with 1 spoon of warm ghee to prevent constipation
• Soak 8-10 black resin overnight & drink its water early morning empty stomatch to relieves constipation.
• Ayurveda recommend to eat fruit instead of fruit juices as fruit peels are rich in fiber which help in formation of stool.
Why Ayurveda Wins for Constipation Relief :
Talking about the treatment, modern medicine approach usually focuses on symptomatic relief, like over-the-counter or prescription medications such as laxatives, stool softeners, and enemas. These treatments may provide temporary relief, but they don’t always address the root cause of constipation and can lead to dependency or other side effects.
On the other hand, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach to treating constipation, focusing on lifestyle changes, dietary modifications, and natural remedies that address the root cause of theproblem. Ayurveda offers plenty of sukh virechan (mid laxative) & vatanuloman dravyas that are not just effective but also gentle on the body. In comparison Ayurvedic treatment reduces the risk of side effects and dependency associated with modern medicine.
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