Natural Cures For Constipation

Although these natural cures for constipation are different from the Oriental medicine approach used in my clinic, they may give you relief. Many people find them very helpful. But, bear in mind...

... the wisdom of Oriental medicine is by far the best approach to getting rid of constipation once and for all. Most conventional and/or natural cures for constipation seek only to make your bowels move today... but not to correct the reason your constipated in the first place.

That's why many people come to me after having tried using extra fiber, laxatives and prescriptions with no success... and we're able to help them when nothing else has. So, having said that, here's some...

Natural Cures For Constipation You Can Try At Home

Use a teaspoon of psyllium (a bulk-forming laxative available at drugstores) with meals. Add the teaspoonful to a glass of water or juice and stir thoroughly before drinking. For psyllium to work properly and to prevent side effects, you must drink at least 8 ounces of liquid when you take it

Drink plenty of fluids. Fluid softens and expands the fiber you're already eating, causing it to form bulk in your colon, which triggers the urge have a bowel movement.

Sit on the toilet for 10 minutes at the same time every day. Do it either 1.) Following a cup of warm water before breakfast; or 2.)Shortly after breakfast every day. You can train yourself to have a bowel movement. It's important to stay relaxed while you do this

Eat rhubarb stalk or drink the rhubarb juice. Rhubarb works as a purgative and has lots of fiber. Experiment with a small amount first - it can be powerful. If the juice tastes too bad, mix in other juices. Warning: Don't eat the leaves - they're toxic. Also, don't use it if you've had kidney stones.

Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, cheese and milk. The tea, coffee and alcohol dehydrate you and can dry out your intestines. The cheese and milk have casein that clogs your intestines.

Exercise - it helps your bowels to work properly.

Never ignore the urge to have a bowel movement. If you do, you teach your body not to have one.

Eat lots of fiber - Soluble fiber from fruits, beans and grains, is effective. Some choices include apples, prunes, oatmeal, brown rice, wheat germ and figs. ,

Use Senna or Cascara Sagrada - these are both natural laxatives.

Take ground Flax seed - it contains essential fatty acids - needed for proper digestion and stool formation

Use Acidophilus - It returns friendly bacteria to the small intestine that may have been destroyed by antibiotics, anti-inflammatories or other reasons.

Again, some of these may help you to have a bowel movement today, but not correct your on-going problem of constipation. It's best to understand the Oriental perspective on constipation (see the relieving constipation page) to get rid of your problem for good.

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