There is no one who hasn’t suffered from constipation at one time or the other; however, for some people constipation is a regular condition that can be cured only with the use of laxatives.
But we all know that use of laxatives for treating chronic constipation can only cause harm in the long run. For this reason we recommend the use of herbs to treat constipation. The herbs not only treat constipation but also get rid of the root cause of the disorder and eliminate it completely.
Best Herbal Remedies For Constipation
Aloe vera is a very popularly used herb with amazing healing qualities. It is normally used for treating skin disorders such as infections, acne, cuts and wounds. But the gel found inside the leaf of the herb is a natural laxative and in order to treat constipation eat 3-4 tablespoons of the aloe gel 20 minutes before going to bed at night. You can even take aloe capsules if fresh aloe gel isn’t available to you.
Cascara sagrada is another herb that has natural laxative effect on the body and relieves constipation successfully. The herb is very mild and neither does it cause any side effects nor is its addictive unlike some of the OTC laxatives.To treat constipation start with one herbal capsule every day and then reduce the consumption to as and when required.
Psyllium seeds are a popular herbal remedy for relieving constipation. The seeds contain rich amount of both soluble as well as insoluble fiber.Both forms of fiber add bulk to the waste products thereby helping in their faster and easier movement through the intestines and out of the bowels. Herbal capsules are available in many health stores and should be used as per the directions on the bottle.
Slippery elm is a known natural emollient that helps regulate bowel movements by lubricating the intestinal tract and by calming the irritated mucus membranes. The herb has many properties similar to aloe vera and provides nourishment to the body while also healing it from inside.Interestingly, the herbal supplements are used for treating both constipation as well as loose motions. Take 200 mg of herbal supplement at bed time with a glass of warm milk.
Buckthorn is a rather delicious herb that is used in treating constipation because it soothes the irritated intestinal tract helping in faster movement of waste products. Drinking a glass of buckthorn juice first thing in the morning can relieve constipation to a great extent.The herbal juice is considered safe for consumption by children as well. Herbal extract of buckthorn can be used in combination with slippery elm and cascara sagrada for treating chronic constipation.
Triphala is not an herb but a medicinal combination of three fruits; Haritaki, Bibhitaki and Amalaki. All the three fruits are used in treating constipation because of their cleansing properties.Triphala helps treat constipation by helping the body retain some amounts of water that aids in the movement of waste bulk within the body. But the herb does not cause bloating because it is also a natural diuretic. Take 2-3 tablespoons of triphala powder every day to relieve constipation.