Constipation is defined as the infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in the passing of stools that persists for several weeks or longer. It is described as having less than three bowel movements a week. Constipation can be happened due to various reasons such as when stool passes through the colon too slowly then the more water the colon will absorb and the harder the feces will become.

What are the causes of Constipation?

Constipation has many possible causes like:

  • Colon or rectum blockage that slow or stop movement of stool
  • Anal fissure (in which there is tear in the skin)
  • A blockage in the intestines (bowel obstruction)
  • Colon cancer
  • Narrowing of the colon (bowel stricture)
  • Other abdominal cancer that presses on the colon
  • Rectal cancer
  • Rectum bulge (Rectocele)

What are the symptoms of chronic Constipation?

Symptoms of chronic constipation include:

  1. Passing less than three stools a week
  2. Having lumpy or hard stools
  3. Strain to have bowel movements
  4. Feeling as though there is a blockage in the rectum
  5. The urgency to pass stool
  6. Need help to empty the rectum, such as pressing the abdomen with the hands and using a finger to remove stool from the rectum
  7. Constipation can be chronic if you are experiencing any two or more of these symptoms for the last three months.

What are the Home Remedies for Constipation?

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera acts as a natural laxative that contains anthraquinone glycosides. These glycosides keep the stool soften and maintain the bowel movements. Frequent use of aloe vera helps to treat chronic constipation. It has the detoxification properties that eliminate the toxins (ama) from the body.

How to use:

  • Take the fresh pulp of Aloe vera and eat it once or twice daily.
  • You can also take 30 ml of its juice once or twice daily on empty stomach.


2. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds contain natural omega-3 fatty acids and various effective nutrients. It has a high amount of protein in it that has laxative properties. These properties show wonderful results in chronic constipation. It also improves digestion and rich in dietary fiber.

How to use:

  • Take a teaspoonful of flaxseeds with a glass of warm water in the early morning.
  • Make a powder of flaxseeds and store it in an airtight container. Use this powder in your cuisine.


3. Psyllium Husk

The psyllium husk is a very effective herbal remedy for constipation. It acts as a natural laxative that maintains the proper bowel movements and treats symptoms related to constipation like urgency to pass stool, hard stool, abdominal pain, etc.

How to use:

  • Take a teaspoonful of Psyllium husk with milk daily during bedtime.
  • You can also add it to your salad, dal, and curd.


4. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are rich in fiber content that naturally soften the stools and increases their frequency. It cures constipation effectively.

How to use:

  • Take a teaspoonful of chia seeds and soak it in a glass of water overnight. Eat them early in the morning on an empty stomach.
  • You can also add these chia seeds in curd and yogurt for wonderful results.


5. Castor oil

It is a very good natural laxative that softens the stool and maintains the proper functioning of the intestines. This herbal oil deals with the symptoms related to constipation. It has natural detoxifying properties that clean the gastro-intestinal tract.

How to use:

  • Add a teaspoonful of castor oil in a glass of hot cow’s milk. Drink this mixture at bedtime to treat constipation in the morning.
  • Do gentle massage in the lower abdomen with the lukewarm castor oil once daily.


6. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry is also called as “Amla”. It is the best-known herb that contains vitamin C and acts as a natural detoxifier. Its regular use helps in treating constipation.

How to use:

  • Eat fresh fruit of Amla daily maintains your overall health.
  • You can also prepare a fresh juice of Amla juice and drink it daily as it will help to reduce constipation naturally.


7. Triphala Churna

Triphala Churna contains a mixture of three dried herbs named as Amla, Haritaki, & Bibhitaki in equal quantity. Make a fine powder of it and store it in a container. It shows good results in constipation and its associated symptoms.

How to use:

  • Take a teaspoonful of this powder once or twice daily with a glass of lukewarm water during bedtime.
  • Prepare a decoction by taking a half teaspoonful of this powder and add it in a cup of water. Boil it until it remains to half. Strain this mixture and drink this mixture once in a day daily.


7. Papaya:

Papaya contains fiber and nutrients that help to soothe the stool and can easily pass it from the bowel. It keeps the GI tract clean and provides strength to the intestines.

How to use:

  • Eat papaya once or twice daily for treating constipation.
  • Mash a bowl of papaya and consume it once daily.