Constipation or ‘kabz’ is a very common problem. Because of modern lifestyle and wrong eating habits, it became a common health problem even among kids and youngsters. Modern sedentary lifestyle affects the bowel movement of the body and that results in constipation. Constipation means difficulty in passing in stool, hard stool or a sense of incomplete emptying of bowel. Constipation leads to many other problems such as- headache, gas, flatulence etc.
The common symptoms of constipation are irritability, uneasiness, mood swings, lack of interest in work and embarrassment. Other symptoms are infrequent bowel movements, hard or small stool, loss of appetite, discomfort and stomach pain. If the problem is severe, abdominal swelling, nausea, and vomiting may also be there.
Main causes of constipation are inactive or sedentary lifestyle, wrong eating habits, insufficient water intake, side effects of some diseases and medicine. Low fiber diet, eating very little food, eating of junk food or not eating in proper way may lead to constipation (kabz). Furthermore, wrong water drinking habits such as- drinking insufficient water (less than 8 glasses) or drinking water immediately after meal- may affect digestion. Some diseases, such as- hypothyroidism, Parkinson, diabetes, depression etc. – are also responsible for constipation because they affect digestive system and bowel movement.
Constipation (kabz) is an entirely curable and manageable disease. But you should avoid use of laxative as it is habit forming and also harmful in the long run. There are some simple home remedies which help to remove constipation.
Home Remedies for Constipation (Kabz):
1. Lemon juice to Cure Constipation:
Lemon juice (nimbu) and honey is good to cure constipation. Always, take a glass of warm water with the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1 tsp honey after waking up in the morning. And then drink at least one liter of water first daily. It helps in bowel movement.
2. Dates for Kabz:
Dates (khajoor in Hindi) are sweet fruits that grow on palm trees. Khajoor have high level of soluble fiber that promote healthy bowel movement. Soak 6-8 dates in a cup of water overnight and eat them on an empty stomach in the morning. It gives a laxative impact and helps in relieving constipation.
3. Grapes for Constipation:
Eating fruit like grapes is good for constipation (kabz) because grapes are high in fiber and water content. Because of these properties, consumption of grapes helps to keep you hydrated and to make the bowel movement regular.
To get rid of constipation, consume 250-300 gm fresh grapes daily during grapes season. During off season, eat raisin (kishmish) instead of grapes. Soak 12-15 raisins in water for 1-2 hours and have them with the water (in which they are soaked).
4. Triphla Powder to Cure Kabz:
Triphla powder is an herbal powder which has medicinal properties of three plants – amla (Indian gooseberry), harad (Black Chebulic Myrobalan) and baheda (Terminalia Bellerica). If you have constipation, ingest triphla powder with warm water daily at night for some days. It is a great laxative and helps to regulate bowel movements. (1, 2)
- Take 2-5 gm of triphla powder with warm water at night.
- You can also take triphla mixing with honey either before going to sleep or in the morning on an empty stomach.
- But if the problem is severe, take 2 tsp of triphla powder mixing with 200 ml of warm water and drink at night before going to sleep. And do not take anything after it; only water can be taken after half an hour.
- Triphla powder with Isabgol (Psyllium) may also cure chronic constipation. Take 2-5 gm triphla powder mixing with 1-2 spoons Isabgol dust at evening daily.
Triphla is an excellent home remedy of constipation (kabz) and the best thing about it is that it is not habit forming like other laxatives.
How to make Triphla Powder at Home:
Though triphla powder remains available in market, but you can also make it at home.
- Black chebulic myrobalan 25 gm
- Terminalia Bellerica 25 gm
- Indian gooseberry chunks 25 gm
- Collect all the ingredients and remove seed of baheda before grinding.
- Then grind all the three ingredients one by one to make fine powder.
- Sieve them with a thin cotton cloth and mix well.
- Triphla powder is ready to use; keep it into a air tight jar.
5. Guavas for Constipation:
Guava is a type of fruit which is one of the richest sources of dietary fiber. It is a tropical fruit and cheap too. Guava has soluble fiber in the pulp and insoluble fiber in the seeds. Fiber adds bulk to the stool and makes it smooth to pass it out from the body. Therefore, eat guava daily after lunch in afternoon to get rid of constipation. Remember, avoid eating unripe or overripe guava and not to chew seeds of guava. Seeds of guava may be harmful for some health problems.
6. Spinach for Kabz:
Spinach (palak in Hindi) is a green leafy vegetable which is high in water and fiber content. It is an excellent intestinal tract cleanser. So, include spinach in your daily diet if you often have constipation. You can eat spinach as salad or drink soup of spinach. Ingesting juice of spinach with equal amount of water (half cup each) twice daily may also help in bowel movement.
Kidney patients should consult doctor before taking spinach as a source of fiber. Otherwise it is a good natural remedy of constipation.
7. Honey for Constipation (Kabz):
Honey (shahad) is a good natural laxative. It contains moisturizing properties that helps in bowel movement. Take one tbsp of honey mixing with a glass of warm water at night before going to sleep daily. After a regular use of some time, constipation will be cured completely.
8. Flax Seeds for Kabz:
Flax seeds (alsi in Hindi) are also rich in fiber and help to get rid of constipation. Take 2 spoon flax seeds powder with milk or water at night; it is a good home remedy and has no side effect. Flax seeds (alsi) are also rich in Omega-3. So include it in your daily diet for a healthy life.
Another way of using flax seeds is by soaking them into water. Simply, roast flax seeds slightly and then grind to make powder. Now soak 20 gm of flax seeds powder into a glass of water for 3-4 hours. After that sieve the powder into a glass and drink it.
9. Juice of Cabbage for Constipation:
Cabbage is extremely rich in fiber and very helpful in relieving constipation. Take half cup juice of cabbage (patta gobhi) twice a day if you often have constipation. It helps in bowel movement.
10. Milk with Ghee for Kabz:
Milk with ghee is a natural laxative. If you have constipation (kabz), take a glass of warm milk with one spoon ghee and half spoon turmeric powder before going to sleep. It cleanses intestinal tract and regulate bowel movement.
All the ingredients used in above mentioned natural remedies are part of our daily life and quite safe. But if any ingredient does not suit you, stop it immediately and consult your physician.
The natural remedies given above is for information purpose only; it is neither to be construed as a diagnosis, treatment, or cure for any disease nor to be considered as a substitute for medical care from a doctor. Consult your doctor before trying these natural remedies; results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.