If you have watched the movie “Piku” you know what a pain it is for the individual who is suffering from constipation as well as for the people around.
Reports and studies suggest that in the recent years an increased urban Indian population has infrequent or hard to pass stools. It is said that while globally only 10% of the people suffer from constipation, at least 14% of the urban India’s population complain of the same.
What are the causes and symptoms of this condition and is there a natural cure for the same? Read on to know more.
Causes of constipation
Clinically, constipation is attributed to reasons such as medications, problems with the muscles in the digestive system, medical conditions. But most people who suffer from constipation in urban India, the cause can be assigned to lifestyle and food habits such as:
- High intake of non vegetarian food
- Low water intake
- Consuming more of processed food, less fiber in diet
- Eating oily, spicy and junk food
Symptoms of constipation
The symptoms of constipation are
- Few bowel movements
- Strained bowel movements
- Belly bloating
How to treat constipation
There are many people who resort to laxatives or other modern medications to treat constipation. However, it is not necessary to take medications to treat constipation.
For those who are not severely constipated, making changes in eating patterns and lifestyle can help relieve the symptoms. Some of these changes are as simple as increasing fluid and fiber intake. People who did this regularly have professed that there is relief from constipation.
Those who suffer from more chronic forms of constipation may need some medication apart from changes in lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda has medications for most ailments and yes Ayurveda can also treat constipation.
One Ayurvedic formulation that is very effective on constipation is Triphala.
What is Triphala?
Tri-three, phala-fruits. So Triphala is a combination of the powder of three fruits.
Amalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki are the three fruits whose powders are used in making the Triphala. You can read in detail about Triphala and its benefits in weight loss in this blog.
How does Triphala work on constipation
The three fruits that are a part of this supplement are all natural laxatives. Apart from this they also have a positive effect on the digestion and excretory system thus helping our body to strengthen and maintain these important systems.
Haritaki is a potent laxative. It acts as an astringent and lubricant inside the stomach. This action helps in loosening the stools.
Amalaki has both laxative and cooling properties. It cools the inner lining of the stomach and reduces inflammation. Amalaki helps reduce the burning sensation that irritates the stomach.
Bibhitaki is the most effective among the three fruits on constipation. It is not only a laxative but also contains dietary fibers. This combination helps fight constipation.
Since all the ingredients in Triphala are effective against constipation, Triphala is an excellent choice to fight this irritable symptom.
How to take Triphala
Triphala powder can be taken in the following ways if you are suffering from constipation
- Take 1-2 teaspoon of Triphala and gulp it down with a glass of water.
- Warm some water and add 1-2 teaspoon Triphala to it. Let it stay for 5-10 minutes and gulp it down.
- If you do not like the bitter taste of Triphala you can mix the recommended dosage with some honey to add some sweetness.
- In case you are feeling bloated- mix grated ginger, honey and Triphala. Relief will be immediate.
If you are taking Triphala extract tablets you are advised to take 2-3 tablets at bedtime or as directed by the physician.
For clear dosage recommendations for your condition please feel free to consult the doctor at Vedi herbals who can guide you appropriately.
Vedi Herbals manufacture Triphala in both powder and tablet form. All products from Vedi are 100% natural and vegetarian. Our ingredients are sourced from rural producers and products are made in an authentic way as prescribed in Ayurvedic texts.
The best way to ensure the purity and potency of the product you are using is by reading the labels carefully. Choose natural products and chemical-free products for maximum benefits.
There is a Sanskrit quote, which says:
Samadosha Samagnishcha Sama Dhata Mala Kriya,
Prassanna atma indriya manah swastha iti abhideyate
It means-An individual who maintains a balanced state of the main elements of the body (including dosha and dhatu), adequate digestion (agni), proper excretion (mala kriya), blissful condition of soul (atma), satisfied senses (indriyan) and a happy state of mind (manas) is called a swasthya or healthy person.
So, ensure your swasthya is perfect- have Triphala every day!