Constipation is defined as decrease in frequency, volume and fluidity of stool. A very common Gastro intestinal disorder characterised by restricted bowel movements with infrequent and difficult evacuation of stools. In chronic constipation, two or more symptoms discussed below is seen for at least 3 months.
Lack of fiber rich diet, increased intake of animal proteins like meat and eggs, insuffucient water intake are the main dietery causes. Food when not chewed properly or increased consumption of too much oily and fatty food may also lead to constipation.
Siddha Concept :
According to Siddha, dietery and lifestyle reasons may initially lead to derrangement of Vatha or Pitha causing ingigestion, bloated abdomen, gassiness etc. This vitiated Vatham or Pitham may later derrange Kapham leading to failure or difficulty in evacuation of stools. Accumulation of waste in the abdomen may produce toxins which may circulate within the body through blood and fluids upseting the whole digestive system later hindering the functioning of other systems of the body.
Natural Remedies :
Effective Siddha cure :
To bring back digestive fire and proper digestion, purgation followed by digestives should be administered.
Purgation must be given as first line of treatment. For purgation medicines like Agasthiyar kuzhambu, Lavan gunathi ennai, Sddhathi ennai etc are used in Siddha. Then medicines to improve digestive fire and prevent indigestion is administered. Eladi choornam, Trikadugu choornam, Inji vadagam, Thalisathi choormnam and vadagam, Asta choornam, Inji rasayanam etc are some of the Siddha digestives
Chronic constipation : Some times laxatives are administered according to the condition of the patient and severity of the problem.
Ponnavarai choornam 1gram with milk at bed time or Ponnavarai tablet 1-2 at night time.
Nilavarai chooranam, Kumari ennai, Kadukkai choornam, Karunai leghyam, Triphala choornam etc are other medicines to treat Constipation. Laxatives are admionistered for a recommended period according to the physician’s guidance.
Note : Always consult a Siddha doctor to treat constipation and associated problems. Line of treatment and medicine may vary accordingly. Never go for self mediciation.
Chronic constipation may lead to Piles, fistula, Vatha diseases, Skin disorders, Neurogenic diseases etc. So it must be treated well wihtout any failure. It is advised to administer purgation once in 6 months to maintain a healthy digestive system. Fibre rich diet, Green vegetables, proper quantity of fluid intake can help prevent constipation naturally. A lot of diseases arise due to digestive problems. A healthy digestive system keeps the body system well functioning and prevent various ailments. It maintains a healthy immune system and promotes longevity.