Managing constipation with Ayurveda

After digestion in small intestine the food (mostly fibre, minerals and water) enters large intestine or colon through ileum. This is pushed through the colon with the help of the colon muscles. The mucosal layer of colon absorbs water and minerals as food is pushed through the colon. This leads to the formation of solid stools by the time it reaches rectum. If the movement of food is slow due to slow contraction of colon muscles, more water is absorbed and the stool becomes hard causing constipation.

Causes of constipation

Suppressing the urge to defecate

Diet low in fibre

Lack of exercise or physical activity

Low intake of liquids



Changes in daily routine like travel, pregnancy, menstruation, ageing etc

Certain foods

Diseases of colon and rectum

Abuse of laxatives

Ayurvedic tips to reduce obesity

According to ayurveda, the separation of nutrients and waste starts from the small intestine. A membrane or `kalaa` called `purishadhara kalaa` lines the duodenum, small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus. This membrane helps in absorption of nutrients and formation of waste or stools. Its activities are controlled by `vata`. Vitiation of `vata` leads to constipation. Take care of following to prevent vitiation of `vata`:

Dry weather and dry food

Avoid food and beverages, which cause irritation  – spicy, bitter, dried fish, cold and astringent foods and liquids

Avoid over exertion

Don’t eat too less

Avoid injury

Get adequate sleep

Do not suppress the natural urge

Take grief and fear in your stride

Source: Ayurhelp

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