Constipation is one of the most common digestive disorders. Various causes of this problem include dehydration, abdominal hernia, poor diet, inadequate fluid intake, irritable bowel syndrome, pregnancy, lack of exercise, consumption of alcohol and certain medicines. An adult suffering from this problem may exhibit symptoms such as infrequent bowel movements, vomiting, bad breath, headache, heartburn, abdominal bloating and pain. This medical condition can be treated with the use of inexpensive herbal remedies.
Herbal Remedies For Constipation in Adults
Cinnamon powder can be boiled in water to prepare an herbal tonic and consumed on a frequent basis to relieve the abdominal bloating and pain. The extract obtained from cinnamon bark can also be taken several times per day. Honey can be mixed with the extract to improve its taste and effectiveness.
“Althaea Officinalis’’ is the botanical name of marshmallow. An herbal infusion made by boiling dried marshmallow leaves in water can be consumed on a frequent basis to deal with the problem of constipation. Consumption of marshmallow root extract can also help in the treatment. Another alternative is to soak the marshmallow root in water and consume the strained water after 5 to 6 hours.
Slippery elm bark powder can be boiled in water for a few minutes to prepare tea. This herbal tea can be consumed several times per day to treat the problem. Pregnant women and lactating mothers should not take this herb. Slippery elm should be used as per the instructions of a medical professional.
Burdock root extract can be consumed multiple times on a weekly basis to cure the medical condition. Organic burdock root powder can also be taken with water to obtain relief. Another option is to drink a mixture of burdock root powder (1 teaspoon) and prune juice on a daily basis.
Buckthorn belongs to the ‘’Rhamnaceae’’ family. Dried root and stem bark of this herb are frequently used in the treatment of constipation. The calming properties of buckthorn can help in relieving various symptoms of the problem. A combination of buckthorn and cascara sagrada/slippery elm can provide relief from the problem of chronic constipation.
A person can consume triphala powder with a glass of warm water on a regular basis to deal with the problem. Another option is to steep triphala powder in hot water for a few minutes to prepare an herbal tonic and consume it several times in a week.
Daily intake of senna tea can relieve the problem. It is advisable to consume this herbal tea before sleeping to obtain effective results. A mixture of senna, sea salt and water can also be taken per day. Another alternative is to consume senna extract on a frequent basis.
A mixture of aloe vera extract and fruit juice can be taken on a daily basis to obtain relief from the symptoms of the medical condition. Pure aloe vera juice can also be consumed per day to treat chronic constipation. This herbal remedy should be used after consulting a doctor.