There are two general groups of constipation remedies: the “natural” or “homemade” constipation remedies, and the artificial constipation remedies, that include stimulants, laxatives and stool softeners. Some herbal teas and herbal laxatives are a part of the latter, since, like other laxatives, people can become dependent of them to have bowel movements. A constant use of any laxative for a long duration of time (even several weeks) can result in losing the ability to have bowel movement without using a laxative.
Today, modern day life and the stress many of us experience on a daily basis, cause a significant increase in the use of both groups of constipation remedies. In most cases, natural constipation remedies solve the problem. Here are a few examples:
- Exercise – 20 to 30 minutes of speed walking everyday can speed up food digestion and induce bowel movement
- Relaxation – since stress is one of the prominent causes of constipation, using relaxation techniques like meditation or warm baths can definitely help
- Toilet time – setting aside time where you will not be interrupted, to have bowel movement and NEVER ignore the need to “go”
- Massage methods, such as Shiatsu, Acupressure, or a regular abdominal massage done with Rosemary or Basil essential oils
- Diet – adding 2 cups of prune or orange juice to your daily diet , guava and cabbage
When experiencing constipation, a good thing will be to try the homemade constipation remedies first.
However, there are cases in which short term use of artificial constipation remedies is unavoidable, but usually, the use of laxatives and stool softeners will not permanently solve the problem, and will only bring temporary relief. The group of artificial constipation remedies contains:
- Stimulants – like its name, this group of constipation remedies is designed to stimulate the intestines muscles. Stimulant laxatives may only be used for a short period of time. Long term or repeated use of this type of laxative is more than likely to result in losing the ability to have bowel movement without it
- Bulk-forming laxatives – they soften the stool and make it easier to have bowel movement. These laxatives are considered safer for longer periods of usage
- Stool Softener – this is not exactly a part of the constipation remedies group, since it prevents stool from hardening and therefore is used more to prevent constipation than to actually treat it
Constipation remedies vary and it is sometimes really hard to choose a treatment, with all constipation remedies that are available today, without going through many different constipation remedies first. But since homemade constipation remedies are safe and healthy, it’s always a good thing to start with home remedies for constipation.