Constipation would be a very common condition that we experience. Bowel movements becomes difficult and it is usually associated with hardened faeces. This is mostly a symptom rather than a disease. There are many reasons for constipation. Also, laxatives are not the right approach in most contraptions!
Constipation is a boon of faulty lifestyle and wrong dietary pattern. Causes like unbalanced food habits, irregular sleeping pattern, low physical exercise are few of them. In elderly population, about 70% people are affecting or complaining about it.
So, the correct treatment is dealing with the cause and effect carefully.
In the department of herbal products, Ayurveda uses herbal cleanses under to broad categories - sramsanam and virechanam. Sramsanam is a prune-like gentle flush. Virechanam is a epsom-like purgative.
Ayurveda combines tissue-linking-herbs with laxative herbs to build specific tissue cleansing effects.
Some pastes/lehams as examples
Trivrilleham - general gut flush
Dantihareetaki - liver flush
Dasamulahareetaki - lung flush
Manibhadram - skin flush
Kalyanakagulam - reproductive flush
Using any above formulas in a specific context can change its effect. For example, if Trivrit paste is used at the end of a snehapanam, it works as a complete body cleanse.
None of these should be used without your Ayurveda practitioner's guidance and supervision.
Signs of constipation
What Causes Constipation?
Complications of constipation
Some Yoga techniques to relieve constipation
To be practiced under a trained yoga therapist