Most people when suffering from constipation for for laxatives of various fiber supplements. However there are several natural remedies which are used by naturopaths for treating constipation. Here are 5 such remedies. Although many people do not think beyond treatments which they are used to still there is no harm in reading these and have more knowledge about these options.
1. Urine Therapy
Simply put, urine therapy uses self urine to heal self of many diseases and ailments. If you want to do urine therapy you would need to drink your own urine. Usually the most preferred time to drink the urine is the first morning urine but it can be also taken later in the day.
Usually people think that Urine contains waste materials from our body but that is not true. Urine contains Urea in a very small quantity and other minerals, anti bodies and enzymes which are produced in the body. Usually the minor quantity of the Urea is beneficial since it goes to the intestines and absorbed there which activates the cleansing activity of the intestine as it is converted into glutamine.
The antibodies present in the urine which are specific to each person is again presented to the body which can help in fighting infections more easily. They also help in normalizing other body function including proper intestine movements which help in getting relief in constipation naturally. In case you think that it is gross to drink urine, just to let you know it is traditionally done in many culture including the Chines and India. Even in bible there is a mention of this.
How to Get Relief for Constipation with Urine Therapy?
As mentioned briefly above the most important urine to drink would be the morning urine. Collect the morning urine in a container or a bottle. Do not collect the first and the last portion of the urine and only the last portion. If you are starting out just put few drops on your tongue. Try to feel it and get used to it. Then next day put some more quantity and over the next few days keep on adding more and more quantity. Once you are comfortable take a sip. Then you can move on to taking larger quantities.
In case you are suffering from constipation you would feel that the stomach is loosening up and you would be able to pass the stool more easily without even taking other laxatives. Within a few days of taking urine most people report having solved the constipation problem to a large extent. If you have tried various constipation remedies but they did not work I would suggest trying this out. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
2. Acupressure For Endocrine Glands Related constipation
Constipation could be caused by problems in endocrine glans which caused problems in the ways hormones are secreted. When this happens the apart from constipation we also suffer from several other health problems.
For example in case of hypothyroid problems we face problems of fat metabolism due to which we may gain weight and also feel lethargic. When we try to cure these problems we will get relief not only from digestive and constipation problems but also from problems and symptoms of the disease.
In this article let us see few acupressure points which can help in getting rid of diseases related some of the endocrine glands. Acupressure is an ancient system of healing and it is in a way free of cost as it does not require any medicines. Once you are aware of the points in the body for a particular condition please press those points with thumb. In case patient is not able to press it then he or she can take the help of any friend or relative. You should not press the points too hard.
Mentioned below are the points which will provide relief from the the endocrine glands related problems.
Points to Press – Please refer to the chart above and press the points mentioned for Thyroid, Parathyroid and Pancreas glands. Press these points for 2 minutes twice a day. Press the points both in hands and the feet. For feet you may need to press them little harder since the skin is harder in the feet as compared to the hands.
Other points are as follows –
Press both sides of the adam’s apple on the throat one inch from the center on both sides.
Press the point which is a pit on the throat which is the center of the collar bone. For more information read article on curing thyroid problems with acupressure.
For general information on how acupressure can help you can read the article acupressure points for constipation relief.
Additional Tips – Practice this with relative empty stomach. Drink around two glasses of warm water and lie down during the points being pressed. After all the points are pressed press the point from Kidneys so that toxins are flushed out. You can find the points related to kidney in the chart above.
Acupressure is totally harmless and there are no side effects. So you can try it easily at home and usually in few days you should start seeing the benefits. We have seem many cases where acupressure can give almost immediate relief in different kinds of pain. However remember that usually the endocrine gland problems are detected at least after few month of the onset of the disease. In many cases it is detected after few years. So it will take some time to heal.
You must have faith and continue to press the points and soon enough you would start seeing positive results which will help you to get rid of the problems which arise when these glands do not work properly.
3. Simple 5 Minutes Abdominal Massage for Constipation Relief
Our abdomen contains all the digestive and excretory organs and sometimes when they get lethargic it can affect both digestion and the elimination of the food. Usually when your digestion goes bad you may go for digestive syrups and tablets and if you get constipated you would most likely opt for laxatives. However there is another way to activate your abdominal organs which uses massage.
Abdominal massage can help you to both improve digestion as well as avoid constipation. Usually abdominal massage is done with oil. When you massage the abdominal region it increases the blood flow to all the organs and activates them and hence their efficiency increases. Oil gets absorbed into the skin and from there it goes to the intestines via the blood.
Oil acts a mild lubricant and also helps the food in the intestines to retain their moisture and hence keeps the stool soft and easy for elimination. Hence you can effectively treat constipation with massage. In general food grade oils are good for health and have many benefits including constipation relief, relief in joint pain and also healthy skin. For more information on affect of oils on constipation, read oils which are useful for constipation relief.
How to Abdominal Massage for Constipation Relief
This massage can be done by your own or you can also ask someone for help. You would need some mustard oil for the massage. If possible take the oil and keep it in sun for some time so that it can soak up energy. Before you take bath sit on a chair and take the oil and put some drops in your navel with a finger. Now take little more oil in your fingers and apply around the navel and massage it slowly in circular motion clockwise around the navel.
You would be able to observe that most of the oil get absorbed into the body. Now take some more oil and apply it little far away from the navel and massage in a larger circle. This way massage the entire abdomen region. Now sit in the sun for 5 to 10 min. In the meanwhile if you want you can apply the oil on the limbs also.
Now take back with cold water and rub the abdomen with hand while taking bath. If it is winter you can take bath with little hot water.
If you take this massage for a few days you would be recharging all the organs of your abdominal system and constipation will go away naturally. Massaging is a good home remedy for constipation which you can do easily at home.
Precautions during abdominal massage.
Do not massage too hard.
Do not massage if you are suffering from stomach ulcers.
Avoid this massage in case of hernia also.
4. Get Relief from Constipation with Enema
Enema is extremely beneficial in getting rid of stomach diseases. If enema is done after stomach mud therapy enema becomes more useful. Enema removes the excess and unnecessary feces sticking to the intestine. When there are feces which is sticking to the intestine it creates gas in the stomach and also put pressure on the nerves. The nerves get inactive with prolonged pressure on them and in long term the constipation becomes more difficult to cure as the intestines lose their power.
Enema with cold water relieves the pressure from the nerves of the intestines, it soothes and rejuvenates them which activates the intestinal muscles which help in elimination of feces. One of the problems caused by sticky feces is fissure and piles and enema also helps prevent building up of this problem. However for those who are undergoing enema for first time should should use hot or warm water enema since it is easier to take and loosens the feces better.
Steps for Enema
Before starting enema either take mud therapy on the stomach or apply hot and cold water bags alternately on the stomach to make it more effective. Fill the enema container with water and let some water flow out from the nozzle so that air bubbles can come out.
Now put a rubber catheter on the nozzle. Lie on the back and bring the feet near the hips. Keep the feet some distance from the hips. Usually turning on your left side makes the enema easier and more effective.
Next insert 2 to 3 inches of the catheter in the anus. Now release around 500 ml to 600 ml of water into the anus. Initially it is not advisable to use too much water.
After taking enema hold or block the water in the stomach for around 5 minutes. Now go to toilet and release the water and you will see that along with water the hardened stool will also come out. If you are suffering from chronic constipation, take 2 to 3 glasses of warm water before enema to increase the effectiveness.
When you take enema you will feel too much pressure on the abdomen and will feel too much urge to go to toilet. However try to control it for few minutes so that the pressure will pass off. Then you can go to toilet safely. Otherwise there is a risk that the water may come out while moving to toilet.
Benefits of Enema
The body gets rid of hardened stool very easily and it is very useful for curing chronic constipation. The body will regain energy and toxins are flushed out very easily from the body which will also remove many other diseases. You will feel light and great and do not need to depend on medicines.
When you practice enema along with various natural remedies for constipation which can be quite handy, the benefits and results are achieved faster. You can also try various home remedies for constipation like milk of magnesia and isabgol. You may be aware that isabgol or psyllium husk is the main component of metamucil.
Other Benefits of Enema
Enema also helps in keeping the weight under control, activates all the digestive organs and clears toxins from the body. Many other diseases like migraine and cancer is also treated by enema therapy.
Who Can Take Enema
Usually people of all age groups can take enema and even pregnant ladies can also take it safely, though the amount of water used should be less and done under expert guidance. Sometime even toddlers who are undergoing chronic constipation are treated with enema so that they can regain regular peristalsis and become healthy.
5. How to Use Mud Therapy For Constipation Relief
Earth is one of five elements of nature which our body consists of. When the elements of nature are in balance, the body and mind are healthy and the body becomes disease free. Out of the five elements, mud represents the earth element. Mud therapy can be very useful in curing many diseases including constipation relief. Mahatma Gandhi also used to practice Mud Therapy to get relief from Constipation.
Mud therapy is widely used due to its several health benefits. The nature cure therapists use mud therapy to cure many diseases in the body including wounds, boils, bruises and other diseases. Usually mud therapy is used along with other therapies. Mud therapy uses clay and it is applied on various body parts. This therapy eliminates or reduces the toxins since mud pack absorbs toxins from the body. Mud pack opens up the skin pores, increases the blood flow to the skin, and relieves the congestion and and reduces the body heat. In constipation also this has been found to be really effective.
Features of Mud Therapy
- Since clay retains moisture for a long time, it cools the body part when applied and kept for the duration of the treatment.
- In case of constipation, mud therapy relaxes the abdomen and removes intestinal heat and relieves constipation.
- It is cheap and easily available. You can also buy it online.
How to do Mud Therapy
Mud therapy is very simple treatment and really effective. The mud used for this should be clean and taken from 3 to 4 ft. depth from the surface of the ground. Usually the mud near the ponds which are black in color are suitable. There should be no contamination of stone pieces or chemical manures etc. in the mud. It would be good if before using, mud is dried, powdered and sieved to remove small stones, grass particles and other impurities.
Knead the mud adding water in appropriate quantity so that the mud is neither too tight not containing too much of water. Apply the mud on patient’s entire abdomen region. The duration of the mud pack application should be around 50 to 60 minutes and repeated for three days. After around an hour wash the body with preferably cold water and if it is too cold use warm water. Wrap a blanket after taking the bath.
How it Works
Applying mud on the abdomen soaks the heat and activates the abdominal and digestive organs. It is effective in decreasing intestinal heat and stimulates peristalsis hence helping in elimination of stool. It also provides relief in all forms of indigestion and other stomach ailments.
- Stomach pain, arthritis patients also benefits from mud therapy. For arthritis apply the mud pack on entire body.
- Application of the pack over the eyes is useful in cases of conjunctivitis, hemorrhages in the eyeball, itching, allergy, errors of refraction like short sight and long sight and especially useful in glaucoma where it helps to reduce eyeball tension.
- Mud pack applied to head has been found to be effective in congestive headache and provides immediate relief from the pain.
- Many skin diseases like Psoriasis and Leucoderma are also cured and the skin gets a new glow.