What is Constipation?
Constipation is a term that involves passing stool on irregular basis (three or less than three stools per week), passage of hard stool, difficult stool that needs much straining, feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation or even a need to manually (by hand) remove the stool from the rectum. There is no specific cause for constipation, but few risk factors predispose a person to this condition. These factors include taking a low-fibre diet, poor intake of fluids, a sedentary lifestyle with decreased physical activity, taking dairy products in excess, taking calcium supplements, anti-depressants, narcotics and psychotropic drugs. There are certain medical conditions that can lead to constipation as well. These conditions include Hirschsprung’s disease, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. The various symptoms that may attend constipation are a bloated abdomen, pain in abdomen and headache. Some known complications that may arise from long standing constipation are piles, anal fissures and rectal prolapse. Homeopathic medicines for constipation be a big boon for people who are habitually constipated.
Homeopathic Treatment of Constipation
Homeopathy is a very effective mode of treatment that offers a permanent cure for constipation. Homeopathic medicines, together with a healthy lifestyle, proper diet management and exercise can aid complete recovery from constipation. Homeopathic medicines treat constipation by strengthening the sluggish intestines. As the intestines get strengthened, their propelling power is raised and bowel movements are regularised. Homeopathic medicines for constipation are natural and free from any adverse side-effects. In my clinical experience, top ranking Homeopathic medicines for constipation are Nux Vomica, Bryonia, Magnesia Mur, Alumina and Nitric Acid.
Homeopathic Medicines for Constipation
Nux Vomica – One of the top rated Homeopathic medicines for constipation with insufficient and unsatisfactory stool
Nux Vomica is one of the top grade Homeopathic medicines for constipation. The hallmark symptom to look out for before prescribing Nux Vomica is insufficient and unsatisfactory stool. Bowel evacuations are scanty and incomplete, with ineffectual urge to pass stool. The person goes to clear bowels frequently, but the feeling of incomplete bowel clearance persists. Another key symptom is a constant uneasiness in the rectum, a feeling that part of the stool remains in rectum, a feeling of constriction in the rectum. Nux Vomica is one of the majorly indicated Homeopathic medicines for constipation in people leading a sedentary lifestyle with little or no physical activity.
Bryonia – Most effective among Homeopathic medicines for constipation with hard, dry, difficult stool
Bryonia is another of the wonderful Homeopathic medicines for constipation. I have found Bryonia to be especially effective in constipation cases where the stool is hard, dry and difficult. The stool is passed with much straining. It is hard, large and dry as if burnt. Burning sensation in the anus may be felt while passing stool. Distension of abdomen and headache may also appear.
Magnesia Mur and Natrum Mur – Wonderful Homeopathic medicines for constipation with hard, crumbling stool
Magnesia Mur and Natrum Mur are prominently indicated Homeopathic medicines for constipation with hard, crumbling stool. Magnesia Mur is indicated where the stool is very hard, dry, and knotty, like sheep dung and crumbles on verge of the anus. Magnesia Mur is also the most suitable among Homeopathic medicines for constipation in infants during dentition. Natrum Mur is another of effective Homeopathic medicines for constipation with hard, dry crumbling stool. Burning, tearing or stitching pains in the rectum are experienced after passing stool in such cases.
Alumina – Best among Homeopathic medicines for constipation with soft, but difficult stool
In my experience, Alumina is one of the best Homeopathic medicines for constipation with soft, but difficult stool. The stool may be clay-like and sticky. A characteristic symptom is that passing stool requires much straining. Another unique symptom to look out for prescribing Alumina is absence of urge to pass stool for days together until there is large accumulation of stool in the intestines. I have found Alumina extremely effective in treating constipation in infants, bottle fed babies and elderly persons as well.
Lycopodium – One of the top Homeopathic medicines for constipation with gas in abdomen
Lycopodium shows the most satisfactory results in constipation cases accompanied by intense gas formation in the abdomen. The guiding symptoms for use of Lycopodium are hard, difficult and incomplete stool with an abdomen bloated from flatulence. Marked distension, fullness, tension and bloating in abdomen are noted soon after eating. Acidity with burning, acrid belching may also appear along with constipation and gas in the abdomen. Lycopodium is an ideal prescription among Homeopathic medicines for constipation in such cases.
Nitric Acid and Graphites – Top grade Homeopathic medicines for constipation leading to anal fissures
I have found Nitric Acid and Graphites highly helpful in treating constipation cases where the condition leads to anal fissures. Nitric Acid is most suitable among Homeopathic medicines for constipation where the stool is expelled with much straining even though it is soft, and causes tears/cracks in the anus. Tearing pains and bright bleeding from the rectum while passing stool are prominent. After passing stool, violent, cutting pains appear in the rectum and last for hours. Homeopathic medicine Graphites is recommended as one of the best Homeopathic medicines for constipation where the stool is very large, hard and difficult leading to cuts in anus. This is attended with smarting, sore pain and bleeding from rectum.
Collinsonia and Aesculus – Well known Homeopathic medicines r constipation where it leads to piles
Collinsonia and Aesculus fall in the category of best Homeopathic medicines for piles arising from constipation. I have found Collinsonia to be of great help in cases of highly obstinate constipation with dry stool leading to piles. Aching, burning and constriction in rectum are marked in such cases. Bleeding from rectum may appear. Aesculus is another of the effective Homeopathic medicines for constipation which leads to piles. The guiding symptoms for use of Aesculus are hard, dry, large stool with piles. Here piles may be the blind type (i.e. non-bleeding) or they may bleed. Marked anal pain after passing stool is felt. Sharp and shooting pain in the lower back is another attending feature.
Ruta – Most prescribed among Homeopathic medicines for constipation with rectal prolapse
Ruta is a high grade Homeopathic medicine for constipation with rectal prolapse. I have seen excellent results in constipation cases attended with rectal prolapse with use of Ruta. A person in need of Ruta mainly has chronic constipation with difficult stool passed with much straining. As a result, rectal prolapse arises. Stooping worsens the rectal prolapse. Tearing and stitching pain in the rectum are other accompanying symptoms. Ruta is also one of the most well indicated Homeopathic medicines for rectal prolapse in women following childbirth.