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Constipation

No desire for stool, stool may be hard,knotty-like sheep-dung. Constipated yet soft stool. Difficult urine. The patient is chilly. Paralytic weakness and dryness of skin.
Constipation refers to infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels mostly caused by functional or organic disorders or improper diet and it may lead to painful defecation. It is a very common problem of the digestive system and almost all of us have encountered it once or more. Constipation itself is just a symptom and not a disease. In some patients constipation may be a lifestyle disorder while in others it may be a symptom of  some serious underlying illness. 

What is Constipation?

Constipation is itself a symptom which is defined in the following manner:
Infrequent bowel movements
Difficulty in passing stools (sensation of hard stool or straining)
Sensation of incomplete bowel evacuation.

Causes of Constipation

Congenital constipation is constipation in infants and it is due to any congenital anomaly. Apart from this, other causes of constipation are discussed below:

  1. Low fiber diet
  2. Inadequate liquid intake
  3. Dieting
  4. Decreased physical activity as seen in elderly patients
  5. Voluntary withholding of the stool: The choice to withhold can be due to factors such as fear of pain, fear of public restrooms, or laziness.
  6. Taking large amount of dairy products-In some people milk products cause constipation.
  7. Stress
  8. Endocrine diseases like diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism
  9. Overuse of Laxatives
  10. Medications Constipation can be a side effect of various medicines like opioids, antacids, antidepressants, supplements like Iron tablets or vitamins
  11. Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease or multiple sclerosis
  12. Pregnancy
  13. Carcinoma of Colon

How is constipation caused?

Constipation is a disease of the digestive system. In most cases, this occurs because the colon has absorbed too much of the water from the food that is in the colon. The slower the food moves through your digestive tract, the more water the colon will absorb from food. Consequently, the feces become dry and hard.Severe constipation which prevents passage of stool and gases is referred as OBSTIPATION.

Diagnosis of constipation

The diagnosis is essentially made from the patient's description of the symptoms.Only a small number of patients with constipation have a more serious medical problem. If you have constipation for more than two weeks, you should see a doctor.Following tests may be helpful in finding the cause of constipation :

  • Blood tests if a hormonal imbalance is suspected
  • Barium studies to look for obstruction of the colon
  • Colonoscopy to look for obstruction of the colon

Constipation in children

After birth, most infants pass 4-5 soft liquid stools in a day.Formula-fed or bottle fed babies have more chances of having constipation than breast-fed babies.

How can we prevent constipation

Constipation in children usually occurs at three distinct points in time: after starting formula or processed food, during toilet training in toddlerhood, and soon after starting school.Prevention of constipation is easier than treatment.It can be easily prevented by following easy steps:

  • High fibre diet
  • More fluid intake
  • Regular exercise
  • Move your bowels when you feel the urge
  • Avoid dry, fat & spicy foods.

 Treatment of Constipation in Homeopathy

Name of the medicines commonly used according to similarity of sign and symptoms of the disease-characteristics and patient’s individualistic guiding symptoms with medicine:—
Aescules hip,Alumina, Alumen,Argent met, Argent
nit, Bryonia, Calc
carb, Carbonium
sulph, Causticum,
Conium, Colocynth,
Collinsonia,
Graphites, Lachesis,
Lycopodium, Natrum
mur, Nux vom, Nitric
acid, Opium,
Plumbum, Silicea,
Sulphur, Thuja etc. .

Any other medicine may be used in this disease according to symptom-similarity of patient and medicine.
Characteristics and guiding symptoms of some medicines used in this disease are described below:
1. Alumina No desire for stool, stool may be hard,knotty-like sheep—dung. Constipated yet soft stool. Difficult urine. The patient is chilly. Paralytic weakness and dryness of skin.
2. Bryonia — Complete rectal inactivity due to dryness of anus and no urging. Stool is large, hard
and very dry hence is passed with difficulty.Tongue is dry and white coated. The patient is hot
and angry. Takes large quantity of cold water at large intervals.
3. Graphites — No urging for days, when the stool does pass, it is in round balls, knotted together with shreads of mucus accompanied with great pain owing to fissures. The patient is fat and chilly. Aversion to fish, meat, music and coition.
4. Lycopodium — Constipation due to constriction of the rectum, which is associated with piles, stool hard the 1st part and soft the last part with extreme desire to hot food and sweets. The patient is angry, greedy, lazy and chilly. General affection to right side and aggravation from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m..
5. Nux vom — Who are constipated due to the use of purgatives and laxatives, urging to stool, with sinking and gone—feeling at pit of stomach, but not evacuate properly. Bad effects of mental and physical exhaustion, sexual abuse and night watching. Sleeplessness and aversion to food. The patient is angry, oversensitive and chilly.
6. Plumbum - Loss of muscular activity with urging to stool, accompanied with violent colic and
spasmodic aching pains. A little round ball—like black, dry and hard stool passes with difficulty.
Paralytic weakness. The patient is chilly and generally affected on right side. Blueness of gums.

Updated: March, 4 2015

Comments (2)

  1. John Feb 26 2015 9:52AM Reply
    Can constipation cause urine problems like lack of flow and always going?
    • Dr Shivani VermaFeb 26 2015 5:28PMReply
      Hi John, In some patients constipation can cause urinary problems because large amount of stool in the colon can put pressure on the bladder.

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