constipation cure

Constipation is a common disease affecting millions worldwide, causing discomfort and impacting overall well-being. In the world of Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system, constipation is viewed through a unique lens that considers the balance of doshas, the digestive fire (agni), and individual body types.

I. Introduction

Definition of Constipation

Constipation is more than just infrequent bowel movements; it involves difficulty passing stools, leading to discomfort and bloating. Ayurveda recognizes it as an imbalance in the body’s natural state of doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Mostly in Vata dosha. Constipation is known as Malabadhhata in Ayurved.

Common Causes

Here are some common causes that causes constipation

  • Frequent intake of dry, cold food
  • Lack of exercise
  • Frequent intake of heavy foods like non veg
  • Hard work
  • Mental stress
  • Indigestion
  • Frequent eating
  • Frequent intake of non-cooked food items
  • Lack of milk & fiber contained diet
  • Other diseases like fever etc

II. Ayurvedic Perspective on Constipation

A. How constipation occurs? 

Constipation in Ayurveda is attributed to various factors, each with its own mechanism contributing to the condition. Despite diverse causes, a common process is as below:

  1. Frequent Exposure to Causative Factors: Regular exposure to factors contributing to constipation initiates the condition.
  2. Aggravation of Vaat Dosha: – The repeated influence of these factors leads to an increase in Vaat dosha, one of the three doshas in Ayurveda.
  3. Dry Nature of Vaat Dosha:  – Vaat dosha, being inherently dry, affects the moisture levels in the intestines.
  4. Reduced Lubrication of Intestines: – The heightened Vaat dosha diminishes the natural lubrication of the intestines.
  5. Hardening of Stool: – Insufficient lubrication results in the hardening of stool.
  6. Weakening of Intestines: – Frequent passage of hard stool weakens the intestines over time.
  7. Reduced Intestinal Capacity: – The weakened intestines experience a reduction in capacity to accommodate stool.
  8. Compromised Fecal Excretion: – With diminished capacity and hardened stool, the process of feces excretion becomes compromised.
  9. Manifestation of Constipation: – The cumulative effect of these processes ultimately leads to the manifestation of constipation.

In summary, constipation in Ayurveda is a result of the interplay of factors that progressively weaken the intestines and disrupt the natural process of stool passage. Identifying and addressing these causative factors is fundamental to the Ayurvedic approach in managing constipation.

Importance of Agni

In Ayurveda, the importance of Agni (digestive fire) in constipation lies in its role in maintaining digestive balance. When Agni is weak or imbalanced, it can lead to incomplete digestion, resulting in the formation of hard stools and difficulty in bowel movements, contributing to constipation. Strengthening Agni through dietary and lifestyle practices is crucial in preventing and managing constipation in Ayurveda.


III. Dietary recommendation for Constipation

In Ayurveda, dietary recommendations for constipation focus on balancing the digestive system and promoting regular bowel movements. Here are some dietary guidelines to alleviate constipation:
  • Hydration:  – Drink warm water throughout the day to hydrate the body and promote smooth bowel movements.
  • Fiber-Rich Foods:  – Include fiber-rich foods such as whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, oats), fruits (especially prunes, figs, and papaya), and vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, carrots) to add bulk to the stool.
  • Healthy Fats:  – Consume healthy fats like ghee (clarified butter) and olive oil to lubricate the intestines and ease the passage of stool.
  • Warm and Moist Foods:  – Prefer warm, moist, and easily digestible foods. Soups, stews, and cooked vegetables are beneficial for balancing Vata dosha and preventing dryness in the intestines.
  • Avoid Dry and Processed Foods:  – Limit the intake of dry and processed foods, as they can aggravate Vata dosha and contribute to constipation.
  • Probiotic-Rich Foods:  – Incorporate probiotic-rich foods such as yogurt, buttermilk, and fermented foods to promote a healthy gut microbiome and support digestion.
  • Herbal Teas:  – Drink herbal teas with digestive herbs like ginger, cumin, and fennel to stimulate Agni and improve digestion.
  • Avoid Cold Beverages:   – Minimize the consumption of cold beverages and ice-cold foods, as they can dampen Agni and slow down digestion.
  • Regular Meal Times:  – Establish regular meal times and avoid irregular eating patterns to support a consistent digestive routine.
  • Chew Food Mindfully: – Chew food thoroughly and mindfully to aid in the digestion process.

IV. Lifestyle Modifications

A. Daily Routine (Dinacharya)

Ayurveda suggests specific lifestyle modifications to alleviate constipation, focusing on balancing the doshas, improving digestion, and promoting regular bowel movements. Here are Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations for managing constipation:

  • Wake Up Early: – Rise early, preferably before sunrise, to align with the natural rhythms of the day.
  • Hydration: – Start the day with a glass of warm water to stimulate digestion and help with bowel movements. But, some individuals are restricted to drink water on empty stomach – like in arthritis, skin diseases etc.
  • Tongue Cleaning: – Use a tongue cleaner to scrape off toxins accumulated on the tongue, promoting oral hygiene and overall detoxification.
  • Oil Pulling: – Practice oil pulling with sesame oil or coconut oil to enhance oral and digestive health.
  • Abhyanga (Oil Massage): – Perform self-massage (abhyanga) using warm sesame oil before bathing to nourish the skin, improve circulation, and support the digestive system.
  • Fasting: – Consider occasional fasting or having lighter meals once in 15 days to give the digestive system a break.
  • Bedtime Routine: – Establish a calming bedtime routine, including activities such as reading or gentle stretching, to promote relaxation.

B. Yoga and Pranayama:

  1. Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose): – This yoga pose involves lying on the back and bringing the knees to the chest, helping in releasing excess gas and promoting digestion.
  2. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose): – Trikonasana involves stretching the body and twisting, aiding in massaging the abdominal organs and supporting digestion.
  3. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose): – Bhujangasana helps in strengthening the abdominal muscles and improving digestive function.
  4. Nadi Shodhana (Alternate Nostril Breathing): – Practicing Nadi Shodhana helps balance the nervous system and promotes overall well-being, including digestive health.
  5. Kapalbhati Pranayama: – Kapalbhati involves forceful exhalations and can stimulate digestion and improve abdominal muscle tone.

C. Exercises:

  1. Brisk Walking: – Engage in brisk walking for at least 30 minutes daily to stimulate bowel movements and enhance overall circulation.
  2. Agnisara Kriya:  – Agnisara Kriya, a yogic cleansing practice, involves rhythmic abdominal contractions and releases, promoting digestive fire.
  3. Core-Strengthening Exercises: – Include exercises that strengthen the core muscles, such as planks and boat pose, to support abdominal health.
  4. Twisting Movements: – Incorporate gentle twisting movements in your exercise routine to massage the abdominal organs and stimulate digestion.
  5. Pelvic Floor Exercises: – Pelvic floor exercises, like Kegels, can help strengthen the muscles involved in bowel movements.

These Ayurvedic lifestyle modifications, when integrated into a daily routine, can contribute to the prevention and management of constipation. It’s essential to personalize these recommendations based on individual needs and consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner for tailored advice.

V. Ayurvedic Herbs and Therapies

A. Common Ayurvedic herbs used for constipation

Ayurveda incorporates various herbs known for their digestive properties to help alleviate constipation. Here are some common Ayurvedic herbs used for managing constipation:
  1. Triphala : – Triphala is a combination of three fruits – Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). It is renowned for its gentle laxative effect and overall digestive benefits.
  2. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): – Haritaki, one of the components of Triphala, is known for its mild laxative properties and is often used to regulate bowel movements.
  3. Isabgol (Psyllium Husk): – Isabgol, derived from the seeds of Plantago ovata, is rich in soluble fiber. It adds bulk to the stool and facilitates its passage through the intestines.
  4. Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis miller): – Aloe Vera has natural laxative properties and can help soften stools. It is used cautiously due to its potency.
  5. Senna (Cassia angustifolia): – Senna is a potent herb with natural laxative effects. It is often used in Ayurveda for short-term relief from constipation.
  6. Ajwain (Carom Seeds – Trachyspermum ammi): – Ajwain seeds have carminative and digestive properties. They can be beneficial in relieving gas and promoting digestion, which indirectly aids in preventing constipation.
  7. Haritaki (Terminalia chebula): – Haritaki is known for its rejuvenating and laxative properties. It helps in softening the stools and promoting regular bowel movements.
  8. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale): – Dandelion is traditionally used in Ayurveda for its mild laxative and diuretic properties, aiding in digestive and detoxification processes.
  9. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra): – Licorice has mild laxative effects and is known for its soothing properties on the digestive tract. It is often used in combination with other herbs.
  10. Ginger (Zingiber officinale): – Ginger has carminative properties and can help stimulate digestion, reducing the likelihood of constipation.
It’s essential to note that the use of herbs for constipation should be approached with caution, especially for individuals with underlying health conditions or during pregnancy.


B. Ayurvedic therapies used in constipation. 

Ayurvedic therapies for constipation focus on balancing the doshas, enhancing digestion, and promoting regular bowel movements. Here are some common Ayurvedic therapies used in the management of constipation:
  • Abhyanga (Oil Massage): – Abhyanga involves massaging the body with warm oil, typically sesame oil. This practice helps stimulate circulation, relax the nervous system, and promote healthy digestion.
  • Swedana (Herbal Steam Therapy): – Swedana involves exposing the body to herbal steam to induce sweating. It helps in opening the channels, improving circulation, and supporting the elimination of toxins.
  • Virechana (Therapeutic Purgation): – Virechana is a controlled therapeutic purgation that aims to eliminate excess doshas and toxins from the body, promoting detoxification and regularizing bowel movements.
  • Basti (Enema Therapy): – Basti involves the administration of herbal decoctions or oils through the rectum. This therapy helps in lubricating and tonifying the intestines, facilitating the elimination of waste.
   – a. Niruha Basti (Decoction Enema):
      – Niruha Basti involves the use of herbal decoctions, which aid in softening the stools and promoting their easy elimination.
   – b. Anuvasana Basti (Oil Enema):
      – Anuvasana Basti involves the use of medicated oils, which nourish and lubricate the intestines, promoting smooth bowel movements.
  • Nasya (Nasal Administration of Medication): – Nasya involves the application of herbal oils or medicated substances into the nostrils. This therapy helps in balancing Vata dosha, which is often associated with constipation.
  • Dhara (Pouring of Herbal Decoctions): – Dhara involves the continuous pouring of herbal decoctions or oils over the body. It can have a calming effect on the nervous system and contribute to overall well-being.


Yes. But individual results may vary, and consistent lifestyle changes are crucial.

While many Ayurvedic remedies are safe, it’s advisable to consult with a qualified practitioner, especially when considering remedies for children.

Relief in constipation is easy and faster. Consistency in adopting Ayurvedic practices is key for long-term relief.

Ayurveda encompasses a holistic approach, including dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and stress management, for comprehensive well-being

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