Monday, November 1, 2010

Dealing with Constipation Homeopathically!

Regular and satisfactory bowel movement is bliss! But sadly not many people enjoy this gift and suffer from what we term as constipation. Hard, difficult to pass stools irrespective of the frequency of bowel movement is also called as constipation.

Lots of factors come into play when it comes to regular bowel movement. Inadequate fiber in diet, drinking less water, eating instant food, sedentary habits, etc are some of the factors that are modifiable. Rather a doctor must advice modifications in every patient complaining of constipation instead of merely suggesting remedies; only then the cure can be said complete. Maintaining factors often are the crucial factors that hamper the way to cure. Most importantly the physical activity must be stressed the lack of which is THE reason in many of the patients these days.

There are certain problems that also include constipation as one of the symptoms. The diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes, scleroderma, spinal cord injuries, etc are some of the problems giving rise to constipation.

Homeopathic Medicines for Alleviating the Constipation-

As we always say, nullifying the symptoms is the way to cure for any disease. Therefore, the name of disease is certainly not important while we treat any malady. The symptoms of the disease considered in totality help one find the accurate remedy for any disease, rather person. Constipation can be effectively dealt with as a symptom in homeopathy and there are quality medicines that can be employed homeopathically to help one restore normal bowel function. Let’s see some of the important remedies and their differentiating features for constipation—

(1) Alumina-

· No desire for defecation

· Hard dry and knotty stools

· Itching at anus

· Even soft stool is pushed with difficulty

· Long before the evacuation there is a painful urge sometimes; but ha to strain a lot

· Pressing in groins

· Associated with dryness of mucus membranes everywhere

· Moody person with hasty hurried attitude

(2) Alumen-

· Extremely severe constipation

· No desire for days together

· Absolute lack of ability to expel stools

· Despite passing the hard stools, the rectum feels full

· Stitching pain in rectum after stool for long time

· Associated with hemorrhoids

· Constricted sensation in mucus outlets

(3) Ammonium mur-

· Crumbling stools at the verge of anus

· Itchy sensation pervades rectum

· Hard stools covered glairy mucus

· Mucus stools (often green) alternating with constipation

· Smarting and burning pains in rectum during and after stool

· Associated with the thirst for lemonade

· Hemorrhoids after suppressed leucorrhea

(4) Antim crud-

· Marked anal itching

· Old cases of irritable bowel syndrome, where constipation alternates with diarrhea

· Hard lumps of stools mixed with watery discharge

· Bloated abdomen after eating

· Entirely mucus stools at times

· Haggard look on face, suggesting subdued liver function

· Marked craving for sour food, especially pickles

(5) Bryonia-

· Stools seem large, hard, as if burnt

· Lack of desire for stools

· Tender abdomen

· Burning pains in rectum with sensation as if peristalsis has come to a stop

· Associated with thirst for large quantities of water

· Pressure in stomach as of a stone

· Irritability is often a concomitant in all Bryonia patients

(6) Calcarea carb-

· Stools at first hard, then soft, then liquid

· Large and hard stools

· Stinging hemorrhoids

· Most Calcarea patients however do not complain of constipation; they are better with it

· Has to be associated with sour belching, sourness pervading the system

· Fearful gesture, with marked fear of disease

· Indolent types, averse to any type of exertion

(7) Carduus mar-

· Venous constitutions with dropsical swellings

· Bright yellow stools, hard, dry, knotty; often alternates with diarrhea

· Constipation in patients with gall-stone disease

· Tender liver region

· Hemorrhagic piles

· Burning pains in anus and rectum

(8) Collinsonia-

· Sharp sticking pains in rectum

· Most obstinate constipation with hemorrhoids

· Constipation during pregnancy

· Alternate constipation and diarrhea

· Itchy anus with constricted sensation

· Painful bleeding piles

· Venous engorgement of rectum

· Mental emotions or excitement aggravates, better by heat

(9) Graphites-

· Climacteric constipation

· Knotty stools with mucus threads

· Soreness of anus

· Anal fissures

· Undigested stools, very offensive, with fetid flatulence

· Hemorrhoids with itching of anus

· Associated with constrictive pains in stomach

· Must loosen clothing around waist

(10) Kali bichrom-

· Marked periodicity associated with constipation

· Sensation of plug in anus, worse mornings

· Associated with pain across the loins and brown urine

· Cutting pains in abdomen after eating

· Constipation in fat, flabby, light complexioned people

· Most suited to subacute stages and not violent ones

(11) Lachesis-

· Offensive stools with tightness of anus

· Pain through rectum and anus while coughing, sneezing, etc

· Purplish protruding hemorrhoids

· Blackish discharge-bleeding from bowels

· Abdomen sensitive, cannot bear anything around waist

· Associated with gnawing hunger spells

(12) Mag mur-

· Constipation of infants during dentition

· Sheep dung like stools, knotty, in small quantities

· Crumbling stools at the verge of anus

· Bloated feeling in abdomen, worse after eating

· Associated with painful hemorrhoids

(13) Mezereum-

· Constipation after the delivery of child

· With bearing down pains in rectum

· Alternating with greenish offensive diarrhea

· Associated with colic at times, with shivering and difficult breathing

· Associated with watering of mouth and some or the other skin concomitant


(14) Nux vomica-

· Ineffectual urging for stool is the hallmark of the remedy, whether in constipation or diarrhea

· Has to go several times in the morning and still feels unsatisfactory

· Irregular peristalsis

· Absence of all desire to defecate is a strong contraindication to use Nux

· Uneasiness in rectum

· Associated with flatulent distension and chilliness

(15) Plumbum met-

· Black, lumpy stools

· Frequent urging and spasms of anus

· Impacted stools with sensation as if anus is drawn upwards with constriction

· Associated with colicky pains radiating to all body parts

· Neuralgic pains in rectum

(16) Sulphur-

· Fears defecation on account of severe burning pains

· Unsuccessful desire to defecate frequently but passes small quantity every time

· Marked redness around anus with itching and burning

· Oozing hemorrhoids

· Good appetite or total loss of appetite; all gone sensation about 11am is frequent concomitant

· Feels as something is alive in abdomen

· Milk leads to constipation spells


  1. Thanks for helps to know so much about constipation.There is this problem acute in many a person and they find it very difficult to deal with the same.They make their laxative intake very high and often spoil their digestive system.

  2. Moving your body from the outside helps keep things moving on the inside. Exercise is one common natural treatment for constipation, as it gives the digestive system a boost.

  3. Many of the older homeopaths use to give Sulphur and Nux vomica in altering for constipation. Another symptom of Sulphur is constipation alternating with diarrhea.

  4. Move the body from the outside helps keep things moving inside. Exercise is a natural common treatment for constipation, as it gives the digestive system a boost.

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