1. Centella Asiatica Powder + Liquorice Leaves Powder
Centella Asiatica is commonly known as Gotu Kola, pennywort, or Centella. It is a frost-tender, herbaceous, small perennial plant. Native to the wetlands of Asia, this herb has been long used in Ayurveda to heal various health ailments. There is nothing that this magical plant cannot do. It can treat skin diseases, tiredness, leprosy, ulcers, impaired vision, constipation, menstrual pains, sexual debility, hypertension, etc. People also claim that tigers, when wounded, roll on these plants to heal themselves in the forest. Its flowers bloom between August & September. This plant incorporates a bitter, mild taste with a smell similar to tobacco. Its leaves are in the shape of a human kidney and measures about 2 to 5 centimeter in diameter. The stems of this plant are reddish whereas the flowers are mild violet. The fruits are enclosed inside a thick, hard pericarp.
Liquorice, Licorice, Liquirizia or however you may call it, is a plant that has its origins in the East. It is a deciduous, hardy, perennial plant, which grows to a height of 1 meter or even taller. It has strong roots, which spread horizontally, spanning out one meter or even more. The roots are about 1 to 5 cm in thickness and have a woody brown appearance with a mild yellow color on the inside, whose fiber can be easily pulled like a long string. It has pinnate leaves with a fern-like appearance. They can heal a lot of ailments. Hence, constipation is no exception. To try this remedy, follow the steps given below:
- Step 1: Take one teaspoon of licorice leaves (powdered form) and one teaspoon of Centella Asiatica leaves (powdered form).
- Step 2: Mix them together.
- Step 3: Consume this powder and drink hot water after that.
- Step 4: Repeat on alternate days for 2 to 3 days (and not more) to see best results.
How Does This Work?
The phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties of Centella Asiatica greatly help in relieving constipation. Apart from this, it purifies the blood, revitalizes the brain cells, and improves memory. According to this clinical study, the other vital constituents of this herb include tannins, amino acids, flavonoids, and alkaloids.
The leaves of licorice have natural laxative properties to help treat constipation. According to this research, licorice has a plenty of healing substances, even including plant estrogens (or phytoestrogens) and flavonoids. It has a therapeutic compound called glycyrrhizin (ten times much sweeter than usual sugar) exhibits multiple beneficial effects. Since it is mildly laxative, it can help in lowering the stomach’s acid levels, relieving indigestion, and heartburn.
The Remedy Is Not Good, If:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- You have low potassium levels.
- You are suffering from hypertension.
- You have cancer (any type).
- You are suffering from nerve problems (or hypertonia).
- You have undergone surgery or going to have one.
- You have kidney disorders.
- You are suffering from skin allergies.
- You are consuming the mixture in excess. It can backfire.
- You are suffering from hives.
How To Prevent Constipation?
Making changes in your lifestyle is the major step you have to make to prevent constipation. Throw away all those fatty food into the bin and choose healthier fruits and berries for snacks. Exercise is great for your heart, waistline and also your bowels. It is an important part of maintaining a healthy digestive system and warding off constipation. Here are some other lifestyle changes you can bring in to prevent constipation.
1. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration is a common cause of constipation. Therefore, it is vital to drink at least eight to ten glasses of water every day. This can include juices as well. Avoid alcohol and other caffeinated drinks as it causes dehydration.
2. When Nature Calls, Never Hesitate To Answer
When you get the urge to let it go, let it go! Even if the time and place are not convenient, it is important that you pay attention to your body needs. When you use the toilet, ensure to have sufficient time and privacy to do the ‘job’ comfortably.
3. Optimize Fiber Intake
You should aim at 30g of fiber every day. You can increase the fiber intake by incorporating foods like whole grain wheat, whole-wheat pasta, wholemeal bread, seeds, and oats. Foods high in fiber also keeps you feel full for longer. A sudden increase in fiber can cause bloating. Therefore, it is necessary that you increase the fiber intake slowly.
4. Limit Use Of Laxatives
Even though the function of laxatives is to ease the bowel, overuse of it will have adverse effects on the digestive system. A laxative is not for long-term use. Ironically, overuse of laxatives can cause constipation.
When To See A Doctor?
You need to pay a visit to the doctor when:
- Changing your diet has not helped solve the issue.
- You get diarrhea as an alternate symptom.
- You experience bleeding from the anal area, get severe stomach pain, suffer from fatigue, loss of weight; and pain in the back when you try to pass stools.
- One of your family members has been affected by colon cancer at a young age (less than 50 years).
- You feel that the medication (for diseases) is contributing to constipation.
- You suffer from vomiting bile (the color – green or yellow).
You have to consult a doctor within 24 hours if:
- The abdomen is swollen, and you have fever
- Leaking stools
Natural Remedy vs. Pharmacy
There are many types of laxatives available to treat constipation. Some are known as fiber supplements or stool softeners. A few of the preferred ones are Metamucil, Fibercon, Citrucel. The best example of stool softener laxative is known as Colace. The other type is known as osmotic laxative – Miralax (component – polyethylene glycol) and magnesium hydroxide called as Milk of Magnesia.