Homeopathy treatment for Constipation
Constipation means difficulty passing stool, or' the inability to have a bowel movement when desired. It can be caused by diseases affecting the bowel or nervous system, emotional stress, lack of bowel tone and peristalsis, insufficient fiber in the diet, dehydration, lack of exercise, drugs, and, rarely, obstruction of the bowel.
Hard, dry, or soft stool, pain on having a bowel movement, gas and bloating, and hemorrhoids. are the main symptoms. Feelings of sluggishness, mental dullness, bad breath, and body odor often accompany constipation.
Acute constipation mainly causes discomfort. If it persists, impaction of the hard, dry stool can occur, blocking the rectum and requiring manual removal. Enlargement of segments of the colon may occur if constipation is chronic and severe.
Does the person want to be in a particular position or posture when constipated?
What is the color and consistency of recent bowel movements?
Is the person straining at stool?
Are hemorrhoids present? What do they look like? (See Hemorrhoids.)
"I am so confused. I want to eat potatoes and rice." Alumina
"My rectum feels so dry." Alumina, Bryonia, or Nux moschata
"If I could just go home, I could have a bowel movement." Bryonia
"The constipation is my responsibility. I'll take care of it." Calcarea carbonica
"I'm so sleepy and my mouth is dry." Nux moschata
"I get up at 3:00 A.M. with gas pains, and 1 just can't go, no matter how hard I try." Nux vomica
"The stool starts to come out, then it goes back in." Silica
"It feels like everything will fall out of my rectum if I try to go." Sepia
How long has it been since you had a bowel movement?
How often have you had bowel movements in the last week?
Was there anything unusual about your last bowel movement?
What was the stool like?
Any blood in the stool?
Is it painful to pass a stool?
What kind of foods have you been eating?
Are you drinking enough fluids?
Have you been getting any exercise?
Do you have any other illnesses going on now?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
· For constipation that is due to dryness with no urge, in a person who seems confused, consider Alumina.
· A person who needs Bryonia has large, hard stools with dryness, and a lot of thirst for cold drinks; many symptoms are worse from motion.
· For a stubborn, chilly, flabby person who sweats on his head and has stubborn constipation, try Calcarea carbonica.
· When there is dryness, and a dreamy, drowsy, dizzy state, give Nux moschata.
· When the person is an irritable businessperson, consider Nux vomica or Bryonia.
· If the person has constant urges but can't go, even with a lot of straining, try Nux vomica.
· For constipation during pregnancy and menstruation, and a feeling like a ball in the anus or that the rectum and uterus will fall out, consider Sepia.
· For bashful stool (comes out part way, then recedes) in a refined, shy person with sweaty feet, try Silica.
· Give three pellets of 30C three times a day until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) usually only need to be given once. Repeat only if the symptoms definitely return after being better.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Homeopathic medicines stimulate the bowel to work normally, usually relieving constipation in a few hours to a couple of days. Homeopathic medicines can't, however, remove impacted stool, clear a bowel obstruction, or solve a problem that would require surgery or 'manual manipulation. If there is another disease process causing the constipation, it is necessary to treat the whole person homeopathically, not just the bowel. If there is, chronic constipation, refer the person to a qualified homeopath.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
· Drink eight glasses of water per day, starting with a glass of warm water with lemon immediately on rising in the morning.
· Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, at least half of them raw.
· Eat whole grains and supplement with a tablespoon of bran stirred in juice or baked in muffins or in cereal.
· Take a one- to three-mile walk daily.
· Take one tablespoon flaxseed oil per day or one teaspoon ground flax seeds.
· Drink an eight- ounce glass of prune juice each morning.
· Take one tablespoon psyllium seed husks or powder per day. It is important to drink lots of water while taking psyllium.