Home Remedies For Constipation Bowel Movements

(Constipation) Irregular bowel movements. The opposite of diarrhea, constipation is commonly caused by irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, and medications. Colon cancer can narrow the colon and thereby cause constipation. The large bowel can be visualized by barium enema x-rays, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy. Barring a condition such as cancer, high-fiber diets can frequently relieve the constipation.

As food moves through your digestive system, your body soaks up water and nutrients it needs from the food. What's left over comes out as stool. Normal stool is usually soft and easy to pass, and it generally shouldn't be too difficult to have a bowel movement. But sometimes the bowels just don't move like they should.

Some of the main causes of constipation include:

* Constriction, where part of the intestine or rectum is narrowed or blocked, not allowing feces to move past
* Paralysis, where peristaltic action is diminished or absent
* Insufficient intake of food or dietary fiber, so that a suitable bolus is not formed
* Psychosomatic constipation, based on anxiety or unfamiliarity with surroundings
* Excessive drying of feces, forming a hard bulk that cannot be eliminated
Some medical conditions that may cause constipation include:
* Pregnancy or having given birth
* Problems with the muscles and nerves in the intestine, rectum, or anus
* Irritable bowel syndrome, a condition in which the nerves that control the muscles in the intestine don't function correctly; the intestine becomes sensitive to food, stool, gas, and stress
* Diabetes, a condition in which a person has high blood sugar, also called hyperglycemia, because the body cannot use blood glucose, or blood sugar, for energy
* Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormone to meet the body's needs and many of the body's functions slow down.

Tips to Avoid Constipation: -

* Eat a well-balanced diet that includes whole grains, fresh fruits, bran and vegetables.
* Drink plenty of clean pure water.
* Exercise, stretch and move.
* Don't ignore the urge to go.
* Take the time to go.
* Take time to relax and reduce stress.

Tips to Constipation (Irregular Bowel Movement): -

* Regular Exercise: - Regular exercise helps your digestive system stay active and healthy. Exercising 20 to 30 minutes every day may help.
* Proper Diet: -Dietary measures such as increasing fiber intake from whole-wheat grains, fresh fruits, vegetables and bran may help add bulk to the stool, thus promoting normal bowel movements. Special efforts should be made toward increasing the daily intake of fluids.
* Check with your doctor about any medicines you take: -Some medicines can cause constipation. Be sure to ask your doctor if any medicines you are taking could cause constipation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Any home remedies for chronic constipation ?
    I am 21 years old and have had chronic contipation for 3 years. I eat plenty of fibre, drink 2L water daily and exercise regularly. I have been to the doctor and have had scans and blood tests done and no problems came up. Sometimes however I don't have bowel movements for up to 2 weeks and feel terrible. I have tried all the laxatives the doctor suggested and sometimes they help a little but other times they do nothing for me. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Try an all natural health product like New Colon Sweep, it can help you relieve from chronic constipation naturally. Hence, it won't lead you into harmful side effects.

  2. QUESTION:
    I have serious question about Constipation?
    I have been constipated for the past two weeks.

    My last bowel movement was a week ago.

    I have been taking laxatives, but It seems that my body is immune to them now.

    I need some serious help. Any advice? What will they do to me if I go to the doctor? Any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of constipation including medications, poor bowel habits, low fiber diets, abuse of laxatives, hormonal disorders, and diseases primarily of other parts of the body that also affect the colon.
      HOME REMEDIES
      no red meet
      natural aloe juice two teas spoons in morning
      oatmeal
      lots of water with lemon
      no rice or bread
      papaya
      pear
      lots of broccoli
      acidophilus yogurs
      drink warm water during your cardiovascular workout
      TREATMENT
      Treatment of constipation may include dietary fiber, non-stimulant laxatives, stimulant laxatives, enemas, suppositories, biofeedback training, and surgery

      If the constipation is not responding to the simple measures discussed previously with the addition of hyper-osmolar laxatives or milk of magnesia, it is time to consult a physician for an evaluation.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I fix constipation in my puppy?
    So my 6 month old shih tzu vomited about 8 times yesterday. I called the vet and he said to boil chicken and rice and give her that to eat. Done. Today, Charlotte hasn't had a bowel movement. I'm hoping she hasn't become constipated due to the food. What should I do to loosen up her stool and get her to have a bowel movement?
    My puppy has stopped vomiting yesterday, our only concern is that she's not had a bowel movement. Could it be the rice and chicken?

    • ANSWER:
      There comes a time in everyone's life when constipation rears its ugly head. The same holds true for dogs, unfortunately. Lack of exercise and proper diet can lead to bouts of constipation (sound familiar?). While you may seek a variety of ways to "eliminate" this problem in your own life, let's explore some home remedies for dog constipation which can be utilized in the eventuality it occurs in theirs.

      As mentioned earlier, a proper diet and exercise are key components in ensuring your dog has the ability to move his bowels as often as necessary. House dogs usually need to be walked twice a day while maintaining a proper diet. If your dog becomes constipated, one method to alleviate this problem is by adding one to two teaspoons of bran to his meal. This allows for extra moisture in the stool.

      Another method to soften the stool would be to add psyllium (Metamucil in the adult world) to his diet. Half a teaspoon twice a day, in addition to drinking plenty of water, will suffice. A third option would be mineral oil. This may be used in cases where there is a large build-up of hard stool. Two teaspoons, twice a day should be added to his meal, but for only a week. There are several other steps you can take to alleviate your dog's constipation. Keep his food moist by adding a bit of water. If your dog is getting on in years, add some raw meat and vegetables to his diet.

      There are certain signs which can alert you to potential problems, and for which you can take immediate steps. Long hair on dogs can cause feces to become entangled; therefore, keep your dog properly groomed. Dogs tend to eat everything in sight, ensure no bones or other material has been ingested. Just as we experience constipation due to certain medications, dogs are no exception. Psychological stress is another indicator relating to constipation.

      While it has been suggested that all breeds and dogs of any age are prone to constipation, there are other aspects which you may need to consider, and for which many dog owners are culpable. Never feed your dog from the dinner table. While you may indulge the dog with a few scraps here and there, you are contributing to his constipation.

      Foods that contain flour, sugar, rice, dairy and high protein are the main source of the problem. Ice cream, cookies, bread, chocolate, or other unhealthy food items can cause your dog unnecessary pain. As mentioned earlier, a lack of fiber and dehydration are common causes. Another cause for concern would be a condition known as mega colon. This simply means your dog has an inflamed colon which prevents the discharge of feces.

      The time to visit the vet will become evident when your dog's inability to defecate is hampered by a decreased appetite, passing blood in minimal amounts, and overall lethargy. Keep in mind, contributing to the overall health of your dog should be of the utmost importance. A dog's love is unconditional, therefore, he or she is totally dependent upon you to maintain a healthy and harmonious life. Be ever vigilant to any signs of stress and ensure his diet and exercise regimen is appropriate and on-going.

  4. QUESTION:
    My 16 month old baby is really constipated and hasn't had a bowel movement?
    My 16 month old baby has had problems with having bowl movements since I started her on solids. I got a prescription from the doctor for a laxative called Lactulose, but it hasn't helped and she hasn't had a bowel movement for a week. Is there anything that I can do at home to relieve her constipation?

    • ANSWER:
      A fabulous natural baby laxative is molasses (Karo makes it but, it's got to be the molasses, not just the yellow corn syrup.. that won't work at all... I'd put about 2 tablespoons in a bottle of milk. It's sweet, so baby will really love it! Molasses is not really recommended for babies under 6 months, so your baby should be fine.

      If baby really needs to get moving, then I'd first just try to give a gentle bum rub... sounds gross, but I learned this from raising a newborn squirrel. Mother squirrels lick the bums of their babies to encourage them to poop... it can work for a human baby too.

      If that doesn't work, then I'd suggest giving a gentle enema. I had to give my son a few when he was a baby, he was constipated alot.

      You can go buy an enema product, but it's probably not recommended for babies, but i just made my own... you can use a gentle soap water, some baby oil or a vegetable oil...

      I know it's gross, but it will give them instant relief. My son would just get so backed up and cry... and in the middle of the night, it's a fast remedy!!!

      I'd first try to relax baby, put some lubricant on bum and on the enema squirter thing... gently and slowly... very slowly!

      Once inserted, gently and slowly squeeze and baby should poop within minutes... so be ready!

      Once baby is relieved, you might try the molasses on a regular basis, but be careful to not ruin teeth with too much sugar.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why is it so painful to pass stool? Is there any other home remedies to help aid a less painful bowel movement?
    I suffered from chronic constipation about 3 years ago after taking heavy painkillers for a broken hand and wrist, and it left me having irregular movements.
    It got better about a year ago, and then it started again after a sports injury leaving me again on heavy painkillers - and I'm still struggling to shift the issue.
    However, it is no longer constipation (I go every other day when I was "healthy" and that's what I do now) my problem is I think I potentially have an internal anal fissure as I have problems with BMs without any pain, I never strain - quite the opposite I get scared to go because of the pain I go through.
    It isn't as bad as it was the first time I suffered with them. However it is dictating my life, and I find myself in the bathroom for a long long time.
    I've been looking up whats good/bad for me and I'm going to start by trying prune juice. (I exericse, so this helps keeping me regular) and I try not to eat heavy fibre meals (as that only makes my stool problematic as it gets bigger).

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    I need a home remedy for constipation for my 6 month old baby?
    I have tried changes in her diet, movement of her legs, giving her water and juice. The doctor recommended a laxative, but the brand she recommended had a warning for children under age 16! I am not comfortable giving that to an infant. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Prune juice works wonders! Gerber makes an apple prune juice that my baby loves. Also my doc said to not use rice ceral because it is more constipating and to use oatmeal instead. Also he said if you get desperate to use a rectal thermomitor with a little lubricant and insert it about 1/2 inch and gently move it around in a circlular motion. Sometimes that stimulates the bowels.
      We got desperate on vaction when she was 3 months and got a container of glycerin suppositories. We cut it in half length wise and width wise and inserted just a small piece. It worked in minutes. My dr said it's ok for occasional desperate use but not everyday since they can become dependent on using it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Anyone has any suggestions on stomach bloating and on constipation?
    I am looking for some home remedies for constipation and stomach gas. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      To overcome constipation take a lot of fiber food; drink plenty of water. even two cups of warm water when you wake up in the morning would facilitate bowel movements. Applying coconut oil inside the anal opening helps the free passage of faeces. Gas gathers in stomach due to two reasons. Swallowing too much air while eating. The second is hyper acidity. Any antacid taken half an hour after food releases the carbondioxide. Juicy fruits like Mozambique, oranges and papaya do the same. A few pieces of papaya and a banana at bedtime with a cup of milk relieves both problems.The fruits should not be bitter but sweet.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best non-prescription laxative or any home remedies for constipation?
    I have cancer ( hospice ) so I take a lot of pain meds, which make me constipated. Can someone help?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are taking opioid medications, then you should be taking Senna-S one tab twice daily. If you have no bowel movement every three days take milk of magnesia 30 mls daily until you do. If you have no bowel movement on the fourth day take a dulcolax suppository. If you have no bowel movement the fifth day, take a Fleets enema. If you have had no bowel movement on the fifth day, or if your constipation is causing you discomfort, the call the hospice to have a nurse come and visit. Try to take an extra dose of pain medication a little before the nurse arrives, because you may need a digital inspection/dis-impaction and that can be uncomfortable.The best way to treat constipation is to prevent it. Take the Senna-S whether you feel constipated or not, unless you have watery stools. Drink plenty of fluids, especially prune juice and water. Try to remain as active as possible and include some fiber in your diet.

      All of the medications mentioned are available without a prescription, but they are covered under your hospice benefit and should be supplied by the hospice.

      PS: If none of this works you could try rolling a pea sized ball of petroleum jelly in some sugar, and put it in the freezer and take that. That's old school, but it works as a last resort.

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you cure bad constipation?
    I have bad constipation and I've been using ducolax pills to cure my problem. I used them four days in a row and now I've become immune to them. I tried curing it naturally but it was making it worse after 2weeks. What should I do to cure my constipation? Also does citrucel work better than ducolax and should I used that instead if I should cure it with pills?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many home remedies and natural treatment to cure bad constipation such as these:

      Home remedies
      - Eat a medium-sized pear after dinner or with breakfast.

      - Drink a glass of hot water with sour lime juice and half a teaspoon of salt.

      - Swallow a teaspoon of linseed with water before each meal.

      - Eat a slide of raw papaya early in the morning.

      - Take 3 small beets, scrub them, clean and eat them raw in the morning.

      Natural treatment
      Change diet.
      It is important to increase the amount of fiber in the diet with raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice, flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals.

      Add exercise.
      Exercise such as walking, swimming and jogging, can help regulate the bowels. It can be as simple as walking 20 minute every morning of evening.

      Keep hydrated.
      People who suffer from constipation are usually dehydrated. For that reason, it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

      Check medications.
      Some medications cause constipation. Check with your physician.

      Be aware of laxatives.
      It is better to avoid laxatives. It can cause more problems with constipation because create habit can cause, in addition, diarrhea, bloating, dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.

      It is important to go to the bathroom as soon as the person feel the urge and never hold in a bowel movement because this contribute to have constipation

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info/Constipation.html

  10. QUESTION:
    If I take colace (stool softener) will it cause a bowel movement that may interrupt my work day like a laxativ?
    I get a little plugged up sometimes because I have to take iron and it causes some slight constipation. I was wondering if it would be safe to take a colace or if that would cause me to have to suddenly use the bathroom and if I would be on the toilet a while after.

    • ANSWER:
      Stool softeners just give temporary relief for constipation problem and that to, to some extent.

      Constipation can be cured naturally with easy home remedies.

      If you are suffering from constipation. Then here is a site for you, I have used them. Its good.

      Constipation gives rise to many related diseases because toxins are retained in our body for more time than usual.

      Act on it now! Constipation causes:

      hemorrhoids
      anal fissures—tears in the skin around the anus
      rectal bleeding
      intestinal lining to be pushed out from the anal opening
      fecal impaction

      If you really want to get rid of constipation naturally once for all, then there is no other remedy which I have used from the following site. It was very helpful for me when I was suffering from constipation. Good Luck.

      http://www.remedies-for-constipation.org/best-remedies-for-constipation

  11. QUESTION:
    Are prunes in syrup (tinned) good for relieving constipation?
    I struggle to have regular bowel movements. I go once or twice a week max and I think it's down to the amount of water I drink. I struggle to drink more than one glass (of any liquid) a day. I just don't feel thirsty enough to drink it and I heard that prunes are good for relieving constipation however, the only prunes I could find were the tinned ones that come in syrup. Will these work just as well as dried prunes?

    Thanks in advance for any help and information. :)

    • ANSWER:
      Taking prunes syrup (juice), laxatives or stool softeners does not work always and they don't give permanent relief from constipation problem.

      Constipation can be cured naturally with easy home remedies.

      If you are suffering from constipation. Then here is a site for you, I have used them. Its good.

      Constipation gives rise to many related diseases because toxins are retained in our body for more time than usual.

      Act on it now! Constipation causes:

      hemorrhoids
      anal fissures—tears in the skin around the anus
      rectal bleeding
      intestinal lining to be pushed out from the anal opening
      fecal impaction

      If you really want to get rid of constipation naturally once for all, then there is no other remedy which I have used from the following site. It was very helpful for me when I was suffering from constipation. Good Luck.

      http://www.remedies-for-constipation.org/best-remedies-for-constipation

  12. QUESTION:
    Is it ok if everyday i will give my 2 month old daughter a glycerin for her bowel movement?
    If time she will cry we always want him to BM because we think it was. And we always use a glycerin because she has a difficult way of BM everyday single day. Is there other alternative that we could give to my baby. I felt sorry for my baby, when we give her infalac in the hospital after giving birth my wife she is normally BM but after getting home with a full breast feeding it happen to be difficult to her to BM.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, just about every member of my family has needed them on a daily basis at some time or another. And as I'm always saying, they're the least addictive constipation remedy out there, because of the way they work.
      However...
      You shouldn't expect them to solve the problem singlehandedly. It's NOT ok to be using them everyday for a week (or more). Obviously babies intestines are unpredictable, constantly developing - but bear in mind that at all ages the usual causes of constipation are poor diet and lack of exercise.
      You don't say whether she's breastfed - don't panic, I'm not saying "breast is best", just...maybe she needs a different formula?

  13. QUESTION:
    Will tea tree oil help with my acne?
    I have had acne for a while, maybe 2 years or 3. I literally have tried so many things. Nothing is working. Im hoping this will, its my last choice.
    Are there any other home remedies.
    Oh and i cant use honey, i break out.

    • ANSWER:
      Acne is actually a visual detoxification of the body. So acne is the result of the body trying to get rid of toxins in the body. Putting more toxins on the body can help with the symptoms but not the cause. I suggest the natural way below, which I have seen work almost 100% of the time for those actually committed to it. I struggled with acne even until my late 20’s and never realized why I was having such problems.

      Allergies is one of the primary causes to acne. Many people don’t even know they have allergies to certain foods, because the symptoms are not as visible or known. There are nutrients that exist for most food allergies. Acne is also a telltale sign of toxic blood. Purification of the blood by correcting the allergies in it, will correct the acne condition.

      Another cause of acne is constipation, which again, builds up toxins in the intestines. So it is always important when struggling with acne to have good bowel movements. The key is to restore levels of organic sodium and potassium in the body through eating many different RAW fruits and vegetables. Be sure to eat many foods with high levels of fiber as well. You should get fiber from natural sources to produce good bowel movements. I have seen chronic acne clear up within 1 week of eating large amounts of blood cleansing fruits and veggies.

      For example, Dairy products produce the most allergies of almost any other food. Being chronically tired, for example, can be an allergic symptom. To combat this allergy you can take the following vitamins and minerals: Vitamin D, Potassium, Amino Acids – Aspartic Acid and Aparagine and through bee pollen, alfalfa and hawthorn berries.

      Check out the book Ultimate Healing System by Dr. Donald Lepore for more info. This stuff really works. I personally can attest to it.

  14. QUESTION:
    Is there any way of treating piles/hemroids without approaching a doctor/nurse?
    I feel embarrassed to approach a doctor over my recent bowel movement pain! I am bringing out blood when I wipe and I am suffering from a lot of constipation, therefore I feel as if I may have piles. How do I treat them? If it is tablets or cream I need to use to get rid of them, is it possible for me to buy them myself or do I need to be prescribed for the treatment by a doctor? If I can just buy the treatment without me being prescribed though, then what is the name of the medication or cream I would need?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't worry hemorrhoid can be cured naturally at the comfort of your house with natural remedies.

      There are many way to cure hemorrhoid naturally, but the proven one and easy home remedy for hemorrhoid is the site which is below. I have used them and I was successful in curing my external hemorrhoids permanently. It is a dedicated site only for hemorrhoids. You will be cured for sure. I hope you can get cured within one week. Good Luck.

      http://hemorrhoids.enatural-remedies.com/answer/hemorrhoids.php

  15. QUESTION:
    My 4 month old breast fed baby is constipated what can I do to help him?
    I took him to the doctor and she said it is normal for him to be constipated for over a week, I did not change anything in my diet except eat more healthy. So wondering does anyone know any home remedys for me to try to relive my baby?

    • ANSWER:
      A breastfed baby is almost never constipated, and, if she is, it's a sign of a *serious* problem. It is not like a baby who gets formula, and you can't just "fix it" by giving any sort of home treatment.

      That said, constipation in a breastfed baby has nothing to do with the length of time between bowel movements. As long as the bowel movement--when it does come--is soft and huge, it is not a problem. Some babies go only once in 2 weeks, but it is *normal*. I had a baby who only had one bowel movement a week (and once went for 2 1/2 weeks--when the two of us were traveling alone internationally of all times!!). Treating it as constipation can cause serious problems.

      And, by the way, it has *nothing* to do with what you eat, either!! Your milk can never be "too thick" or "too thin", and an allergy to something in your diet won't cause constipation.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I get my dog to poop?
    My dog was recently put on a new medicine for arthritis, but it didn't settle with her stomach well and she had diaherra for 24 hours. I called the vet and she told me to not give her any food for 24 hours, so I didn't. After the 24 hour period, the diaherra stopped and I resumed feeding her again. We've been on a regular eating pattern for three days now, but she hasn't pooped yet. Is this normal when coming off of diaherra for a dog? Of course our vet is out of the office until next week, so I haven't been able to touch base. My dog is still eating normally and not showing any signs of discomfort, but three days seems like a lot of time to not poop. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      This seems to be common after a bout of diarrhea because of dehydration. Please try to have your dog drink as much as possible - even if you have to flavor the water with chicken broth.

      Most remedies for doggie constipation need to have vet recommendation - especially if your dog has health issues. You don't mention how large or small your dog is, but if you have a small breed then you may want to consider giving your dog an enema. It's really not that bad to do and your dog might be really relieved. At the drugstore you can buy a pediatric glycerin enema to administer at home. Also, your vet's office might give (sell) you the enema if you call and speak with the vet tech. If it's too cold outside where you live to do this, then shut you and the dog in the bathroom and do it in the tub where you can at least control the environment and it's easier to clean. Don't think that an enema will cause a massive eruption of loose stool, generally if your dog is dehydrated, the liquid will be absorbed into the body and a normal bowel movement will occur.

      Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    what's the best way to relief constipation in the shortest time?
    is there some easy safe natural home remedies or something to relief constipation in the shortest time possible? please help!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to relief constipation in the shortest time are the following:

      Home remedies
      - Eat a medium-sized pear after dinner or with breakfast.

      - Drink a glass of hot water with sour lime juice and half a teaspoon of salt.

      - Swallow a teaspoon of linseed with water before each meal.

      - Eat a slide of raw papaya early in the morning.

      - Take 3 small beets, scrub them, clean and eat them raw in the morning.

      Natural treatment
      Change diet.
      It is important to increase the amount of fiber in the diet with raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice, flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals.

      Add exercise.
      Exercise such as walking, swimming and jogging, can help regulate the bowels. It can be as simple as walking 20 minute every morning of evening.

      Keep hydrated.
      People who suffer from constipation are usually dehydrated. For that reason, it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

      Check medications.
      Some medications cause constipation. Check with your physician.

      Be aware of laxatives.
      It is better to avoid laxatives. It can cause more problems with constipation because create habit can cause, in addition, diarrhea, bloating, dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.

      It is important to go to the bathroom as soon as the person feel the urge and never hold in a bowel movement because this contribute to have constipation

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info/Constipation.html

  18. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a good colon cleanser can anyone tell me about anyone good ones?
    I want to use a colon cleanser before starting my diet can anyone give me any that's good and not to harsh?

    • ANSWER:
      Exercise.  To keep your colon healthy, you need to exercise regularly.  You've heard it said over and over again that habitual physical exercise helps to reduce your chances of all types of cancer – even colon cancer. 

      But did you know that regular exercise can help your colon perform better on a daily basis in a very noticeable way.  It's true.  Regular physical activity can help you avoid constipation.

      Other natural ways to keep your colon health include eating foods high in fiber.  On the whole, those individuals who eat a fiber-rich diet are less likely to become constipated.  And constipation may ultimately lead to even greater health risks.  Eating foods high in fats, such as cheeses, eggs and meats can also trigger chronic constipation.

      Fiber is that portion of grains and fruits and vegetables that is not digested by your system.  Soluble fiber can dissolve relatively easily in water and eventually transforms itself into a soft, gel-like texture in the intestines.  Insoluble fiber, on the other hand, passes through the intestines nearly unchanged.  The bulk and the soft texture of fiber help to prevent the hard, dry stools associated with constipation.

      The average American eats between 5 and 14 grams of fiber daily.  This is far less than the 20 to 36 grams recommended by the American Dietetic Association.  As a nation, we eat too much in the way of processed foods which have no natural fiber.

      Don't ignore that need to go!  Quite frankly, too many of us simply ignore the initial need to go to the restroom.  We get involved with a project at work, we're busy around the home or we simply procrastinate.  This not only eventually causes chronic constipation, but leads to continued poor colon health.

      Drink more! While drinking more water may not actually cure constipation, many people find that water add bulk to the stools which makes them a little easier to pass.  If you are bothered with chronic constipation, try drinking liquids every day.  The best liquids are water and fruit juices.  Try to avoid coffee, tea and soda.  The caffeine content in these just makes your condition worse, acting as diuretics.  The caffeine takes liquid out of your body. Alcohol also acts as a diuretic.

      Don't touch those laxatives!  Initially, it may seem like the right thing to do, but it may lead to a larger problem. Some people actually become dependent on laxatives.  The body then grows reliant on these in order to have a bowel movement.

      Consider an enema.  There may come a time, especially so if you've ignored your health for any length of time, that you may want to jumpstart your healing and put yourself on the fast track to health.  The best way to "start anew" in a sense is through an enema. 

      An enema flushes much of the old, dry, fecal build up on the walls and pockets of the colon very quickly.  This allows your system to eliminate the accumulation of toxins fast.  If you think you may want to take this route to colon health – and improve your overall well being – visit your natural health care practitioner.  If he can't help you, he'll direct you to a professional who can.
      Visit Best Natural Remedies Online for more articles on Natural Remedies.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have noticed tiny red dots on toilet paper after going to the restroom but there is no pain?
    Im 17, male, no pain, no blood in toilet or on stool just tiny red dots on toilet paper i need help any ideas of what it may be?

    • ANSWER:
      You have hemorrhoids, they can be painless if they are located on the inside of the anal area.

      If you have hemorrhoids that can be painless, you may find that you have them in the internal area of the anal tissues. One of the symptoms that you suffer from internal veins that are swollen is when you see rectal bleeding with bowel movements. You may notice blood on the toilet seat, on the toilet paper, or on the feces. When you have constipation or diarrhea you can cause the membranes on the delicate rectal area veins to rupture and bleed. This type may respond well to a change in the diet or by increasing the intake of water to help soften the feces that passes through the area.

      There are other home remedies and over the counter medications that you can treat the condition with if it is not causing you too much discomfort. Sitting in a tub of hot water for up to 15 minutes at a time will help relieve the pain and discomfort. If you purchase an over the counter remedy like Preparation H you may find that the analgesic that is in the cream will bring relief from the pain and the itching. You can buy herbal potions from the health food store that are formulated to clean out the intestines and help keep your bowels regular.

      You need to stay active because you can develop hemorrhoids when you sit too long. If you have tried home remedies and over the counter ointments, and you still suffer from this painful condition you should seek the advice of your health care provider. There are several treatments that are done in the office, but as a last resort, a surgeon can remove the offending tissues. Hemorrhoids can be painless but you may become alarmed when you see bleeding from the rectal area after a bowel movement.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I deal with my constipation?
    I ate 2 big cheese balls so I know that's what destroyed me. I've had it since Saturday. I drunk a bottle of this stuff (sorry I forgot what it's called) that's supposed to clean you out. Unfortunately, I threw it all up. After that, I took some Magnesia medicine( sorry I forgot what that was too.) I could only take half of it because it was so bad! About two hours later, my mom gave me a tea spoon of castrol oil ( I'm 14) so I'm not sure if that was enough. I didn't sleep at all last night and started getting bowel movements at 12 and they are still continuing on and off right now. I figured after I had so many bowel movements the pain in my right side would stop hurting. It has gotten better but it's still pretty bad. I'm drinking grape juice right now. Will that help me or cramp me up even more? I seriously need to get better cause I can't miss another day of school! I don't have any prune juice other than that I've basically tried everything. I've been on the heating pad for 2 days straight and it's not helping. What should I do? I'm so desperate. :(

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Sarah, I know exactly how you feel, coz I've been through it.

      Now for immediate relief or home remedies, consume lots of green tea with fresh lemon, a pinch of salt, cumin and fresh gooseberry flakes as additives. Cut out completely on soda, carbonated drinks, ice-creams, sweets, milk or diary products, and fast foods. Consuming fresh citrus fruit juice (instead of grape juice) without sugar thrice a day with low-glycemic (and half cooked fresh vegetables) diet must help improve your condition.

      Precaution: Suffering constipation can lead to catching viral cold. Please go to http://healthtoenjoywealth.blogspot.in/ to find a diet chart that helps prevent it. :)

      Hope you get well soon,
      Raghunath V. Yahuda

  21. QUESTION:
    constipation is there something else wrong with me?
    When i was in my 20s all i needed was a milk shake & 10 minutes later i would be getting cleaned out. Today im 50 & i can drink lots of cider & orange juice & a milkshake does not help me i have to take a laxative & wait to get a bowel movement most of the time is this normal or is their a bigger problem with my system?

    • ANSWER:
      Constipation is a common disturbance of the digestive tract. Laxatives can be habit-forming and may have dangerous side-effects including dehydration and damage to the large intestine. You can take Psyllium seed instead of Over-the-counter laxatives. Here are some natural remedies for you to overcome Constipation –

      1.Exercise regularly
      2.Drink plenty of water, eat vegetables, fruits etc.
      3.Eat a whole foods diet
      4.Drink fresh lemon juice, Beets and carrot juice.
      5.Honey is helpful
      6.Try a belly massage
      7.Garlic is helpful

      To get more information for Constipation home remedy right click here http://www.my-home-remedies.com/constipation-home-remedy.html

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I relieve constipation?
    I have been getting severe back pain when I've been constipated the last few times. Is it because of too much pizza or stuff? How do I relieve the constipation without ex-lax or that metamucel

    • ANSWER:
      Constipation home remedies
      Home Remedies for Constipation are a very powerful natural way of returning the balance to the body.

      But what is Constipaiton?

      Constipation refers to any irregularity in, or absence of, bowel movements. The slow movement of food through the large intestine and the amount of time the waste remains in the colon are factors that contribute to constipation. More and more water is absorbed while the waste is in our body and the stool becomes drier and bulky thus more difficult to pass. Home remedies can help in releiving constipation.

      Regular bowel movement is necessary to remove waste and toxins from the body. Some people will have movements every day, some others 3 times a week, this is normal, although some doctors consider a person moving bowels less then once a day to be constipated.

      TIP: It was believed that castor oil was a good remedy for constipation, we know now that it can cause dehydration and mineral imbalance.

      Constipation can be cause by lack of exercise, too much junk food, poor diet, painkillers, antidepressants and/or pregnancy. However serious diseases can cause constipation as well, including thyroid problems, circulatory disorder, diverticulitis, colon malfunction (fistulas, polyps, tumors, and obstruction).

      We recommend these home remedies for constipation

      Take Apple pectin, helps with constipation and brings fibers into the body.

      Take folic acid. An insufficient intake of folic acid can lead to constipation.

      To clean and heal the digestive system take Aloe vera juice twice a day.

      Mother Nature's Mega Fiber powder is a unique combination of psyllium seed husks, psyllium seeds, rice bran, fig powder, apple pectin, prune powder and acidophilus. Mega Fiber is a bulking agent that is beneficial for constipation or bowel cleansing. The ingredients in Mega Fiber are mostly water-soluble fibers and will increase the water and fat absorption as the stool passes. Mega Fiber is excellent for reducing fat and cholesterol intake, increasing the bulk of the stool and cleansing the colon walls. Mega Fiber is one of the best fiber products available and the taste is nutty and pleasant.

      All natural bulk forming Laxative

      Ginger tea is a great home remedy for constipation. It helps start bowel movement.

      Yerba mate in tea form is very helpful with constipation.

      Eat lots of fruits, green vegetables cabbage, peas, carrots, garlic, sweet potatoes, all these are high in fiber.

      Exercise often a simple stroll in the park can relieve constipation

  23. QUESTION:
    Puppy just got spayed and is having trouble pooping? Is this the norm?
    She will get in the position to go but won't. We think it is hurting her. During the surgery they had some trouble gettting her to stop bleeding. Is this normal for her to have pain when pooping? Sugestions? Should I call the vet? Any similar expeirences?
    Her under side isn't swollen. The incision looks fine.
    More detail would be GREATLY appreciated.
    The vet isn't in right now. =( I could call first thing in the morning though.

    • ANSWER:
      First off, I wouldn't hesitate to call you vet, that is what they are there for and they are use to these questions. Then you will feel better. Here is some info from Dogtime.com that may be reassuring or helpful to you. Hope you puppy recovers quickly and gets to go potty soon. I believe this is pretty normal, including for humans after surgery.

      All the best,
      Annie Starr
      ***************************************************************************************************************

      One of the side effects of surgery is constipation, so don't be worried if your dog does not have a bowel movement for a few days after coming home.
      Certain medications can cause a dog to be temporarily constipated. Your veterinarian will probably suggest a stool softener to counteract this.

      reating simple constipation
      These treatment options are for simple constipation only. If the problem lasts for more than five days, or if the stool contains large amounts or mucous or blood, consult with your veterinarian before beginning any treatment.

      Use a stool softener. A simple, isolated episode can be treated with a stool softener such as Laxatone, which you can buy at one of the giant pet warehouses, or DSS capsules, which come from your veterinarian. Read and follow the label directions carefully to be sure you do not overdose your dog.

      Lubricate. An old remedy for lubricating the colon that is still in use today is mineral oil. Veterinarians usually advise mixing it in with food rather than feeding raw. Be sure and follow dosage instructions to the letter to avoid further complications.

      Change his diet. Try adding fiber to your dog's food. Fiber is not absorbed by the dog's digestive tract and continues on to the colon where it adds to the volume of stool. This increased volume transmits strong sensory stimulation to the colon, encouraging it to void. You can buy a special prescription high fiber diet such as Hill's W/D diet that will result in better colon motility. If your dog won't eat the special food, you can still add fiber to his diet in the form of:

      Bran cereal (Make sure it is a 100% bran cereal)
      Canned pumpkin (Pure pumpkin, not pie filling)
      Metamucil, Benefiber, or a similar product
      Your veterinarian will recommend the necessary dosage for your dog.

  24. QUESTION:
    Is it seriously bad that I haven't had a bowel movement for 8 days?
    I know its not normal, but it didn't think it was bad. My stomach hurts as well.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Not Free Yet:

      There is a cancer-causing chemical in feces that you don't want hanging around in your intestines. You need to take a dump daily, at least. Why would you want to hang onto that stuff?

      I don't know what you've been eating, but I can guess it is the usual fast food, pizza, chips, cheese and meat that most kids eat. That stuff has all the fiber removed. Fiber is what you get from fruit, vegetables, and whole grains like oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread, etc. Fiber is very important and most of us don't get enough.

      Another possible cause is some medication you may have taken. Opiates, like Vicodin, are famous for causing constipation.

      It is no wonder your stomach aches. You're plugged up bad. The longer that crap stays in you, the harder it is to get out and the more exposure your gut has to that carcinogen..

      The old home remedies for this are drinking several glasses of water, eating a bunch of prunes, or maybe taking some ExLax or an enema.

      Can you talk to your parents about this? It is something you need to correct immediately and for the future.

      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    I have not had a bowel movement in almost a week!!?
    I have had a bowel movement in almost a week. I feel the urge to go, but when i attempt to use the bathroom........NOTHING!! My stomach really hurts, is there any home remedies that can be used as a laxative??

    • ANSWER:
      You are clearly constipated. The best thing for you might be lactulose, a medication that causes water to go into your GI tract and hydrate the contents, helping them to come out. I know they do make lactulose in a gel that you give to cats for hairballs, but I would hardly recommend anyone try to use that for their own constipation--unless you're really desperate and there's an open PetSmart!!!

      Many over-the-counter laxatives would work well. These medications work to activate the muscles that move your gut contents forward.

      First step would be to see your doctor-- I know you can't see one now due to the holidays (unless you went to the ER), as they would be able to prescribe the appropriate medications.

      If you can't see your doctor, I would try over-the-counter laxatives.

      If you don't want to take medications for some reason, the best thing to do would be to drink LOTS of water. You need to re-hydrate what is in your colon to help it come out.

  26. QUESTION:
    How much mineral oil can i give my newborn for constipation?
    She eats about 4 oz..shes almost 6 weeks old.....and its called extra heavy mineral oil

    • ANSWER:
      Probably none. First off you need to make sure baby is truly constipated. Is baby breast or formula fed? If breast fed it is normal for baby to go up to 10 days without having a bowel movement. Is it infrequent bowel movements, or are when she does go is it hard like pebbles? If it is infrequent but a soft consistency it is not constipation. If she is formula fed you may want to consult with the pediatrician about changing the formula. You really should ask the pediatrician before you do any "home remedies" for constipation. There are a lot of folk remedies out there that can do more harm than good.

  27. QUESTION:
    Flaxseed, is it good for anything or just another urban legend?
    Someone just told me that ground up flaxseed is very good for a lot of health problems, is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      my daughter has Lupus as well as several respiratory problems and has been taking flaxseed as part of her diet for over a year now, there have been benefits for her

      Flaxseed oil contains lignans, which can be used to counter hormone related problems and ward off the ill effects of certain, bacteria and fungi. Studies, which have been conducted show that the health benefits of flaxseed oil are extensive. It controls high blood pressure, helps to lower cholesterol and guards against heart disease. Flaxseed oil also protects against angina and could prevent a second heart attack. The health benefits of flaxseed oil also extend to combating inflammation due to gout, lupus and also inflammation in the joints and kidneys. Flaxseed oil reduces the intensity of joint pain and also reduces joint swelling. The omega 3 acids present in flaxseed oil helps to absorb the iodine and this is very useful in treating conditions where this element is present in small amounts.

      Surprisingly, flaxseed oil is also useful in controlling constipation. The dietary fiber content in the oil is considerable and helps to ease bowel movements. As it has been known to combat inflammation, it is useful in repairing any intestinal tract damage. It has been known to keep those gallstones at bay and sometimes dissolve existing stones.

      Problems associated with the skin have a ready remedy in flaxseed oil. The EFAs target the sites of inflammation and brings about an overall soothing. Acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and rosacea have all been known to respond favorably to flaxseed oil. The omega 3 acids ensure healthy hair and nails and it also helps to revitalize skin and prevents nails from cracking and breaking.

      Flaxseed oil helps to reduce the severity of nerve damage and also aids in the triggering of nerve impulses. As it nourishes the nerve, it may possibly be of some use in the treating of Parkinson’s disease. It helps to combat the effects of aging and the lignans present in the oil guard against cancer. Sprains and bruises heal faster on the application of flaxseed oil. Another important area where it is of great help is the brain.

      The omega 3 fatty acids help retain emotional health of a person, helping to tackle depression and possibly Alzheimer’s disease.

      Used externally, it can soften dry skin. The gel of flaxseed has been used as a poultice on injured areas in many Indian homes.. In fact, rural India has been advocating the use of flaxseed oil for quite a long time

  28. QUESTION:
    This is a gross question - should I take her to the doctors?
    Well I did warn you

    My daughter is 3 and she for the past month has not been able to poo properly she sits on the potty and cries that it hurts and then later on it will come out in the bath or the floor, also bits of wet poo are round her bum hole a lot of the time

    I have tried giving her more fluids increasing fibre, and some mild laxatives but nothing has helped what else can i do?
    What could be wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Constipation is the most common diagnosis for kids today per my pediatrician. My daughter's had poopy problems since she was around 1...and she's about to turn 5. They say it eventually takes care of itself in most cases but, in the meantime, they have to be put on meds that soften their stool.

      I am a medical assistant and in my opinion and in your case, this is what it sounds like is happening: Your daughter sounds like she has an impacted bowel movement. Don't panic, that just means she got constipated and when it wasn't passed for so long it's now 'dried out' and is stuck. The reason she has wet poop around her 'bum hole' can be and is probably three fold:
      1. Her bowels are still 'working' and creating movements but they can't get fully past the impacted movement so only the softest part gets past and makes its way down.
      2. She can get an infection from the impacted movement being in her body for so long, causing some diarrhea.
      3. When you give her laxatives, it softens her movements so they leak past the impacted bowel movement when her impending movements don't need to be softened, therefore; it's softening them to diarrhea lengths and it's not able to be 'held in.'

      This is what I'm going to tell you...take her in asap and STOP the at home remedies. If you continue with things at home or letting this 'run its course' then she'll most likely become afraid of all things poop related...and she'll get ill.
      The doctor will press on her tummy and 'feel for the impacted feces' and, if they find something, they will most likely give her an enema and/or, in extreme cases, dig her feces out. This is from my medical experience, not my experience with my daughter...I took my daughter in after 4 days of strained/no movement in that area.
      Once the impacted feces is removed, she may resume normal bowel movement activity. If not, the doctor will either prescribe a stool softener that is taken orally with juice or water or tell you of a certain softener that is taken the same way that is over the counter. I can/could tell you the name of that medication but I'm not doing so because I don't want you to go get it without a doctors exam and the removal of the potentially impacted feces...because, and this is the important part, NO MEDICINE WILL WORK if she's impacted. That has to be removed first!!

      So please take her in for a quick visit and this will be taken care of! Good luck to you and your daughter! :)

  29. QUESTION:
    My 4 week old kitten is constipated , what do I do?
    We have tried stimulating her with a wet towel and nothing has worked. I have tried giving her some extra water in her formula , but all that has seemed to do is make her urinate more. What at home things can I do to help her , because she is uncomfortable at the moment.
    Also , a vet is unavailable until tomorrow , so I need some things right now.

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of Constipation in Kitties
      Once kittens get constipated, it's crucial to recognise the trouble promptly and commence assisting the kitten to get unconstipated, whilst also eliminating graver causes of the irregularity. Kitten impairment can be a more common happening, particularly for cats which are or have lived in a shelter. Baby kittens’ digestive tracts are built for milk from the mother feline. Their bodies are constructed to break milk down expeditiously, and the good bacterium and nutrients contained in the mother cat’s milk would facilitate the kitten digest food plus remain unconstipated. Nevertheless, a lot of kittens are selected from their mothers too soon, are placed on regular cat food too early, or are existing under conditions where they are not able to suckle.

      Cow’s milk, hard, dry cat food, or getting fed table scraps too soon or in overly big amounts can cause kitten irregularity. Such foods are not easily digested, and this might put a stress on the kitten’s system, hence making constipation. Dehydration could likewise induce constipation since the digestive system is not obtaining adequate quantities of liquid to propel waste out of the body. As waste moves through the bowels, it draws water and this assists to create a bulky, moveable feces. Without enough water, bowel movements might turn hard, dry, and hard to pass.
      Relieving Kitten Constipation
      Once your kitty is constipated, there are a few home remedies for furnishing relief. For kitties not able to lap fluids (instead of nursing), utilize an eyedropper or doll bottle to feed the kitten water. Keeping the kitten hydrated can be really significant. Giving the baby cat goat’s milk can be advantageous because it’s easier to digest than cow’s milk. Conferring with a veterinarian over additional liquid-food alternatives can be crucial before feeding it to your kitten. You can likewise feed your kitten with the eyedropper or, if the kitty is capable, supplying a low-rimmed bowl the kitten may lap from may likewise do. Avoid feeding kittens hard cat food and table scraps till it is almost 3-5 months old, or older if the cat goes on to battle with digestive troubles.

      Lightly kneading the kitten’s abdominal surface area can help energize the intestinal muscles and nerves to progress their own, and may likewise help preclude abdominal growths or blockages as a problem.

      If your kitten proceeds to have digestive and constipation troubles, and doesn't display some betterment from home remedy attempts, you might want to visit a professional vet and have your kitten thoroughly tested. Kitten constipation is a dangerous matter if left untreated or if it happens

  30. QUESTION:
    do you know what is a good medicine for constipation?
    my constipation is getting worst some time i forget the last time that i been in rest room.so i was wondering if some body knows any kind of medicine with less side affect or none that i can use daily.thank you and god bless.

    • ANSWER:
      The cheapest remedy is old fashioned prunes and prune juice,but you could also use any dried fruit,they are high fiber and promote bowel movements.

      If you need something stronger

      the Herbs Senna and Casca sagrada help contract your intestines and make you go to the bathroom,you can get a tea called smoothe move at the healthfood store that contains senna.

      And if you still need help,

      an at home enema,or making an appointment for a colonic can help move things along.

      make sure to talk to your doc

  31. QUESTION:
    I was constipated for 14 days and just made a bowel movement should I be concerned?
    Any advice please

    • ANSWER:
      OMG.

      Here are some home remedies for constipation:

      get enough fluids (water is best, but you probably already know that; 6-8 glasses a day, minimum)

      eat lots more fiber (20-35g of dietary fiber for all adults and at least 30 for those suffering from constipation. whole grains, fruit, vegetables. examples: 1/2 cup green peas=5g fiber. 1 small apple=3g. 1 bowl bran cereal=13g. higher in fiber are: cooked dried beans, prunes, figs, raisins, popcorn (not too salty! don't dehydrate her or it will work against you!), oatmeal, pears, and nuts. CAUTION: increase fiber intake slowly to avoid gas attacks, which can be painful.)

      exercise regularly (probably not feasible for her? but walking is best)

      don't ignore the urge to go.

      relax. tension can make it worse.

      have a good laugh. (massages intestines and relieves stress)

      commercial laxatives are terribly addicting, so try not to use them at all.

      "natural" and "vegetable" laxatives are not addicting. often they contain crushed psyllium seed. (same thing as metamucil mix)

      if you're really miserable, nothing will work faster to move things along like an enema or suppository. if you must do an enema, do only clear water or saline-solution; NEVER soapsuds. if you decide to reach for a suppository, pick up only glycerin ones.

      review your medications and supplements. there are a number of meds that can bring on or exacerbate constipation, such as antacids containing aluminum or calcium, antihistamines, anti-Parkinsonism drugs, calcium supplements, diuretics, narcotics, phenothiazines, sedatives, and tricyclic antidepressants.

      eat small meals to avoid distending the digestive tract.

      be cautious about herbs. don't overuse them. among those touted are: aloe (juice, not gel), senna, rhubarb (medicinal), cascara sagrada, dandelion root, plaintain seeds. if you make a tea of fennel seeds, that can help move things along too. it helps with alleviating gas as well. to a cup of boiling water, use about 10-15 seeds.

      it's important never to strain, as it can cause more serious issues.

      beware of certain foods. milk, beans, cauliflower, and cabbage might harm some with a spastic colon while they have a different effect on others.

      also i recommend searching for more questions here on Y! Answers under the topic "constipation" and i'm sure you're bound to find some help!

  32. QUESTION:
    What can fix this tummy ache?
    Okay so my friend gulped down three full cups of wine really quick and now she has a bad stomach ache . What can fix this ache besides pills or anything that has to do with medicine. Basically, i need a home remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of Stomach ache

      Following are the major stomach pain causes:

      1. Chronic constipation
      2. Indigestion
      3. Excessive gas
      4. Food poisoning
      5. Ulcers
      6. Appendicitis
      7. Inflammation of the gallbladder
      8. Kidney stones
      9. Urinary tract infections
      10. Hernia

      Natural Home Remedies for Stomach ache

      Following are some of the effective home remedies for stomach ache:

      1. Drink lemon tea with some honey added in it for taste. It is an effective home remedy for stomach ache.
      2. Mix 1 tsp each of mint juice and limejuice. Add some ginger juice and black salt in it. Drink this mixture for quick stomach pain relief.
      3. Take a small piece of ginger and grate it. Thereafter, squeeze out its juice. Apply the juice on the bottom of your belly and massage gently. It is an effective natural remedy for stomach ache.

      Stomach ache Treatment and Advice

      1. Drink plenty of water, as it helps in ensuring smooth bowel movements.
      2. Eat green leafy vegetables and fruits.
      3. Avoid processed food like cheese, chocolate and dairy products.
      4. Do not take spicy food, caffeine, alcohol and cigarettes.
      5. Regular morning walk and light exercises also helps to keep your digestive system healthy and prevents stomach pain.

  33. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever died from being too Constipated?
    For example, from not having a bowel movement for weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      While you may want to believe that chronic constipation is little more than an inconvenience that will not lead to any serious medical problems—nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that constipation symptoms are no laughing matter because they may actually be part of a larger medical problem, such as:

      Diabetes
      MS
      Parkinson’s Disease
      Colon Cancer
      Polyps
      Truthfully, chronic or near-constant constipation symptoms are NOT generally caused by one of the conditions listed above. Instead, there are three main culprits to consider when thinking about the source of chronic bowel incontinence, such as:

      Fecal impaction—constipation symptoms are commonly caused by blockages that form between the bottom of the large intestines and the beginning of the colon. This narrow passage will clog easily and create abdominal pain and constipation problems until the impaction is removed.

      Dehydration—when the body is deprived of the water it needs, then stool will become drier and bowel movements will be more painful and difficult. If you are having problems treating the condition with standard constipation remedies (laxatives, enemas, or other home remedies), you may simply want to make sure that you are getting enough liquids. Be sure to consume at least ½ ounce of water for every pound of body weight in order to prevent constipation due to dehydration.

      Diet—Frequent bowel movements are common when you have a healthy and balanced diet. One of the biggest constipation causes is insufficient fiber intake. While certainly not a cure for constipation, fiber will add bulk to your stool so that it is easier to pass through the gastrointestinal tract. In addition, fiber helps prevent constipation because it adds water to stool so that it is softer and easier to pass during bowel movements.
      If the constipation cause is indeed an impaction, then death can result if the condition is not properly treated. The body must eliminate stool in a timely manner in order to remove toxins and harmful bacteria. If no constipation remedy is found, then the harmful bacteria and toxins present in the feces will be reabsorbed into the bloodstream. At first, this merely strains the immune system and causes minor cellular damage. However, the bacteria levels will continue to climb until they cause a massive body-wide infection known as septicemia. Septicemia can lead to death unless treated with antibiotics.

      Constipation symptoms should be taken very seriously especially when they persist beyond 4-5 days. The build-up of toxins and bacteria in your body may not always lead to death—but these harmful elements will lead to long-term permanent damage. To prevent fecal impactions and blockages that cause constipation, you should use an all natural colon cleanser periodically to flush the gastrointestinal tract and remove the accumulated feces along the colon walls. Colon cleansers made from chemicals and other synthetic ingredients may not prevent constipation problems—in fact, they may cause them because they often lead to dehydration! So, be sure to use an all natural colon cleanser in order to best prevent chronic constipation problems and the long term medical consequences they cause.

  34. QUESTION:
    Wat should I do now I have constipation?
    And is that if u get constipation then u can suffer from common cold.

    • ANSWER:
      Try these home remedies and natural treatment to eliminate constipation:

      Home remedies
      - Eat a medium-sized pear after dinner or with breakfast.

      - Drink a glass of hot water with sour lime juice and half a teaspoon of salt.

      - Swallow a teaspoon of linseed with water before each meal.

      - Eat a slide of raw papaya early in the morning.

      - Take 3 small beets, scrub them, clean and eat them raw in the morning.

      Natural treatment
      Change diet.
      It is important to increase the amount of fiber in the diet with raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice, flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals.

      Add exercise.
      Exercise such as walking, swimming and jogging, can help regulate the bowels. It can be as simple as walking 20 minute every morning of evening.

      Keep hydrated.
      People who suffer from constipation are usually dehydrated. For that reason, it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

      Check medications.
      Some medications cause constipation. Check with your physician.

      Be aware of laxatives.
      It is better to avoid laxatives. It can cause more problems with constipation because create habit can cause, in addition, diarrhea, bloating, dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.

      It is important to go to the bathroom as soon as the person feel the urge and never hold in a bowel movement because this contribute to have constipation

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info/Constipation.html

  35. QUESTION:
    Effective hard stool remedy?
    I always find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining
    what are the most effective home remedies for constipation?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Kelly. My mom always advice me to drink plenty of water every time I experience those symptoms. Aloe Vera juice will also help in the process of healing. According to medical experts, aloe juice contains anthroqinone and glycosides. These are active components in most of the laxative.

  36. QUESTION:
    i need a quick cure for constipation that can be found at home?
    im 32 wks pregnant and plugged help me!!!! i have no money for laxatives and what not so i need a home remedy that works immediately!
    im also very bloated

    • ANSWER:
      Mix one part orange juice to one part prune juice and warm... then drink, this will produce a bowel movement within twelve hours and usually much sooner (this is used by hospitals as a natural laxative).

  37. QUESTION:
    My Daughter Is Sick What Do I Do?
    My daughter is constipated we tried laxatives, stool softeners,and more. Do you know a good vegetarian or vegan bowel movement diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Take her to the doctor. Constipation in children is something that you need to get resolved asap. If you've tried home remedies, I think she needs to see a doctor, to make sure it's not something more serious with her bowels.
      Good luck, I hope the poor girl gets some relief soon!

  38. QUESTION:
    Is Piles curable without any surgery?Any home remides / oniment that can help ?
    Piles i understand are of two types namely external & internal , need to know if they are external and bleeding while passing stools what is the best remedy to ease the pain , itchiness, discomfort.

    • ANSWER:
      Hemorrhoids, which are also called piles, are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and rectum. They may result from straining during a bowel movement. Apart from surgery for this you can apply some creams, which will give you only temporary relief. HEDENSA is once such cream available in India and you can apply.

      Hemorrhoids can develop from any increase in pressure in the veins in the lower rectum. Common sources of pressure and hemorrhoid causes include:

      -Constipation and the accompanying straining
      -Diarrhea and the continuous expulsion of loose stools
      -Sitting or standing for a long time, especially sitting on the toilet
      -Obesity

      You can also temporarily relieve the mild pain, swelling and inflammation of most hemorrhoidal flare-ups with the following self-care measures:

      - Use topical treatments. Apply an over-the-counter hemorrhoid cream or suppository containing hydrocortisone, or use pads containing witch hazel or a topical numbing agent.
      - Keep the anal area clean. Bathe (preferably) or shower daily to cleanse the skin around your anus gently with warm water. Soap isn't necessary and may aggravate the problem. Gently drying the area with a hair dryer after bathing can minimize moisture, which can cause irritation.
      - Soak regularly in a warm bath. Do this several times daily.
      Apply cold. Apply ice packs or cold compresses on the anus to relieve swelling.
      - Use a sitz bath with warm water. A sitz bath fits over the toilet. You can get one at a medical supply store or some pharmacies.
      Don't use dry toilet paper. Instead, to help keep the anal area clean after a bowel movement, use moist towelettes or wet toilet paper that doesn't contain perfume or alcohol.
      - Take oral medications. You can use acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) temporarily to help relieve your discomfort.
      - These self-care measures may relieve the symptoms, but they won't make the hemorrhoid disappear. See your doctor if you don't get relief in a few days, or sooner if you have severe pain or bleeding.
      - Avoid constipation as it is the only main reason for getting piles.
      - Also avoid intake of spicy foods. Take fibre rich food.
      - Drink plenty of liquids, waters and it will help a lot.

      I think you can avoid and have less suffering from Pile and also cure it in long run. -

  39. QUESTION:
    How to eliminate hemorrhoids?
    i've had it for a long time
    and sometimes it starts itching and bleeding
    like once a month
    it got pinkish and bigger

    • ANSWER:
      Hi There,

      First, some home made tips to alleviate the pain & Suffering. Then, some advice on the alternatives available.

      • Lots of fluid, specifically water, along with a fiber rich diet is the key to subside the effects of hemorrhoids as well as prevent it from occurring.
      • Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and brown rice provide with both, soluble as well as insoluble fiber. Both are important for easy bowel movements.
      • Certain flavonoids, antioxidants, found in dark berries help in regaining and maintaining vascular integrity.
      • Radish - Eating raw radish stops hemorrhoidal bleeding. Take a cup of radish juice, mix a teaspoon of clarified butter in it, stir well and drink it twice daily in the morning and evening. It is quite beneficial in both, bleeding as well as non-bleeding hemorrhoids.
      • Buttermilk - Taking butter mixed with ground caraway seeds and salt is also very useful in hemorrhoids. Rock salt is considered more effective than common salt. This should be taken at the end of the meal. In fact, t is ascertained, that piles treated with buttermilk do not even reappear. In case of bleeding piles, mix a teaspoon of grounded and roasted cumin seeds instead of caraway seeds. Take this mixture of rock salt, cumin seeds in a glass of buttermilk at least four times in a day to see fantastic results.
      • Cut down on salt intake as it disturbs the circulatory system.
      • Spicy food like curries, refined food and alcohol should be avoided.

      Anyone who does a lot of sitting needs to do some standing as well. If you are tied to your desk most of the time, take at least a 5-minute walk every hour or so. This will ease the rectal pressure that leads to hemorrhoids.
      • Never carry very heavy weights and look for volunteers when such work needs to be done.
      • Use a doughnut-shaped cushion if you have a sitting job.
      • Wear cotton clothes and avoid using scented (perfumed) toilet tissue papers.
      • Avoid prolonged sitting in the toilet and also don’t scratch the affected area at all. This will aggravate the problem. Also, reply to nature's call at the earliest.
      • A warm water dip of your bottom in a tub will help you a lot in relieving the pain and increasing the blood flow to the affected area.

      Holistic and natural hemorrhoids treatments are quite effective in easing discomfort. Treatment of hemorrhoids includes herbal and homeopathic remedies which contain natural ingredients and are gentle to use without the risk of dependence.

      Herbs such as Aloe ferox act as a natural stool softener and are a gentle remedy for constipation, which is what causes hemorrhoids quite often. Aloe is also widely recommended for inflammatory digestive disorders. Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) contains bitter principles which have a beneficial effect on the liver and digestive system. In addition, Passiflora incarnata is one of nature's most well-regarded carminitives, and helps to provide hemorrhoids relief and ease muscle tension in the bowel.

      There are also many herbs well known for their beneficial effect on circulation, including Ginkgo biloba, Cratageous oxycanthus, and Gotu cola, while herbal creams can assist with the itching, inflammation, and hemorrhoids relief.

      Hope all that helped.

      Good Luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Would this be an external hemorrhoid? and if so how to treat it?
    I think i have an external hemorrhoid on my anus but im not sure. I feel no pain and ive had it for about..3 years now and im 18. Can someone tell me how to treat this or anything? ive never had bleeding, pain or anything it is just there.

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of external Hemorrhoids is straining of veins at the anal opening.
      One of the remedies given below may provide you relief from external Hemorrhoids.

      Warm Bath: It is one of the remedies that you can apply at home. Simply sit in warm water for 15-20 minutes such that the affected area gets enough exposure to warm water. You have to carry out this procedure three times a day and you will sure get relief from Hemorrhoids.

      Use of Ice Pack: You can also get temporary relief from Hemorrhoids by applying an ice pack on the affected area.

      Use a soft cushion on the seat if your job involves sitting for long periods of time. That will help reduce possible pressure over the affected area and also relieves your pain.

      Use of tight undergarments will increase pressure over the affected area, so try to use loose and comfortable undergarments that will prevent possible pain and pressure over the affected area.

      A Fibre rich diet will prevent you from getting constipation as it ensures smooth bowel movement and provides strength to veins. This will relieve you from pain when passing stool.

      External Hemorrhoids can be cured through surgery or medication. Hemroids ointments will give you temporary relief from pain caused by this condition. Therapies like herbal or homeopathic medicines are also available for the treatment of Hemorrhoids.

      for more information visit http://www.hemorrhoids-treatment-guide.com

  41. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of my 5 year old niece?
    Okay so the past couple of days my niece (she's 5) has been constipated, cramps in her stomach, difficulty staying asleep, restless (tossing and turning) sleep, and she has no appetite. We took her to the doctor, he said she was just constipated but, I don't think so. We gave her Miralax over four hours ago and it has done nothing. Do you know what it is?? Do you have any home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      It can take laxatives 24 hours to work four hours is nothing. It sounds as if the doctor is right though. She is constipated, constipation makes it difficult for some of us to sleep (I have a very hard time getting and staying asleep when I'm constipated) You also might want to tray a mild stool softener and cut out the milk products (they contribute to the constipation) until she does have a bowel movement.

  42. QUESTION:
    Anyone know what can be done for constipation other than laxatives?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many home remedies and natural treatment for constipation (without using laxatives) such as these:

      Home remedies
      - Eat a medium-sized pear after dinner or with breakfast.

      - Drink a glass of hot water with sour lime juice and half a teaspoon of salt.

      - Swallow a teaspoon of linseed with water before each meal.

      - Eat a slide of raw papaya early in the morning.

      - Take 3 small beets, scrub them, clean and eat them raw in the morning.

      Natural treatment
      Change diet.
      It is important to increase the amount of fiber in the diet with raw fruits and vegetables, brown wild rice, flaxseeds, bran and whole grain cereals.

      Add exercise.
      Exercise such as walking, swimming and jogging, can help regulate the bowels. It can be as simple as walking 20 minute every morning of evening.

      Keep hydrated.
      People who suffer from constipation are usually dehydrated. For that reason, it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water daily.

      Check medications.
      Some medications cause constipation. Check with your physician.

      Be aware of laxatives.
      It is better to avoid laxatives. It can cause more problems with constipation because create habit can cause, in addition, diarrhea, bloating, dehydration and damage to the intestinal lining.

      It is important to go to the bathroom as soon as the person feel the urge and never hold in a bowel movement because this contribute to have constipation

      For more info, check this site:
      http://www.nature-medicine.info/Constipation.html

  43. QUESTION:
    Is their any home remedies for hemmorroid or just plain anal itching and burning. IS their a medical procedur
    These symptoms only occur when or after a bowel movement.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lynn

      Here are some ideas on how to heal your conditon.

      Cause
      Hemorrhoids are often the result of poor diet, constipation or a sluggish bowel, straining during bowel movements, chronic low-level dehydration, lack of exercise, and/or a sedentary lifestyle. Correcting these factors can be very helpful in preventing and eliminating hemorrhoids.

      Caution: Bleeding during bowel movements needs to be checked to rule out other more serious conditions. If you experience blood in your stool, seek immediate medical attention.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Cypress, juniper, frankincense, or niaouli.

      Ayurveda: Drink 1/2 cup of aloe vera juice three times daily until symptoms clear. The Ayurvedic herbal compound triphala is also very effective for relieving hemorrhoid pain and for promoting the overall health of the gastrointestinal tract.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet that emphasizes high-fiber foods, plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (especially dark green, leafy vegetables, such as kale), grains such as brown rice and millet, and lean, organic meats and poultry. Also drink plenty of healthy beverages, such as herbal teas, fresh squeezed juice, and pure, filtered water.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy Cream® can be applied to external hemorrhoids to ease symptoms.

      Herbs: The aptly named herb pilewort is a staple treatment for hemorrhoids in Europe because of its effectiveness in reducing hemorrhoid symptoms. Collinsonia is another highly effective herbal remedy for hemorrhoids. As a topical application, mix 10 ml of collinsonia tincture with 80 ml of distilled witch hazel and apply this combination after every bowel motion and as needed. Other useful herbs include bilberry, buckthorn bark, butcher`s broom, comfrey root, gotu kola, parsley, passionflower, and stone root.

      Homeopathy: Aloe, Hamamelis, Nux vom., Berberis, Acidum fluor., and Thuja are helpful homeopathic remedies.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. We suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
      *Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help keep the bowels regular and soften stools: carrot, spinach, celery, and parsley; carrot and watercress; or beet juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: The following nutrients can help prevent and reverse hemorrhoids: vitamin C with bioflavonoids and rutin, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, folic acid, essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Linseed oil (one teaspoon upon arising and at night) can also be used to help soften stools.

      Topical Treatment: Apply a combination of zinc oxide, vitamin E, and aloe vera gel or olive oil to the affected area. Witch hazel applied topically can help shrink hemorrhoids, while calendula ointment can help relieve pain and itching.

      Best of health to you

      Cheers

  44. QUESTION:
    What home remedy can I use on my dog for constipation?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a couple of things you can do for him. First, you can mix 1 teaspoon of mineral oil into some canned food

      for every 10 pounds of body weight. If he weighs 10 pounds - 1 teaspoon and 20 pounds would be 2 teaspoons. This will produce a bowel movement in 2 to 4 hours. I would only use this if it has been more than 24 hours since having a bowel movement. If you don't feed him canned food, adding that to his diet will help put moisture in his system. I would also mix in 2 tablespoons of canned pumpkin every meal. This will provide fiber and help keep him regular. Don't use pumpkin pie filling.

      If he has not had a bowel movement and you've tried the mineral oil, please take him into the vet. He may have an obstruction that is causing the problem and he needs attention to fix it.

  45. QUESTION:
    The poop is stuck in my butt?
    I have okay bowel movements using the bathroom at least 3 times a week. When I do poop it feels as if everything doesn't come out..It feels like a little poop is still stuck at the end i guess(anus) I have to wipe my butt alot.. usually using half the roll every time I use the bathroom. Does anyone have this problem and how do I get it fixed?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Chris, I realize that you do go to the bathroom "ok", but, using some ways to soften your stool will help you to completely empty your bowels better. GOOD LUCK AND TAKE CARE.

      Constipation Treatment using Grapes
      Grapes have proved very beneficial in overcoming constipation. The combination of the properties of the cellulose, sugar, and organic acid in grapes make them a laxative food. Their field of action is not limited to clearing the bowels only. They also tone up the stomach and intestines and relieve the most chronic constipation. One should take at least 350 gm of this fruit daily to achieve the desired results. When fresh grapes are not available, raisins, soaked in water, can be used. Raisins should be soaked for twenty-four to forty-eight hours. This will make them swell to the original size of the grapes. They should be eaten early in the morning, along with the water in which they have been soaked.

      Constipation Treatment using Orange
      Orange is also beneficial in the treatment of constipation. Taking one or two oranges at bedtime and again on rising in the morning is an excellent way of stimulating the bowels. The general stimulating influence of orange juice excites peristaltic activity and helps prevent the accumulation of food residue in the colon.

      Constipation Treatment using Papaya and Figs
      Other fruits specific for constipation are papaya and figs. Half a medium-sized papaya should be eaten at breakfast for it to act as a laxative. Both fresh and dry figs have a laxative effect. Four or five dry figs should be soaked overnight in a little water and eaten in the morning.

      Constipation Treatment using Spinach
      Among the vegetables, spinach has been considered to be the most vital food for the entire digestive tract from time immemorial. Raw spinach contains the finest organic material for the cleansing, reconstruction, and regeneration of the intestinal tract. Raw spinach juice-100 ml, mixed with an equal quantity of water and taken twice daily, will cure the most aggravated cases of constipation within a few days.

      Constipation Treatment using Other Remedies
      Half a lime, squeezed is a glass of hot water, with half a teaspoon of salt is also an effective remedy for constipation. Drinking water which has been kept overnight in a copper vessel, first thing in the morning, brings good results. Linseed (alse) is extremely useful in difficult cases of constipation. A teaspoon of linseed swallowed with water before each meal provides both roughage and lubrication.

      Drinking a glass of hot water is also known to stimulate bowel movements but this may not suffice in severe cases of constipation.
      Source(s):
      home-remedies-for-you.com

  46. QUESTION:
    What's the most powerful laxative I can buy over the counter?
    Nothing natural, natural's overrated, for babies, and doesn't work. I've tried them all. I need something that has some super chemical that makes the food go WHOOSH GONE!!! I won't be using it for long, just to get rid of this searing pain...its been 9 days....

    • ANSWER:
      Home Remedies for Constipation

      Several chemical laxatives are present in drug stores to cure constipation problems. There are also some over-the-counter medicines available to treat the condition. However, the side effects associated with them cause people to look for natural constipation remedies. Let us have a look at the various remedies for constipation.

      Fruits and Vegetables
      Fruits like oranges, mangoes, pears, figs, papaya, orange, etc. and vegetables like carrots, peas, sweet potatoes and other green vegetables furnish the body's digestive system with ample amounts of fiber and roughage. Guava, when eaten with its seeds adds ample amounts of roughage to the body. This will in turn help increase bulk of the stool and facilitate easy bowel movements.

      Garlic
      Garlic is another good remedy for constipation relief. Its high potassium content contributes to proper muscle contractions of the intestines, thereby increasing peristaltic movement. Cut some pieces of garlic and add it to soup, juice or honey and have it thrice a day for constipation relief.

      Lemon Water
      Vitamin C intake should be increased to relieve constipation as it helps boost the body's immune system and enables it to fight off any illness conducing to constipation. Squeeze out the juice of a lemon into warm water and keep sipping it. However, refrain from adding salt or sugar.

      Milk of Magnesia
      Milk of magnesia, also known as magnesium hydroxide is an alkaline suspension taken orally. The hydroxide present in this compound combines with hydrochloric acid present in the stomach and pacifies the hyperactivity in the stomach. It is an effective constipation remedy, which needs to be taken before going to bed. However, do not take this without consulting your health care provider, as milk of magnesia is not a natural remedy and has its own side effects.

      Aloe Vera Juice
      Aloe Vera juice is another effective constipation remedy as it helps stimulate bowel movements. Consume aloe Vera juice for 10 days, however, after the first 5 days take a gap of 2 days and again have it for another 5 days. People suffering from chronic constipation need to drink it on a daily basis till the problem disappears.

      Prune Juice
      Prune juice acts as a natural laxative and simplifies sugars in the body, thereby helping in drawing fluids to the intestines. The fluid softens the stool and enhances better bowel movements. Thus, prune juice for constipation is a highly effective remedy.

      Spinach Juice
      Raw spinach is known to have exceptional organic material that are capable of solving problems related to cleansing of the intestinal tract. To make spinach juice, wash the spinach leaves thoroughly and blend it. To this paste add equal quantity of water and stir well. Drink this juice daily and notice how your constipation problem gets solved.

      Dried Figs
      Figs have great laxative properties and help relieve constipation. One should eat at least 2-3 dried figs everyday. Moreover, you could also soak figs overnight and consume them the next morning, along with the water.

      Flax Seeds
      Flax seeds are high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. They are great to alleviate distressing constipation, by softening the stool and cleansing the colon. You could either add these seeds to your salads or soak them overnight and add them to a bowl of cereal or blend it with your smoothie.

      Castor Oil
      Castor oil possesses the ability to stimulate the intestines to excrete waste materials. It cleanses the small as well as the large intestine of all unwanted matter, thus, is a useful oil in case of constipation. Moreover, Castor oil is cheap and easily affordable. 2-4 tsp of Castor oil can be added to ginger tea during its preparation and had before going to bed. However, this oil is also known for its side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, belching, etc. Castor oil should not be takem by pregnant and feeding mothers.

      Drink lots of Water
      If the body is not receiving adequate amounts of water each day, it will extract as much water as possible from the intestinal tracts. This will cause the bowels to become hard and dry, causing constipation. To keep the stool soft, the body should be hydrated. Thus, it is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If such a lot of water is difficult for you, then try adding diluted, fresh fruit and vegetable juices to your diet.

  47. QUESTION:
    What can I do for my maltese's constipation?

    what kind of food should he eat?

    • ANSWER:
      Try canned pumpkin. It works great as a home remedy. Ok and a silly question...how long has it been since he had a bowel movememnt? If it has been more than 3 days I would recommend taking him into your vet and possibly have an enema done on him. If he doesn't have a bowel movement then his colon can have serious problems. They can also give him a medication called Lactulose. This draws more water into the intestines and colon and acts as a stool softener. Hope this helps

  48. QUESTION:
    whats the best cure for constipation?
    does anyone know of any home remedy's to cure constioation?
    will bran help?

    • ANSWER:
      Homeopathy for Constipation :-

      Chronic constipation; much flatus, distention of abdomen Coca Q(Mother Tincture) 6 hourly,10 drops in lukewarm water

      Due to fast, sedentary life; ineffectual urging, passing stools many times a day Nux Vomica 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Hard stools; due to dryness and non peristaltic action of the intestinal tract. Desire for dry food Alumina 0/7 or above, 6 hourly

      Stools hard; as if burnt, seems too large. No desire to pass stools; thirst increased, drinks large quantity of water at a time at long intervals Bryonia 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Tonic for proper bowel movement Cascara Sag Q(Mother Tincture) 4 hourly,10 - 15 drops

      Feels better normal when constipated; fat, flabby and chilly patient Calcarea Carb 200X, 4 hourly (3 Doses)

      Patient can pass stools only in standing position Causticum 30X or 200X, 6 hourly

      Constipation with sinking feeling in stomach; tongue white, flabby and slimy Hydrastis Can Q(Mother Tincture) or 6X, 4 hourly

      In chilly patient who lacks vital energy; stools goes back to the rectum when partially expelled Silicea 12X or 30X, 4 hourly.

      We all know Homeopathic Medicines are totally free of side effects and they do not cause any complications.
      Take Care and God Bless !

  49. QUESTION:
    any remedies for constipation in babies?
    my baby is 7 weeks ,, i think she is constipated coz she did'nt do a poo since tuesday..i breastfeed and bottle both... is there any home remedy that can quickly help?

    • ANSWER:
      If the baby is almost entirely breastfed, it may not be constipation. It is normal for a fully breastfed baby who is at least 6 weeks old to not have a bowel movement for several days (up to 2 weeks or occasionally longer). As long as it's soft and immense when it arrives, it is *not* constipation. Treating it in *any* way could harm your baby.

  50. QUESTION:
    quick pain medication for severe cramps?
    My Wife gets very severe cramping n the lower stomach area about twice a year. Thanks God its no more than that. She has been to the hospital for it but no one can figure out why it happens. Its almost like muscle spasms because you can feel the muscles actually tightening. It is severe and lasts about 1/2 hour to and hour. Is there a quick pain medication out there for something like this? Thanks and Happy Easter!

    • ANSWER:
      Stomach cramps are painful but it's possible to relieve them using home remedies easily and effectively. There are many possible causes of stomach cramps and they can affect or emanate from your digestive organs, your aorta, your appendix, your kidneys, or your spleen, or they can originate from an infection elsewhere in your body. Cramps are commonplace for some women during their menstrual cycle, although exercises can often alleviate such pain. The strength of pain does not necessarily indicate seriousness: very painful cramps can be caused by gas passing through your digestive system harmlessly, whereas life-threatening conditions such as colon cancer and early appendicitis can produce mild or even no pain, so care needs to be taken not to judge the cramp severity according to your pain level.

      Home Remedies for Cramps:

      1) Place a heating pad, heated wheat bag, or hot water bottle on your back to give temporary relief. While some advice suggests that you do not to apply the heating pad to your abdomen in case this brings on nausea, other advice considers this to be appropriate.Decide on which approach best suits your needs through your knowledge of your own preferences and responses to the application of heat.

      2) Lie down for a few minutes and relax. Close your eyes. Place a cool moist washcloth over your forehead.

      3) Breathe slowly and evenly, trying to keep your mind off the pain. Keep relaxing and perhaps even allow yourself to drift off to sleep.

      4) Allow yourself to pass gas, even if you are in polite company. It may be somewhat embarrassing, but you do not want to allow yourself to become bloated or let the cramps become more serious and painful.

      5) Take a soak in a warm bath.[10] Don't make it too hot, just comfortable. And leave as soon as you feel you've had enough; if it's not helping, try something else.

      6) Marijuana use calms an upset stomach but is illegal in many countries.

      Over-the-counter medications:

      1) Take over-the-counter medications. There is a range of over-the-counter remedies aimed at helping with cramps. Their effectiveness will depend on the reason for your cramps and purchasing the right product. It is recommended that you check the labels carefully and ask the pharmacist for advice on a specific product.

      a) Some products are aimed at relieving the pressure from gas build-up, such as Gas-ex.
      b) H2 blockers (e.g. Tagamet, Pepcid, and Zantac) help to relieve gas and quell cramps.
      c) Emitrol and Imodium are aimed at relieving cramps associated with diarrhea.
      d) Over-the-counter antacids such as Pepto-Bismol may help some stomach related pains.

      2) Take a mild laxative to encourage a bowel movement for relief, if constipation is causing the cramps.

      3) Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other anti-inflammatory medications or narcotic pain medications unless your doctor has seen you and has prescribed these; they can worsen some stomach pains.If you know that the source of your cramps is menstrual, however, anti-inflammatories can be taken.Acetaminophen is acceptable if you are certain that your pain is not related to your liver.

      Prevention:

      Notice if there is any food that seems to disagree with your digestive system. If you suffer from cramps often, this may be indicative of an intolerance to certain foods. It is advisable to keep a food diary and try to determine if there is an association with a certain food or group of foods and your stomach cramps.

      a) Milk and milk products may cause cramps and stomach pain in persons who are lactose intolerant.
      b) Failing to drink sufficient liquids may cause stomach and muscle cramps. This can be exacerbated by strenuous exercise.
      c) Eating an excessive amount of non-soluble fiber may cause cramps associated with constipation.
      d) Some people are sensitive to uncooked vegetables and fruits, particularly if the peels are not removed.
      e) Limit gas-producing goods (e.g. beans, fatty foods, dairy products).

      2) Exercise regularly. Try to include stretching as part of your exercise routine.

      3) Keep stress levels under control. If the condition coincides with stressful situations, try to avoid stress as much as possible, and look at learning stress management techniques.

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