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5 Best Homeopathic Medicines for Constipation

Homeopathic Medicine constipation

Constipation is a symptom, not a disease. It essentially refers to an infrequent bowel movement or difficulty in passing stool. Infrequent bowel movement means passing less than three stools a week. Other indicative symptoms are  hard stool, insufficient stool, unsatisfactory stool or a feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation, strain on passing stool and in extreme cases, a need to use fingers to remove stool in small kids. Homeopathic medicines for constipation are extremely effective in treating constipation in persons of all age groups. Acute as well as chronic cases of constipation are known to respond wonderfully well to homeopathic treatment as it helps improve bowel movement. In fact, homeopathy treats conditions such as piles and anal fissures arising from long-term constipation. These medicines are natural and do not have any side effects.

Homeopathic Medicines for Constipation

The best medicines for treating constipation are Nux Vomica, Bryonia Alba, Alumina, Opium and Alumen.

1. Nux Vomica – For Constipation With Constant Ineffectual Urge For Stool

Nux Vomica is one of the most frequently used medicines for treating constipation with constant ineffectual urge to pass stool. A person who needs Nux Vomica passes insufficient, scanty stool, very frequently. The stool is unsatisfactory. Even after passing stool many times a day, there is a never “got done” feeling. Abdomen pain may arise along with constipation. Nux Vomica is also a good choice of medicine for treating constipation in persons with a sedentary lifestyle (inactive lifestyle with prolonged sitting with little or no physical activity). More importantly, it also effectively treats piles with constipation.

When and How to use Nux Vomica?

This medicine can be used in persons who have constipation with constant ineffectual urge to pass stool and even after passing stool several times a day, do not have a satisfactory feeling. This medicine is used in different potencies like 30C, 200C, 1M. Initially, it is best to use Nux vomica 30C twice or thrice a day. Higher potencies can be used afterward after consulting a homeopathic doctor.

2. Bryonia Alba  – For Dry, Hard, Stool In Lump Form

For constipation with hard, dry stool that passes in lumps, Bryonia Alba is considered one of the best medicines. The stool is dry as if burnt, and is passed with much difficulty. Abdominal distension is also noted in some cases. Headache due to constipation may also be effectively treated with Bryonia Alba.

When and How to use Bryonia Alba?

The main characteristic feature guiding use of Bryonia Alba is hard dry stool passed in lump form. Among its different potencies from low to high, it is best to start with 30C power. Bryonia Alba 30C can be taken two to three times a day.

3. AluminaFor Constipation With No Urge To Pass Stool For Days

Alumina is another highly beneficial medicine when there is absence of the urge to pass stool for days together. The person needing Alumina will go days without passing stool. The action of the intestine is extremely slow and sluggish. The stool is passed only when there is a large accumulation of fecal matter in the intestine. Another important symptom for using Alumina is excessive straining to pass stool even when the stool is soft.  Alumina is also one of the majorly indicated medicine for constipation in children, infants (babies less than one year of age), bottle-fed babies and elderly persons.

When and How to use Alumina?

It is highly recommended for persons who have no urge to pass stool for days together. This medicine will improve bowel movement and relieve constipation. The most frequently recommended dose is Alumina 30C once or twice a day.

4. Opium – For Dry, Hard Stool In Form Of Balls

Opium work well in cases of constipation where the stool is hard, dry and passed in ball-like form. There is also lack of urge to pass stool. In addition, Opium is also the medicine for constipation where the person has been taking laxatives (medicines that increase bowel movement and relieve constipation) to pass stool for a long time.

When and How to use Opium?

This medicine can be used when stool is hard, dry and passed in ball-like form. One may consider its use in 30C potency once or twice a day.

5. Alumen – For Extremely Hard Stool Like Stone

Alumen is a well-indicated medicine for constipation when stool is extremely hard like a stone. Passing of stool is very difficult and is attended with some blood in it. After passing stool, intense pain is felt in rectum.

When and How to use Alumen?

Alumen is the best choice of medicine when the stool is exceedingly hard. Though it can be used in both low and high potencies, the most commonly used is 30C potency. Alumen 30C can be taken two to three times a day.

Note One can take the above medicines for constipation for about one to two months in the above-mentioned doses only. Always consider the advice of a homeopathic expert if no improvement is seen, or to continue taking these beyond 2 months, or if you wish to increase the potency/dose.

Cause and Predisposing Factors Behind Constipation

Our colon (large intestine) is 3 to 5 feet long and its wall is lined by muscle layers.  The colon absorbs water and salts from the waste received from the small intestine creating a solid matter stool, store stool until it is expelled from the body and muscle contractions in colon propel the stool towards rectum to be thrown out of the body. Several nerves and hormones control the motility of colon. When the stool fills and distends the rectum, then internal anal sphincter relaxes and the need to defecate is felt. This is followed by contraction of rectal muscles and simultaneous relaxation of external anal sphincter and puborectalis muscle that opens the anus and expels stool.  Constipation can occur if the muscle contractions of colon are slow and sluggish that gives colon more time to absorb water from waste resulting in dry and hard stool which is difficult to push out. Also, constipation can arise if there is a problem with the nerves that signal contraction of colon and rectum and control muscles required for defection, or there is some blockage in colon or rectum.

There are many factors that predispose a person to constipation. A diet low in fiber, sedentary lifestyle and decreased physical activity, decreased liquid intake, old age, taking calcium/iron supplements, overuse of medicines (such as anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, and laxatives) and stress also predispose one towards constipation. It is a common complaint among women during pregnancy. Medical conditions linked with constipation are diabetes mellitus, spinal cord lesions, hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), depression and irritable bowel syndrome (disorder of large intestine that causes constipation or diarrhea or an alternation between these along with gas, bloating and stomach cramps)

Types Of Constipation

 Constipation is of two types i.e. primary and secondary.

Primary constipation:  Also known as idiopathic or functional constipation, it arises without any cause. It is further divided into 3 types:

1. Normal transit constipation: It is the most common among all types of primary constipation. The stool passes through the colon at a normal pace and frequency of stool is normal but inspite of this a person feels that he/she is constipated. Common problems they face are abdominal bloating, abdomen pain and difficulty in passing stool.

2. Slow transit constipation: Movement in the colon is reduced and food is passed through the digestive tract sluggishly. The stool remains in the intestines for extended time periods resulting in decreased frequency of bowel movements. The stool may be dry and hard and may be passed less than once a week.

3. Outlet constipation: It happens from damage to pelvic floor muscles that support bowels and bladder or its nerves which results in difficulty in passing stool. The symptoms may include straining efforts to pass stool and delayed bowel movements due to pain.

Secondary constipationIt always due to a faulty lifestyle or related to some other health problem, like hypothyroidism, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.

Are There Any Other Associated Symptoms With Constipation?

Yes, there are several different symptoms that may attend constipation. These are gas in the abdomen, bloating or distension of abdomen, pain in the abdomen, headache and nausea. Bleeding may occur while passing stool due to fissures/piles as a result of constipation or from passing hard stool. Other attending features include pain and burning sensation in the rectum while passing stool which may continue even after passing stool.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does long-standing constipation lead to complications?

Yes, long-standing constipation may lead to piles, anal fissures, and rectal prolapse. Abdominal hernia (inguinal hernia/umbilical hernia) may also arise from long-standing constipation. Piles are swollen and veins are dilated in rectal canal or anus. Anal fissure refers to a tear in the tissue lining of the anus. Rectal prolapse refers to the protrusion of a part or the entire rectum from the anus. An abdominal hernia is the protrusion of an organ through the abdominal wall or cavity which normally contains it.

I pass hard stool with blood, what could the cause be?

Passing hard stool with blood points towards two conditions –anal fissures or piles. Kindly consult a physician to confirm the diagnosis.

In my case, constipation is accompanied by a lot of gas and distension of the abdomen. What does that indicate?

Excessive gas and distended abdomen with constipation could indicate irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is a functional bowel disorder without any pathological changes in bowels. In irritable bowel syndrome, constipation/diarrhea can predominate or alternate. Other symptoms include a bloated abdomen, gas, cramps in the abdomen and mucus in stool. Kindly check with a physician for confirmation.

Will exercise help treat my constipation?

Physical activity of any kind can better your condition. Exercise helps tone up intestine muscles and get rid of constipation.

Can a diet rich in fiber help in relieving me of constipation?

A diet rich in fiber will definitely reduce constipation to a large extent but a cure will require a proper treatment plan. Homeopathic medicines work at the root level by treating the basic cause of constipation. They set off the body’s own restorative processes making it strong enough to heal itself. The cure is permanent and enduring.

I have been on laxatives for long. Can homeopathy help me give it up?

Yes, homeopathy has the ability to treat chronic constipation at the roots and thus, do away with the need to use laxatives. Once started, homeopathy will slowly and gradually reduce your dependency on laxatives.

I lead a healthy lifestyle with exercise, high fluid intake, and high fiber diet, yet I’m constipated. Can homeopathy help?

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is a must for steering clear of constipation. However, if you are already leading a healthy lifestyle with proper exercise and diet and yet, you are constipated, the case needs proper evaluation. Natural medicines do have a treatment in such cases. Homeopathy is a symptom-based science, therefore the practitioner will study the symptoms in detail, identify peculiarities and unique characteristics, and then select the appropriate medicine.

Lifestyle Tips To Manage And Prevent Constipation

1. Increase fluid intake and a diet rich in fiber content (like fruits, salads, vegetables, whole grains)

2. Regular walk or exercise can go a long way in curing constipation

3. Avoid low-fiber food (like milk, processed foods) and also alcohol and caffeine

4. Take probiotics like yoghurt

5. Never ignore the urge to pass stool

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Comments

  1. My grandchild age 6 months is having problem of hard and dry stool and that is on alternate days. He has been fed now with semi solid foods and liquid after 6 months Mother’s milk. Pl suggest homeo medicine for him.

  2. B.P.Gupta says:

    I have chronic inccomplete evacuations from many years.I have internal hemoroids and lot of gas in the intestine obstruct motion.Pl suggest a good Homeo medicine to eradicate problem.

  3. Audrey Hatia says:

    Sir, I am working in a Pharma company. One of my colleagues have a severe constipation problem since her childhood. She cannot pass stools without the help of a laxative for 15 to 20 days. She has many times had her intestines washed as allopathic doctor’s treatment.
    What homeopathic remedy can help?

    • I am experiencing passing 9f insufficient stool, in consipation please suggest effective homeopathic medicine.

  4. Andrews Mukkadackal, Kochi. says:

    I am aged 76 having a problem of constipation . Now I am taking 1 tablet daily of Ayurvedic KAYAM since 15 months. I I miss one time next day face problem. I am also having problem with my eyes. Ophthalmologist say that I am having AMD (Age related Maccular Degeneration. Now I am using Cinereria and getting good result. For constipation also I want to go for Homeo medecine. Meanwhile I had a lazier process ( HOLEP ) treatment for Prostate about 32 months. Now I am O.K. But some times I am unable to control urination especially in the evening time. Also seee hat my skin is of dry type. Also having a small dibetic and am taking Melmet 300 one tab daiy in the night. Again I am taking Homeo R11 drops for Arthratis problem. I am getting good result. I am also having some times balancing problems while walking. I am sure, you can definitely suggest me good medicines for me

  5. DEBASISH MUKHERJEE says:

    Hello Dr.Sharma,
    I take isabguls for constipation problems for last one year.
    Though I eat plenty of water and fibrerich vegetables everyday
    Yet I don’t know the cause of constipation. Recently I am suffering from inguinal hernia. Now please suggest me the
    required homeopathic medicine to get rid of constipation.

  6. Inder Sain Khatri says:

    Hi Dr. Sharma,
    My two and lalf year old grand daughter passes stool very hard and compalins for stomach pain. One capsule of allopathic medicine was given by pharmacist to insert in Anus and it worked as she passed the stool easily but it is repeating every day.Please asvise me the homeopathic medicine so that this can kid can have normal function.
    thanks and regards,
    Inder sain khatri

    • My 3 year old daughter does not pass stool easily even after alleopathic medicines. When we insert the child suppository she complains of pain and passes very hard stool
      Pls recommend the right combination in homeopathy

  7. Rajesh Ngairangbam says:

    Sir, I am a patient of colitis, gastric ulcer, due to taking many medicine I have constipation. I didn’t pass the stool for 4 day. Please advice

  8. Looking for remedy for constipation in Elderly with stomach psin and bloating and stomach distension Also causing back pain

  9. Faran Azmi says:

    I have constipation from last 10 years. No urge to pass stool.i have to strain more during passing stool .specially when I wake up I usually don’t have urge to poop and in case i do it’s very less, seems like half done, suggest any remedy which helps me

    Reply

  10. I have constipation from last 17 years. No urge to pass stool.i have to strain more during passing stool .I am taking laxatives from 7 yrs.plz suggest any remedy which helps me

  11. Mrs khalid says:

    I am 58 years old and suffring from accute constipatin from last 15 years , which caused hemorides and fesitula. The stool is very hard and can’t passes easily. Kindly help me to treat it. Thaks Mrs khalid.

  12. I lead a healthy lifestyle with exercise, high fluid intake, and high fiber diet, yet I’m constipated.8 9 days I can’t pass stool…pain in abdomen…if I pass stool with severe pain…and this problem is 6 7 years old…please help me…and also facing 2 miscarriage because of it.

  13. Anand kumar sinha says:

    Some medicoin daily suger &bloodprasure then nux 30 not use then other medicion praposed

  14. Poonam Pokharna says:

    I have come across a child with severe constipation,very hard stools,cries while passing stool ,passes stool with very difficulty only when standing

  15. Hii my name is amna I want to ask medicine from you that I am having constipation problem the stool comes but my stomach is not clearing properly when I sit aur lay on the bed for going to sleep the pain starts again and again I cannot sleep and all the time headache and feel my whole body warm like I have fever and pain in my body and pain in my ears also please tell me a medicine that cleans my whole stomach and I can live and sleep normally I am in a real pain please help me I shall be thankful to you

  16. My baby is 2.5 yr old she is constipated since 1 year and has anal fissure. Inspite of giving lot of fiber rich diets and water she is not improving.

  17. Namaskar Sir, I am 50 years old male and I am suffering from Gas and some time constipation. After every meal I feel heaviness, bloating and too many hiccups started. Though, I do not take rich and spicy food and my weight is approx. 70 Kg. I want to disclosed one more problem that I had undergone surgery for Fistula in 2004 but now, since last three months it swell and problematic again. Sir, kindly guide us suitable medicines as well as what precautions should have been taken for early and permanently cure.
    Regards…

  18. Gail Kirkland says:

    Good afternoon, I’m a 62 yr old woman who leads a healthy lifestyle with exercise, high fluid intake, and high fiber diet, yet I suffer from chronic constipation. Can Homeopathy help?
    I generally walk between 5-12 miles most days.

    My GP’s response to my problem is to give me daily laxatives in both pill & powder form but it is not dealing with the cause. Sometimes I get so constipated, I feel really ill & end up lying on the floor. That’s when the similtaneous projectile vomiting & pooing happens. I sweat profusely & feel as though I am going to pass out. It’s very distressing. I feel like I’m going to die when it happens. Have you heard of that condition before?

    I would be most grateful for any advice/remedies

    Gail Kirkland

  19. Harminder Singh says:

    Hi Good morning,
    My son is 3 year and 9 months old. BOD 16-12-2016
    He has constipation issue since he was infants and we have been treating with allopathy from some doctor, however there is no improvement. He was afraid of passing the stool. He doesn’t have any issue with diet and taking full day diet but not able to pass the stool. He drink enough water in day no issue with that, from last one week we have giving him papaya, daals, there is no improvement. We are not giving him any outside food except maggi pasta which on weekly basis (only on Sunday or Saturday), some time chips and chocolates. I think we have to stop these things as well. He has passed the stool 1 time in last 10 days.
    I want to consult a Homeopathy Doctor for his treatment, can you please advice me.
    Waiting for your reply.
    Thanks and regards,
    Harminder Singh

    • My son also suffering same problem. I have consulted so many doctors. There is no improvement. If you got solution, please give me reply and give solution.

  20. RAJENDRA RAMAKANT DADHKAR says:

    I HAVE SERIOUSLY CONSTIPATION PROBLEM. I HAD DONE 3 TIMES PILES OPERATION.Even EVERY DAY after passing stool many times a day, there is a never “got done” feeling. STOOL NOT PASS SOFTLY AND SUFFICIENT DAILY.STOOL PASSING SENSATION IS NOT COMING DAILY MORNING.AT PRESENT I AM TAKEN IN NIGHT “HOT WATER AND LEMON MIXING WATER”
    BUT STOOL IS NOT PASSING SOFTLY AND SUFFICIENT.THERE IS A NEVER GOT DONE FEELING DAILY.
    SO PLEASE TELL ME MEDICINES.

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