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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. Bipadtaran das says:

    No desire & no urge of stool.for clearing stool use purgatives.fistula inthe anus,no pain only discharge pus sometimes.health detoriated gradually.which homoeopathic medicine can help in this case?please suggest me

  2. Are there any NOT to take when pregnant? On vacation amd my daughter needs relief but is pregnant.

  3. Hi I have used different homeopathy medicince for constipation. My problem is that the effect of each medicince that I use stops after its use for couple of weeks or a month after. Can you advise me any formula of using medicine or any combination of medicine that I can continue to use? Thanks

  4. asmatullah khan says:

    my mother has serious constipation .she takes madecines daily for stomach yet she doesnt get rid of constipation .please suggest best homeo remidy thans.

  5. Raj Prabha says:

    92 years female constipation , lots of gas, no appetite itchy skin very thirsty drinking lots of liquids like orange juice , buttermilk .

  6. Christina says:

    I had covid recently now still very tired and pains in bones and sometimes tight chest still have mucus on chest

  7. Eleene H Upchurch says:

    Are these medications by TX or can I buy them at a health food store on my own? Lycopodium clavatum matches close to my problem I’m 81 and have had this problem all my life.

    • Jen Kozy says:

      I am not a homeopath but I’d say give it a try. Only do the 30c and only 3x daily 1 pill under the tongue (morning, noon, night) (wait 30min after or before food and drink and teethbrushing) try until symptoms stop and you see improvement. If you get a small intensity of symptoms stop and wait. If you feel good after 3 doses stop and wait, if symptoms return start again. Same scenario. If no improvement get in touch with a homeopath, and same if you improve but symptoms keep returning you may need a higher potency and I recomend talking to a homeopath first because the higher potencies they need to evaluate to see how often you should be repeating it. Hope you feel better!

  8. RAMANATHAN says:

    I have chronic constipation for several years with very slow bowel movement . I do get urge to pass motion , however , defecation does not occur . Even if it is , only partial defecation happens . I do take enough fiber in terms of fruits & vegetables . Pl advise .

  9. Patricia LaFonte says:

    I have MS and I can not walk, my exercise is irregular because of fatigue. I have suffered with constipation since childhood now it has gotten worse. Do you think Alumina or Natrum Mur will help? My doctor wants to prescribe steroids but I refuse to take them. Can you please help me.
    Thank you.

    • Arlene Breuker says:

      Hi Patricia, I am not a homeopth, but I would say go to the library and get books from the Medical Medium, Anthony William. He also has a website with lots of information, but he gives people hope and healing from many chronic diseases even MS! He says the hidden viruses in us, feed off of hidden metals in us, release neurotoxins that create autoimmune diseases and more. Plant based diet, low fat, avoiding some foods that feed viruses, and adding supplements, herbs can help people heal. I’m sure homeopathy will also help, but check out the MM if you want, I love his information and story!

  10. Kathy Climer says:

    Dr.r Sharma, I recently had a stomach xray. They found fecal matter in my bowel. After I have a bowel movement, in about a few minutes I throw up. This is happening often now. I have pain in my upper stomach with bloating. Can you tell me what I can take to relive my symtoms? Thank you.

  11. Suffering from constipation since more than three years. After getting no results from many laxatives,(allopathy and ayurvedic) Zandu nityam gives me relief. But since yesterday I don’t have bowel movement. the hard stool get stuck at rectum. Does not move out. I am 68 years.

    Please suggest got remedy. Regards

  12. SRIKANTA BARIK says:

    I have severe constipation, I have tried lifestyle modifications like taking 4 litre of water, daily excercise of more than one hour, take fibre rich foods like oats, ragi and other millets, lot of vegetables but couldn’t get rid of this problem. Tried Triphala that also didn’t work. Homeo as per local doctor tried Alumina, opium and hydrastis.
    Symptom is very hard stool , to apply strong force to pass stool, that too small quantity in small lumps like goat stool. Weekly 5 to days small stool but try 3 times daily.

    • Rita Yotis says:

      Dr. Sharma,
      I developed constipation at taking Imodium and Valium before a dental appointment. My anxiety is extremely high around dental visits since childhood due to my teeth being drilled w/o novicaine; and, I was held down during each procedure. Extremely painful and very fearful with each weekly visit. Temporary fillings were done each week until the decay was removed.
      We now know that I am describing PTSD which is why I take Valium when needed for any lengthy dental visit. My anxiety also causes loose stools before each dental visit. When that occurs I take Imodium. On Tuesday of this week, I had a severe anxiety attack before the dental visit. Now two days post dental visit I am constipated.
      Your suggestions for the constipation would be appreciated.
      Also, is there any Homeopathic Remedy that I could take for the PTSD before and during dental visits?
      I fortunately do not have to go to my current dentist very often. He seems to understand PTSD; but, the whole process of getting to the office and sitting in the dental chair is extremely difficult for me.
      My reaction, in my opinion, is from a very distant scary/painful experience. It is like my mind makes an unconscious connection between the recent event and my past stimulation of extreme anxiety in childhood.
      Your thoughts and Homeopathic suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am 81 this year. Enough of this hopefully! Rita Yotis

  13. Banke Bihari Singh says:

    Can gas problem cause back pain? It increases during winter and lessens during summer. Please suggest medicine.

  14. Arsalan Ullah says:

    My Uncle is suffering from bloating and severe headache ,backache immediately after meal. Mostly, he complaints of Constipation. He has done all treatment but no betterment. Age 30 male married

  15. Uttam kumar murarka says:

    Good evening Dr I am suffering with constipation since two month stool is so hard I am a dibitic also pl advice me a homeopathic medicine

  16. Pravakar dey says:

    Please help with medicine, suffering by constipation

  17. sekher rao k says:

    good morning sir/madam,
    my age 55 yrs. constipation with hatd nd small ball stool and never cleaning smoothly since 25 yrs. chronic pancreatitis without any pains etc.
    plz advise for regularise bowel movement s.

    • ALI AKBAR SAMO says:

      Dr I am about 55 now I have lot problem gas , hear batten pain in body and stool not coming on time or very low qty , headache and pain is very much I am taking bp and sugur tablet on morning

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