Constipation is a condition in which there is difficulty or restriction in emptying the bowels. It is usually associated with hardened feces. The bowel movements happen less often than normal. This condition happens to every one of us at some point, and it is not usually serious once your system is back on track.
The normal length of time between bowel movements differs from person to person. Some have bowel movements three times a day while others have them once or twice a week. Going longer than three days without one is too long, because after three days the feces become harder and tougher to pass.
- Few bowel movements
- Trouble having a bowel movement (straining)
- Hard or small stools
- A sense that everything didn’t come out
- Swollen abdomen or abdominal pain
Drinking extra glasses of water a day and drinking warm liquids especially in the morning, eating more fiber by adding fruits and vegetables and bran cereal to your diet will ease the bowel movements. If you’ve trouble having bowel movements for more than two weeks consider seeing a doctor.
Homeopathy takes a holistic approach and is highly successful in treating constipation. Nux Vomica is the best homeopathic remedy, when lots of laxatives have to be taken regularly, in treating constipation. A certified homeopath is to be consulted for any effective treatment.
When untreated, constipation can lead to unpleasant complications such as hemorrhoids and rectal prolapse, a condition in which part of the intestine pushes out through the anus from too much straining.