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Constipation

Definition

Difficult defecation; infrequent defecation with passage of unduly hard and dry fecal material; sluggish action of the bowels.
It is virtually impossible to state how frequently the bowels should move in order to be classed as “normal”. The range of variation in healthy individuals can vary from 2 to 3 bowel movements per day to 2 per week.
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Causes

Predisposing: no regular bowel movements from childhood; worry, anxiety, fear, sedentary life. Direct: failure to establish definite and regular times for bowel movements; improper diet; intestinal obstruction; tumors; excessive use of laxatives; weakness of intestinal musculature (atony) or excessive tonicity (spasticity); use of certain drugs; presence of anal lesions. It is a concomitant in some types of insanity.
Sometimes something as simple as not drinking enough fluids may cause constipation.
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Symptoms

Constipation results when waste material moves too slowly through the large bowel. Many ailments arise from constipation including: hemorrhoids, gas, insomnia, headaches, bad breath, sour stomach, varicose veins, obesity, indigestion, diverticulitis, appendicitis, hernia, and bowel cancer.

In most cases, constipation arises from insufficient fiber and fluids in the diet. Also, it may be a side effect of some drugs such as iron tablets, pain killers, and antidepressants. Constipation sometimes occurs during pregnancy.
Some symptoms include: coated tongue, foul breath, backache, headache, mental dullness, depression, insomnia, loss of appetite, and various pains.
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Treatment

For Chronic Constipation: Take 1 heaping tsp. of crushed flaxseed 3 times per day (without soaking it ahead of time), with plenty of water (at least 1 pint (1/2 L)).

Severe Constipation: Pour 8 oz. (1/4 L) of boiling water over 1 heaping tsp. of senna leaves, senna seedpods, or alder buckthorn bark, let steep for 5-10 minutes, and strain. Drink 1 cup of tea in the evening before going to bed.
The next morning (it takes 6-10 hours to have any effect), a bowel movement will take place. Usually the stool is soft and pasty. If it is watery, cut the dose in half the next time your bowels are constipated.
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Nutrients

Aloe Vera juice, 1/2 cup in the morning and at night, has a healing and cleansing effect and aids in forming soft stools.
Acidophilus, 1 tsp. twice per day, allows survival and rapid passage of “good” bacteria through the stomach into the small intestine.
Apple pectin, 500 mg. per day, is a source of fiber that aids in correcting constipation.
Multidigestive enzymes, 2 tablets after meals (Avoid products that contain hydrochloric acid (HCL) if you suffer from ulcers.
Multivitamin and mineral complex, taken as directed on the label (constipation leads to malabsorption, resulting in vitamin and mineral deficiency).
Vitamin B complex with extra B12, 50 mg. before meals, aids in proper digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein.
Vitamin D, 400 mg. per day, possibly aids in preventing colon cancer.
Calcium, 1,500 mg. per day.
Magnesium, 750 mg. per day.
Vitamin E, 400 IU before meals, aids in healing of the colon.
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Herbs
  • Agave
  • Ague-weed
  • Alder buckthorn
  • Alfalfa
  • Aloe vera
  • Apple
  • Asafetida
  • Ash, white
  • Asparagus
  • Balmony
  • Basil
  • Bayberry bark
  • Bird’s tongue
  • Blackberry
  • Blackroot
  • Blackthorn
  • Boneset
  • Boxwood
  • Bryony
  • Buck bean
  • Buckthorn bark
  • Burdock
  • Butternut bark
  • Cabbage rose
  • Calamus root
  • Calendula
  • Cascara sagrada
  • Castor bean
  • Catnip
  • Celandine
  • Centaury, European
  • Chickweed
  • Chickory
  • Clover, red, wild
  • Coffee-tree, Kentucky
  • Comfrey
  • Cucumber
  • Daisy, wild
  • Dandelion
  • Date
  • Dyer’s broom
  • Elder
  • Elm, slippery
  • Eryngo
  • Fennel, seed
  • Feverfew
  • Feverwort
  • Fig
  • Flag, blue
  • Flaxseed
  • Fringe tree
  • Fumitory
  • Ginger
  • Goldenseal
  • Grape, Oregon, wild
  • Groundsel
  • Hedge bindweed
  • Horehound
  • Holly, sea
  • Hyssop, hedge
  • Indigo, wild
  • Jalap, wild
  • Jasmine, wild
  • Kidney vetch
  • Larkspur
  • Licorice
  • Liferoot
  • Mallow
  • Mezereon
  • Mugwort
  • Mulberry
  • Mullein
  • Mustard, white
  • Oak, white
  • Olive
  • Orange, bitter
  • Origanum
  • Peach tree
  • Persimmon calyx
  • Poke weed, root
  • Psyllium
  • Plum, common
  • Pride of China
  • Primrose
  • Prunes
  • Psyllium
  • Radish
  • Raspberry, red, leaves
  • Restharrow
  • Rhubarb root
  • Rowan
  • St. Benedict thistle
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Scotch broom
  • Seakale
  • Sedge, red
  • Senega
  • Senna
  • Sesame seeds
  • Shepherd’s purse
  • Snakeroot, Seneca
  • Soapwort
  • Solomon’s seal
  • Sorrel
  • Spurge
  • Stargrass
  • Sticklewort
  • Stoneroot
  • Sunflower, seed
  • Tamarind
  • Thuja
  • Toadflax, yellow
  • Turtlebloom
  • Twitch
  • Wahoo
  • Water dock
  • Wheatgrass
  • Witch Hazel
  • Yam, wild
  • Yarrow
  • Yew

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Recommendations

Plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and an abundance of water (about a quart of water per day). Attempt to establish regular bowel, exercise, and eating habits.

Raisins, dates, figs, and many other dried fruits are used to regulate bowels.

Exercise is important. Physical activity speeds movement of waste through the intestines and reduces the time that potential cancer-causing waste is in contact with tissues.

Linseed oil helps soften stools. Take 2 to 3 tbsp. per day.
Eat plenty of fresh fruits, raw green leafy vegetables, and brown rice every day. Do not eat dairy products, white flour, or sugar. It is important to drink extra amounts of water when adding fiber to the diet.
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Cautions

Continued laxative use will clean out the intestinal bacteria and cause chronic constipation. Heavy laxative users need to take Megadophilus, Maxidophilus, or acidophilus to replace “good” bacteria.
If constipation is persistent, see the doctor. Foul-smelling stools and a burning feeling in the anus may be signs of acidosis.
A continuous change in frequency of bowel movements may be a sign of serious intestinal or colonic disease. A change in bowel habits should be discussed with a doctor.
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Bibliography

Buy It! Back to Eden, by Jethro Kloss; Back to Eden Publishing Co., Loma Linda, CA 92354, Original copyright 1939, revised edition 1994

Buy It! The Herb Book, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

Buy It! Indian Herbalogy of North America, by Alma R. Hutchens, Shambala Publications, Inc., Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, 1973

Buy It! Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

Buy It! The Old Herb Doctor, by Joseph E. Meyer, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, copyright 1984, sixth printing 1994.

Buy It! Earl Mindell’s Herb Bible, by Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Simon & Schuster/Fireside, Rockefeller Center 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10020

Buy It! The Nature Doctor: A Manual of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

Buy It! Secrets of the Chinese Herbalists, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, 1987.

Buy It! Planetary Herbology, by Michael Tierra, C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992

Buy It! Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Phyllis A. Balch, C.N.C., Avery Publishing Group, Inc., Garden City Park, NY

Buy It! Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, 15th Edition, F. A. Davis Company, 1915 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Buy It! The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

Buy It!The Magic of Herbs, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

Buy It! The Magic of Herbs in Daily Living, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Co. (1988).

Buy It! The Healing Plants, by Mannfried Pahlow, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc. 250 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788, 1992

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