Herbal Remedies for Constipation
The occasional constipation is not dangerous however chronic constipation can cause toxins to accumulate and lead to more serious health issues including many types of skin disorders. Commercial laxatives can be used as an effective short-term solution but becoming over-dependent on them can cause the problem to worsen hence laxatives should be avoided or use as little as possible.
Natural healing herbal remedies can be extremely beneficial in returning sluggish bowel habits to regularity with far less risk. Herbal remedies work by increasing the amount of bulk or fiber in the diet however in order to help the increased intake of fiber to relieve constipation, more fluid needs to be consume, at least up to 8 glasses of water daily. Here are some medicinal herbs to help in constipation problems.
Alfalfa is loaded with nutrients which includes eight essential amino acids, magnesium, calcium, potassium and beta carotene. The herb is also a highly effective laxative.
Buckthorn acts as a purgative and laxative depending on the amount taken and will not irritate the intestines.
Cascara sagrada is an ingredient that is used in numerous commercial constipation remedies. This herb contains compounds called anthraquinones that helps in stimulating intestinal contractions which provides the urges to move the bowels.
Chicory is both a mild laxative and a tonic for the nervous system. It is effective in cleaning the blood and improving the quality of the skin that has suffered due to chronic constipation. It also stimulates liver functions and acts as an intestinal antiseptic.
Couchgrass, also known as doggrass, is effective in eliminating urine and acting as an antiseptic, antibiotic, laxative and mild sedative.
Liquorice, yellow dock and dandelion
Bitter herbs can help stimulate the liver and encourage the production of digestive enzymes. Dandelion is a good liver tonic while yellow dock has a gentle laxative action.
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