In constipation, the stools are often hard, dry, small and ‘rabbit-like’, in addition to being painful to pass and accompanied by symptoms such as gas, bloating, bad breath and a lack of appetite.
Each individual will have a ‘normal’ number of bowel movements, and defining when someone is constipated can be difficult. However, should an individual have none, or occasionally 1 bowel movement per day on a regular basis, then this can indicate a degree of constipation.
Ayurveda considers constipation to be caused by elevated levels of hot or cold within the intestines, or a high level of intestinal dryness. All three factors can influence the intestines to contract, or spasm which traps and slows down the natural movement of a stool through the digestive tract. A slow digestive metabolism can also influence the onset of chronic constipation. When the metabolism is low, foods cannot be metabolised properly and undigested matter will accumulate.
Stimulate the digestive metabolism
Improve levels of digestive bacteria
Strengthen the digestive tract
Lubricating the digestive tract