About the Illness

Constipation occurs when bowel movements become difficult or less frequent.
It is a common problem for many people, usually caused by not drinking enough liquid or eating enough fibre. The best way to deal with constipation is by making changes to lifestyle and diet rather than using laxatives which are no help in promoting active digestion.

Common Symptoms

Hard, compacted stools that are difficult or painful to pass; no bowel movement in 3 days for adults or 4 days for children.

Children's Issues

Children should be de-wormed every 3 months to prevent constipation.

Important Information

Seek professional help if:

  • Your constipation is accompanied by a fever or lower abdominal pain, and your stools are thin or loose.
  • You have blood in your stools.
  • You have been constipated for 2 weeks.

Herbal Therapy

Help your stomach digest its food by drinking one of these digestive teas during or after meals:
Stinging Nettle Infusion  Soak a few leaves in 1 glass hot water for 5-10 minutes and then drink.



Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All
Basella alba Infusion  Soak a few leaves in 1 glass hot water for 5-10 minutes and then drink.


Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All
Ginger Infusion  Soak a few pieces of ginger in 1 glass hot water for 5-10 minutes and then drink.


Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All
If these suggestions don't work and you are still unable to pass stool for several days, you should try one of the following laxatives which should help you have a bowel movement very quickly:
Sodom Apple Roots  Take 1 root and chew it OR crush and soak it in 1/4 glass warm water for 10 minutes. Then drink one dose of 1/4 glass. (6-10 yrs: one dose of 1 tbsp; 2-6 yrs: one dose of 1 tbsp; up to 2 yrs: one dose of 1 tsp).      



Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:Kids
Black Jack Infusion  Take a whole plant, crush it and infuse it in 1 ltr hot water for 10-15 minutes. Drink one dose of 1/2 glass. (6-10 yrs: one dose of 2 tbsp; 2-6 yrs: one dose of 2 tbsp; up to 2 yrs: one dose of 2 tbsp).


Infusion
 
  • Boil water and pour over herbs.  
  • Leave for 5-10 minutes.  
  • Filter through a clean cloth and use within 1 day.

[Infusion]
Good for:All
Aloe vera Juice  Take juice fresh from leaves and take 1 tbsp 3x daily for 1 day. Stop immediately if it causes cramps/diarrhoea.


Cold Water Extract
 
  • This is used to extract ingredients that are destroyed by heat.  
  • For the best results, cut leaves into small pieces or pound roots with a mortar and pestle.  
  • Soak plant parts in water overnight unless the recipe advises otherwise.
  • Filter before use.
  • Prepare freshly every day.

[Cold Water Extract]
Good for:Adults Only

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Drink plenty of liquids (at least 6-8 glasses of water each day).
  • Eat small, frequent and regular meals.
  • Eat food containing fibre, like raw vegetables, whole grain cereals and fruit.
  • Eat foods that help digestion, like pawpaw, cinnamon, cabbage juice, ginger and mint.

Body Work and General Advice

Take regular exercise.