Can you propose some ayurveda remedy for my mother's constipation?

Q. Can you propose some ayurveda remedy for my mother's constipation?

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Dr. Santhosh M D
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This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 14, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

My mother aged 70 is suffering from chronic irregular emptying of bowels. Sometimes, she goes to the toilet once in three days and the quantity of stool will be very less. There is no problem with the form of stools. She tried taking Triphala tablets in the morning and evening for several months and tried to eat fiber regularly, but still, there is no improvement. Lavan bhaskar churna helps at times, but she avoids it as she suffers from high BP. She has been taking Olvance 20 (Olmesartan) once in the morning for high BP. Can you propose some remedy for the constipation? She does not want to take any laxatives, which are habit forming.



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  • Good to know that she has already made some dietary changes and tried Triphala tablet on and off.
  • It is quite a common problem in elderly people, because of increased vata that is dryness.
  • Do not use continuously any medication more than three months, which may form a habit. Drink always warm water. She can continue with Triphala tablet and you can follow my advices.

The Probable causes:

Increased vata and aging resulted in constipation.

Treatment plan:

1. Kalyanaka gulam two teaspoons at bedtime with one glass warm water. The other option is Anuloma DS two tablets at bedtime with one glass warm water.
2. Also, you can visit an ayurveda treatment center and ask for Ksheera basti (milk enema).

Preventive measures:

1. She should eat lots of fibrous food and drink more warm water.
2. Should avoid processed food.

Regarding follow up:

Revert back after four weeks to an ayurveda specialist online.--->

Thank you doctor,

Are there any yogic asanas that you can suggest to ease this problem?



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  • Among yogic asanas the most important is pavanamuktasana. Also, she can learn pavanamuktasana kriya and shanka prakshalana kriya. She can learn it from an experienced trainer.
  • Considering her age, practicing yoga is good if she was doing yoga in the past.

For further information consult an ayurveda specialist online -->

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