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Following are the signs that indicate the presence of this ailment:

- No bowel movements at least once a day
- Pain in the abdomen
- Heaviness in the stomach
- Wind formation
- Mucus coated tongue
- Headache
- Loss of appetite
- Pain in the lower legs
- Hypertension, fever
- Nausea
- Vertigo
- Palpitation
- Drowsiness


The aggravation of vata causes constipation. Improper eating habits
including eating a lot of food, eating food which is difficult to digest
(such as meat) and not eating enough vegetables and salads also lead to

Irregular sleeping habits or emotional disturbances (stress, grief, fear
or worry) are other causes for the obstruction of the passage of stool,
accumulation of toxins in the colon or excessive stimulation of the nervous

Smoking, consuming too much tea and coffee, or intake of prescription or
illicit drugs can also cause constipation.


- Drinking a glass of warm milk before going to bed helps in easy
evacuation in the morning. In case of severe constipation, mix two teaspoons
of castor oil in the milk.
- Drink one liter of warm water and walk around for a few minutes
immediately after waking up early in the morning.
- Drinking lemon juice mixed with warm water two to three times a
day eases constipation.
- One or two teaspoons of aloe gel can be taken twice a day.
- A common Ayurvedic medicine for constipation is Triphala Churna.
It is a powder made by grinding three kinds of herbs. A teaspoon of this
powder taken with warm water or milk at the time going to bed is beneficial.

Dos and don'ts

- The diet taken during constipation must be easily digestible.
- Plenty of fruits, vegetables and salads
- Freshly cooked food, and chew food thoroughly.
- Eat only when hungry and maintain at least 4 hours between meals.
- Use spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric powder, fennel and
asafetida as they make the food easy to digest.
- Whole grain bread and cereals
- Regular physical exercise is also important for maintaining proper
bowel movements.
- Sleeping hours should be regulated and efforts should be made to
have a sound sleep.
- Fried foods, beans, gas forming vegetables like cabbage,
cauliflower and broccoli, nuts and dried fruits should be avoided.
- Do not mix too many kinds of foods in one meal.

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