Ayurvedic Treatments for Constipation
by Hardik Sagar on Jul 20, 2022
Ayurveda is a holistic approach to health and wellness that emphasizes balance between body, mind, and spirit. It’s one of the oldest and most respected medicinal traditions in the world. Today, it’s practiced widely, both in India where it originated and around the world.
Ayurveda focuses on preventing disease, so its approach to treating constipation encompasses a whole range of healthy choices, rather than focusing solely on laxatives and immediate relief.
In addition to natural laxatives, an Ayurvedic diet, exercise, and massage are key elements of maintaining a healthy digestive system. Keep reading to learn more about Ayurvedic treatments for constipation.
Here’s a brief overview of the three doshas:
- Vata: a type of energy associated with movement, space, and air
- Pitta: a type of energy associated with metabolism, fire, and water
- Kapha: a type of energy associated with body structure, earth, and water
Together, these doshas regulate your body functions. An imbalance between them results in illness, poor functioning, or disease.
Ayurvedic medicine explains constipation as an imbalance in the vata dosha, which centers in the
Some Ayurveda practitioners say constipation is related to an excess of cold and dry elements in the body — remedied by adding warmth, hydration, and oils.
Some of the Ayurvedic laxatives described below can be made into warm, soothing teas or taken in tablet form with water. Some are available in liquid form, too.
One of the best known Ayurvedic laxatives is , a medicinal blend of dried fruits from the plants Emblica officinalis (Amalaki or the Indian gooseberry), Terminalia bellerica (Bibhitaki), and Terminalia chebula (Haritaki).
In more recent animal and human
You can buy Triphala in a powdered form, which is useful if you want to brew an Ayurvedic herbal laxative tea. Some people find the taste of the laxative tea bitter. If you do, add a teaspoon of honey after your tea has steeped. Lemon isn’t recommended.
You can also buy Triphala in tablet or liquid extract forms if you prefer.
, an herb used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an over-the-counter laxative. Compounds in the herb (sennosides) stimulate the lining of the bowel, usually bringing constipation relief in 6 to 12 hours.
Senna is considered to be safe for adults and children when taken at the right dose and for less than
Some people may experience stomach cramps and diarrhea when taking senna. Children in diapers may develop blisters if their diapers aren’t changed often when they’re taking senna laxatives.
Senna isn’t recommended for children under 2 or people with these health conditions:
- heart disease
- electrolyte imbalance
- Crohn’s disease
- an intestinal blockage
- ulcerative colitis
- stomach inflammation
- anal prolapse
It’s also important to know that taking senna in combination with other herbal laxatives such as horsetail, licorice, aloe, buckthorn, and others could cause a big drop in your potassium levels.