Medicinal Plants
Therapeutic Teas
Floral Essences
Herbs & Spices
Natural Beauty
Therapeutic Baths
Essential Oils
Nutritional Supplements
Nature's Remedies
Garden Pharmacy
Ailments & Treatments
Self Healing Techniques
Gentle Diagnoses
Alternative Therapies
Home Remedies
Home Home Remedies Stomach Constipation
Home Remedies
Arms & Legs
Kidney & Bladder
Deficiency Diseases
Heart & Blood Pressure
Common Ailments of Children
Common Problems of Women
Wheat Grass Therapy
Water Therapy
Tulsi - The Wonder Herb

"A healthy stomach is a healthy body."  Many diseases have their roots in the digestive system.

Never take laxatives too often or for too long for the cure of constipation.  They will weaken the intestines and the faculty of natural bowel movements.  They will ultimately lead to damage of the inner walls of intestines resulting in dysentery, intestinal wounds and ultimate development of piles.  Instead eat a fibre rich diet of raw fruits and vegetables as salads, have plenty of water, and some exercise.

What is constipation?

Constipation is a common gastrointestinal complaint.  People who are constipated may find it difficult and painful to have regular bowel movement.


  • Insufficient fibre in diet.
  • Less fluid intake.
  • Lack of exercise.
  • Certain medications.
  • Changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, old age, and travel.
  • Ignoring the bowel movement.


Bloated feeling in the stomach, discomfort, general unease due to gas.

Remedy (Nuskhe)

  • Drink a hot glass of water with 1 teaspoon honey and juice of ½ a lemon first thing in the morning.
  • Drink one litre (4 glasses) of water first thing in the morning.
  • Soak 6-8 dates (khajoor) in a cup of water at night.  Churn in the mixer in the morning and drink first thing in the morning.
  • A cup of hot milk at night before going to bed.
  • Chew a few liquorice (mulethi) sticks.  One of its many properties is that it is a natural laxative.
  • Soak 6-8 rasins (kishmish) in hot water.  When cool, crush well and strain.  When given routinely even to little infants, it helps regulate bowel movement (however care should be taken so as not to give too much or the child might get loose motions.)
  • Consume 6-8 apricots (khurmani) a day.
  • Bulk forming vegetables like carrots, radish, spinach, cabbage or roughage creating diet should be consumed.  Instead of juice always opt for eating the fruit.
  • Whole wheat flour should be used and processed foods (maida, cheese, confectionary) should be avoided.
  • Taking 2-3 teaspoons of isabgol in milk or warm water either first thing in the morning or at bed time is very beneficial.
  • Have your meals at fixed time.  Drink a glass of hot water half an hour before breakfast and half an hour before retiring at night.  Make a habit of answering calls of nature at fixed time every day.
  • Take 1 cup of bottle gourd (lauki) juice.  Add a little salt to it and drink it daily for some days.  This will cure chronic constipation.
  • Almonds being laxative in nature are very beneficial for constipation.  Soak 3-4 almonds with 2-3 dried figs (anjeer) in a cup of water in the morning.  At night remove the skin of almonds and grind both almonds and figs to a paste.  Add a little honey and have this at bedtime for a few days, to facilitate clear motions next morning.
  • As the figs contain large cellulose content and a thick skin, they are very beneficial in the treatment of constipation.  Soak 2-3 dried figs in 1 cup water.  Next morning add 1 tablespoon of honey and consume these along with the water in which they were soaked.  Continue for at least 1 month.  Consumption of fresh figs is also beneficial in curing constipation.
  • Consumption of grapefruit helps in relieving constipation as it supplies bulk to facilitate bowel movement.
  • Daily consumption of grapes is highly recommended for people suffering from constipation.  The organic acids (malic, citric and tartaric acids) present in grapes in combination with the sugar and cellulose, stimulate the activity of the bowels, thus curing constipation.  A minimum of 300-400 gms of grapes or their juice should be taken daily.
  • Guava is a mild laxative.  It is good to have it for breakfast.
  • Amla is a laxative fruit hence its regular use will help to overcome the problem of habitual constipation.  Soak 2-3 dried amlas in water overnight.  Next morning mash them and sieve them.  Add a little honey (1-2 teaspoons) and drink this first thing in the morning.
  • Consuming 3-4 oranges a day or drinking orange juice daily will take care of this problem.  The best way to have oranges for this problem is at breakfast and before retiring at night.
  • Daily consumption of papaya is a sure way of getting rid of constipation.  In addition, its regular consumption also cures bleeding piles, chronic dysentery and hyperacidity.
  • The fibrous element of sweet lime proves beneficial in overcoming the problem of constipation.  It is recommended to eat the fruit and not have its juice when suffering from constipation.
Watermelon is mildly laxative in nature.  Regular consumption of the fruit takes care of any constipation that you might be suffering.  2 medium sized bowls of the fruit should be had daily.