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Constipation

Constipation is a symptom resulting from many gastrointestinal and other medical disorders.  It is felt as infrequent passage of hard stools.

Cause

Constipation could be due to minor causes like lack of fibre or fluid or due to drugs like Opiate, iron supplements, etc. or due to metabolic problems like diabetes, hypocalcaemia, hypothyroidism, even old age or due to serious problems like multiple sclerosis, spinal cord lesions, parkinsonism, diverticular disease or even carcinomas.

If constipation is of sudden onset, severe, worsening, associated with other worrisome symptoms such as loss of weight, or is not responding to simple, safe and effective treatments medical evaluation of constipation should be done.

Management

Drink plenty of water a day (unless your doctor told you to limit fluids for some other health reason). Have warm liquids, especially in the morning. Add fibres like prunes, bran cereal fruits and vegetables to your diet. Laxative overuse can worsen your symptoms. Do exercise regularly in the morning.

Homoeopathic management

Usually homoeopathic physicians prescribe Alumina, Bryonia, Causticum, Cocculus, Coffea, Collinsonia, Conium, Lycopodium, Natrum mur., Nux vomica etc.

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