Stress, bad eating habits or even a disturbance in the transit, constipation can have many causes. Here are 7 herbs that treat constipation.
Due to its laxative effect, the dried bark of buckthorn helps to combat occasional constipation. Its action consists in stimulating the intestinal tissues and hydrating the dry stools.
For administration, a decoction of 5 g of buckthorn extract and 20 cl of water must be prepared. Drink a cup of the preparation obtained before each meal.
This remedy is only suitable for adults. The duration of the cure is 10 days.
In case of occasional constipation, senna is a good solution. Indeed, it stimulates the motor functions of the digestive system and contributes to thestool hydration.
It is generally taken in the evening and in the form of an herbal tea made from senna fruits. However, there are also capsules made from dried leaf powder.
Flax seeds :
In case of chronic constipation, flax seeds promote intestinal transit and the expulsion of faeces. To do this, take 5 g of ground seeds 3 times a day with a little water. Proper hydration is also necessary.
Note that flaxseed is a remedy approved by Commission E when treating cases of chronic constipation.
Rhubarb exerts a laxative activity in the large intestine. It also restores the digestive functionswhich makes it the ideal treatment for occasional constipation.
In a therapeutic setting, it is often taken in the form of herbal tea, to be consumed before bedtime. The preparation consists of boiling 1.5 g of dried root in 200 ml of water.
This remedy is to be avoided for pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as for children.
The aloe vera :
The World Health Organization (WHO) as well as the German Commission E recognize aloe vera as a remedy for occasional constipation. Indeed, the latex of this plant has a laxative property. To take advantage of this, the latex is administered internally before bedtime. Also, care must be taken not to use it too many times. This helps to prevent possible side effects.
Originally from the Middle East, ispaghul is used to regulate intestinal transit. It promotes bowel movement by stimulating bowel movements and absorbing fluids from the intestinal walls. It is thus effective against chronic constipation.
Regarding the dosage, Commission E recommends taking 3 to 10 tablespoons per day. This intake must be accompanied by good hydration. Also, this product is not suitable for people with asthma.
Like Ispaghul, fenugreek seeds exhibit the same modes of action. They are therefore to be prescribed in cases of chronic constipation.
The usual dosage is 2 teaspoons per day, accompanied by a large quantity of water. Failure to comply with this dosage can lead to the appearance of other digestive disorders.