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Home Remedies for Constipation


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Posted by Loie (Naples, Fl) on 09/30/2014
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I have tried many different remedies from an early age.....over the counter and natural.....for my lifelong battle with constipation and nothing last more than a few months. I started drinking organic green iced tea in place of water all day long, knowing that I will get the water that my body needs while enjoying the taste of the iced tea.(I hate plain water). After about 2-3 weeks I noticed that I was having a BM every morning and sometimes in the afternoon! Every straining.

I have had this problem since I was a little girl. I am now 71 years old and wish I had found this organic green iced tea solution a long time ago.

Not sure this would work for everyone, but it sure works for me.

Posted by Doddie (Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA) on 08/21/2011
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You can get an herbal laxative tea from your health food store. One is called Smooth Move. Never let yourself go over 2 days without eliminating. This tea sometimes has a residual effect. Take it the last thing at night if you have not had a movement. Drink something hot the next morning. This is not harsh but you will be going quite a bit the first time- try to stay close to home, this works!! I have made many friends from sharing this information! (This stuff sells itself!!)

otherwise; a friend gave me this recipe:

Senna leaves ground into a powder to make 1/2 c. , 1 c. Dried prunes, 1c. Figs or dates, 1c raisins and applesauce. 1/2 water in a pan and stew prunes, figs, raisins. Put in a processor or blender, blend. Add a little applesauce at a time until you get the correct consistency (kind of thick like applebutter); add senna leaves, blend a little more until all ingredients are throughly mixed. Put in a container in refrigerator or freezer. This will not freeze although it will extent its shelf life. I put some in a baby food size glass jar for the refrigerator and flatten it in a baggy for the freezer. Take on the average of 1 heaping tablespoon per day, cut back if need be... Drink plenty of water. Do not abuse this recipe, take only when needed. All of this is food and so it should not make you laxative dependent. I am also a hemorrhoid expert in case anyone is interested!!

Posted by Na954 (Rochester, Minnesota ) on 03/03/2011

I have suffered from constipation for years, and it was worsened by Menopause. These things have really helped. 1. Using a small step stool in front of the stool to elevated the legs. This puts the colon in a more natural positon. 2. Yarrrow tea.

Posted by Kegan (Illinois) on 12/12/2006
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Have you ever stopped to think about chinese people how with every meal no matter what meal they have hot tea?? well the reason behind it is, when you eat food's that have fat or oils in them you usually drink COLD bevarages after right?? Well that causes the fats to sit and harden, causing many problems constipation, clogged arteries, many! So when you eat something, try to drink something hot along with it and see what you will poop right on time and won't be constipated.

Replied by Quicksilver

Have been making /drinking-- heavily iced smoothies for over a year.

In Florida--it's hot here even in January!

Don't like "hot "drinks, but --- bet the smoothies are what makes me tired and arms tingle at times - sleepy in the daytime n grouchy too! Not an April fool's -joke!!.

Bet my veins are sludge --omg what an eyeopener --never thought too much cold could clog you up like that!!

Ted's Remedies

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Posted by Robert (London, UK) on 07/23/2019
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Since switching to a low-carb vegetarian diet for health reasons, I've had issues with mild constipation. I found the suggestions on the Earth Clinic website very helpful and I started trying them. My constipation has now gone, I am able to have an easy bowel movement every morning which is soft and moist.

I previously found that I couldn't eat egg yolks because they would block me up, but this is no longer the case.

The remedies the worked for me are as follows, starting with the most effective and proceeding in order down to the least effective: - 1/4 tsp of bicarbonate soda dissolved in 1/4 cup of water 1 hour after each meal. This is one of the remedies recommended by Parhatsathid Nabadalung (aka Ted from Bangkok, Thailand) in his book pH Balanced for Life! The Easiest Way to Alkalize. -

1 tbsp of olive oil dissolved in 1/4 cup of water every morning, after my bowel movement and before my first meal. - Before each bowel movement, drink 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt dissolved in 1 cup of warm water. - Eat some cucumber with every meal. I tried lots of other things including abdominal massage and eating coconut oil, but the above four worked the best for me. If anyone is interested in my diet, a typical meal for is 3 cups of vegetables with 2 boiled eggs, plenty of healthy fat (avocados, olive oil, coconut oil), and spices (garlic, ginger, turmeric etc). I drink plenty of plain water - I don't take other liquids.

Thank you to the people who run this site. You've helped me find a natural cure to my problem, which was causing me a lot of stress. I'm going to make a donation by way of thanks.

Replied by Gord235
(Vancouver, Canada)

Awesome Robert! I notice that your typical meal has only two eggs, no bread and no dairy.

Triphala Churna

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Posted by Roane (Los Angeles, Ca) on 04/28/2011
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Maybe you should try upon rising drinking a glass of water with probiotics and one half lemon or line. Next prepare the morning flex drink:

TRIPHALA-prevents aging, imparts immunity and improves mental faculties. It helps to detoxify the liver, restore digestion and purify blood. It is also a laxative that rejuvenates the membrane lining the digestive tract and contributes to effective cleansing of the colon.

PSYLLIUM HUSK: Is a Fiber Psyllium appears to increase stool mass more effectively than do other common laxative fibre sources

Triphala Churna
Posted by Sue M. (Worden, Il, Usa) on 05/23/2010

I ran across this Ayurveda herb called triphala churna that claims to help eliminate constipation problems. I was wondering if anyone had any information that they could share about it.

Replied by Wfc
(Hb, Ca)
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My GF was very constipated and I bought her a bottle of Triphala. It worked right away and as long as she takes 4 caps a day, 2 in the AM and 2 before bed.

Replied by Vetta
(Northeast, Usa)
5 out of 5 stars

I have had very good luck with Triphala to normalize bowels. I take 3 capsules every night before retiring and it keeps me regular without the cramps, gas, etc. from laxatives. No fear about leaving the house the next day!

Replied by Jennifer
(Sunrise, Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

I've had terrible constipation since I was young... I would have a bowel movement maybe every 2 weeks. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism a few years ago, which made the problem much worse. Typical remedies like laxatives, prunes, and fiber have absolutely no effect on me. Triphala has been a miracle for me. It's not a laxative, but it encourages regular bowel movements because it acts like a tonic for your colon and digestive system. It's extremely gentle but very powerful. I have a bowel movement almost every day, without any pain or discomfort. It completely regulates my digestive system and makes me feel great. As an added bonus, it has a ton of antioxidants, which is great for your body! I use a very good-quality brand, because some lower quality brands have little to no effect on me. Look for brands that have guaranteed potency.

Replied by Lily
(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Hi Jennifer, I always found fibre to be very unhelpful for constipation, as soon as I started taking magnesium which I was difficient in, the constipation went away. Vitamin c in high doses will help also. Lily.

Vitamin Supplements

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Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 09/05/2014
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As many of us with hypothyroid know, constipation is one of the symptoms of the ailment. I am one of those that has suffered for years with hard, rocky stool. Then I read about how if you are deficient in Thiamine or vitamin B-1 it can cause a "miscommunication" between the thyroid and bowels. I began taking 250 mg of B-1 everyday a couple of weeks ago and no more cement factory poops. It just may be coincidence. But, so far sooooo very good. I am actually not dreading to go do number 2. It's worth a try. I just hope my situation remains, eh hem, smooth sailing.

Replied by Elaine
(Edmond, Oklahoma)

Did a little experiment last week by not taking the vitamin B-1. Yup, the cement factory was back. Took 250 mg of B-1 and was softer by that afternoon! I also take Vitamin D, have for over ten years. Didn't help. The B-1 is what works for me.

Vitamin Supplements
Posted by Suzy (Fort Wayne, Indiana) on 07/01/2014

Daily vitamin c and magnesium will put an end to constipation. You may have to experiment a bit to find the dosage that works for you.

Vitamin Supplements
Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma) on 10/14/2013
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I have had chronic hard stool for about ten years now. I have tried many things in the past that, some worked some didn't. The only thing is the ones that worked had their draw backs. They were either harsh, habit forming or were hard on the system. Milk of Magisia is hard on the kidneys. I had come to the point that I was using a glycerin suppository to soften the stool. I would have to leave it in there for at least an hour. I was recently told I was glucose intolerant, so I did a little research on diabetes here. I combined chromium picolinate, ALA and lecithin. I did this regimen for about a week and a half and notice I wasn't passing rocks anymore. My stool was passible. It's been three weeks and all is still well. I'm not sure how this works or for how long, but it's so nice to go to the toilet and just do what nature is supposed to do without pain, discomfort or glycerin suppositories. I took each capsule once a day in the morning. I think the mgs are a standard amount.

Vitamin Supplements
Posted by Nat (Brooklyn, Ny) on 09/10/2013
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Vitamin D helps in constipation issues. It is better to take at least part in an oil based form since Vitamin D, an oil based vitamin, is better absorbed with fat.

Mayo Clinic's site states that people who are deficient can take about 50,000IU weekly for three months and then smaller amounts daily. They write that up to 4000IU daily is safe for people who are not deficient. It is reported that about 70% of people are Vitamin D deficient.

Other place recommend higher doses. They write that at times a 250,000 IU dose was given to children with rickets with no negative results. This high dosaging was given once in about three months.

Vitamin D should be taken with K2. (K2 keeps calcium in the bones and out of the arteries.)

Vitamin Supplements
Posted by Anon (Anon) on 03/12/2013
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Hi, yes coffee works great for constipation.So does a teaspoon of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) with baking soda added (tip of spoon).


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Posted by Search4truth (Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines) on 09/23/2017 1 posts
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I have tried numerous constipation remedies to create daily bowel movements as part of a detox protocol, but nothing worked consistently.

Until I read about drinking 1 liter of filtered water first thing in the morning when I woke up. It worked. After drinking my morning liter of water, I'll have an easy bowel movement usually within an hour or two. Sometimes just minutes. It used to be days. I don't know if the type of water is a factor, but I drink filtered mountain water where I live.

I do also have chronic health problems often characterized as Fibromyalgia which may be of some consequence.

Posted by Prathna (Turlock, California) on 02/15/2017
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I have suffered constipation from the past 40 years, the best and affordable thing I have come across is that lack of water is the main cause of constipation, and another best is we do drink water but it needs to be little bit warmer than luke warm. I start my day with hot water, and whenever I am thirsty I drink hot water, and my constipation has disappeared.

Posted by Elli (Utah, US) on 06/04/2014
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Try drinking about 1/2 cup cold water. Let it sit for about 2-3 minutes, Drink a huge glass of water with 400 mg magnesium and 1000 IU Vit D. And then don't eat or drink anything for about 20 minutes.

Works like a charm. Thank Heavens