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Written by Dr Ashwini Konnur,
Whenever you ask a patient about their stool habits, the most common answer is “AHH, it is so bad”. Constipation is a lot more than just a bowel movement. It is one of the most important topics of the hour. Lots of people suffer from constipation yet only a few dare to talk about it. Most of them are not even sure if they are suffering from constipation.
Constipation is a condition where it becomes difficult to pass stools. The only way to find out if you are suffering from constipation is by being aware of your daily purging pattern. The following are definite symptoms of constipation:
Unable to pass stools
Excessive straining during a bowel movement
Incomplete bowel movements
Stools that are dry, hard, and pellet-like
Children, elderly, pregnant women are the most common sufferers of constipation. Nevertheless most IT professionals, businessmen and others are also a victim of this. What could be the reason?
In Ayurveda, proper elimination is an extremely important indicator of good health as it signifies a strong agni (digestive fire). The digestive tract is also the first place that highlights any imbalances in the body. Healthy elimination is extremely important to overall health. Vitiated Vata dosha is mainly responsible for constipation also called as Vibaddha. Constipation can result in bloody stained stools, haemorrhoids, anal fissures, rectal prolapse, lethargy and uncomfortable feeling. To avoid constipation it is very important to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Ayurveda stresses on the diet as a primary factor to correct constipation. Following a few suggestions could help you to get relief from constipation.
Some of the asanas that help in easing constipation is regulating the apana vata are:
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