Introducing the different types
Of constipation remedies

This page will acquaint you with the different constipation remedies available. We will cover different sections, from herbal remedies to nutritional programs including vitamins, minerals, natural laxatives, exercise and constipation massages.

Our goal is to be as complete and detailed as possible, and to help you discover your best cure for constipation. Because we are all different, we cannot serve it all to you on a plate.

Nobody knows you better than you do

But we will share with you what has consistently worked with a lot of us. We will keep researching the latest and greatest protocols, and summarize it for you. Based on that, you should be able to experiment, and eventually come up with your own plan.

This page introduces the different types of constipation cures at a high-level. For more information, click on the links, and read on. Whenever we can teach you how to make a preparation yourself (e.g. a herbal extract), we will.

Because there is nothing more empowering...
...than making our own constipation cures.

So brew yourself a good cup of herbal tea, relax, take your time, do not leave any rock unturned. With patience and curiosity, you will get to the bottom of your chronic constipation problem.

New remedies will be added to this site over the next several months. Please be patient as we compile our data for publishing. Check this page on a regular basis for new content.

1. Herbal Constipation Remedies

1.1 Gentle laxatives

1.1.1 Yellow dock

Good constipation cures need to address an under-active liver. Bile, produced by the liver and condensed by the gallbladder, is our ally: it acts as one of our natural laxatives.

In a first part of this section, we introduce yellow dock as liver tonic and bile stimulant. We provide a detailed protocol, and here is the fun part: we teach you how to make your own constipation cure (an herbal extract), illustrated with pictures!

Click on the link below to discover this great herb:
Using liver tonic herbs for constipation issues: yellow dock

1.1.2 Triphala

Triphala is both a gentle herbal laxative and a tonic for the gastrointestinal tract. It has been used for centuries for constipation issues in India. So why not give it a try ?

Click on the link below to discover this intriguing mix:
A constipation home remedy from India: Triphala

1.2 Herbs for body and colon cleanse

A real body and colon cleanse means stimulating all major elimination organs to eliminate accumulated waste. It does not mean purging. It does not work in a day or two. It is a more gentle, and much more thorough way to bring your gastrointestinal tract back to balance.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Body and colon cleanse: for long-term constipation prevention

1.3 Tonics for the gastrointestinal tract

Ever heard of Daikenchuto? No, this is not a karate move. It is a traditional Japanese herbal remedy that can help regulate your transit.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Daikenchuto: constipation remedy from the East

2. Nutrition That Relieve Constipation

2.1 Foods for Constipation

More than 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates taught us one very simple lesson: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food". That is indeed the focus of this section.

In the next few months, this growing page will provide nutritional guidelines along with simple recipes to implement them. So come back often!

Click on the link below to learn more:
Foods for Constipation

2.2 Prunes and Prune Juice for Constipation

Prunes and prune juice for constipation? Too mundane you might think.

Well, prunes and prune juice are here to challenge this nonsense. In this article, we first explain why such a common dried fruit can pack so many benefits to combat chronic constipation.

Second, we discuss how to give prunes a test drive, and validate whether they can become an integral part your anti-constipation toolkit. Will they become one of your constipation remedies?

Click on the link below to learn more:
Using prunes and prune juice as constipation home remedy: simple and affordable!

2.3 Olive Oil for Constipation

Olive oil provides multiple benefits to the overall digestive apparatus. It also encourages the gallbladder to stimulate more bile, our natural laxative.

Olive oil is safer in the long run and a lot more nutritive than mineral oil, a foreign substance that does not bring any long-term health benefits.

What's not to love about olive oil for constipation? Click on the link below to learn more:
Olive oil for constipation: gentle, safe and nutritive (unlike mineral oil!)

2.4 Green Tea for Constipation

Green tea, what a wonderfully healthy beverage, backed-up by hundreds of scientific studies.

If consumed in normal quantities, green tea can be used as part of your constipation remedies toolkit. It does not stand on its own as constipation cure, but is a great addition to your portfolio of constipation remedies. Green tea allows more bile to stay within your stools, bile being our natural laxative.

True, green tea constipation can also happen to certain drinkers very sensitive to the tannins and caffeine content of green tea. But you need to drink quite a bit before reaching that stage.

In this article, we spend some time on the benefits of green tea on the overall gastrointestinal tract, from mouth to colon. We will see that the benefits for constipated people far outweigh the risks, assuming we stay within reasonable consumption ranges.

So brew yourself a cup, and read on!
Green tea, an essential part of a constipation-free lifestyle

2.5 Castor oil for constipation

Castor oil can bring punctual relief to acute crises of constipation not responding to any of the other remedies listed on this website.

It belongs to the stimulant laxatives class. Just make sure you stay close to the nearest toilets.

To find out more about castor oil as a constipation remedy, click here:
Castor oil for constipation, natural product, explosive results

2.6 Karo syrup for constipation

Your may remember talks about Karo syrup for constipation from your childhood. It sounds like a good old grandma’s remedy doesn’t it?

But does it really work? Find out by reading the following article:
Karo syrup for constipation

3. Supplements for constipation

3.1 Magnesium for constipation

If you live in an industrialized nation, there is a high probability that you are magnesium deficient. Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a vital role in the health of our cardiovascular, muscular and nervous system.

It can also bring constipation relief if you follow the appropriate protocol. It is one of my favorite constipation remedies.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Magnesium for constipation: simple, cost effective and easy to use

3.1 Vitamin C for constipation

People are massively deficient in vitamin C today due to increasing levels of oxidative stress and malnutrition. So at a minimum, taking a daily maintenance dose of vitamin C makes sense.

But as we will see in this article, vitamin C also has a laxative effect that can bring you constipation relief.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Vitamin C: for optimal health, but also to keep your bowels moving

4. Lifestyle modifications

4.1. Lower stress with herbs

Thinking that stress cannot cause or aggravate your constipation? Think again. Learn how to keep a journal, and discover an effective herbal protocol to lower your stress and improve your constipation situation.

Stress and constipation : the remedies

5. Questionable...

5.1 Fibers

In my years of practice as a naturopath working with constipated clients, fibers supplements have been at the bottom of my list. I have never been impressed by their efficacy, or lack thereof.

Find out why in this article:
Constipation and fibers : the great myth

5.2 Mineral Oil for Constipation

As this article will explain, mineral oil for constipation does not constitute a clear-cut case of a constipation remedy that is both natural and safe to use in the long run.

After explaining what mineral oil is exactly, we discuss the fact that even though there isn’t clear evidence today that mineral oil is unsafe, common sense dictates that we stay cautious.

We then introduce more natural and nutritive approaches.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Mineral Oil for Constipation. How natural and safe?

5.3 Flax Oil for Constipation

To combat constipation, flax seed oil has very often been suggested by many authors and websites. There is indeed a logic behind it

But following the same logic, we can provide a much better alternative. We will see in this article that flax oil is not stable and can oxidize very rapidly. Rancid fats are toxic to your health. So why take the risk?

Click on the link below to learn more:
Flax oil for constipation: very unstable and often partly rancid. What is the best alternative?

5.4 Colon Cleansing Tea

In this article, we debunk the colon cleansing tea commercial phenomenon, look into what’s in that little tea bag, and conclude that hidden behind fancy names are fairly harsh plant laxatives.

There are better alternatives for your constipation remedies toolkit, focusing not just on the colon, but also on other elimination organs.

Click on the link below to learn more:
Colon cleansing tea: a harsh laxative in disguise

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