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CONSTIPATION

The date is a laxative food. It is highly beneficial in the treatment of constipa-tion as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into a fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect.

Apples are beneficial in the treatment of both constipation and Diarrhoea. Raw apples are good for constipation. At least two apples should be taken daily for proper evacuation of bowels cooked or baked apples are good for Diar-rhoea. The cooking process softens the cellulose and provides bulk to the fae-ces.

The fruit is highly valued as a gentle laxative and is beneficial in the treatment of constipation This is due to its cellulose and pectin contents. The cellulose, which is not digested, acts as a roughage - that indigestible part of the food which helps the bowel movement and the pectin which absorbs and retains water, thereby increasing bulk to faeces and stimulating smooth bowel move-ment. Patient suffering from chronic constipation can greatly benefit by regular use of apricots Generally six to eight apricots used per day will produce the de-sired result.

Ripe bael fruit is regarded as best of all laxatives it cleans and tones up the in-testines,. Its regular use for two or three months helps evacuate even the old ac-cumulated faecal matter form the bowels. For best results, it should be taken in the form of sherbet, which is prepared from the pulp of the ripe fruits after breaking the shell, the seeds are first removed, and contents are then taken out with a spoon and passed through a sieve milk and little sugar may be added to make it more palatable. The pulp of the ripe fruit can also be taken from the spoon without the addition of milk or sugar About 60 gms of the fruits will suf-fice for and adult.

Bananas are of great value both in constipation and Diarrhoea as they nor-malize colonic functions in the large intestine to absorb large amounts of water for proper bowel moments their usefulness in constipation is due to their rich-ness in pectin, which is water absorbent and this gives them a bulk producing ability. They also possess the ability to change the bacteria in the intestine-from the harmful type of bacilli to the beneficial acidophilus bacilli. Taken either fresh or fried, the fig is regarded as a dependable laxative on ac-count of its large cellulose content and its tough skin. The tiny seeds in the fruits possess the property of stimulating peristaltic or wave like movements of intestines which facilitates easy evacuation of faeces and keeps the alimentary canal clean.

The combination of the properties of the cellulose, sugar and organic acid in the grape makes it a laxative food, it a laxative food. It is highly valuable in re-lieving constipation. Its field of action is not limited in clearing the bowels only. It tones up the stomach and intestines and relieves the most chronic cases of constipation One should take at least 350 gms of grapes daily to achieve the desired result. When fresh grapes are not available, raisins soaked in water can be used.

Eating Channa (Soaked overnight) in the morning with ground jeera and sonth sprinkled on it and also drinking the water (in which Channa was soaked ) eliminates constipation.

Taking 5-10 drops of homeopathic medicine Momradica Charantia (made from Karela) - 4 times a day cures constipation.

teaspoon of Karela juice twice a day is digestive.

Taking 30-40 gms of fresh leaves of Radish with kala namak cures constipation.

Rinsing the mouth with hot water in which 10 gms neem leaves have been dis-solved early in the morning cures constipation.

The Lime juice is of great value in constipation, when it is taken as the first thing in the morning in a glass of warm water. In chronic cases, it helps re-move the disorder by promoting biliary secretion from liver.

The orange is an effective food remedy in chronic dyspepsia. It gives rest to the digestive organs and supplies nutrition in a most easily assailable form. It also stimulates the flow of digestive juice thereby improving digestion and in-creasing appetite. It creates suitable condition for the development of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

Raisins are highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation they should be soaked in a glassful of drinking water for 24 to 48 hours this would swell them to the original size of the grapes,. They should be eaten early in the morning, after discarding the stones. The water in which raisins are soaked should also be drunk this plan carried out every morning will bring excellent result in case of chronic constipation.

Raisins can be routinely given even to little infant as an extract in water to help regular bowel action. Six to ten raisins or more, depending on the child's age, can be soaked in boiling water and set aside for a while. when cool, the raisins should be thoroughly crushed to extract their juice into the water for small children the liquid could be strained and given so that the skin of the raisins does not upset the stomach.

The cellulose content of the beet acts as a bulk residue, increases peristalsis - i.e. wave like movement and eases the passage of stool. It regular use thus pre-vent habitual constipation. A decoction of the beet root is highly valuable in chronic constipation and hemorrhoids, i.e. piles, It may be given in doses of half to one tumbler full at bed time.

The cabbage provides the roughage i.e., indigestible material which is essential to stimulate intestines for the proper action of the bowels. A meal of raw cab-bage is an excellent remedy for constipation. it acts immediately without any adverse after effects. This meal can be prepared by adding a little salt, black pepper and lemon juice to finely chopped raw cabbage.

Carrot juice combined with spinach juice and a little lemon juice, is very ef-fective in the treatment of constipation. Spinach juice cleans the bowels. This effect cannot be expected soon after taking the juice. But within two months, the bowel starts emptying regularly. About 50 ml of spinach juice should be added to 250ml of carrot juice to make this combination.

The cucumber is a dependable laxative food. It supplies bulk to aid bowel ac-tion. Those who suffer from constipation can greatly benefit by taking two cucumbers a day.

A lettuce is rich in cellulose, it increases the bulk of the intestinal contents and encourages peristalsis. It is therefore, highly beneficial in curing chronic constipation.

Spinach juice cleans the digestive tract by removing the accumulated waste therefrom. it nourishes the intestines and tones up their movements. It is therefore an excellent food remedy for constipation.

One teaspoonful of kernel of the seeds, taken with six shelled almonds and honey has proved highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation. It has been found to be a safe laxative for the young, weak and pregnant women. A very popular unani laxative medicine called Twarishe Qhurtum is prepared from saf-flower seeds.

The use of almonds has proved highly beneficial in the treatment of chronic constipation. It is an excellent laxative. 11 to 15 kernels taken at bed time will facilitate a clear motion the next morning. Those who suffer from weak stom-ach can take seven grams of almond oil with hot milk.

The bran of wheat, which is generally discarded in milling of the flour, is more wholesome and nourishing that the flour itself. It is an excellent laxative. The laxative effects of bran are much superior to those of fruits or green vegeta-bles as cellulose of the latter is more easily broken down by bacteria while passing through the intestine. The bran is highly beneficial in the prevention and treatment of constipation due to its concentration of cellulose which forms a bulk mass in the intestines and helps easy evacuation due to increased peristalsis.

Popcorn made by heating the small grains, is a wholesome cereal food and is easily digested. It has everything in the original grains of corn content. It is not fattening and practically starch free as in the process of popping, its starch is converted into dextrin and intermediate carbohydrates, a digestive product, which is easily assailable, It is laxative and provide bulk to faeces. It also promotes peristalsis i.e. wave like movement by its tendency to absorb mois-ture. it is therefore, valuable food in constipation.