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Monday, November 23, 2009

Yoga for Constipation

We all face so many problems and challenge in our life everyday but some where we feel confident that we can handle whatever comes in our way. But sometimes a very small problem can soil not only our mood but a whole day. And that is constipation.

Yes, constipation — a major problem of our daily life. Everyone in the world suffers from it sometimes in life and at least once. We all have a habit to ignore Constipation as long as there is no major problem that crop up if constipation is not treated properly for a long period and the result is the complications like abdomen pain, formation of wind, appetite loss, headache, lethargy, distension of the abdomen, nervous exhaustion, pimples, rheumatism, arthritis and lastly, the deadly cancer.

As a temporary treatment for the time being laxatives can be used, but body becomes habitual of it in the long run when used regularly and suddenly we feel that effects are gone away. Doctors also warn not to use laxatives regularly. As an alternate therapy Yoga is a better option to get rid of constipation. The following asanas may prove beneficial to cure constipation:
  • Bhujanghasana: Cures constipation by releasing gas from the body and improves digestion.
  • Trikonasana: It eases to pass stool without any difficulty.
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana: It stimulates digestive juices and benefits to cure constipation.
  • Supta Vajrasana: It helps in digestion and provides relief from constipation.
Apart from these four asanas, a patient of chronic constipation, should also try Dhanurasana, Sarvangasana, Kapalbhati, Bhastrika and Mayurasana.

All these yoga poses realign the abdominal movements and as a result there is no difficulty to pass the stool. The main aim of these asanas is to modify the human digestive system and therefore, one can get rid of constipation completely from the digestive system. It is recommended to take care of diet and adequate sleep in order to treat other ailments along with curing constipation, with the help of these yoga postures.

However, it is advised to practice all these asanas under the guidance of yoga expert. A word of caution is to avoid these postures if you are pregnant or having a heart troubles.

Doctors advise a constipation patient to avoid taking too much of tea, coffee or junk food. The diet must incorporate all necessary vitamins and minerals to make it healthy and balanced and at least 1.5 litres of water should be consumed by the person.

Earlier it was assumed that only yogis are allowed to practice yoga. But that’s not true. A common man can practice yoga to treat not just constipation but also various dreadful diseases. So include yoga in your daily life in order to make your life happier and free from diseases.



  1. constipation causes means different things to different people. For many people, it simply means infrequent stools. For others, however, constipation means hard stools, difficulty passing stools (straining), or a sense of incomplete emptying after a bowel movement. The cause of each of these "types" of constipation probably is different, and the approach to each should be tailored to the specific type of constipation.

  2. chronic constipation treatment requires urgent assessment because a serious medical illness may be the underlying cause (for example, tumors of the colon). Constipation also requires an immediate assessment if it is accompanied by worrisome symptoms such as rectal bleeding, abdominal pain and cramps, nausea and vomiting, and involuntary loss of weight.