Constipation – etiology and pathogenesis
Constipation is a medical disorder when an individual experiences difficulty in draining the intestines, frequently accompanying with rock-solid feces.
Consequently being constipated stays for the problem of bowel movements, which occur not regularly and less often than once a day. Practically, each suffers from constipation once of several times in life.
The frequent interval in the middle of bowel movements differs extensively from individual to individual. Some patients perform bowel movements few times in every 24 hours while others are draining their intestines only two-three times a week.
The daily interval in bowel movements adapted as normal by physicians and scientists. However, every other day may also be considered as normal as long as an individual does not complain about discomfort in the stomach area.
Any interval between bowel movements, which is elongated for more two days considered as constipation because feces turn out to be harder and harder to move through the GI passages.
Main Symptoms of Constipation
- Irregular bowel movements;
- Elongation of the interval between bowel movements;
- Difficulties to perform a bowel movement;
- Firm, solid, dense and compact feces;
- A sensation that the sigmoid and rectum aren’t empty;
- Stomach full of gasses with heaviness and discomfort;
- Sometimes nausea and even vomiting.
Etiology and pathogenesis of constipation
- Consumption of some antacids that consist of calcium or aluminum, narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills
- Modifications of the regular diet, changing of geographical location, of a quality of drinking water, etc.
- Excessive consumption of dairy products.
- Some major general diseases:
- Parkinson’s disease;
- Heart failure;
- Chronic Kidney conditions;
- Multiple sclerosis;
- Insufficient daily physical activities;
- Insufficient amount of water or fibers consumed per day;
- Abuse of laxatives;
- pay no attention to the urge when it happens causes the feces to move back up to the intestine
- Emotional Tension.
Homeopathic medicine has numerous of remedies that may successfully fight constipation if prescribed following the main principles of the “like cures like” philosophy.
Nux vomica [Nux.v]
I don’t know any homeopathic medicine that is prescribed more habitually for any conditions than this one for constipation. The tongue has a very distinct look in case that requires Nux Vomica. It is clean with a dull yellowish coating at the root. The constitutional type of person for Nux is a man with a vigorous and aggressive temper, who usually consumes more than average amount of alcohol, and who experiences deterioration of symptoms after drinking.
The emotional signs of Nux Vomica are essential in healing constipation because constipation is the result of an emotional disturbance in some individuals and this is a well-known fact. In cases of illness that require Nux vomica experienced homeopath will observe signs of crankiness, irascibility and forceful. The feces similar to this remedy are large, and Nux vomica patients often complain about hemorrhoids and rectal bleeding. Nonexistence of need for stool evacuation speaks against Nux vomica.
Hydrastis is an alternative medicine that is sometimes beneficial after the mistreatment with enemas, emetics, cathartics and similar approaches. In all these cases, however, the symptoms calling for the particular drug should be present.
Carbo Vegetabilis urges for defecation are due to gas in intestine and colon.
Anacardium is similar to Nux vomica by several means. Anacardium manifests with a feeling of a plug that obstructs the rectum and can’t be ejected. Even lenient feces are evacuated with strain and sweat. Minor amounts of stool may be discharged with individual effort.
In Sulphur patients, there are unsuccessful calls to defecation, with a feeling of high temperature and heaviness the rectum.
The feces in Sulphur cases are solid, dense, dark, dehydrated. The defecation is painful with straining and the initial effort is enormously hurting.
Sulfur patients experience general venous symptoms (varicose, edema, hemorrhoid, etc.) and any activities that stimulate blood circulation usually make this patient feel better. That’s why Sulphur patients never stay or sit still. They always move to push blood through the body.
Opium type of constipation is due to complete failure to act of both the intestine and colon, which we can call as a paralysis of the vermiculation movements. Not only Opium patients can’t perform bowel movements thy initially have without question no urges for it. As a result, stool stays in the intestine for a long time and when finally it comes out it is small, solid, dense and dehydrated. That’s why surgeons from modern school administer Opium in therapeutic doses to patients after rectal surgery to prevent acts of defecation.
The typical for Bryonia feces are oversized, solid, dehydrated. This stool looks as if it cooked and burned. Physicians from all Medical schools are familiar with this form of constipation.
Bryonia’s fecal impaction resulted from aridness, and these patients report the absence of desire and urges for defecation.
This is one of the best and most useful homeopathic drugs for constipation. The Graphites patient has no calls whatsoever.
This individual may have days without bowel movements, and when the defecation finally happens, the feces contain tiny round globes, composed with pieces of phlegm. A patient experiences a severe discomfort during stool, in arrears of the fissures, which are also typical for Graphites.
When unproductive expulsive potency of the sigmoid and rectum and a spasm of the sphincter cause constipation, Silicea is the homeopathic choice number one. A Very common symptom of Silicea is the condition when due to sudden spasm of the sphincter it unexpectedly constricts and the incompletely ejected feces go back.
Veratrum album [Verat]
This is another famous remedy for constipation treatment. The specific symptoms for Veratrum album are:
- Unconditional atony of the GI tract similar to Opium and Bryonia;
- The pieces of stool compound in large units;
- Due to severe atony feces must be taken out by either enema or worst case scenario surgical intervention;
- The feces are outsized, firm, solid, dense and dark brown or almost black.
Conclusion on Homeopathy for Constipation
Homeopathic medicine is a unique philosophical and medical approach, which centers on symptoms, combination of those and the constitutional properties of each particular patient.
Another word, there are no universal medicines for either constipation or any other medical disorder. The administering of the drugs always hinges on specific signs of the ailment in a particular clinical case or on the relevant aspects of the illness.
Homeopathic medicine proposes encouraging treatment for constipation. This disorder usually outcomes from different constitutional glitches:
- Chronic emotional tension;
- Hereditary biasing;
- Changed sleep arrangement.
That’s why many clinical cases of constipation require no pharmaceutical drugs and just lifestyle and diet alterations instead.
Compared to pharmaceutical medicines for constipation, homeopathic remedies do not lead to addiction and dependency and what is even more important – homeopathic remedies do not heal, they cure.
If you need help to fight symptoms of constipation, contact Philadelphia Homeopathic Clinic and book an appointment with Dr. Tsan to discuss your best treatment options. Our initial consultation is always free.