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Bowel Movement & Urination
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POSTPARTUM URINATION RECOMMENDATIONS
Urination may be painful, there may be no urge, or an urge with no urination. This may be due to some trauma and bruising from the delivery. Swelling and pain in your perineal area can also compromise your body's urination abilities. There may be psychological (fear) factors that could be keeping you away from the bathroom.
It is important to urinate within 8 hours, less if you have been drinking fluids during your labor, to avoid infection. Infection can occur if your bladder gets overly full and the urine is not eliminated when it should be eliminated. If you are still having trouble urinating after a few days, you might have a urinary tract infection (UTI). If you feel pain when you are urinating even after your incisions and tears have begun to heal, if you feel the urge to urinate but only manage to evacuate small amounts, or you are running a fever, call your midwife or health care provider. Here are some helpful suggestions:
- Squirting warm water over the perineum during urination may ease the discomfort. The warm water will soothe your perineal area and will dilute the urine so you don't feel the sting when you go. When finished urinating, gently pat the perineum dry. Be sure to pat from front to back.
- Getting up and moving around can help. As soon as you can, take a walk (do not over do it). Gravity and movement help get your systems back to work.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Fluids can kick in the urge to "go" and also prevents constipation.
- Ask for privacy if you feel you have a "shy bladder" and you do not feel like the company when you are trying to perform. Ask your partner, doula, midwife or nurse to wait outside the bathroom.
- Using a bed pan is not any fun, but postdelivery weakness could leave you needing one. Try sitting on the bedpan instead of lying on it. Do not be shy about asking your midwife or nurse to warm it up for you before you use it.
- Run the tap water while you are trying. Listening to the sound of running water can really help you to let the bladder go with the flow.
- Smelling Peppermint Aromatherapy Essential Oil may help. (I learned this one when recovering from gallbladder surgery and the nurse brought it to me to use since I had postsurgical urine retention.)
- Counter urinary incontinence and/or to gain control over your perineal muscles: You can get your vaginal canal back in shape and regain control over urination by doing Kegel exercises. Kegels work the muscles that you use to stop and start the flow of urine. While sitting, squeeze those muscles and count to ten. Release and repeat 20 times. Do five sets a day. A good time to do it is while feeding the baby.
- Catherization with a Foley catheter is a last resort but may be necessary in some instances.
- Acupuncture for urinary retention may be considered.
URINARY RETENTION ACUPUNCTURE
Mrs. Lin, a 29-year-old teacher, vaginally delivered a normal baby on August 18, 2005. Five hours after delivery she was unable to urinate voluntarily, accompanied by the distension and dullness of the lower abdomen, which lasted for 18 hours. A day later she suffered from anuria, which may have been caused by the prolonged birthing process. The physical examination did not show any organic lesion. The top of the distended urinary bladder reached the level of one finger below the umbilicus. The intolerable sufferings could not be relieved by the administration of drugs. The patient did not want to be treated with urethral catheterization. As the patient was a little familiar to traditional Chinese medicine, she was willing to accept an acupuncture treatment.
Method: The patient took a lateral recumbent position. Zi Wu Dao Jiu needling was applied to the Huiyang (BL 35) acupoint. After the needling sensation was obtained, the reinforcing technique was performed by quickly and forcibly thrusting, as well as slowly and gently lifting the needle when it was thrusted downward by three steps to a deeper level together with a counter-clockwise twisting manipulation of the needle. As for the reducing maneuver, the needle was lifted upward by quickly and forcibly raising it, as well as slowly and gently thrusting, together with clockwise twisting manipulation of the needle to induce a needling sensation toward the perineal region. The needle should not be inserted too deep or it may influence the inferior gluteal artery and vein. The needle was then retained in the acupoint. Twenty minutes later, she felt a sense of urination and 800 ml of urine was spontaneously discharged. Forty-five minutes later, her pain was relieved. A follow-up visit after six months showed no sign of a relapse.
For full article by Acupuncture Today see: Treating Urinary Retention with Acupuncture: A Case Report
A full bladder can interfere with the midwife checking your postpartum uterine tone and can become quite painful. You should have urinated by the time she is ready to leave after the birth.
After 24 hours, there is an increase in urination as the excess body fluids from the pregnancy are excreted. If this does not occur, there may be a bladder infection. If so, antibiotic treatment will need to be started.
URINARY RETENTION RECOMMENDATIONS
Diuretic Formulas remove unwanted fluid from the body by increasing urination. Herbs often found in natural diuretic formulas include:
- Uva Ursi to treat infections of the lower urinary tract and vaginitis. Uva Ursi is also used with good results for cystitis, dysuria, pyelitis and lithuria.
- Nettle is used as a diuretic, astringent and blood builder, and to treat anemia (due to its high iron content). Nettle has been applied to cuts to stop bleeding or taken in tea to reduce excessive menstrual flow, as well as to treat nosebleeds and hemorrhoids. Nettle has been used to stimulate blood circulation and as a spring tonic for chronic skin ailments.
- Dandelion is used as an appetite stimulant, digestive aid, and for liver and gallbladder function. Dandelion is used as a diuretic to stimulate the excretion of urine.
- Juniper Berry is a diuretic and as a treatment in various conditions of the kidneys and bladder. Juniper Berries are also recommended for their carminative action in cases of indigestion and flatulence.
- Marshmallow has a soothing effect on inflamed and irritated tissues of the alimentary canal, and urinary and respiratory organs. Marshmallow Root eases the passage of kidney stones and is used in combination with other diuretic herbs for kidney treatments which assist in the release of gravel and stones. It works very well for urinary problems.
- Horsetail is used as a diuretic for the treatment of edema (swelling/fluid retention). Horsetail is also occasionally used for osteoporosis, nephrolithiasis, urinary tract inflammation, and wound healing (topical).
- Ginger has diuretic properties help increase the flow of urine. It protects the liver and is beneficial for hemorrhoids. Suggested dosage for extract-tinctures: 30 to 60 drops in water or juice 2 to 3 times daily or as needed. This is a list of herbal supplements that can help with urinary and fluid retention problems.
Alfalfa: Alfalfa's (Medicago sativa) deep root system pulls valuable minerals from the soil. With the aid of sunlight, nutrients including beta carotene and chlorophyll are made available to the body in a usable form.
Buchu: Buchu herb has traditionally been claimed to treat a wide variety of disorders, some of which include stomach complaints and urinary tract infections. Also known as the "urinary herb", it is a natural diuretic. Buchu is well known for its beneficial stimulating and soothing effects on the urinary tract system of both men and women. The active ingredient, diosphenol (or barosma camphor), is said to be a potent antiseptic and diuretic, and the herb has been especially helpful in the treatment of urinary tract infections, including prostatitis, urethritis and cystitis. Buchu has been said to reduce swelling of the prostate, soothe the lining membrane of the urethra and alleviate painful urination. It is also thought to help control bladder and kidney problems and the incontinence that is associated with prostate problems. Buchu is considered one of the best herbs for the prostate gland.
Corn Silk is used traditionally as a mild and gentle diuretic useful for urinary tract infections accompanied by frequent urination and burning. It acts as a therapeutic kidney cleanser. Cornsilk herb is often included in herbal preparations for the bladder and urinary tract. It can be taken as a tea, capsule or in tincture-extract form. For an extract, use as a dietary supplement, 1 to 2 ml 3 times a day. Take 3 capsules three times daily with water or follow package directions for use.
Dandelion root is a natural diuretic and improves appetite and minor digestive problems. Dandelion leaves are commonly recommended as a food supplement for pregnant and postmenopausal women. Dandelion tea is warm and soothing, and acts as a blood cleanser and gentle diuretic.
In Europe, Goldenrod is used in conjunction with other remedies and/or medications for the treatment of bladder infections, irritation of the urinary tract, and bladder or kidney stones.
Gravel root is used for kidney stones, cystitis, and pelvic inflammatory disease. Because it encourages the excretion of excess uric acid, it is also used to treat rheumatism and gout. Gravelroot is also called Queen of the Meadow, Kidney Root, Purple Boneset and Joe Pye Weed (after the Native American herbalist Joe Pye). It has an apple scent. A strong decoction will help relieve kidney and urinary problems. This herb tea is also used to induce sweating and break a high fever. Also useful for rheumatism, gravel (gallstones), and dropsy (fluid retention).
The primary use of Marshmallow root is to relieve digestive and respiratory problems, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and asthma. Marshmallow root, as well as of each of the below mentioned plants described as substitutes, is demulcent and diuretic, and may be used indiscriminately, the one for the other. They will be found valuable, in the form of decoction, in diseases of the mucous tissues, as hoarseness, catarrh, pneumonia, gonorrhea, vesical catarrh, renal irritation, acute dysentery, and diarrhea. In strangury, inflammation of the bladder, hematuria, retention of urine, some forms of gravel, and indeed in nearly every affection of the kidney and bladder, their use will be found advantageous. Much use is made of them combined with equal parts of Spearmint, in urinary derangements. Usage: 1 teaspoon. 2 to 3 times a day depending on condition.
Parsley leaf herb is a chlorophyl-rich member of the carrot family. Most fine restaurants offer parsley as a garnish and breath freshener, a custom borrowed from the ancient Romans.
Uva Ursi, also known as Bearberry, has a specific affinity for the genito-urinary organs, especially for urinary tract infections, cystitis, nephritis, urethritis, pyelitis, hematuria (bloody urine), yeast infections, vulvitis. Uva Ursi leaves were officially a drug for urinary antiseptic in the United State Pharmacopoeia (U.S.P.) and the National Formulary N.F. from 1820 until 1950.
Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) Also known as Queen Anne's Lace. The seeds are a beneficial antiseptic diuretic useful in the treatment of cystitis and prostatitis. Also, the seeds are used for the prevention and washing out of gravel and urinary stones. As a diuretic, it helps with dropsy and the elimination of uric acid from the body (thus, used for gout).
RECOMMENDED HERBAL PRODUCTS
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POSTPARTUM BOWEL MOVEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS
It may take several days before the first bowel movement occurs. Abdominal muscles were stretched during delivery and the bowel may have been traumatized and it will take some time to get back to normal. If you had an enema, a long labor without food, or a bowel movement during labor, you may go a day or two without defecating because there simply is not anything in your intestines. If you have had a hospital delivery with pain medication or a c-section, it can take three or four days for your bowels to start functioning normally again. Systemic narcotics that are given to ease labor discomfort in a hospital birth, or those you may be taking for postpartum pain, may be slowing down your digestive system.
In many women, there is a psychological fear that the bowel movement will be painful and tear stitches (my mother equated the first bowel movement with passing a roll of barbed wire).
Speaking from personal experience, this was my most feared part of my labors and recoveries, especially if I had an episiotomy (usually done in a hospital birth setting) and/or stitches to worry about. In my hospital births, where I had huge episiotomies and many stitches with no control over fluids and elimination choices (I had to go before they would discharge me), I had many more problems with this. However, with my two homebirths, I had very little if any problem with painful first bowel movements. I had more control over my body and nutrition. It was much easier to work through and less fearsome.
Try not to worry about your first bowel movement and if you had stitches, do not be worried about splitting your sutures. Worrying about it will not help your situation and may make things worse. You may have concerns about hemorrhoids and aggravating them, experiencing a great deal of pain or being embarrassed (especially if you delivered in a hospital setting and you are sharing a room).
If you stay calm and focus on your baby instead of your bottom, you will be ahead of the game. As the saying goes - "Poop Happens" - and it is more likely to happen when you are not obsessing about it. If you feel an urge to go, do not hold back and delay it. The longer the feces stay in the bowel, the more likely you will develop constipation problems since the stool will harden and become more compact in the bowel as time passes. While the first few bowel movements may be uncomfortable, you will do better each time. There are several strategies you can use to minimize this monumental movement:
- Remember that Fiber is your friend and whether you are at home or in a hospital, try to eat a high fiber diet consisting of as many whole grains, bran, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables as possible. Dried fruits (stewed or dried prunes work great!) and nuts can rough things up for you. Avoid eating certain food items such as that box of chocolates that you may have received from your partner after the birth of your baby since chocolate can be constipating. Avoid processed foods. Instead, eat a salad with lots of raw greens and other healthy veggies. If you have problems with cheese making you constipated, avoid it.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Prune juice, apricot nectar and other "bulky-fiber-pulpy" type of fruit juices are excellent for assisting with this first time movement. You not only need to replace the fluids you lost during delivery, but staying hydrated will also soften your stool and get things moving inside. Drink plenty of water, at least 6 to 8 glasses a day, more if you are breastfeeding. Some women find drinking any warm liquid first thing in the morning helps to get things moving. Herbal teas are a great way of getting warm water into your body.
- During labor it is important to keep well hydrated with fluids and well nourished. Choose liquids and foods that may assist you with your postpartum recovery as well as keeping your strength up during labor. It is also natural for laboring mothers to experience a softening of fecal waste as this is nature's way of cleaning out the colon to make room for the baby to be born. As soon as the baby is born, begin downing these types of fruit juices and other fiber liquids and foods. Not only are they nutritious and help with restoring energy reserves, but they are excellent for softening fecal matter up and keeping it soft for easy elimination.
- Start a mild exercise routine. Take a stroll. The more you move, the more likely you are to move your bowels. A leisurely walk (do not over do it) can work wonders, as can practicing your Kegels (keep in mind you may not be able to feel yourself doing the Kegels at first if you delivered vaginally since this area may feel numb, but do them anyway.
- Try to relax when nature calls. Avoid straining during elimination. Not only will relaxing promote results, but straining leads to or aggravates hemorrhoids, plus it can be painful. You may want to try putting your feet on a short stool while sitting on the toilet during your bowel movement (similar to the squatting position) to help lessen any straining. Hemorrhoids will usually shrink on their own, although they may not go away completely. A Witch Hazel compress or a commercial compress (Tucks Pads) can offer hemorrhoid relief. Over-the-counter Hemorroid Creams and Ointments, such as Preparation H may help with hemorrhoids problems. Ice packs may help. More serious measures are usually unnecessary.
- Try to "breathe" the stool out, very much like you did the baby during "pushing phase" in labor, allowing it to move slowly and stretch tissue gently as it passes through the rectum and anal opening. Try to let your bowel do the pushing and only push when you absolutely have to do it, but gently. Again, do not strain.
Try to avoid laxatives and stool softeners if possible, using these only as a last resort. If you must use something, try using glycerin suppositories or a very mild natural laxative. A mild laxative or stool softener may be taken right away if you have had any tear that extends into or through your anal sphincter or if you are suffering from hemorrhoids or have taken a high dose iron supplement for anemia or narcotics for pain relief, because constipation can be a side effect of these medications.
A sitz bath may be recommended after every bowel movement. This involves sitting in shallow water, only a deep enough to cover the hips and buttocks. Cold sitz baths help reduce swelling and discomfort after delivery. Sit in a lukewarm or room temperature bath, and then gradually add ice cubes to the water. This prevents the uncomfortable, sudden sensation of ice water on the skin. Soak for 20 minutes at a time, up to 3 or 4 times a day. After the first two or three days, warm sitz baths will improve blood flow to the perineum. Check with your midwife or health care provider before adding medications such as Epsom salts to the bath.
Be sure to check with your midwife or health care provider before using any medications. This is important if you are breastfeeding your baby. Most stool softeners and mild laxatives are relatively safe, but you need to make sure the one you are planning to use is safe for breastfeeding. Many health care providers recommend these medications for constipation issues:
DO NOT use an enema without first consulting your midwife or health care provider. Additionally, you should consult your health care provider before using any stool softener or laxative not listed above. If you do not have a bowel movement within a week or if you become uncomfortable, contact your midwife or health care provider.
- Use a stool softener such as Colace, Surfak, Dialose or Modance for 2 to 3 weeks, or until the tenderness in the episiotomy and hemorrhoids has resolved and your bowel movements are normal. If you go 2 days without a bowel movement, use a stool softener-laxative combination such as: Dialose Plus, Senekot, Doxidan, Modane Plus, Pericolace, or use Milk of Magnesia. The drugs listed above are available without a prescription.
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Eat high Fiber foods such as fresh fruits, raw green leafy vegetables, and brown rice daily. Also eat asparagus, beans, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, garlic, kale, okra, peas, sweet potatoes, and whole grains. Foods that contain high levels of soluble fiber are adzuki beans, barley, dried beans, oats, and some fruits, especially apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, figs, grapes, peaches, and prunes. Foods high in insoluble fiber are cereals, seeds, wheat bran, whole grains, and the skins of many fruits and vegetables.
Drink more Water. Drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This is important when adding fiber to the diet. Drink water whether you are thirsty or not. For a quick relief of constipation, drink a large glass of water every 10 minutes for half an hour. This works wonders to flush out toxins and relieve constipation.
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Consume plenty of foods that are high in pectin, such as apples, carrots, beets, bananas, cabbage, citrus fruits, dried peas, and okra. Pectin is also available in supplement form.
Follow a low-fat diet. Eat no fried foods.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Fat & Cholesterol Restricted Diet
Avoid foods that stimulate secretions by the mucous membranes, such as dairy products, fats, and spicy foods.
Do not consume dairy products, soft drinks, meat, white flour, highly processed foods, salt, coffee, alcohol, or sugar. These foods are difficult to digest and have little or no fiber.
Eat prunes or figs. These are the best natural laxatives.
Eat smaller portions - no large, heavy meals or high-fat foods.
Consume Barley juice, Green Foods supplements, Kyo-Green from Wakunaga, or Wheatgrass for Chlorophyll. These supply important nutrients needed for repair and immune response.
Chlorella is a green single-celled microalgae that contains the highest concentrations of chlorophyll known. Chlorella also supplies high levels of Beta-Carotene, Mixed Carotenoids, Vitamin C, Iron and Protein. Green Algae Chlorella is helpful as a support for long-term debilitating systemic conditions which lower energy and resistance; such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, allergies, and infections.
Do not consume products containing mineral oil, which can interfere with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Also avoid taking Epsom salts, milk of magnesia, and citrate of magnesia, Which draw volumes of fluid into the intestines and wash out minerals from the body.
If you use laxatives, especially if you are a heavy laxative user, you should take Acidophilus to replace the "friendly" bacteria. The continued use of laxatives cleans out the intestinal bacteria and leads to chronic constipation. Kyodophilus and Bifidus supplements are helpful for regulating digestion.
Psyllium seed is helpful for constipation. If you take psyllium seed, be sure to take it with a full glass of water.
Flaxseed Oil or freshly ground Flaxseeds help to soften stools. Freshly ground flaxseeds have a pleasant, nutty taste and can be sprinkled over cereals, salads, and other foods.
It can help to do a dietary fast periodically. However, fasting is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
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Kombucha tea which has detoxifying and immune-boosting properties, may be beneficial for relieving constipation and other digestive disorders. Kombucha is a medicinal mushroom that may be beneficial for cancer, allergies, arthritis, intestinal disorders, circulation related problems, energy levels, HIV, AIDS, and overall health and vitality. It may also benefit abdominal pain, asthma, blood pressure, candida (yeast overgrowth), cholesterol levels, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds, diabetes, skin disorders, emphysema, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, gout, changing hair color, heart trouble, hemorrhoids, hepatitis-C, hernia, liver disorders, menstrual imbalances, migraine headaches, nervous system, poison ivy, prostate problems, eye disorders, and varicose veins.
MoonDragon's Nutrition Therapy: Kombucha Tea
KOMBUCHA GENERAL INFORMATION
Although commonly called the Kombucha Mushroom, Kombucha is not a mushroom. Kombucha is the cultured growth of beneficial bacteria and yeasts that form a mushroom shaped colony bound in cellulose matrix. Kombucha propagates or recreates another "culture" similar to itself during the fermentation process. When it ferments it produces alcohol, which is then converted into acetic acid (ie. vinegar).Vinegar has been used by humans for thousands of years. The Assyrians, Greeks and Romans thought it an important medicine in its own right.
Kombucha is used to support the healing of a wide variety of diseases and is used in many countries throughout the world. It is said that in Manchuria, the home of Kombucha, not one case of cancer has been detected where the people religiously drink the Kombucha tea. Kombucha contains Vitamins B and C as well as concentrated amounts of protein that is available for immediate use by the body. The naturally formed acid content of Kombucha helps to counter difficulties associated with aging and is thus used as a longevity elixir. Kombucha delivers positive influence on the entire body, rather than targeting specific body organs. It has strong antibiotic, antiseptic and detoxifying properties. It is a blood pH normalizer and assists the body in stabilizing metabolic processes.
KOMBUCHA USES & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE
Kombucha Tea has been reported to benefit the following conditions such as arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, high blood pressure, stomach and intestinal problems, constipation, dysentery, all digestive disorders, gallbladder difficulties and gallstones, hemorrhoids, cavities (prevention), skin rashes, boils, hair loss, cancer, AIDS (helps to strengthen the immune system), allergies, tonsillitis, gout, rheumatism, respiratory problems, asthma, bronchitis, kidney and urinary stones, headaches, nervousness, insomnia, stress, low energy and fatigue, diabetes, glandular imbalances, weak eyes, and impotence.
KOMBUCHA DOSAGE INFORMATION
Kombucha comes in various forms. For best results, read and follow product label directions.
KOMBUCHA SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION
There are no known safety issues or interactions associated with Kombucha when used as recommended.
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HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CONSTIPATION
Alfalfa extract contains chlorophyll, which aids in detoxifying the body and cleansing the breath. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) has a deep root system that pulls valuable minerals from the soil. With the aid of sunlight, nutrients including beta carotene and chlorophyll are made available to the body in a usable form. Alfalfa is one of the best natural sources of vitamin K and a rich source of vitamins A, B Complex, C, D, and E, biotin, carotenes, calcium, phosphorus, choline, inositol, PABA, actacosonal, trace minerals including iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chlorophyll, and many other nutrients. Alfalfa is an excellent tonic for the whole body and it may help build iron levels in blood. It contains natural fluoride that may help rebuild tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. It is a good infection fighter and may help cleanse the body of toxins. Alfalfa contains 8 digestive enzymes, thereby aiding the digestion of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The resultant improved assimilation is helpful for gastritis, indigestion, morning sickness, and nausea. Alfalfa tea is an appetite stimulator. Vitamin K helps blood to clot by moving calcium into proteins that form a microscopic net to capture red blood cells. Vitamin K likewise helps bones to knit by working with vitamin D and glutamic acid to activate osteocalcin. The combination of these three nutrients is essential to building good bone. Your body can not use calcium without it. Alfalfa not only helps keep calcium in bones, it helps keep calcium out of the linings of arteries. Good for the pituitary gland and to help the quantity and quality of motherís milk. Alfalfa is used with homeopathic remedy Lactuca Virosa to stimulate milk production in breastfeeding mothers. It can also be used with Blessed Thistle, Fenugreek, and/or Marshmallow for this purpose.
Aloe Vera has a healing and cleansing effect on the digestive tract, and aids in forming soft stools. Drink 1/2 cup of Aloe Vera juice in the morning and at night. Aloe vera juice can be mixed with a cup of herbal tea if you wish. The magnificent Aloe plant, that is designed to be self-sufficient & thrive in the desert, feeds us in unique ways with its 250-plus naturally occurring constituents including: enzymes, amino acids, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, glycoproteins, sterols, growth factors, & all sizes of uniquely complex Aloe polysaccharides and mannans.
Bekunis Herb Tea works with the body to gently promote regularity and the excretion of toxic substances which contribute to fatigue. Bekunis provides overnight relief of constipation. Bekunis works with your body's natural processes to relieve simple constipation whenever it occurs. Gently stimulates the large during the night to naturally induct smooth, comfortable elimination in the morning. Bekunis Herbal Tea contains only the fruit and the leaves of the Senna plant - regarded the world over as the ultimate natural laxative. After years of research, it has been standardized for more natural and dependable relief. Directions: Adults, use one rounded teaspoon per cup. Add boiling water, let steep for about 20 minutes then pour off. Add Honey or Lemon to taste. Children over 6, consult a health care provider. Start with one cup daily, preferably in the evening. If desired, drink one cup before breakfast and one at night just before retiring. Warnings: Do not use when abdominal pain, nausea or vomiting are present. Frequent or prolonged use of laxatives may result in dependence on laxatives. If constipation persists consult a health care provider. As with any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of your midwife or health care provider before using this product. Keep out of reach of children.
Known to the scientific world as Terminalia belerica is a large deciduous tree traditionally called as Baheda or Bibhitaki. It is a natural laxative. Baheda or Bibhitaki is a large decidious tree known to the scientific world as Terminalia belerica. It is unique in being both laxative and astringent, so it purges the bowels, while simultaneously toning the tissues of the digestive tract. It is used in coughs, sore throat and dyspepsia. It is also a mild laxative and demulcent. It is one of the key ingredients in Triphala, which is a blend of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibitaki (Terminalia belerica) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). Triphala is used in hair care, diseases of liver and gastro-intestinal tract.
Bilwa is used as a remedy for a number of ailments and is especially useful in treating symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea caused by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Bilwa is a woody tree, native to India. Now naturalized in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and most of southeastern Asian countries. A perennial woody tree grown in kitchen gardens, boundary plantation around mango orchards and in forest plantations in most of the states of India. Various parts of the tree are used for its curative, pesticidal and nutritive properties. Fresh half ripe Bael fruit is mildly astringent and used to cure dysentery, diarrhea, hepatitis, tuberculosis, dyspepsia and good for heart and brain. Roots have antidiarrhetic, antidote to snake venom, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties. The Bael fruit is one of the most nutritious fruits, rich in riboflavin and used for the preparation of a number of products like candy, squash, toffee, slab, pulp powder and nectar. The leaves and seed oil have pesticidal properties.
Bowel Balance Oil works wonderfully for constipation and also for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. With regular use you will create a healthy, balanced digestive system. Directions: Apply to abdomen in a clockwise direction as needed. For external use only, keep out of reach of children. Ingredients for this formula include Grapeseed Oil and a blend of Rosemary, Orange, and Black Pepper essential oils.
Cascara Sagrada is used to help the body relieve constipation. However, it is reputed not to be habit-forming and also nutritionally supports the stomach, liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. It is cleansing, as well as nourishing, to the colon. It is also known to assist with digestion, and help the body to eliminate worms and parasites. Cascara Sagrada is a mild laxative, acting principally on the large intestine. It is considered suitable for delicate and elderly persons, and may with advantage be given in chronic constipation, being generally administered in the form of the fluid extract. It acts also as a stomachic tonic and bitter, in small doses, promoting gastric digestion and appetite.
Castor Oil can be taken internally for its laxative effect or be applied to the skin as a softener. Castor oil has long been recognized as a powerful laxative which may be used for the relief of occasional constipation. Externally, Castor Oil is a natural emollient to the skin. The USP food grade oil is basically tastless and odorless. However, if you have problems with the taste, the taste may be disguised by administering it covered by Lemon, Sassafras and other essential oils, or floating on Peppermint or Cinnamon water or coffee, or shaken up with Glycerin, or given in fresh or warmed milk, the dose varying from 1 to 4 teaspoonsful. Probably the best way, however, is to administer it in capsules. Small repeated doses may be given in the intestinal colic of children. It may also be made into an emulsion with the yolk of an egg or mucilage; or with orange-wine or gin. To take as a laxative, mix desire quantity (1 to 4 teaspoons) in a glass of orange juice, stir well, and drink down immediately before the oil separates from the juice (this remedy is often used by midwives to start labor in a pregnant mother whose baby ready to be birthed. For more information about castor oil and labor induction, see Initiating Labor).
CAC Liquid Colon & Liver Cleanser is blood cleanser and detoxifier as well as a blood cleanser that serves to regulate the bowel movements so that the stool is so soft it breaks up into a cloud. Use of this cleansing liquid has many additional benefits. It improves overall digestion, strengthens the immunity, makes the skin more emollient and flexible, clears the eyes, and provides an overall tonic effect on the body. This is not habit forming and will tone the digestive tract and you will use less over time.
Easy Move & Colon Cleanser is made of hemp seed, bitter apricot seed, medicinal rhubarb, costus root, tangerine peel and common peony root, colon cleanse herbs. Chinese medicine uses this famous formula to moisten the intestines, increase peristalsis, facilitate bowel movement, clean internal heat and eliminate congestion and bloating. Direction for Use: As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily. Not recommended for use by pregnant woman. Store in a cool and dry place out of the reach of children. Balanceuticals formulas are formulated and manufactured according to the most stringent quality standards and the most up-to-date achievements in traditional Chinese medicine. They are screened for quality and safety by a specialist group at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the highest research institution for traditional Chinese medicine.
Fennel Seed tea also is good for freshening the breath. Fennel seeds are good laxative agents as they contain fibere. The roughage helps in clearance of bowels whereas the stimulating effect helpls maintain the proper peristaltic motion of the intestines, thereby helping proper excretion.
Ginger stimulates the digestive system and eases passage of foods through the intestines.
Pure Grapefruit Pectin Fiber is a good source of Dietary Fiber. Food surveys have shown that the fiber content of the American diet is typically half of government recommended levels. Grapefruit fiber powder can be a convenient way to increase the intake of fiber.
Herbal Detox products are available that help to flush the digestive system. They can work quickly and can last for several hours. Some come in flavored formulations. Plenty of water needs to be taken with the products. Avoid all unnecessary medications and toxins for 24 to 36 hours and no food or beverages for 4 to 6 hours before administering. Be sure to read label instructions carefully and follow directs for best results.
Use Milk Thistle to aid liver function and to enhance bile output to soften stools. Milk Thistle extract is a potent antioxidant which prevents harm from free radicals and lends nutritional support to the liver. Milk Thistle seed extract contains silymarin, a unique type of flavonoid-like compound considered the active ingredient of milk thistle.
Laxatives should be an herbal formula that is good for treating stubborn constipation. The use of laxatives should be kept at a minimum and should only be used for occasional constipational uses. Focus should be diet changes with more Fiber and fluids to improve bowel regularity.
Triphala internal cleansing is an herbal blend product that aids in the formation of odor-free, firm, and healthy stools. Triphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Triphala improves digestion, reduces serum cholesterol, improves circulation, reduces high blood pressure, improves liver function.
Other herbs that are helpful for constipation include Cascara Sagrada, Goldenseal, Rhubarb Root, Senna Leaves, and Yerba Mate. If you take Yerba Mate, take 2 to 3 teaspoons in 16 ounces of hot water on an empty stomach.
Cascara Sagrada, also known as sacred bark, is one of nature's most popular herbal products. It has been used by cultures around the world as a nutritional support for proper waste elimination. Cascara Sagrada bark acts as an herbal laxative, influencing intestinal contractions and supports a clean, healthy colon. Recommended dosage is 2 capsules or tablets with a meal twice daily. See your health care provider prior to using if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, any medical condition exists, or when taking any medication. Read and follow recommendation carefully. Cascara Sagrada is not intended for prolongned use. Do not use if you have diarrhea, loose stools or abdominal pain are present or develop. Use of this product may worsen these conditions and be harmful to your health. Chronic diarrhea can result in serious illness.
Goldenseal root is considered to be an effective broad spectrum antibiotic and fungicide, as well as astringent and anti-inflammatory actions, effective agains a wide range of topical and internal infections of the respiratory, digestive, and urinary tracts. It is very much in demand worldwide. Its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties have led researchers to study goldenseal root as a possible alternative to chemical antibiotics. Goldenseal also appears to promote healthy glandular function, and may have a tonic and detoxifying effect on the entire system. Goldenseal boosts the immune system, helps with colds, flu, infection, inflammation, heals mucus membranes, helps digestion problems. Topically it has been used for skin and eye infections (such as conjunctivitis and blepharitis), as a mouthwash for soothing canker sores, and as a tea for diarrhea, upper respiratory and vaginal infections. Because of its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic actions, it is useful for cleaning wounds, reducing hemorrhoids, and alleviate skin infections (including ringworm and athlete's foot). The two primary alkaloids in goldenseal are hydrastine and berberine, along with smaller amounts of canadine. They have demonstrated antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi, including Chlamydia species, E. coli, Salmonella typhi, Candida albicans and Entamoeba histolytica. Suggested Usage: Take 1/4 teaspoon or less, in water or juice, 2 times per day. Maximum Usage: 5 consecutive days. Store in cool, dark place. Keep out of reach of children. WARNING: Not for long-term use. Do not take while pregnant because berberine can stimulate contractions. Goldenseal may raise blood pressure and may not be suitable for people with high blood pressure (may use Myrrh as a substitute). It should not be used for extended periods of time by those with heart conditions.
Psyllium husk, when immersed in the intestines, increases in volume and swells the amount of intestinal matter. This stimulates and lubricates the bowels and helps move waste through the colon. Psyllium Husk Powder can be a convenient way to increase the intake of dietary fiber. Psyllium seed is useful in support of constipation or irregularity. It generally produces bowel movements in 12 to 72 hours. It is an all natural laxative.
Rhubarb Root is an ancient and gentle, but extremely effective, laxative. It supports good colon health by cleansing it and treating constipation, and in smaller doses, its astringents have eased diarrhea, bleeding and hemorrhoids. Rhubarb Root is considered a wonderful cleanser for the intestines, bowels, liver and blood, helping to rid the system of accumulated toxins. It is also an antimicrobial, antibacterial, antibiotic and antiviral, and it may even help to improve your digestion. Rhubarb Root was introduced to Europe in 1767, although specimens of another rhubarb species, Rheum palmatum (Turkey Rhubarb/Chinese Rhubarb and similar in activity to Rheum rhaponticum), were cultivated as early as 1762, in the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh; and in the eighteenth century, cultivation of Rheum palmatum was given preference, but the two are frequently used interchangeably, with only minor variations in chemistry.
Rose Petals are an astringent and stomachic. Rose Petals (Rosa centifolia) is used as a tonic for general weakness and exhaustion providing increased strength to the heart and the head. Useful as a mild laxative; it is also astringent which makes it useful for hemorrhage and for healing wounds. Rose Petals give a peaceful feeling, and Rose Water can be used for rough, dry, chapped skin. Rose is used for headaches, dizziness, as a heart and nerve tonic. It supports the calming response in the brain. Also helps mouth sores. Use 6 to 12 drops in juice, water, under the tongue or as desired. May be taken 3 times daily. Shake well. Store in cool dark place. Keep out of reach of children.
Senna encourages bowel movements by inhibiting the smooth muscles that retain stool and stimulating the smooth muscles that push stool through the intestine. The herb does not work unless the sennosides in the herb are transformed into rheinanthrones by beneficial bacteria in the colon. The leaf of senna is fairly powerful and for a more mild effect, it is recommended that you use the pods.
Yerba Mate is diuretic, inotropic (increasing the strength of each heartbeat), chronotropic (making the heart beat faster), glycogenolytic (breaking down stored glycogen in the liver, allowing it to store calories from the next meal), lipolytic (breaking down fats), and analeptic (stimulating the central nervous system). Yerba Mate assists weight loss by increasing the transit time of food through the digestive tract, helping users feel fuller, longer. The British Herbal Compendium also recommends Yerba Mate for treating fatigue and headache. Shade grown Yerba Mate is far more nutritious and tasty compared to sun grown Yerba mate. One can see the difference just by looking at the color of the dried material. Shade grown Yerba Mate is a bold dark green and has a nice heavy taste. Sun grown Yerba mate is pale is color (a little like dried hay) and has a relatively flat taste.
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Unless otherwise specified, the following recommended doses are for adults over the age of 18. For a child between 12 and 17 years, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended dose. For a child between 6 and 12 years old, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for a child under 6, use 1/4 the recommended dose.
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(Fresh or Kyolic)
Kyolic: 2 capsules 3 times daily.
Fresh: 2 to 3 cloves with meals 3 times daily.
Destroys harmful bacteria in the colon. Aloe Vera 1/2 cup juice twice daily. Has healing and cleansing effect on the digestive tract and aids in forming soft stools. Vitamin C 1,500 mg 4 times daily. Immunostimulant that aids healing. Use a buffered form. See Ascorbic Acid Flush
1 teaspoon twice daily. Take on an empty stomach. For bowel flora replacement to improve assimilation of nutrients from foods. Allows survival and rapid passage of "friendly" bacteria through the stomach into the small intestine. Aids in normal bowel function. Apple Pectin 500 mg daily. Take separately from other supplements and medications. A source of fiber that aids in correcting constipation. Chlorophyll Liquid 1 tablespoon daily, before meals. Eliminates toxins and bad breath. From Alfalfa Leaves, concentrated for maximum effectiveness as an internal breath freshener. Adults and children 12 years of age and older: take two capsules one or two times daily. If odor is not controlled an additional two capsules may be taken, but do not exceed six capsules per day. The smallest effective dose should be used. Children under 12: consult a health care provider before use. For additional odor control, one or two capsules may be added to an empty colostomy or ileostomy bag. Essential Fatty Acids
As directed on label.
1 tablespoon flaxseed 3 times daily, with meals.
Needed for proper digestion and stool formation.
Flaxseeds provides essential fatty acids plus many added enefits such as B vitamins and fiber.
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As directed on label. Constipation blocks proper absorption of nutrients, resulting in vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Oxy-Cleanse As directed on label. Removes harmful anaerobic pathogens from digestive tract. Vitamin A 10,000 to 25,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily. Needed for tissue repair and immune function. Plus
Carotenoid Complex (Betatene)
10,000 IU daily.
As directed on label.
An antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Needed by all cells for repair and rebuilding. Vitamin B Complex 50 mg 3 times daily, before meals. Aids in proper digestion of fats, carbohydrates, and protein. Use a high-potency formula. A sublingual form is best. Plus Extra
1,000 to 2,000 mcg daily. To aid in digestion and prevent anemia. And
200 mcg daily. Deficiency may result in constipation. Vitamin D-3 400 mg daily. Aids in preventing constipation. Plus
1,500 mg daily. Needed for proper muscle contraction. May also help prevent colon cancer. And
750 mg daily. Works with calcium to regulate muscle tone. Vitamin E 200 to 600 IU daily. Take before meals. Aids in healing of the colon.
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