Constipation refers to having infrequent bowel movement usually less than three times a week, passage of hard and dry stool, straining to pass the stool, discomfort/pain while passing stool and a sensation of incomplete emptying of bowels. Constipation can lead to many problems like anal fissures, piles and in some cases, bloating may occur due to constipation. Bloating refers to fullness and tightness in the abdomen resulting from formation of gas. When a person is unable to pass stool, then gas from the stomach gets obstructed and does not pass away resulting in bloating. The stool that remains in the large intestine (colon) for more time gives the bacteria additional time to ferment the matter in the colon contributing further to gas and bloating of abdomen. Along with bloating and constipation, other signs and symptoms such as abdomen pain, rumbling or noises in the abdomen, nausea, burping, anal pain or burning, blood or mucus in stool can attend.
Homeopathy offers a highly effective solution for cases of bloating with constipation. Homeopathic medicines help to overcome constipation by regularising bowel movements and softening hard stool and also help in managing associated bloating. They also give relief in any associated symptoms like abdomen pain, rumbling or noises in the abdomen, nausea, burping, anal pain and burning, blood or mucus in stool if present. Homeopathic medicines provide great relief in the above complaints in a very natural manner with zero side effects. With the use of these medicines, the intensity and frequency of the complaint decreases gradually. Homeopathic prescription for bloating and constipation varies from case to case depending on the characteristic individual symptoms. Hence, it is advised to take any homeopathic medicine under the supervision of a homeopathic physician. One must avoid self–medication in any case.
Homeopathic Medicines For Bloating With Constipation
1. Bryonia – For Bloating With Hard, Dry Stool
Bryonia is a prominently indicated medicine to manage bloating with hard and dry constipated stool. The stool passes in the form of a lump and look as if it is burnt. Stool always passes with excessive straining efforts. Burning at the anus is felt during passage of the stool. Rectal prolapse might occur with passage of stool. Abdomen is bloated. Bloating is most commonly felt especially after eating. Weight sensation like a heavy stone is also felt in the stomach. Bloating is also worse in the evening. Abdomen pain occurs along with bloating. Burping of wind might also occur. Stomach feels empty along with bloated abdomen. Bloating gets better by passing gas. Before passing gas, cutting pain is felt in the abdomen. This pain is also worse when standing and walking. Stomach feels sore to touch. In cases needing it, headache also may occur with constipation. Nausea may be present. There is dryness of the mouth, tongue and lips along with gastric complaints. An increased thirst for water is also present along with the above complaints.
2. Alumina – With Absence Of Urge For Stool For Days Together
Alumina is a very beneficial medicine for cases of bloating and constipation with characteristic symptom of no urge to pass stool for days together means many days go without passing stool. Urge for stool occurs only when there is accumulation of excessive stool in the colon (i.e. large intestine). When the urge occurs, the stool is passed with intense straining efforts. Straining is needed for passing both hard as well as soft stool. Pain of cutting nature occurs in the anus when passing the stool. Bleeding may occur after passage of stool. Bloating of the abdomen may be attended with pain in abdomen due to accumulation of gas.
3. Lycopodium – For Constipation And Bloating After A Little Quantity Of Food
Lycopodium is a highly valuable medicine for managing constipation and bloating from eating even a little quantity of food. There is excessive accumulation of gas in the abdomen. Rumbling, croaking noises occur in the abdomen. Pain is also felt in the abdomen from gas. The gas pushes upward and downward towards the urinary bladder and rectum. Appetite is decreased. Thirst for water is increased. After eating there may occur back-up of the food in the mouth (i.e. regurgitation). The stool passed is dry, hard with constricted feeling in the anus. When passing stool, pain is felt in the rectum. In some cases, burning sensation at the anus occurs in addition to the above complaints.
4. Nux Vomica – For Bloating, Constipation With A Constant Urge For Stool
Nux vomica is a highly recommended medicine for managing bloating with constipation along with a constant desire to pass stool. In cases requiring this medicine, there is an urge to pass stool several times in a day. There is passage of scanty stool many times in a day but still an unsatisfactory feeling of the stool evacuation remains. It feels as if some of the stool remained back in the rectum and the bowels did not empty completely. A-never-get-done feeling is always there. The stool is hard that can be attended with rectal pain most of the times. Sometimes stool is blood streaked as well. There is distension of the abdomen from gas mainly after eating or drinking. There is relief from burping. Gas causes pressure towards the bladder and rectum.
5. Graphites – For Hard, Distended Abdomen And Head Heaviness
This medicine is well indicated for cases of hard, distended abdomen, and heaviness in the head. Hardness is mostly felt in the lower part of the abdomen. Rumbling, croaking occur in the abdomen. There is inability to bear anything tight around the abdomen after eating. Abdominal heaviness is felt. Abdomen pain occurs soon after eating. At times vertigo is there. There is constipation with lumpy stool along with mucus. The stool is hard, very large and passed with much difficulty. Prolapse of the rectum might occur. Cuts (fissure) can be there at the anus from passage of hard stool. This is attended with sharp, cutting pain in the anus.
6. Magnesia Mur – For Bloating And Stool Covered With Mucus And Blood
Magnesia Mur works well when there is bloated abdomen and stool is covered with mucus and blood. The abdomen is sore and sensitive to touch. Cutting and pinching pain in the abdomen can be felt. The stool is hard but crumbles at the verge of the anus. The stool looks as if burnt. Passage of the stool is followed by burning at the anus.
7. Sepia – For Bloated Lower Abdomen With Loud Rumbling Noises
This medicine is helpful for bloated lower abdomen with loud rumbling noises. Abdomen gets distended even with little quantity of food. The stool is hard, scanty and insufficient. It may be covered with mucus and is passed with difficulty. Blood may pass with the stool. Shooting and tearing pain is felt in the rectum and anus. After passing stool, a sensation of weight at the anus is felt.
8. Nitric Acid – For Bloated Abdomen With Tenderness (Pain On Touching)
This medicine is indicated when there is bloating of abdomen along with tenderness (i.e. pain on touching) of abdomen. Hard, dry, difficult stool is passed irregularly. Cutting type of pain is felt in the rectum while passing stool and also before passing stool. Itching at the anus can also be there.