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Top 5 Teas For Constipation

What is Constipation?

Constipation is a condition in which a person has difficult or infrequent passage of stools. It can last for days, months, or years. Constipation is defined if you have 2 or more of the following for at least 3 months.[1]

  • Infrequent passage of stools less than 3 times per week
  • Passage of hard stools
  • Straining more than 25% of the time
  • Incomplete evacuation
  • Sensation of anorectal blockage

Constipation can occur at any age but more frequent in infancy and old age.

What Teas are Good for Constipation?

  • Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale)
  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Burdock (Arctium lappa)

Mix all the aforementioned teas in equal parts. Avoid Licorice root if you have hypertension.

Instruction

Made the tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of mixed tea per a cup of hot water for 20 minutes. Drink 1 cup 3 times daily at least 30 minutes before meals.

Licorice Benefits

Licorice is also used for allergies, autoimmune disorders (i.e: Lupus scleroderma), bronchitis and other respiratory tract infections, chronic stress, peptic ulcer disease (PUD), dyspepsia, chronic gastritis and oesophagitis, arthritis, primary adrenocortical insufficiency, asthma, dermatitis antimicrobial, antiviral, chronic fatigue syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), preventing diabetic complications, menopause, weight loss and Addison's disease.[2]

Dandelion Benefits

Dandelion is used for loss of appetite, dyspepsia, biliary disease, haemorrhoids, urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney stones, oedema, liver and gallbladder complaints including cholecystitis and gallstones, muscular rheumatism, gout, poor circulation, digestive issues, appendicitis, and breast cancer.[3]

Fennel Benefits

Fennel is used for lowering blood pressure, increasing immunity, reducing inflammation and water retention, aiding constipation, indigestion, IBS, bloating, flatulence, heartburn, asthma, loss of appetite, colic in infant, and menopause.[4]

Ginger Benefits

Ginger is used for motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, dyspepsia, flatulence, bloating, indigestion, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), common cold, flu, dysmenorrhea (period pain), digestive issues, breast cancer, headaches and musculoskeletal disorders including osteoarthritis.

Burdock Benefits

Burdock is used for acne, psoriasis, eczema, cancer especially pancreatic cancer, immunity booster, purifying blood, and digestive issues.[5]

References

  1. Murtagh, J. (2011) Murtagh's general practice. McGraw-Hill Australia Pty Ltd: NSW.
  2. Licorice: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. 2019. Licorice: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-881/licorice. [Accessed 15 February 2019].
  3. Dandelion: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. 2019. Dandelion: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-706/dandelion. [Accessed 15 February 2019].
  4. Fennel: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. 2019. Fennel: Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Dosage, and Warning. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.webmd.com/g00/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-311/fennel?i10c.ua=1&i10c.encReferrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS5hdS8%3d&i10c.dv=20. [Accessed 15 February 2019].
  5. Healthline. 2019. Burdock Root: Benefits, Side Effects, and More. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/burdock-root. [Accessed 15 February 2019].

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