All too often when we have an ailment such as constipation we are tempted to just go to the drug store.  Yet there are options for addressing constipation that come from natural sources and can even cost less than a drug.  Consider these options:

Option #1:  Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a herb that has been used to treat constipation in traditional Chinse medicine.  The plant contains two important ingredients.  These are:

  • Anthraquinones:  encourage bowel movements by helping the colon to relax and contract.
  • Tannins:  lowers inflammation, which is a source of pain, in the colon.

You can consume rhubarb in several forms:  liquid, capsule, and dried root.

Option #2:  Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant first came from Africa and has a yellow, sticky substance that is called latex.  Although aloe vera is often applied to the skin it can actually be used as a laxative as well, helping to relieve constipation.  This is because aloe vera has anthraquinone glycosides, which helps with this process.

Option #3:  Senna

Another solution for constipation is senna.  It should be noted that relief won’t come immediately.  This herb takes between six to twelve hours or more for an effective bowel movement.  Also, senna should not be used to treat constipation for an extended period of time.  If you are having a chronic problem it is recommended that you see your health care provider.  You can find senna in both tablet and liquid form.

Option #4:  Licorice Root

Although we may think of licorice as a treat, licorice root is a herb that can be used for constipation treatment.  Licorice root is available in tea form, which you can brew and drink.  Other teas include:

  • Dandelion root.
  • Cascara sagrada.
  • Fennel seed.
  • Ginger
  • Yellow dock.

Want to learn more about how natural herbs can help you treat constipation?  You can read the full article here:  “Anti Constipation Herbs That can Help You.”