The season of autumn is here. You may find yourself or your loved ones with constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and loss of appetite or gas. These are symptoms of Vata dosha.
In Ayurveda autumn is the season where Vata dosha is predominant. That means you need to pacify your vata dosha as it is naturally provoked at the onset of cold weather.
What is Vata Dosha?
All the movements of our digestive system are governed by vata dosha. Since vata relates to wind, the energy of vata is subtle and strongly influenced by any environmental or dietary changes.
As the season of autumn picks up, you will notice an increase in dryness in your external as well as internal environments. If the dryness turns excessive, it can harm your tissues and organs.
Ayurvedic Herbs For Constipation
Initially, vata is prone to accumulate particularly in the colon or large intestine. Those with vata-dominant body constitution are more susceptible to the seasonal changes and are particularly prone to constipation.
The symptoms of vata-aggravated digestion are constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and loss of appetite or gas. To get through the vata season, diet and lifestyle choices are the major key factors to maintain a healthy balance. Along with that here’s a few Ayurvedic herbs for constipation.
If you suffer from constipation due to vata aggravation, these herbs for constipation will help lubricate the bowels.
Triphala is an age-old remedy for constipation passed on from generations. It is a tonic and a gentle laxative. The best time to take triphala is right after you wake up in the morning and before going to bed. You can steep 1 teaspoon of powdered triphala in a cup of hot water or if you find it unbearable to drink, pop 2 capsules with warm water. The taste of triphala will vary and reflect the tastes missing from your diet (bitter, pungent, sour, astringent or sweet).
Psyllium seed husks are equally effective for constipation. It smoothens the dry passage of the colon by working through it like a scrub brush. Recommended by many Ayurvedic practitioners, Psyllium should be taken 1 or 2 teaspoons mixed with a glass of juice or warm water once a day.
Flaxseed is best known for being an effective laxative without any side effects. However, unlike other herbs, these usually are to be taken in greater quantities to work on the digestive system. You can consume 2 tablespoons with 2 cups of water, at least 3 times in a day.
Unlike the rest of the Ayurvedic herbs, Dandelion root has an acquired taste. People do consume it with water, but mostly they prefer taking the tablets instead. Eat 3-4 tablets with a cup of warm water or if your taste buds are strong enough, you can boil 1 teaspoon of dandelion root with water and drink it 4 times a day.
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