Safe Constipation Treatment – Avoid Stimulating Laxatives

Many folks use stimulating laxatives like senna, cascara, rhubarb, aloe leaf and other herbs that contain anthraquinone glycosides to deal with chronic constipation. Anthraquinone glycosides irritate the lining of the gastrointestinal tract to encourage intestinal activity and contractions called peristalsis. Long-term use of these substances causes discoloration of the intestinal mucous membranes and, more importantly, dependence on them for bowel movements.

Aloe

Aloe

Cascara

Cascara

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Many herbal supplements and natural healthcare practitioners recommend them. This is a poor or lazy way of addressing constipation.

So what should someone with chronic constipation do? There are many approaches for identifying the cause and treating chronic constipation that are far more gentle and safe for long-term use but just as effective as stimulating laxatives. These include identifying hidden or subtle medical conditions that are causing or contributing to constipation; identifying foods and lifestyle habits that cause or contribute; and careful treatment with nutrients to address symptoms.

To get most of the details, please listen to my recent podcast on constipation.

Be Well,

Richard

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