Constipation is a technical term used to describe one of the most common diseases of civilized man. Constipation is a delay when the stool is absent for more than three days. In some patients, the main complaints are too hard and dry stools, while others complain only of very infrequent and delayed defecation. Some have a feeling of incomplete defecation after urination, often healthy people declare themselves sick in accordance with their own understandings of bowel function and function. If one has one's own notion that a man must have two stools a day, then he will be considered ill if he has a stool every other day.

Acute stool constipation is the inability to empty the bowel, which occurs suddenly and does not last long. Unlike chronic constipation, when bowel movements last a long time, often years, acute constipation occurs in people who have regular bowel movements. There is no man who has not been “imprisoned” for at least a few days. Stool constipation is known during travel, climate and place of residence changes, long car rides, hospital stays. Such disturbances are usually a harmless phenomenon. Usually in two or three days and without medication, the normal rhythm of discharge is restored.

Sudden, acute constipation becomes a more serious problem and a dangerous phenomenon when it is one of the signs of a serious illness or poisoning, but then it is accompanied by much more unpleasant signs: severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, fever. Sudden constipation will occur if the bowel stops working completely due to an illness or poisoning (bowel paralysis), or if the passage of intestinal contents is blocked (a foreign, swallowed body closes the passage, eg cherry pits or worms), then the bowel twists. , pressure on the intestines). Acute constipation accompanies many acute infectious diseases. Severe acute constipation will also occur during poisoning: lead, carbon disulfide, antimony, morphine. Due to thallium poisoning, there is no stool for 10 to 14 days. Any suspicion of poisoning requires a medical examination. Against acute and chronic constipation (especially in children) are often used folk remedies: teas, compotes, such as plums or figs, sweet remedies such as honey. The advice of a doctor is required before using factory medicines.

Although chronic constipation can be the result of disease (organic damage), in more than 90% of cases it is just a functional disorder. This means that with normal digestion and a healthy gut, there is only difficulty in emptying the colon due to disturbances in the functioning of the nerves (autonomic nervous system), which are responsible for the regular removal of feces. Chronic constipation is much more common in women. This is also understandable because her social considerations and sense of shame are much greater than in men. In some environments, the act of great urgency is still considered a shameful act, but the living conditions of modern man, occupation, travel, often force him to consciously and unconsciously postpone urination and thus wean himself from the regular natural rhythm of discharge. The long-lasting, years-long suffocated discharge reflex eventually weakens so much that normal stimuli are no longer enough. In the large intestine, feces are collected for days. The feeling of the need to defecate occurs only when the amount of stool in the intestines is so large that it exceeds a new threshold of endurance, ie when the colon is stretched too much. Such a weakened reflex is the most common cause of chronic constipation.

People who suffer from this type of constipation have a bowel movement every 5 to 8 days, often longer. But despite such rare stools they usually have no other ailments. Sometimes headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal tension, and even "heart problems" can occur, but these disturbances stop immediately when the urination is performed; there is no severe pain, more often it is dull pain in the lower back and a feeling of pressure in the lower abdomen and pelvis; cramping abdominal pains occur very rarely. Patients suffering from chronic constipation are at risk due to excessive use of cleansers (laxatives, purgatives). In order to get a stool at the time they want, such people take ever higher doses and reach for ever stronger means. Then there are disturbances that are no longer the result of imprisonment, but of long-term use and taking of these funds. All cleansers work unnaturally because they violently irritate the intestines.


- Eat slowly and chew food well
- Eat foods rich in fiber, fresh fruits and vegetables, and drink the juices from them in the morning or between meals (carrots, peaches, plums, apricots, grapes, rhubarb, currants)
- Never refrain from stool
- Train the whole body
- Do not use cleansers because the body gets used to them, and they need to be taken in larger doses, which can cause contraindications and lead to inflammation
- Drink sauerkraut juice three times a day
- Enema once a day - in a liter of lukewarm water add a tablespoon of salt, chamomile tea or glycerin
- Glycerin or carbonic acid suppositories
- Partial sitting baths
- Twice a day put cold compresses over the abdomen and keep for about three hours or overnight
- Drink cleansing tea from common buckthorn
- Massage of the lower abdomen
- Drink a tablespoon of ground flaxseed with a glass of water to improve bowel function
- Marshmallow, mallow and nettle teas that can also be used as a salad or cooked in milk
- Acupressure
- Relaxation exercises
- Try to go to the toilet at the same time every day


When constipation lasts a long time and self-help measures have not been effective you should visit a doctor.