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Constipation can be much more than just slow bowel movements. As per Ayurveda, constipation is a signal of Vata imbalance and blockage of channels. A patient with depression or rheumatoid arthritis usually has constipation as associated symptom. A patient with migraine can also have constipation. Relieving constipation can contribute to relief in migraine and depression as well, in some cases.

Causes of Constipation

  • Intake of food possessing dry, light, rough qualities. Any food that causes dryness of mouth, lightness in the body and roughness in skin.
  • Excessive consumption of pungent, astringent and salt foods
  • Night awakening
  • Less intake of water
  • Working in strong sunlight, long walk, heavy travelling
  • Sitting at a same place for a very long time
  • Lack of sufficient fibers in diet
  • Depression

Symptoms of Constipation

  • Indigestion (dyspepsia)
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Flatulence
  • Pain at the anus while defecating
  • Heaviness of body
  • Lack of appetite
  • Acid eructation (belching)