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HERBAL TREATMENT OF DIGESTIVE AILMENTS: CONSTIPATION AND DIARRHOEA

 

Constipation
Where constipation is due to a lack of dietary fibre the best course of action is to increase fibre intake by eating whole-meal bread and cereals, fresh fruit and vegetables.
Where constipation is due to stress or anxiety many people become constipated when they travel or are worried about something relaxation therapy with nervine or antispasmodic herbs may be more appropriate and more effective. In fact anything which helps one to relax can be useful in treating 'nervous constipation': a hot bath, listening to music, a long walk, a day off work, etc.
1 part Dandelion root
1 part Yellow Dock root
1 part Fennel seed
1 part Liquorice root
1 part Marshmallow root
Decoction: 3 cups per days

1 part Dandelion root
1 part Yellow Dock root
Decoction: 3 cups per day

Plantain seed (or Psyllium seed)
Decoction (do not strain): drink 3 cups per day

1 part Liquorice root
1 part Anise seed
1 part Valerian root
2 parts Chickweed herb
Infusion: 3 cups per day

One simple but highly effective remedy is to wash 5 or 6 dried figs and soak them overnight in a bowl of water: eat the figs first thing in the morning, drinking the water as well.

Diarrhoea
4 parts Blackberry root bark
1 part Cinnamon bark
Decoction: up to 3 cups per day, in small doses

Blackberry leaves
Decoction: 3 or 4 cups per day, taken between meals

Cinnamon bark
Decoction: 1 cup an hour before meals

4 parts Cinnamon bark (powdered)
1 part Ginger root (powdered)
Dissolve 1-5 grams of the above in hot water or milk: up to 3 cups per day, in small doses

Yarrow herb
Raspberry leaves
Meadowsweet herb
Plantain leaves
Vervain leaves
Mullein leaves
Comfrey root
Marshmallow root
Infusion of any of the above, alone or in combination: up to 3 cups per day, in small doses

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