Constipation is a common digestive medical disease. The main manifestations of constipation are fewer bowel movements and difficulty in defecation. Many patients defecate less than three times a week and severe patients defecate only once every two or three weeks.
Causes of constipation:
- Bad living habits and eating habits.
- Diseases. Intestinal diseases, diabetes, uremia, etc.
- Psychological factors. People with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder are prone to constipation.
- Age. The prevalence of constipation in the elderly is significantly higher than that in the young and middle-aged, mainly due to the decrease in food intake and physical activity, the decrease of digestive juice, and the decrease of intestinal peristalsis with the increase of age.
- Abuse of laxatives. Long-term use of laxatives, especially irritating laxatives, can cause damage to the intestinal mucosal nerves and reduces intestinal muscle tension, which on the contrary leads to severe constipation.
Constipation seriously affects the quality of life and work. There are many drugs to treat treat constipation, but they have many side effects. If taking the drugs for a long time, it will cause drug dependence. The most healthy way to treat constipation is to keep exercising and a reasonable diet.
Diet therapy is a great way to prevent and treat constipation. Regularly drinking tea is a very good choice, not only for the treatment of constipation, but also for detoxifying and preventing other diseases. In addition, most teas are natural beverage that does not have the side effects, or have less than that of drugs.
Here are some Chinese teas for constipation:
1. Dark tea
Dark tea has been recognized as one of the healthiest beverages in the 21st century by the world’s tea scientific and medical circles.
According to clinical trials, dark tea has good effects on anti-aging, anti-cancer, detoxifying, reducing blood sugar, promoting gastrointestinal peristalsis and gastric juice secretion, etc.
In addition, dark tea has a high content of cellulose more than 24.41%, 50 times that of cucumber.
Cellulose can accelerate gastrointestinal peristalsis and reduce intestinal wall reabsorption of waste and toxins. Cellulose also a strong water holding capacity. After absorbing water, it will make the volume of intestinal increase and make the faeces become loose and soft, which is conducive to defecating.
Caffeine, vitamins, amino acids and phospholipids in dark tea can help to improve digestion and regulate fat metabolism. Dark tea can also improve the intestinal microbial environment, which can help to keep good gastrointestinal function.
2. Cassia seed tea/Semen Cassiae tea
Cassia seed tea is made from dried Cassia seed, which is a traditional Chinese medicine. In autumn, the ripe fruits of Cassia are harvested and dried, and the seeds are taken out to be made into medicinal herb. It is often used to treat constipation, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, etc.
Cassia seed contains emodin, chrysophanol, aurantio-obtusin, obtusifolin, chryso-obtusin, etc.
Emodin can inhibit the transport of sodium and potassium ions from the intestinal cavity, which can stimulate the intestinal tract to cause peristalsis, thus improving the excretory function.
Chrysophanol has antibacterial effect on many kinds of bacteria, and also has the function of promoting intestinal movement. Aurantio-obtusin has the effect of lowering blood lipids.
Many laxative products contain the ingredients of Cassia seed.
- Pregnant women should not drink Cassia seed tea.
- People who are prone to diarrhea and stomachache should not drink Cassia seed tea.
3. Senna leaf tea/Folium sennae tea
Senna leaf is a traditional Chinese herb and is often used to treat constipation and bloating. It has strong effects on promoting intestinal peristalsis and relieving constipation. Due to its strong effects, it is more suitable for acute constipation than chronic constipation.
In addition, clinically, senna leaf tea can be used to promote early recovery of postoperative intestinal function. Recently, modern medical researches show that senna leaf can be used to treat acute gastrointestinal bleeding, and has achieved good results.
Making senna leaf tea: put 3-6g of the senna leaf into the tea bag, because the senna leaf is mostly processed into broken leaves; add boiling water, cover the cup lid, and wait for 5-10 minutes, then you can drink it.
Precaution: women during menstruation, pregnancy, and lactation should not drinking senna leaf tea.
4. Aloe tea
In traditional Chinese medicine, aloe is often used to treat constipation, red eyes, headache, and clear the liver-fire.
Aloe is rich in aloin and aloe-emodin, which can promote the secretion of intestinal fluid and stimulate intestinal peristalsis, so as to improve constipation.
Besides, aloe contains 75 elements, which are very consistent with the substances needed by human cells. It has obvious health value and is honored as “magical plant” and “family medicine box”.
Often drinking aloe tea has great help to treat gastric ulcers. Aloe can form a protective film on the surface of the stomach to protect the gastric mucosa from the stimulation of gastric acid, and then activate the cells to grow new tissue from the inside of the ulcer.
Making aloe tea: wash the aloe, remove the leaf skin, cut the aloe meat into small pieces, and boil them for 10 minutes. When drinking it, you can add some honey or sugar.
5. Fructus sophorae tea/Huai Jiao tea
Fructus sophorae also called Huai Jiao in Chinese Pinyin is a common Chinese herbal medicine and often used to treat constipation, dizziness, headache, and hemorrhoidal bleeding.
In China, raw materials of many Chinese patent medicines include Fructus sophorae because it also has a good effect on softening blood vessels and lowering cholesterol.
Making Fructus sophorae tea: take 3-5 Fructus sophorae to brew them for 3-5 minutes.
In addition to drinking tea, patients with constipation should eat more vegetables, fruits, and legumes, drink more water and exercise more.