Constipation is an extremely common condition that may have many causes. It is often related to an unbalanced diet, lack of exercise and inadequate water intake. Soft fruit such as kiwis and plums will often sort it out, and you should also make sure you take in about 2 litres of liquid every day (include all drinks and soup, but not coffee or alcohol, in that total). The herbs listed below can be used in pregnancy, unlike strong herbal laxatives, which should not be used.
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• Take linseed. Adults: 1-2 tablespoons of linseed. Soak in a cup of warm water overnight and drink both the liquid and the seeds in the morning.
• Take psyllium seeds. Adults: 1 teaspoon of seeds mixed with a glass of water once a day.
• Drink dandelion root tea: this herb stimulates the liver and improves overall digestion (for precautions see post 51). Adults: 1-2 cups a day; 1 cup if pregnant).
• Take yellow dock tincture, which has mild laxative properties; do not use this herb if breastfeeding, because it can cause diarrhoea in your baby.
Adults: 1-2ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.
Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.
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