Homeopathic Remedies for Constipation
Diet, exercise, and lifestyle factors are often the key to constipation. Homeopathic
remedies can also help the body work efficiently. Longstanding cased of constipation, or those
with great discomfort, may be best addressed with a constitutional remedy and the guidance of
a homeopathic practitioner.
For dosage information, please read the information at the end of this section. See also
“Using Homeopathy With Professional Guidance” in What Is Homeopathy?
Bryonia: This remedy is indicated for constipation with a feeling of dryness in the
rectum and large dry stools that are hard to push out, with sticking or tearing pains. The
person feels grouchy or out of sorts, and may be tense from business-related worries.
Calcarea carbonica: People who need this remedy often feel more stable when
constipated, and experience discomfort and fatigue when the bowels have moved. Large stools
are hard at first, then sticky, then liquid. The person may feel chilly and sluggish, have
clammy hands and feet, crave sweets, and feel weak and anxious when ill or overworked.
Causticum: This remedy may be helpful when stool is difficult to pass, with lots of
painful straining. The person’s face may turn red from effort, and more success may come
from standing up. When it finally emerges, the stool will be narrow and full of mucus.
Graphites: This remedy is indicated when large stools look like “sheep
dung” or little balls stuck together with mucus. Aching often is felt in the anus after
the bowels have moved. People who need this remedy are slow to become alert in the morning,
usually stout, and have a tendency toward eczema.
Lycopodium: A person who needs this remedy has frequent indigestion with gas and
bloating, and many problems involving the bowels. Rubbing the abdomen or drinking something
warm may help to relieve the symptoms. A craving for sweets and an energy slump in late
afternoon and early evening are strong indications for Lycopodium.
Nux vomica: “Wants to but can’t” is a phrase that brings Nux
vomica to mind. This remedy is often helpful to people who are impatient, tense, and
ambitious—who work too hard and exercise too little, indulge in stimulants or alcohol,
and are partial to sweets and spicy food. Headaches, chilliness, and constricting pains in the
bowels or rectal area often accompany constipation when Nux vomica is needed.
Sepia: A heavy sensation in the rectum, remaining after a bowel movement, may
indicate a need for this remedy. Stools can be hard and difficult to pass, although they may
be small. The person often has cold hands and feet, and is weary and very irritable. Exercise
may bring improvement, both to constipation and to mood and energy level. (Sepia is
often useful to women who develop constipation just before or just after a menstrual
Silicea (also called Silica): When this remedy is indicated, the person strains for
long periods without success. A “bashful” stool begins to come out, but eventually
retreats. People who need this remedy are nervous and mentally acute, but also chilly,
physically frail, and easily fatigued.
Sulphur: Dry, hard stools with reddish inflammation of the anus and offensive
flatulence suggest a need for this remedy. Constipation may also alternate with diarrhea.
People who need this remedy are often “characters” with interesting mental
notions, slouching posture, and very little interest in tidiness.
Homeopathy Dosage Directions
Select the remedy that most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a physician, a lower potency (6X,
6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C) should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
Many homeopathic physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one dose and
wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue to wait and let the remedy work. If
improvement lags significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be taken. The
frequency of dosage varies with the condition and the individual. Sometimes a dose may be
required several times an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a day; and
in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be sufficient.
If no response is seen within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
For more information, including references, see What is Homeopathy? and Understanding Homeopathic Potencies.