Posted by: Worried | 2004/10/18

Severe Constipation

Please can you help me. I think I have digestive problems. I don't go to the loo for about 5 - 7 days. I drink 2 litres of water a day but nothing helps. Is there anything that I can take to help me be regular?

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Hello Worried

Please see the article below.

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Do you suffer from?
• Infrequent bowel movements
• Difficult to expel stools
• Headaches
• Coated tongue
• Tiredness
• Bad breath
• Mental depression
• Mental dullness
• Lack of concentration
• Bloated abdomen
• Flatulence
• Rumbling noisy bowel
• Haemorrhoids
• Anal fissure

Nature’s Solution

A Vogel’s Linoforce granules will clear the colon of accumulated waste products in a gentle way. No side effects, spasms or gripes will be experienced with this gentle laxative.

A Vogel’s Gastronol tabs are a homoeopathic combination remedy which will assist the body to correct poor functioning in the digestive tract. Gastronol is particularly suited to the formation of gas in the bowel, as well as a sluggish digestion, creating wind and heartburn.

A Vogel’s Boldocynara liver drops are well indicated for constipated systems where the liver is not functional at optimum levels. Intolerance to fat and oil, coffee, tea and alcohol, coated tongue, offensive breath and stool, all indicate the need for this remedy.

Bioforce Bioflora capsules contain Lacto Bacillus Acidophilus, a friendly bowel bacteria that is destroyed by antibiotics. It is necessary to replenish the bacteria once a course of antibiotics have been completed. Bowel flora which is absent can reflect in either diarrhoea or constipation and flatulence. Rabenhorst Pflaumi syrup is excellent to restore regular bowel movements. This mild laxative syrup contains extracts of dates, prunes, figs, as well as fibre from oats. Taken regularly at night, it will ensure a good bowel movement the next morning.

Some advice from Dr Vogel

Soaked prunes, taken first thing in the morning and last thing at night, will often remedy the problem of constipation. Young stinging nettles boiled in milk have also been found helpful. After removing the nettles, drink this milk every morning on rising. This simple remedy is equally effective in cases of migraine headaches accompanied by bilious vomiting.

The simplest remedy for constipation is to drink a glass of hot water first thing in the morning. But if this does not do the trick, eat a few slices of fig paste which you can make yourself in the following way. Take 100g of figs, 100g of raisins, 20g of senna pods (preferably powdered) and 20-50g of ground linseed. Mix all the ingredients together, grind into a paste and shape this into rolls. Cut off slices as you need them. There is also a special soup for sluggish bowels which you eat in the morning with a little crispbread or wholegrain bread. To make it, cook together freshly ground whole wheat, a small chopped onion and a crushed clove of garlic. When it is ready, add some chopped parsley and a spoonful of olive oil. This simple breakfast has cured many of their constipation. For more stubborn cases, however, ground linseed or psylliom seed should be added. Alternatively, if you are bothered with intestinal sluggishness, have been overdosed with laxatives, if even natural plant laxatives no longer give relief, or if you simply want to normalise your bowel movement, the following recipe will be helpful:

First make a herbal infusion. For sensitive people use cassia stick (Cassia fistula, also known as purging cassia) tea. For those less sensitive use senna leaf, senna pod or some other herbal tea to stimulate the bowel movement. Brew and strain the tea, then for each person add one small raw potato, diced with the skin. Mix in a teaspoon of bran and one of linseed. Simmer for fifteen minutes. Eat this herbal soup in the morning and also at night, if necessary. If it does not appeal to you, put it through a sieve and drink the liquid. You may eventually become used to eating it without it being strained. The effect of this soup on the bowels is astounding and it works when no other laxative does.

Sometimes just a change in diet will provide the answer. Avoid anything that may have a constipating effect if your bowels are already sluggish. Sudden constipation, followed by diarrhoea, could indicate a tumour in the colon and medical attention should therefore be sought. It may be that the constipation has psychological causes or is due to a weak nervous state, exhaustion or some mental anxiety. If so, it is essential to restore the psychological balance to ensure sufficient sleep and relaxation. Plenty of exercise should be taken, particularly if the sufferer has a sedentary occupation.

Some useful information:

1. Constipation could be caused by lack of dietary fibre. A daily diet consisting of refined white flour products such

2. as white bread, breakfast cereals, white rolls, pasta, pizza and white rice, will create a densely formed stool, leading to constipation.

3. Excessive quantities of meat, milk, fried foods, coffee, tea, alcohol, sugar and boiled vegetables will increase acidity in the bowel, often ending in constipation.

4. People who are bedridden or who have sedentary lives, suffer more from constipation. Exercise is useful to regulate bowel movements.

5. The abuse or long term use of laxatives will result in a lazy bowel and constipation.

6. Liver disorders such as Hepatitis, Cirrhosis of the liver, sluggish liver, often results in constipation.

7. Anxiety and worry can cause either constipation or diarrhoea. The nervous system can be the single most important factor in not being able to relax to pass a stool. Being “uptight” could be the main cause.

8. Problems relating to the spine, such as lesions. After accidents or operations can interfere with the nerve supply to the colon to ensure proper movement and evacuation.

9. Not going to the toilet to pass a stool when the urge is there. Not making time to sit quietly and pass a stool. This can cause build up and compaction of faecal matter, resulting in chronic constipation, often the case in small children.

10. Scar tissue resulting from abdominal operations such as appendectomies and Caesars can cause narrowing of the colon with resulting constipation.

11. Spastic Colon, a condition where excessive bloating and irregular bowel movements, together with much abdominal pain, results in constipation.

12. Food allergies: Sometimes certain foods could cause constipation, notably dairy and wheat.

13. Pregnancy. The position of the enlarging uterus, impinging on the pelvic space of the colon could cause constipation.

14. Lack of stomach acid which is often associated with a sluggish thyroid could be the cause of constipation.

15. Chronic anaemia: Anaemic patients have low body vitality, poor appetite, don’t want to exercise due to exhaustion, and this leads to constipation.

16. Cancer or growths in the bowel obstructing the passage of bowel contents resulting in partially expelled stools.

17. Complete absence of the urge or nerve impulse to pass a stool.

18. Dehydration: This obviously leads to a dry stool which is difficult to pass.

What to do:

1. Constipation is more than a troublesome condition. It is an insidious drain on the health of millions of people. As bowel transit time is increased, the stool becomes hardened and dry, which makes it difficult to pass. The body slowly reabsorbs the fluid content in the faeces and along with it many soluble toxins. This auto-detoxification is the reason people suffering from constipation have coated tongues, foul breath, lack of energy, and difficulty in thinking. These poisons affect every area of the body. (Aldus-Ross Trattler – Health through Natural Healing) Constipation should be taken seriously.

2. Avoid a diet which lacks in fibre. Eat plenty vegetables, fruit and whole grains. A diet lacking in fibre creates small stools which is difficult for the movement of the colon to expel. Very much like the last bit of toothpaste from a tube. This is invariably the cause of Diverticulosis, appendicitis and colon cancer.

3. A low fibre diet will also result in prolonged exposure to the colon of bile acids. This combination of bile acids and bowel flora is carcinogenic.

4. Do not use laxatives regularly. Rather eat a bowl of chopped spinach, steamed and flavoured with soya sauce to clear the colon. A grated apple to which a tablespoon of linseeds have been added, left to soak for one hour, is an excellent bowel cleanser. Regular use of laxatives will stop the colon from moving naturally, resulting in constipation.

5. Enemas will have a similar effect as laxatives if abused or used long-term. However, for a severely compacted and constipated colon, it might be necessary to have a general colon enema cleanse with professional supervision.

6. It is important to ensure by asking daily if your child has passed a stool. Regular bowel habits are inculcated from childhood. Lack of bowel discipline can result in lifelong constipation.

7. Bowel transit time can be established by eating beetroot. Take note when the red beetroot passes through. Ideally bowel transit time should be 12-24 hours. Even a stool passed this frequently, but with effort, indicates constipation on an overloaded bowel.

8. Get regular exercise to promote healthy muscle tone and good circulation in the pelvic area.

9. Regularly consult a chiropractor or masseuse if back muscles are weak or in spasm due to spinal lesions.

10. Most of the measures suggested to clear away constipation are important. However, diet and exercise make up the main cures for constipation.


Constipation is an insidious robber of good health. It slowly, but surely, poisons every part of the body. The necessity for a healthy natural diet must be emphasised again and again. Regular exercise of 20 minutes in walks will add to the cure. A Vogel’s Linoforce granules can be of great help to regulate the proper emptying of the bowel.

A Vogel’s Gastronol Tabs will ensure proper digestive processes, reducing the build-up of gas.

Bioflora will provide healthy bowel bacteria to establish proper digestion in the lower bowel, reducing gas, flatulence, diarrhoea and constipation. A Vogel’s Boldocynara is necessary to ensure proper delivery of bile to ensure good digestion. Constipation can never be put on the back burner. It needs to be addressed every day to ensure future good health.

Gastronol Tablets. Application No.U622 (Act 101/1965). Each tablet contains Aesculus D4 20.00 mg, Alumina D8 20.00 mg, Argentum nitricum D4 20.00 mg, Bryonia D4 10.00 mg, Colocynthis D4 10.00 mg in a tablet base composed of lactose, magnesium stearate and potato starch.

Bio-Flora Capsules: contain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus R011 and R-049 and Lactobacillus Bulgaricus subspecies Delbrueckii and Streptococcus thermophilus bacteria.

Urticalcin Tablets. Application No. U959 (Act 101/1965). Each tablet contains Calcium carb. Hahnem. D4 0.50 mg, Calcium Phos D6 0.50 mg, Natrium phos D6 0.50 mg, Silicea D6 2.50 mg and Urtica D1 10.00 mg in a tablet base composed of lactose, potato starch and magnesium stearate.

Linoforce Granules. Each 100 grams contains Flax seed (linseed) 43.03 mg, Senna leaves 12.91 mg, Buckthorn bark 1.07 mg, Calcium lactate 0.43 mg, Ol. Zingiberis 0.02 mg, Vanilla 0.02 mg.

For more information please contact:

SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 2
Botha’s Hill, KZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000
Fax : 031 7838080
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Healthy Nutrition

Health begins with good nutrition, but how are we to decide what is good and what is not in the face of so much consumer health advice? The first thing to remember is that each of us is unique, with unique nutritional needs. A lifestyle and diet that benefits one person may not necessarily benefit another; there is no such thing as a single correct diet. But is there a universal guideline we can adhere to? Perhaps one: wholefoods – in as close to their natural state as possible. Having undergone minimal, if any, processing, wholefoods are without exception, more nutritious than refined foods. We are not able to improve the quality of food by exposing it to a process. We don’t have any processes that can add life to anything; we can only take life out of things. The fewer steps the original food type has gone through, the more nutrition is left in it. After all, we evolved in harmony with our environment, where the process of eating and digesting became compatible with available food, which consisted of specific balanced combinations of nutrients. The process of refining and processing food changes the balance of nutrients, and thereby compromises its nutritional value.

The following recommended diet is intended only as a guideline. Above all, learn to listen to your body’s response to the different foods you eat, and develop your own healthy nutritional plan!


 Rice cakes/Rye Vita with cottage cheese/avocado OR
 Freshly cut seasonal fruit OR
 Oats (preferably rolled) OR
 Mealie-meal porridge OR
 Maltabella (preferably stone-ground) OR
 Millet porridge (cook on stove for about 40 minutes in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)

Add to cooked, cooled porridge the following:
 A drop of honey, half a teaspoon of unsalted butter and one teaspoon of each of the following:
 Raw sunflower seeds
 Raw sesame seeds
 Raw linseeds
 Raw almonds (chopped)
 Raw pumpkinseeds (crushed or ground in coffee grinder). This seed/nut mixture should be added to a fruit salad or to cottage cheese spread on rice cakes)

Snacks or light meals:

 Rice cakes and/or Rye Vita biscuits with any of the following: avocado pear, feta cheese, tomato, sardines, cucumber, tuna, Marmite or honey OR
 Fresh fruit: eat fruit by itself or in-between meals OR
 Figs and cashews/macadamias/pecans/un-sulphured dried fruit/dates/almonds

Lunch and supper:

 VEGETARIAN: fresh tofu, soya mince and frozen soya products
 FISH: Steamed, grilled or baked – not fried! Served with lemon butter and herbal salt
 LAMB: stewed, grilled or baked – not fried!
 FREE RANGE CHICKEN : – baked, grilled, steamed or stir-fried

• Serve any of the above with brown rice, or Basmati Rice, lentils, barley or dried beans (cook well on stove in a stainless steel cooking pot with water and salt)
• Fresh vegetables should be eaten at least twice a day

• All vegetables should be steamed, baked, grilled or served raw – not fried! Flavour with herbs, and/or A Vogel’s Plantaforce, Herbamare or Kelpamare

• SOUPS can be made with any of the above

Recommended dairy products:

 Cottage cheese
 Feta cheese
 Unsalted butter
 Maas
 Organic milk in moderation

For salad dressing:

Cold pressed oil (preferably virgin olive oil) mixed with:
 Fresh lemon juice
 Garlic
 Ground black pepper
 Herbamare
 Kelpamare

Healthy tips:

Use honey sparingly. Have no more than two cups of the following teas a day – Rooibos, fennel, fruit, chamomile, peppermint, green. Remember to drink water and avoid drinking fruit juices; rather eat fresh fruit.

Avoid all:

Processed and refined wheat products, pork, cold meats, beef, battery eggs, milk, yoghurt, yellow cheese, alcohol, coffee, tea, sugar, processed fruit juices, reheated foods, fried foods, microwaved foods and homogenised milk.

Do have:
 Raw honey
 Rye bread
 Soya milk/rice milk/oat milk
 Water
 Carob
 Bambu
 Popcorn

Instead of:
 Brown/white sugar
 Whole wheat/white bread
 Cow’s milk
 Fruit juices/carbonated fizzy drinks
 Chocolate
 Coffee
 Potato crisps

Always drink:

2 litres of water a day to ensure the complete hydration of every cell in your body.

All products are available from Pharmacies and Health Stores

For more information please contact:

SA Natural Products (Pty) Ltd
P.O. Box 2
Botha’s Hill, KZN, 3660

Customer Care lines:
Tel: 031 7838000
Fax : 031 7838080

This leaflet is not intended as a medical diagnosis, and in no way excludes the necessity of a diagnosis from a health practitioner. Its intent is solely informational and educational.

The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.

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