Medical experts are always assuring people that evacuation is a matter of each person’s body rhythm. So how do you know if you are constipated? When bowel movements are infrequent and difficult. Dependency on laxatives is not an answer, just an occasional solution. Fortunately, there are innumerable and safe remedies from the sages of the past.
The world’s cheapest and most effective constipation cure was discovered by renowned herbalist and hydro-therapist Sebastian Kncipp of Bavaria. His water therapy research established an easy anti-constipation regimen.
Directions: Drink one to two glasses of cold water every morning after you wake up. (cold water starts peristalsis, the movement of the digestive system that propels matter through it. This simple measure has cured many lifelong cases of constipation.
Figs originally a native fruit of southwestern Asia, were known throughout the ancient world. Early Swiss herbalists claimed that ﬁgs were simple, harmless, and effective. In antiquity, the prudent Spartans used ﬁgs as part of their daily diet. Their fellow Greeks, the Athenians, admired ﬁgs so much they had laws to prevent ﬁg export outside of their city-state. In Athens, those who informed on the exporters were despised and called suko phantai (ﬁg discoverers or ﬁg informers), which evolved into our English word “sycophant.” Figs are good natural medicine because the seeds push digested foods through to evacuation. Figs are available in most markets.
Directions: For chronic constipation, eat one or two dried ﬁgs on an empty stomach each morning.
During the border wars of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, a bag of oatmeal was all that the Scotch soldiers carried for provisions. The oat is an invaluable energy food that slowly releases sugar into the system. It also contains bran, a substance that stimulates the intestines and acts in a slightly laxative fashion.
Directions: To prevent constipation, eat oatmeal each morning, especially the grainier steel-cut oats. An old British recipe for oat gruel combines two ounces of oats to three pints of water. Simmer until the water is greatly reduced. Pour off the water and add raisins or sugar and nutmeg.
It takes the essence of two million ﬂowers (and busy bees) to produce one pound of honey. All ancient cultures used honey for eating pleasure and healing. In the far—away past, when people were closer to nature, various groups of people believed honey helped them to live longer and healthier lives. One old saying is, “Whoever wishes to preserve his health, should eat every morning before breakfast honey and young onions.”
Directions: Each morning drink a glass of cold water with a tablespoon of honey on an empty stomach. First add a tablespoon of warm water to the honey to dissolve it, then add the cold water.