What is constipation?
Constipation is defined clinically as having less than 3 bowel movements per week. With constipation stools are usually hard, dry, small in size, and difficult to excrete. For people who are constipated, they usually find it painful to have a bowel movement and often experience straining, sensation of a full bowel and bloating.
People often think that they have constipation problems simply they do not have a bowel movement every day. However, normal bowel movement is different in everyone from three times daily to three times weekly. Almost everyone experiences constipation at some point in their life, and a poor diet typically is the cause. Most constipation is temporary and not serious. Understanding its causes, prevention, and treatment will help most people find relief.
What causes constipation?
Constipation occurs when the colon absorbs too much water or if the colon's muscle contractions are slow or sluggish, causing the stool to move through the colon too slowly. As a result, stools can become hard and dry. Common causes of constipation are
- not enough fibre in the diet
- lack of physical activity (especially in the elderly)
- irritable bowel syndrome
- changes in life or routine such as pregnancy, aging, and travel
- abuse of laxatives
- ignoring the urge to have a bowel movement
- specific diseases or conditions, such as stroke (most common)
- problems with the colon and rectum
- problems with intestinal function (chronic idiopathic constipation
Agiolax is a specially formulated herbal preparation which consists of the following natural ingredients:
Plantago Ovata plants
Tinnevelly Senna plant
Seeds of Plantago ovata
Tinnevelly Senna pods
Agiolax’s seeds of plantago and isphagula husk (fibre component) swell in the presence of water to form a mucilaginous mass. This ensures adequate stool hydration, increased faecal volume, reduced intraluminal pressure, which increases peristaltic activity and normalizes the intestinal transit time. The fibres are balanced by natural senna glycosides (from Tinnevelly senna pods) in order to form an ideal blend. This combination helps to stimulate the bowel function, because fibre alone often cannot normalize intestinal transit time.
Agiolax is formulated in a galenical formulation which provides unique protection against early swelling. The coating ensures that Agiolax® exerts its action specifically in the colon, the site of constipation.
Agiolax should be taken after the evening meal and before breakfast. The general dosage is 1 – 2 teaspoonfuls – according to the individual requirement – followed by a glass of liquid. Agiolax should not be chewed. After the preparation has been effective, the dosage can be individually reduced to ½ to 1 teaspoonful once or twice daily. Due to its natural mode of action, Agiolax® ensures the desired response for most people within 12 – 24 hours.
Size : 100 g