Constipation can be defined as a condition where bowel movements are incomplete, difficult to pass, or infrequent. Some common causes of constipation include a lack of fibre in the diet, dehydration, medication, resisting the urge to go to the toilet, a lack of physical activity and changes in a person’s routine. Treatment for constipation includes modifying the diet to include more fibre, lifestyle changes such as drinking more water and the use of laxatives or medication. Alternative treatments include Ayurveda, herbal medicine, homeopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.
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