An estimation of 4.5 million Americans with sluggish or slow-movement of colons has been reported. Constipation is one of the most commonly reported gastrointestinal disturbances. This disturbance is largely associated with a sluggish colon. It is defined as the abnormal infrequency or irregularity of defecation and hardening of stools. A sluggish colon makes passage difficult to achieve, which can at times be extremely painful.
Symptoms of a Sluggish Colon
- A person with a sluggish colon has fewer than three bowel movements every week. A small volume of lumpy and hard stool is observed.
- A distended abdomen may be observed. A feeling of pain and pressure may also be experienced by patients having this condition.
- Patients may exhibit a decreased appetite.
- Fatigue and headache may go along with the other symptoms associated with constipation.
- The patient may have a feeling of indigestion.
- Constipated individuals may feel that they have an incomplete evacuation of stool; the patient strains when defecating.
Sluggish Colon Diet
- One way to keep constipation or a sluggish colon from happening is choosing the right type of diet. Foods high in fiber (insoluble fiber) like wheat and bran can be very helpful in improving the digestive function. Fiber provides bulk; it softens the stool and makes defecation easier.
- Regular exercise may also contribute to a healthy colon, promoting an improved muscle tone to the lower gastrointestinal tract.
- Adequate fluid intake is also recommended for patients with constipation.
Sluggish Colon Remedy
Cascara sagrada (means ‘sacred bark’ in Spanish), Rhamnus Purshiana being its scientific name, is a stimulant laxative. It has been said that many years ago, Native Americans have used the aged and dried bark of the tree. It is believed to bring forth natural laxative mechanisms in the body. The laxative property of this natural medicine is due to Cascara glycosides (cascarosides A, B, C and D). It works by stimulating digestive secretions, which improve the function of the digestive tract. This natural remedy is not habit-forming. Extract from the bark of this tree should not be taken by women who are pregnant or lactating. Misuse of the fresh bark may cause severe vomiting, and imbalances in electrolyte levels. It may also cause toxicities in patients using cardiac glycosides and thiazide diuretics.