Ayurveda says that constipation is vibhanda, which is marked by symptoms like fewer bowel movements, solidified hard stool, painful defecation, bloating, abdominal discomfort, and incomplete elimination.

Vata dosha is responsible for excretory function while a vitalized vata is the reason for constipation. Apana is a type of vata dosha that is responsible for both holding the stool, until it is ready to be expelled as well as for the free flow and expulsion of stool. When the functions of apana vayu are significantly affected, it results in constipation. But before we get into constipation treatment, let’s understand its causes.