Prevention and treatment of constipation in children from the perspective of traditional medicine

Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine

Volume 5 - Number Suppl.1

Article Type: Original Article
Abstract: Objectives: Constipation is one of the most common problems of children and it is one of the most common reasons for children to refer to a doctor. Numerous reasons for this disease have been mentioned in the traditional medicine. It is believed that this disease is mostly due to the lack of compliance with the six essential principles for maintaining health. Materials and Methods: This descriptivereview based study evaluated the reliable books of traditional medicine, contexts and concepts related to this subject. Then, the data were collected and categorized. Results: From the perspective of Iranian traditional medicine, the first step for treating this disease is changing the life style. Moreover, training and adjusting the six necessary principles, especially in children, to prevent constipation are of utmost importance. In the next steps, using medications is recommended for treating this disease. Conclusion: A few clinical trials have been done concerning the effects of herbal medicines on constipation in children. Therefore, taking preventive and curative measures and using recommendations of traditional medicine can lead to providing more efficient solutions with lower costs for constipation in children.