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  • July 07, 2015 4 min read

    According to Continence Australia , constipation is when your bowel motions ('poo' or faeces) are less frequent and you have trouble passing them as they are often hard and dry. Sufferers left the toilet with a feeling of NOT empty bowel, painful and frustrating.

     

    Image by Azmi Talib from Pixabay 


    Constipation, a common problem that can cause discomfort, vomiting, restlessness, and gut obstruction. Many people use laxatives to treat constipation, but some drugs can cause severe diarrhea and other side effects. Senna, a common ingredient in laxatives, can also increase the risk of developing colorectal neoplasms.

    Agarwood tea (Aquilaria leaves), a traditional medicine used for its sedative, analgesic, and digestive properties, has been found to have laxative effects without causing diarrhea. Previous studies have shown that two species of Aquilaria: Sinensis and Aquilaria crasna leaves, have laxative effects on a mouse model of constipation without causing diarrhea. Additionally, Aquilaria leaves can accelerate gastrointestinal transit and increase contractions in the intestines, but this effect can be blocked by atropine, a muscarinic receptor antagonist.

     

    There are several treatments with home remedies, for example, consuming high fibre fruits such as paw paw, grapes, and spinach. Umadaga from Lady Care Health suggested that one of the most effective method is the agarwood leaves (ladycarehealth.com). The genkwanin-5-O-primeveroside create a laxative effect, helping bowel movement process without causing diarrhoea. 

     

    Here is a summary of "Laxative effects of agarwood on low-fiber diet-induced constipation in rats"

     

    This study was done on rats to see if ethanol extract of agarwood leaves (EEA) could help with constipation.

    They gave the rats different amounts of EEA (ethanol extract of agarwood leaves) and saw how much they "pooped" and check how heavy their poop was. When they gave the rats a lot of EEA at once, it made them poop more and heavier.

    When they gave the rats a smaller amount of EEA, it didn't work as well (they did not poop as much). They also gave some rats EEA every day for two weeks and it helped them poop more and heavier too. The researchers found out that taking more EEA at once works better for constipation, and taking it every day doesn't make your body get used to it.

    Lots of people in the Western world use herbal medicines to help with digestive problems. Some of these medicines have been proven to work, even though they are often recommended by word-of-mouth or tradition. However, herbal medicines can contain both helpful and harmful compounds. Senna is a common herbal medicine that is used as a drug for medical purposes. But if you take too much senna, it can give you bad diarrhea and cramps in your stomach. Because of this, senna is not good to take every day.

    People in Southeast Asia use Agarwood, which comes from the Aquilaria plant, as a traditional medicine. They make tea out of its leaves to help with constipation.

    A study before this one showed that a special part of Agarwood, called genkwanin-5-O-beta-primeveroside, helps make mice poop more. When they looked at it more closely, they found that this special part of Agarwood helps muscles in the intestines squeeze and push the poop out, by acting on something called acetylcholine receptors.


    Acetylcholine receptors are like little "buttons" in our body that help our muscles work. They are found all over our body, including in our intestines. When the "buttons" are pushed, our muscles squeeze and move. This helps us to do things like breathe, move our arms and legs, and even poop.


    In this study, the researchers fed some rats a low-fiber diet for five weeks and found that it made them poop less often and made their poop less watery. When they gave the rats a lot of EEA (ethanol extract Agarwood leaves) at once, it made them poop more and made their poop heavier and more watery. They also found that giving the rats EEA every day for a while helped them poop more too. The researchers think that EEA could be helpful for people who are constipated because of their diet.


    When we eat foods with fiber, it helps to make our poop stay thick and formed because the fiber can hold onto water. But when we don't eat enough fiber, our poop can become watery and loose. The researchers found that when they gave the rats EEA every day, it helped to make their poop have more water in it, but it didn't make them poop more often.

    The researchers also found out that the intestines of these rats were not affected by chemicals that usually help with constipation. They think that a special part of EEA helps to make the poop move more, by acting on something called acetylcholine receptors in the intestines.

    Some other types of laxatives can make you poop by making more liquid come out in your intestines, but EEA doesn't do that.

    EEA (Ethanol Extract Agarwood leaves) and Senna are both things that help move food through our body faster. When food stays in our body for too long, it can make us feel constipated. But unlike senna, EEA doesn't make you have diarrhea or lose weight. A study before this one showed that EEA helps the muscles in the intestines squeeze harder, which helps to push food through faster. This means that EEA could be a good way to help move food through our body without stopping our body from getting the nutrients it needs from the food.

    Agarwood tea, made from the leaves of the Aquilaria plant, is a traditional medicine that can help with constipation without causing diarrhea. A study tested the effects of Agarwood leaves on rats who had constipation because they didn't eat enough fiber. The researchers found that giving the rats Agarwood leaves made them poop more and made their poop softer.

    Some other medicines, like senna, can help people poop but can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps. Agarwood leaves, on the other hand, work differently. They help the muscles in the intestines squeeze harder, which helps to push the poop out without causing diarrhea.

    In conclusion, Agarwood leaves can help people with constipation by making their intestines work better and helping them poop more easily. Unlike some other medicines, Agarwood leaves don't cause diarrhea or other side effects, so they might be a good option for people who need help going to the bathroom.

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