Constipation, Chemical Laxatives, and Hair Loss

Posted by VB (Texas, US) on 07/29/2013

Dear Ted, I am a 44 year old male from India, but am currently settled in Texas, US. I have two conditions I request your help for:

1) Constipation: I have had constipation since my teen age and?am habituated to laxative. I do not have bowel movement unless I use laxative. Previously I used to take chemical (allopathic) laxatives; now I have moved more to natural/herbal ones.

I am looking to cure the condition and restore my bowel so that I do not have to be dependent on any kind of outside aid for constipation. I shall be extremely grateful if you could help.

2) Hair loss: I lost a lot of hair during 2009 to 2011 and most of it was from the frontal portion of my scalp. The hair loss has reduced to some extent since then (it's still not the way I would like it to be), but the hair I lost never grew back. Is there any natural treatment to regrow some or all the hair that I lost during those two years?

I shall greatly appreciate any help you may offer in regard to the above two issues.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

The bowel issue is one of the most complex ones, but prebiotics have more effects on beneficial bacteria than the probiotics. The one thing that will help establish these is gum arabic, 4 grams blender mixed with 250 cc of water or hot water, until all gum arabic is dissolved.

Baking soda is the common remedy to relieve it. It also is found that getting enough water relieves constipation, especially by drinking enough water during the morning hours. The bowel movement requires basically hydraulic pressure to get the stools out and this is why having sufficient liquids is necessary. The slippage is also necessary along the intestinal tract such as alkalization, having sufficient potassium is the most common problem I have seen in people with constipation. As if there is this fear against the use of potassium. For people with normal kidneys this is no problem. Having the potassium requires to take regular over a month, if the remedy requires 1/2 teaspoon taken only at night, however if a person has low blood pressure, then must always be taking with sea salt, at least 1/4 teaspoon once or twice a day to keep the sodium and potassium balance. The antidote for too much potassium is simple, take 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt if potassium is causing problem, and the side effects will be relieved in 5 minutes. In fact the effects of any natural treatment for most disorders takes generally 5 minutes, such as heart problems, muscle pain, headaches, etc to be relieved except chronic constipation. I have seen a 19 year old girl with constipation taking potassium citrate take up to 1 teaspoon after meals three times a day to get her potassium to normal to cure her constipation. I have seen ICU patients take 1/2 teaspoon every hour throughout 24 hours to get?her blood potassium to normal. So potassium is somewhat as big a deficiency?as magnesium. Magnesium also helps with constipation, but taken in a much smaller dose, such as 8 drops two times a day, but in people with constipation it needs 15 drops three times a day, not to resolve the constipation but to resolve?a deficiency. The other common problem is B6 deficiency which leads to lack of stomach acid so take it three times a day.