Medication for Constipation

  • In case of atony with too little propulsion:
    Bitter substances (e.g., Amara or Gentiana drops, see also https://www.anthromedics.org/PRA-0703-EN)

  • Especially with simultaneously occurring gas and bloating:
    Absinthium/Caryophylli comp. dil. WELEDA, 12 drops 3x/d
    Wormwood activates the peristalsis in the upper gastrointestinal tract, carnation seed essential oil has a warming effect, anise relaxes and regulates intestinal motility.

  • For constipation:
    Hepatodoron® tabs. WELEDA, 3x/d, chew 2–4 tabs. at the beginning of each meal

    Choleodoron® drops WELEDA, 10–20 drops 3x/d after meals

    Digestodoron® WELEDA, 3x/d, chew 2 tabs. at the beginning of each meal, or 15 drops 4x/d

  • In case of spastic constipation or chemotherapy-associated constipation (triggered by antiemetics from the serotonin antagonist family, whose symptoms can persist for several days, or even up to a week):
    Carpellum Mali comp. trit. WELEDA, 1 saltsp. (~¼ tsp.) 3–6/d after meals
    Start the day before chemotherapy with 1 generous salt spoon (or ¼ tsp.) to 1 teaspoon tip 3 x daily, then from the day of the chemotherapy onwards 1 generous salt spoon (~¼ tsp.) to 1 teaspoon tip 3–6 x daily. In the beginning it is more common to dose 6 x daily, then gradually reduce the amount, e.g., to 4 x daily, then 3 x daily, with dosing determined by stool frequency, whereby patients find their own dosage.

Gesellschaft Anthroposophischer Ärzte in Deutschland/GAÄD, Medizinische Sektion am Goetheanum (Hg.) Vademecum Anthroposophische Arzneimittel. 4. Aufl. München 2017. www.vademecum.org

Debus M. Medikamentöse Begleitbehandlung bei onkologischen Erkrankungen. Der Merkurstab 2009;62(4):320-325.



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Pilot study  on the clinical effect of yarrow liver compresses  
Liver compresses are commonly applied in integrative cancer treatment and are believed to have an energizing effect. A randomized pilot study was conducted to investigate the influence of yarrow liver compresses on the autonomic nervous system by analyzing heart rate variability in metastatic cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy and suffering from cancer-related fatigue. The study found that this application led to increased sympathetic activity during daytime in the intervention group, whereas in the control group, which did not receive any external application, increased parasympathetic activity. The study is open access:  
https://doi.org/10.1177/15347354221081253


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