Nursing and External Applications for Constipation

Nursing measures

Ground psyllium husks: 2 tsp. in 250 ml liquid
(not for opiate-induced constipation) 

Milk and honey enema: 3 tsp. honey in 500 ml warm milk
For instructions, see: https://www.pflege-vademecum.de/m-h-einlauf.php?locale=en 

External applications

Abdominal compresses with chamomile tea
have a warming and antispasmodic effect

Liver compresses with yarrow tea at midday
warm through and stimulate the digestive process
See: http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/schafgarben_leberwickel.php?locale=en

Abdominal compresses with Oxalis, Folium 20% tincture (Weleda)
For instructions, see: http://www.pflege-vademecum.de/oxalis_essenz_bauchwickel.php?locale=en  

Abdominal compresses with Oxalis e planta tota W 10%, Oleum
relaxing, decongestive, stimulates elimination

Abdominal compresses with anise caraway fennel tea
relieving, soothing for spastic constipation

Rhythmical embrocation of the thighs with Oxalis, Folium 10% ointment WELEDA or Lavender 10% oil WALA, WELEDA
stimulates elimination

Rhythmical embrocation of the abdomen with Melissa oil WALA
has a calming and relaxing effect 

 

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.



Research news

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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