Bowel obstruction is a condition wherein your intestines may be blocked either completely or partially. This makes your bowel move in an abnormal manner, which makes it very difficult for those who have it. The patient may experience diarrhea (partial obstruction), constipation (complete obstruction), vomiting, bloating (gas accumulation), and abdominal cramping. This is a very inconvenient health problem to have that may be caused by cancer, severe constipation, (IBS) inflammatory bowel disease, intussusception, hernia, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, surgical scars, and tumors.
In most cases, bowel obstruction is dealt with in the health center or hospital where medical procedures are performed to relieve the patient of the symptoms immediately. Depending on the patient’s case, bowel obstruction can be treated in the hospital by using a naso-gastric tube (NGT) to remove the excess gas and fluids in your stomach that relieves you of pain; stents or enemas to open wide or broaden the part where the blockage is located; and surgery on the specific part of the intestines where the blockage is at.
If ever you see your doctor and he finds out that surgery is not needed for you t be relieved of bowel obstruction, you could then decide to have your treatment in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Here are the following things that you could do at home to be rid of bowel obstruction:
1) Drink more water
This allows you to prevent any blockage in your GIT (gastrointestinal tract) and should maintain the proper function and health of your colon. More water in your system allows your blood to carry more oxygen to all the parts of your body. If your GIT is well-supplied with blood, then you can be assured of its proper functioning.
2) Increase fiber
This enables you to flush out the toxins out of your body in a more efficient and regular way. Fiber can be obtained from food items like wheat, cereal, oats, rice, leafy vegetables, and fruits. There are also fiber supplements and fiber fortified drinks that may help you get the ideal amount of fiber that you need everyday.
Start your day by eating an apple. Apples, especially with the skin on, are very high in fiber. If you eat one every morning, then your intestines will have the initial does of fiber before you even start with your regular meals. The fiber that you take from the single apple helps mobilize your bowels. This may take a few days but it will take effect.
4) Lemon tea and honey
This is known to be very effective in treating bowel obstruction. Sweetness and texture of the honey softens the bowel. The honey also lubricates the lining of the intestines to make defecation easier.
5) Water and honey
This is done by boiling the water first and then cooling it. Then you add honey to it and drink it. This allows the lining of your GIT to be more lubricated by the honey. This is done before you sleep.
6) Orange juice
7) Mint, lime, and ginger
8) Liquid diet
9) Cleansing beverages
There are very potent alternative medicinal drinks in the market right now that help you prevent bowel obstruction. These drinks are made up of a variety of herbs, fruits, and vegetables that contain vitamins and minerals that help make your GIT healthier and more resistant to maladies like bowel obstruction.
10) Awareness of pain
11) Be careful with laxatives
Laxatives are very good in making sure that your colon is cleansed. But excessive use of very potent laxatives, perhaps a number of times a day, may lead to constipation and bowel obstruction. Excessive laxative use may affect the nerves that line the large intestinal wall, which leads to inefficient defecation.
These are very easy-to-do and very affordable ways of treating bowel obstruction on your own. Even so, work with your doctor. Make sure that you always consult with your physician in every step that you make to ensure more favorable results.