It is not a new medical discovery that castor oil is used as a laxative. In fact, the oil already made a name in alternative medication due to its effectiveness in relieving pain and discomfort caused by abnormal bowel movement leading to constipation.
Physicians also use it to cleanse the intestinal tract before a bowel surgery or inspection.
Proper Usage of Castor Oil Laxative Treatment:
The oil is taken internally with the precise directions of the physician. On the other hand, in such case that you are self-medicating the amount would vary due to factors such as the age, medical condition and prior or possible response to castor oil laxative treatments.
If it is your first time to take castor oil, make sure to ask a health care provider like a pharmacist for any information listed on the oils package that you may not understand.
Usually, the oil is taken on an empty stomach. Castor oil should take a couple of hours to 12 hours to present its effects.
A person would take castor only for a week but if there is no change with the constipation problem, there are possible adverse effects that may result.
Positive and Negative Reviews of Castor Oil:
It is to be expected that castor oil will have different effects to different people. Again, there should be proper usage and correct amount taken in order for the oil to present good results.
Castor oil, when taken in large amounts or regular dosage, will not help normalize the movement of the bowels. It will only cause dependence or overdose.
There are some people who have used castor oil to treat their constipation and were not treated at all. In this case, there may be other factors to why the oil did not work.
Of course, there is also a possibility that the body’s response to castor is not what is desired. Other natural laxatives or manual enemas might be of more use.
People who have used the oil and were successful in treating their constipation must be cautious.
The reason for this is because the side effects of the oil may be diarrhea which can also lead to dehydration.
Thus, prior research about the oil and its effects should be done before trying to self-medicate.