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WHAT IS IT?
This is medicine that is a natural laxative, it can be taken by adults and children also. I have used it and so have all 3 of my daughters even the youngest who is two years old.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
Take a spoon of Califig every day until your constipation has cleared up but if your bowel movements change and the change is unusual then you must see your doctor.
DOES IT WORK?
I think this works very good for me and for my children also. It takes only one dose for it to start to work and I am happy about that because it is a misery to be constipated. It is natural so I do not wait to become constipated sometimes and if I feel like I need help to use the lavatory I take Califig even if I do not know if I am fully constipated or not.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy to use Califig and I have trust in it so I am happy also for my children to use it. It tastes nice like fruit so it is not horrible to take like some other laxative medicines are, my children all like the flavour very much and I do also.
This is syrup so is thick and a little bit sticky, there is Senna in it and that is a natural laxative.
I like that this does not give cramps to the stomach and I think that is important because of it being suited for children. I would not give it to my children if it was not gentle and I used it for myself before offering it to them to make sure there was no side effects that could make them suffer.
A bottle of Califig costs only £3 and I think that is value because you do not have to use very much so a bottle lasts for long and you only will use it when you have constipation so that is not every day.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I first started to use Calfig when my daughter became slightly constipated at around the age of five or six. I was looking for something that was basically a natural product and also something that wasn't going to be too harsh on her system. My daughter, like many children, isn't too fond of vegetables and it's even a struggle to get fruit down her sometimes. She has go better as she has grown older, but even now, she will turn up her nose at most things green.
It's pretty inevitable therefore that she does get slightly constipated from time to time. This can also result in pain for her as she tries to use the toilet. It was my friend who is a nurse, who originally told me about Calfig and I bought this (and subsequent bottles) from Boots. It's actually pretty widely available and not too badly priced at £2.69 for a 55ml sized bottle. The bottle is glass (not plastic) and it can be stored for up to twenty-eight days after it's been opened.
As well as giving this to my daughter, I have actually also used it myself on lots of occasions and I can honestly say that it's not one of those laxatives which is suddenly going to make you dash off to the toilet. It has a very mild and gentle affect on the system and it just 'loosens up' the bowel and helps to make it easier to go.
The liquid is brown in colour and I take about thirty mls of this before I notice any effect. It takes a few hours to work its way through my system and once it has, it feels just like a natural 'urge' to go.
As my daughter is still only eight, I tend to give her one 5ml spoon to start with and then if this doesn't have any effect then I will give her another spoon. The liquid actually tastes lovely - it's really very sweet and pleasant to taste and it's thick and gooey. It doesn't taste like 'medicine' as such, but like the inside of a soft liquid filled throat lozenge.
If I had to choose just one negative thing about this product it would be that the top of the bottle and the cap does get extremely sticky very quickly. I always wipe mine down with a clean damp cloth, other wise if it's left to stand for any length of time, then it's often very difficult to get the top off as it dries into place.
Overall, however, it's a great product and something I am happy to use both for myself and my daughter. It works well and has no nasty side effects and as a short term measure for constipation, then I would certainly recommend it.
A couple of weeks ago my son was suffering quite badly with constipation. He can be a nightmare sometimes with food and avoids eating fruit and vegetables wherever he can! Obviously I keep on at him but as I say he did get quite a bad case of constipation and we had tried fresh orange juice, senokot and nothing seemed to be helping him at all. As a last resort I went down to Tesco to see what they had and ended up buying Califig purely because it was liquid form and would be easier to make him take this than a tablet or something.
Califig is a seven seas product and when I noticed this it certainly swayed my decision to purchase it. I have used seven seas tonic in the past on a few occasions when I have been run down and found it to be an excellent product. I trust the brand name and feel they are good quality products.
The Califig syrup of figs comes in a glass bottle which contains 110ml of the brown coloured liquid. There is a label on the front which has the product an brand name as well as a picture of a fig and some grains. We are told that this product helps maintain regularity in a red banner across the bottom of the bottle so this information stands out.
Dosage information is given on the back of the bottle and for children aged 3-6 you can give 5-10ml, for children aged 6-15 you can give 7.5-15ml and adults and those over 15 can have 15-30ml of the product per day. For my son I decided to start with giving 10ml of the syrup as he is eight and this was right in the middle of the dosage guidelines. I chose to give it him in the evening purely because I thought that as with other similar products it might be an idea to let the product work its magic over night. My son actually managed to go to the toilet on the same day I gave him this syrup but he was in a lot of pain and was again the next time he went to the toilet too. I think a lot was the fear of how much it would hurt and so he was avoiding going to the toilet. I kept on giving him the syrup of figs for about five days but just gave him one 5ml spoonful a day as opposed to 10ml just to keep it in his system. Thankfully he was soon going to the toilet normally and he is much more concious of the need to go regularly now as well.
My son said that the taste of this medicine wasn't too bad but he did need a drink to just wash it down with. To me it smells much like buttercup syrup medicine but I wouldn't particularly want to try it because there's something about figs that just makes me feel a bit queasy! It certainly wasn't a massive battle getting my son to take it for the few days he had it but I think if we were to continue it regularly he might start to put up a bit of a fight!
One thing with this syrup is that the rim of the bottle does get quite sticky and if you don't wipe it after each use it is going to get a bit manky. I just used a handy baby wipe each time and this kept it nice. You can use the bottle of syrup for up to twenty eight days after opening if needed. For us it was more of a short term measure but I would have carried on using it for as long as my son needed it and would certainly use it again should we have the issue again at any point but will obviously need a new bottle if it is out of the twenty eight days.
A 55ml bottle of this costs £2.69 in Boots which may be an option for short term use as there would be less wastage if you didn't want to keep on taking this. A 110ml bottle like the one I bought costs £4.90 in Boots. I would absolutely recommend this product for helping you or your child if you are finding it a bit hard to go to the toilet. It did seem to help my son find it easier to go and I think used with other things such as orange juice, fruit and veg it is definitely going to help you out.
Thank you for reading my review!
My youngest son Zak is now 8 years old and has suffered all his young life with both bladder and bowel problems. His constant need to urinate and being wet almost every night was at first thought to be due to constipation problems, though we have since found out it is an unrelated bladder problem for which he is on medication for. We still needed something to help ease the discomfort associated with constipation which was preferably natural than something on prescription so started looking around. My mum mentioned there was a natural fig medicine that was around years ago and I dismissed it at first thinking it was probably a phased out product as I'd never heard of it, but after looking in my local Superdrug I spotted the product straight away in the form of 'Califig'.
Having bought several bottles over the years mainly for my son, though which all the family has tried at some point, I will now focus my review on the product.
*~*What is it*~*
Califig is also known as 'syrup of figs' and basically helps if you are constipated as it also contains Senna which is a natural aide for alleviating constipation problems. It is made by reputable health firm Seven Seas and is made using 'real fruit extracts of figs providing a convenient and pleasant way to help maintain regularity' according to the blurb on the bottle.
*~*Price, packaging & availability*~*
I purchased the bottle we have now almost a year ago and at the time it was priced at £2.29 from Superdrug though after perusing different sites online it now has an RRP of between £2.60 and £4.10 with it being available in a 55ml size and a larger 110ml. Though the product is identical except for size of course, it is the smaller 55ml that I own and will keep referring to throughout this review.
The product is housed in a thick and sturdy looking glass bottle. The bottle itself is upright standing and has a wider appearance from the front view with a much narrower look from the side angle giving the impression it holds more than it actually does. The bottle is completely transparent so the fig syrup can be clearly viewed and to be honest it is a very unappealing dreary dark colour which looks almost black and to which my sons both refer to it as the 'black poo medicine' - lovely.
*~*How to take*~*
It is advised that:
*Adults = 15ml - 30ml (one to two spoonfuls)
*Children 1 to 3 years = 2.5ml to 5ml (half to one spoonful)
*Children 3 to 6 years = 5ml to 10ml (one to two spoonfuls)
*Children 6 to 15 years = 7.5ml to 15ml (one and a half to three spoonfuls)
The bottle needs to be shaken well before using as the mixture tends to settle.
*~*Results and recommendation?*~*
Califig isn't the most 'enticing' of medicines in looks or smell and especially so when trying to convince young children to swallow a few spoonfuls of this dark mixture. On shaking the bottle the contents literally 'gloop' about and stick to the clear glass giving the impression that it is actually far thicker in consistency than it is. Once the bottle is opened there is an odd scent that emits which always reminds me far more of cough mixture though with a hint of rich fruit which is presumably due to the figs.
On pouring on to the spoon the mixture is actually far thinner than it appears to be in the bottle though it's dark colour makes it look thicker than it's watery texture.
Results for Zak:
My son has suffered with constipation problems on and off since he was a baby despite eating a healthy diet and for a while we tried him with this product to see if it would help 'get things moving'. The mixture has very strong fruit taste with a hot bite once swallowed which as it contains ginger this is no surprise really. As an adult I can just about stomach this but trying to get Zak to take this, especially when he was around 4 years old, was literally impossible and it was then it gained the title of 'black poo medicine' which the boys still call it today. Despite trying this with my son it didn't really do much apart from make him pull a face and so after several failed attempts he was prescribed a course of Movical Powders which worked a treat. Although he seems far more regular these days we still keep Califig in the medicine cupboard as it does help with mild cases of constipation which years ago it just wasn't enough to help Zak but now seems to be the right strength for those occasional 'blockage' bouts.
Results for the rest of the household:
We all tend to eat quite healthily but from time to time these problems crop up so I always keep products such as this along with the other extreme of anti diarrhea capsules in my medicine cupboard for 'just in case' purposes. Personally speaking, if I've needed something to help nature along to put it nicely then I've found this has worked for me straight away, as it has my husband and older son. I think this is ideal to have in for mild cases but if it's a repeated problem then this really wont do much at all as we found out with Zak.
For a mild and gentle laxative then it's ideal but it really is just that - for mild cases so don't expect miracles. I've just thrown the remainder of a bottle away that I bought 4 years ago (again a 55ml size) as the use by date was up in January this year and it hasn't been used for well over a year. I would recommend this but as mentioned only for mild cases and unless it's a product that gets used a lot (which if it does then I'd recommend a trip to the doctors!) the smaller 55ml bottle is suffice enough for an average household so would be a waste of money to purchase the larger size in my opinion - but that really is my opinion as it's up to the individual household what they use at the end of the day.
I'm not a fan of printing the entire ingredients list as this can be clearly viewed on the back of the bottle but I will say that it contains Senna which is a natural laxative in itself as well as figs.
Okay but only for mild cases so 4/5 from the Supersonic household.
My daughter has always been one to have problems going to the toilet, I remember times when she was still a little baby and would use so much energy trying to relieve herself that she would sometimes fall asleep as soon as she'd managed to fill her nappy. Many times she would scream the house down in pain and our only solution would be to slap a big blob of vaseline on her behind, helping her to expel "the log" with more ease. I still laugh remembering those times! She then went through a phase when she would refuse to go to the toilet as it hurt! Plenty of fruit, fibre and liquids didn't make much difference and we were advised by the doctors to give her Califig.
Califig is a syrup of figs with sweetners made by Seven Seas and is supposed to help maintain regularity. It comes in a glass bottle containing 55 ml and can be taken by children over the age of 1 and adults. The bottle once opened must be used within 28 days and kept in a cool, dry place. The syrup itself is quite thick in texture, brown of colour and very sweet, but I definitely would say that it does not taste of figs (I actually like figs but the taste of Califig makes me gag).
Bearing in mind that my daughter absolutely detested the taste of it, she was a good little girl and swallowed it after many bribes and promises. Started with the recommended dosage (5ml spoon for children between 1 and 3 daily), after a week or so, still no improvement. I then increased the dosage but still no joy, the Califig did not make one bit of difference to her toileting habits. Of course we then went back to the doctors who wouldn't recommend any stronger laxatives for a little girl, but stressed the importance of a good varied diet blah blah blah, which she already had. In the end we learnt to live with her "poo crisis" and over time she kind of grew out of it. Even now, a few years later she only goes two or three times a week but she is no longer constipated or in pain.
From our experience, Califig did not deliver as promised, so no, I would not recommend it even though for some people it must work as it has been around for a while now, and is still being suggested by doctors/chemists and sold in stores!
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The human body is a remarkable collection of fine-tuned parts that more often than not, manages to work without too many problems. For instance, after undergoing various biological processes which would take far too long (and a biology degree) to work out here, it is a generally accepted law of nature that what goes in one end, tends to eventually come out of the other.
Occasionally however, something happens that upsets the delicate balance within this remarkable, organic, corporeal machine and causes the system to do some strange things. The transit from entrance to exit is interrupted, and rather like a five car pile up at rush hour on the M1, things can get a little backed up.
After a recent period during which I seemed to be getting myself stuck in more than my fair share of "traffic jams", I had a good old rummage around our bottomless medicine cabinet and found a handsome half-full little bottle promising to help me "maintain regularity". It seemed just the thing to ease my discomfort, and after confirming that the "best before" date was within reasonable proximity, I decided to give Califig a go.
As the name suggests, Califig is a syrup made of real fig extract. The "Cali" part is a remnant from the original US product (marketed by Merck Pharma), where it is made using California figs. The labelling on the UK version, sold here by the well known vitamin giant "Seven Seas", doesn't make the distinction.
The product is available over the counter at most chemists and large supermarkets in two sizes - 55ml and 110ml - and is marketed as a "food supplement" rather than as a "medicine". That said, it's most often found on shelves near similar products for the <ahem> "facilitation of bowel movements". My attractive 55ml recyclable glass bottle was purchased from Tesco for £2.13. The 110ml version can be picked up from various retailers for around £4.00
The main ingredients are water, fig extract (10%), sorbitol (a sugar substitute with laxative properties), maltodextrin (a sweetener derived from starch), natural colouring and natural flavourings (including peppermint, cassia and clove oil, as well as ginger extracts). The American and UK formulations appear to be quite different. In fact, the Tesco web site states that the product contains Senna (an herbal laxative) - but that ingredient is unique to the US formula - the UK version definitely doesn't have any in it, but double-check before you buy.
Like most "food supplements", Califig is intended to be used daily. It is not formulated, or intended to be used as a quick fix. The product is suitable for everyone, with suggested doses listed on the label for ages one and up. Adults are advised to take one or two tablespoons a day, and feeling slightly desperate, I erred on the side of excess and started on a course at the full dose.
The label advises pregnant women, anorexics and those with severe abdominal pain to consult their doctor before use. However, a word of warning - the instructions are baffling, as they suggests that a two tablespoonful dose should equate to 30ml, which by my calculation, means a 55ml bottle would yield just under two doses. At more than £1.05 a go that seems pretty steep - and palpably wrong. I used an ordinary measuring tablespoon to calculate my dose and it was well short of 30ml.
USE & EFFECT
Califig is a dark, dense brown colour - similar to molasses - except that it flows quite freely. It has an unmistakable sickly sweet aroma which reminds me of prunes much more than figs. It tastes quite sweet, cloying and every so slightly oily. It's not unpleasant, but I certainly would not take it out of choice.
I had brought the product thinking - wrongly - that it would provide more or less instant relief from constipation, and in that aspect, I was sorely disappointed. There was no appreciable effect the next day, and I had more or less decided it didn't work until I read the label again and realised it's not an instant solution.
During the second day, my insides started to produce a veritable orchestra of sounds that would have made Benjamin Britten proud. This intestinal cacophony was frighteningly audible at times, and, coupled with a fair bit of wind, it would have made me terribly self-conscious but for the fact that, fortunately, I was working from home. The considerable pay-off, if you can call it that, arrived around 48 hours and two doses later.
SIZE, CONSISTENCY & COLOUR
Oh come on. You didn't really expect me to go THAT far did you?
As I had never intended to add Califig permanently to my diet, and with the immediate problem satisfactorily solved, I stopped taking it when the bottle finished (about five days). I was looking for instant relief, so it did not really work as I wanted. However, it did do what was advertised - i.e. help maintain regularity - it just took more time than I hoped to get "traffic" moving again. Accordingly, it was a qualified success.
In retrospect, I should have taken greater care over reading the label and perhaps taken smaller doses to prevent the unintended comedy musical theatre which ensued. In summary, given the confusing labelling and the cost per suggested dose, I'll invest in a bag of prunes and apricots next time. At least they taste nicer.
© Hishyeness 2009
*Note: This review is of the 55ml version - identical to the 110ml version listed on DooYoo except for its size.
I'm pretty fortunate in that I've never suffered from constipation before. However, I had been feeling pretty run down so decided to take some multivitamins with iron in them. My mum warned me that iron can sometimes lead to constipation, but since i've never had trouble before, I thought I'd be fine. How run was I! I'd been taking the tablets for 2 weeks and had to stop as I was pretty constipated. It's never a fun topic to talk about and I didn't really want to have to go to my GP and discuss the ins and (lack of) outs of the whole situation.
Firstly I tried those sachets you can get which you add water to and they are allegedly meant to taste like orange (they really don't, they are increidbly vile), but they didn't work at all. Next, my mum went to the chemist to get me a tablet to regulate me, but all this did was give me terrible stomach cramps and not much relief.
I was getting ready to pull my hair out, when my mum remembered that when she was younger, she was given syrup of figs once a week to keep her regular. So, she looked in Tesco and came across Califig, and I have to say, it was a complete saviour!
I was dubious as to whether a natural laxative would be much use to me, but it definitely did the trick. I could only find the 55ml bottle, which, when taking 2 tablespoons a day, only lasted me for three days, so if you think you will need it for a few days, perhaps the 110ml would be a better option. The medicine tastes likes figs (shocker!) which i personally found pretty rank, but I was always told that if medicine tasted bad then it would work-and its true! I took 2 tablespoons early in the morning, and by early afternoon I was going to the toilet a few times. I had slight stomach cramps prior to going to the toilet, but that was all, and it was much more effective than anything else that I had tried. After a few days, I was back to normal, and very very greatful to have found a medication that actually does what it says on the tin!
Califig provides reliable relief from constipation and contains Senna, which is a natural laxative, in a syrup of figs. To use, shake well first, then:-
-adults : one to two tablespoons
-children (6-15) : one and a half to three teaspoonfuls
-children (3-6) : one to two teaspoonfuls
-children (1-3) : half to one teaspoonful
Store in a cool place and DO NOT TAKE if you have sudden changes in bowel habits, are anorexic or are experiencing severe abdominal pain
when i.m constipated which quite often,i take a laxative i have tried many different laxatives They all work,some better than others.then i tried califig california syrup of fig with senna.an effective natural fruit laxative.an adult dose is 15-30ml[1 to 2 tablespoonsful]
i usually take a laxative once a week.i take 2 tablespoonsful of califig.i find it very effective in relieving constipation,with no discomfort.Taken at bedtime it works overnight,giving 3or 4 bowel movements the next morning,so keep near a toilet for 2 or 3 hours,after which you should feel very relieved.califig can be bought from any chemist and supermarkets even the corner shop.
califig is sold in 110ml or 55ml bottles £2.46 for a 110ml bottle and £2.55 for a 55ml bottle,i would certainly recommend califig syrup of figs with senna,the almost perfect laxative that gives gentle highly effective relief from constipation.Do not take if you are experiencing severe abdominal pain,have sudden changes in bowel habits,or are anorexic.
My poor daughter was suffering. She had not had a bowel movement in a week and was losing her appetite and suffering from painful stomach aches. At three years old this was not an easy thing to watch happening and I knew I had to do something to help her.
In the past we had tackled mild constipation with an increase of wholemeal bread and broccoli in her diet and this had always worked, coupled with lots of fluids to drink. This time however, with her waning appetite and lack of desire to drink very much we had to resort to something off the supermarket shelf. I remembered buying something when she was a small baby to help her go and looked for this product again this time.
I found the Califig in Sainsburys, on the shelf with all their other medicines like cold relief and so on, so it is easy to find. The price was not too bad although I would have been happier if they had produced this in a smaller bottle. The only one they had on sale was a bottle containing 55ml of liquid for £2.24 which on reflection was pricey considering we were only planning on using this one time. However as my daughter was in so much discomfort it was worth it.
Califig is a natural laxative which comes in liquid form. It contains Senna which is the natural ingredient that helps alleviate the discomfort of not being able to pass bowel movements. Coupled with the fact that the senna is mixed in a syrup of figs you have a pretty potent medicine that is not filled with chemicals you cannot pronounce. Obviously there are other chemical ingredients within this mixture but the relief comes from its natural elements.
This, however is where the positive side of this ends for me. My daughter was feeling very low by the time I brought this and she knew we had purchased something to help her feel better. She happily takes Calpol if she is feeling poorly but I promised her Calpol was not going to help with this and she needed something different. Luckily she could not remember having tasted it before and agreed to have a spoonful, albeit reluctantly.
When you pour it on the spoon it is very thick and very dark and to be honest looks totally unappealing. It resembles tar in my opinion and my daughter was shocked at the colour and look of this gloop I was expecting her to take. However, she trusted me, and opened her mouth. I put the spoon in and dropped the contents as far back on her tongue as I could, knowing it was not going to be a positive reaction. I was right however she managed to swallow through sheer shock, which was pleasing at least as far as the realisation she had received one dose at least. The instructions say 3-6 year olds can have 5-10mls or 1-2 teaspoons of this medicine but I knew from the look on her face I did not stand a chance of getting another spoonful into her.
Unfortunately this did not do the trick for her this time and one spoonful was not enough to dislodge a weeks worth of blockage from her little body and we had to go to the doctors for further advice and treatment. However, I would have been happier if this medicine had been sweetened with something to help small children take it more easily. Strawberries maybe would have been a good mix or maybe cherries. To be honest the foul taste of the figs was too much for her and there was no way I could get her to accept anymore. This was a real shame as a natural remedy would have been preferable to the nightmare we went through with the prescription medicine.
Califig gets only two stars from me, and this is due to the fact that they have not made it child friendly. I know it works because I managed to mix it with her food when she was much younger and it cleared her out, carefully and considerately but at the age of three (nearly four) she can detect the nasty smell/taste in her food and refused that too. Unfortunately the one dose I did manage to get into her did nothing to alleviate the problem and without being able to dose her any further it was comparatively useless. One for the bin after one spoonful.
Maybe there are better child friendly constipation techniques out there but I have yet to find it. I now make sure she eats wholemeal bread everyday and wholemeal pasta when I can get her to eat it. Broccoli is good for keeping your children regular as well and luckily for me she loves it! So far so good, however if she gets blocked again Califig will not be on my shopping list until they make a tastier version.
This product is very good indeed - have tried a few in my time. It is the only one that doesn't 'hurt' so to speak and for those suffering from the dreaded C word, it really is a relief. The best place to buy it is in Wilkinson's - I think I paid about 2.15 GBP for a bottle last year - very cheap. I want bigger bottles as I don't live in the UK and have to stock up when I go over. Maybe there is an alternative but I would rather stick to this one as I KNOW it works.
People, in general, tend to take their digestive system for granted. Food goes in one end, disappears for a while, and then appears at the other end unrecognisable from the original product (except in the case of sweetcorn possibly!) So when this process does'nt go quite as smoothly and constipation occurs it can be quite an unexpected and unwanted problem. Also it may cause a degree of embarrassment as things to do with bowels and bowel movements tend to be avoided in conversation, the end of the digestive process has always been the butt (if you excuse the expression!) of much joking and hilarity and certainly not something to talk to your colleagues about in the canteen with any degree of seriousness. Yet constipation is certainly no laughing matter. It can be a very painful condition causing abdominal cramps, wind, a swollen tummy and very often other symptoms such as headaches, bad breath, poor skin condition and general fatigue and malaise. Not pleasant at all. So why do people get constipated? And who are these poor unfortunates? Well, for a start (as I work a lot with this group of people) lets look at the elderly, their digestive system may be sluggish, they may also be on medication which could cause a degree of constipation. In addition to this they may not be able to walk easily to the little boys/girls room and therefore may hold the contents of their bowels for longer than they should resulting in all sorts of problems - anal congestion and piles to name just two. (By the way, I find that if you ask an 'older person' about their bowel habits be prepared to pull up a chair and get comfy - this can be a favourite topic of conversation with some!) Other people may resist the urge to go as well, people who are busy at work and can't spare the time, people staying with post relatives for the week (honestly, I've heard this one...) they dare'nt risk opening their bowels in that extremely posh bath
room, after all, what if there is no toilet brush, or the flush does'nt work properly or someone needs to use the toilet straight after youve been and there's no air freshener.... Pregnant women often become constipated due to the pressure on the lower intestines, everything gets all squished together somewhat impeding the progress of the poo. (Please note however that a check must be made with a midwife or doctor before taking any constipation preparations for safety reasons). People on holiday or who are just travelling around may experience a change in diet or a lack of drinking water which could also result in long periods in the toilet reading the paper waiting for an appearance. In our household we have found a particular problem with childhood constipation, many are the times we have sat with a child who is troubled with tummy ache and finding the whole toilet business really hard. This has mainly been due to the reluctance of this particular child to use unfamiliar, and especially public, toilets - even Grannys! It can be a vicious cycle then, the child does'nt want to go to the toilet because it might be very uncomfortable yet the longer they put it off the worse it will get. So, how can you get to the bottom of this? (apologies for the poor pun!). How can this painful problem be solved with as little distress as possible? One good suggestion is the use of Califig in one, or more, of its various forms over a couple of days. In our medicine box we keep a bottle of Califig California Syrup of Figs and a box of the Califig Fruit and Fibre Bars. The syrup is quick and easy to use and comes in 2 sizes of bottle, 55mls and 100mls, I usually buy the bigger of the two as it works out to be better value in the long run and keeps well. So what does it taste like? Pretty revolting? Not really, in fact I think it is quite pleasant, but then again I do happen to love figs, quite a handy thing considering that figs are a m
ajor ingredient (obvious really when you look at the label!) The consistency is most pleasant as well. The junior version is very similar, perhaps a little less rich and a lighter fruitier taste, more palatable for little tummies. For those people on the move (with bowels which are not....) it may be a good idea to carry the Califig Herbal Laxative Tablets which can be discreetly stored away in handbags and car gloveboxes. Or perhaps pop a clever little Califig Effercescent Tablet into your drinking water at work when no one is looking, most convenient, quick and easy. Another point to mention is that this product does not cause an explosive reaction straight away, it works very gently and is especially effective if taken before sleep, gives it time to work overnight. Another important point of note is that if constipation does not ease after taking Califig for a few days it is advisable to see the advice of a doctor or practice nurse. My children have also been known to enjoy, yes - I use the word enjoy here, the wonderful Califig Fruit and Fibre Bars. You get 6 individually wrapped bars in a packet and you only need a quarter to a half of a bar to get things moving. They taste delicious so kids will eat them with no complaints, with figs, plums, apples, orange and covered in carob - they are in fact quite yummy (it would be wise not to overdo it though or else you will have different digestive problems altogether..... need I say more?!) Note though that these are only for the over 3's, the syrups however can be given to the over 1's. So what is the magic ingredient that makes these products so effective (apart from the figs of course)? Senna. A naturally derived plant extract from the senna pod, an excellent stimulant laxative. In fact you won't find any nasties in these products, just lots of good old wholesome ingredients. The effervescent tablets even contain a derivative of the artichoke root which actually d
raws water from the intestines to soften the poo. Isn't Mother Nature wonderful! Apart from Califig there are other measures which can taken to ease or prevent constipation in the first place such as diets with adequate fruit, veg and fibre, fill your shopping trolley up with granary bread, brown rice and oats, drink plenty of fluids and keep active. Or else be prepared for an enema, a suppository or manual extraction.... now where did I put my rubber gloves.....
Constipation is not a subject that many people even mention, yet lots of us suffer from it from time to time. Mention it and you are likely to become the butt of jokes about Allbran and prunes! However, you don't need to mention it! Just buy yourself a bottle of Califig and the problem will literally disappear. Califig Syrup tastes of fruit so its not bad to take. It works very gently so you won't get stomach pains or other embarassing reactions. It's made with senna which is a natural laxative and figs. This isn't suitable for children under a year old. You can also get Califig Fruit and Fibre Bars which help keep you regular. They contain apples, oranges, plums, figs, bran and senna. Personally speaking I think they taste okay but they take such a lot of chewing and it takes ages to eat them. Too much like hard work for me. These aren't recommended for kids under three but I don't thin kids under three would be able to eat them anyway. I wouldn't recommend the fruit and fibre bars as they are so 'chewy' but if it comes to a choice between eating Allbran and taking the Califig Syrup, I'd rather take the syrup. This product is both gentle and effective and pleasant to take.
Reliable relief from constipation / Califig contains Senna, a highly effective yet natural laxative in a syrup of real figs.