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A pile of poo? Well yes hopefully..!
Member Name: supersonic75
Date: 04/03/13, updated on 05/03/13 (394 review reads)
Advantages: Natural and works for mild constipation
Disadvantages: Nasty looking and not very pleasant to take
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.
Summary: Works for mild cases and handy to have in medicine cupboard