Sluggishness of the bowels and constipation are among the most common digestive problems in western industrialised nations. About 15% of the adult population suffers from difficulties with bowel movements, which can be accompanied by unpleasant symptoms such as bloating and flatulence. These complaints often increase with age. Women are more often affected by irregular digestion.
A combination of sorbitol and figs can be used to regulate stools in cases of a tendency to constipation as well as constipation caused by changes in lifestyle or eating habits (e.g. when bedridden or travelling) or in conditions where easy bowel movements are desirable (e.g. haemorrhoids).