Diarrhoea can be caused by overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria, virus, ingested poison, food poisoning, intestinal parasites, colitis, vitamin A deficiency, allergic reaction to foods, antibiotics, eating unripe fruits, contaminated water.
Diarrhoea is common with young children and often caused by a viral infection. Traveller’s diarrhoea is another common type of diarrhoea. It can occur if you travel to underdeveloped areas with unpurified water.
Symptoms include uncomfortably frequent, fluid, and excessive bowel movements.
Diarrhoea leads to dehydration so drink plenty of water. It’s important to keep replacing your body’s supply of water and electrolytes, which include sodium, potassium and chloride.
Diarrhoea is a way for the body to rapidly remove toxins but can cause severe dehydration and loss of nutrients. It may be best to let diarrhoea run its course for a couple of days. Patients should drink plenty of water during bouts of diarrhoea to guard against dehydration.
Soothing herbs like chamomile, catnip, or fennel tea are excellent drinks to sip on throughout the healing process.
There are many astringent herbs that help stop diarrhoea. They contain tannins that tighten and contract human tissue. The result is fluid retention that can quickly halt diarrhoea and reduce any bleeding. Yellowroot, agrimony, bayberry, comfrey, peppermint, slippery elm, white oak, white willow, black walnut, green tea, blackberry leaf, and mullein are all astringent and excellent for treating diarrhoea, dysentery, and even cholera. Yellowroot is bitter tasting, but helps heal the whole digestive tract from the mouth and throat to the colon, intestines, and bladder. Mullein is also good for the whole system.
Powdered cinnamon and dried berries (blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry) are also astringent and can help. A good tea recipe is one teaspoon of powered cinnamon to one cup of boiling water. Steep ten minutes before drinking.
Treating diarrhoea requires having access to uncontaminated water
The key when treating diarrhoea, dysentery, and cholera is to drink plenty of uncontaminated water, to avoid consuming any additional harmful microorganisms, to avoid sugar and fruit juices that feed parasites, to reduce absorption of toxins into the body, to transport toxins out of the body, and finally to heal the bowels with mucilaginous herbs.
Mucilaginous herbs like slippery elm help heal digestive tract
Mucilaginous herbs soothe and heal damaged parts of the digestive tract. They also carry toxins out of the body without feeding harmful bacteria. Mucilaginous herbs include psyllium, slippery elm, and marshmallow. They should be consumed with large amounts of water. Okra pods, also considered a mucilaginous herb, should be thoroughly cooked and chewed well when treating diarrhoea.
Treat diarrhoea with slippery elm balls
A recipe for slippery elm balls calls for a dough to be made of slippery elm powder and a little honey. Roll into bite sized pieces and dust with more slippery elm powder. Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator and eat often as a snack.
Stay hydrated, flush toxins with herbal tea, and consume mucilaginous herbs for healing
There are three important steps to remember. Drink plenty of uncontaminated water. Flush toxins by drinking lots of astringent tea. Heal by consuming mucilaginous herbs.
Replace nutrients with herbal tea
Eat small meals of rice, oatmeal, banana, and vegetables
Other foods that are good when treating diarrhoea include boiled rice, oatmeal, cooked whole grains, bananas, and steamed vegetables. Wine with meals can also help by killing harmful bacteria.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus)
Astragalus membranaceus is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. It is an important herb for traditional treating of several diseases. Balachandar et al., (2012) investigated if Astragalus membranaceus can inhibit bacterial growth in vitro. The methanolic and ethanolic extracts of Astragalus membranaceus were prepared using dried roots. The extracts were examined to determine their phytochemical constituents.
Phytochemicals such as flavonoids, alkaloids, terpenoids, cardiac glycosides and saponins were identified to be present in the extracts. The ethanolic extracts showed maximum inhibition than ethanolic extracts. Their findings show that the roots of Astragalus membranaceus are effective against diarrheal pathogens. Moreover due to the antiviral and antibacterial properties of astragalus, this herb is considered effective for treating diarrhoea.
Raw garlic 3 times a day or Garlic Max capsules (HealthAid) 3 times 5-10 capsules until diarrhoea is under control. After that reduce to 3 times 2-3 capsules until complete recovery.
Moringa oleifera Lam. or the horseradish tree is the main genus in the flowering plant family of Moringaceae. It is a small to medium sized tree, that comprises of thirteen species from tropical and subtropical climates. It is originally from Africa and Asia and the name is derived from the term murungai or muringa.
Moringa is known to contain at least 13 different species that ranges in size from small herbs to giant trees. The most popular specie is Moringa oleifera, which is originally from the foothills of the Himalayas in India before spreading to other parts of African countries. Also another popular African specie is Moringa stenopetala. Ethanobotanical studies reveal that the moringa roots are bitter in nature and are highly beneficial to human race.
Every part of the plant are used in traditional medicine for preventing and treating diseases. Its healing properties are attributed to its constituents of phytochemicals such as glycoside compounds (glucosinolates and isothiocyanates). According to Saralaya et al., (2010), Moringa oleifera Lam root extracts can be used for treating diarrhoea. Find out about many of the amazing benefits of Moringa oleifera Lam here.
Carob is very rich in tannins, which are astringent substances found in many plants, that have a binding effect on the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. This makes its effectiveness high in adults with diarrhea, but even more so when used for children and infants experiencing diarrhea. The primary chemical constituents are largely sugars and tannins found in the carob pods. When these pods are eaten the gum like stability acts as a thickening agent to aid the body in retaining water and fastening together watery stools.
Psyllium (Plantago ovata)
Psyllium is used as an herbal remedy for diarrhea and relieving constipation due to its high mucilage and fiber content. The husks of the seeds swell by absorbing water, thus adding bulk to stool.
In severe diarrhoea:
Raw fresh egg mixed with hot tea