Diarrhea – A Basic Overview
Diarrhea means frequent, watery bowel movements, often accompanied by intense cramping. It can be brought on the type and amount of food eaten, by stress, or by medication. It also may be a symptom of a chronic bowel condition like irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, gastroenteritis, or a symptom of food poisoning.
Occasional bouts with diarrhea are common, especially when there have been changes in your eating schedule or type of foods eaten. Persistent diarrhea can be the symptom of a serious bowel disease and should be reported to a healthcare provider.
Diarrhea – Some Interim Actions
To treat occasional diarrhea:
- Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
- Eat no solid food for several hours to rest the bowel.
- Drink herbal tea, with or without honey, during the fast.
Diarrhea and Nutrients
The following nutrients might help someone with diarrhea: Calcium, potassium, digestive enzymes, kelp, and acidophilus.
Foods that might help include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially carrots
- Food rich in fiber
- Whole grains
- Yogurt with live cultures
Foods to avoid:
- Dairy products
- Anything with excessive magnesium
Diarrhea and Alternative Medicine
Because diarrhea is so common, several natural remedies are sometimes suggested. The following alternative remedies might be helpful to some people with diarrhea:
Massage. Blend one drop each of ginger oil, orange oil, and lavender with a light carrier oil such as grape seed oil. Massage into abdomen.
The homeopathic remedy Natrum sulphuricum (Sodium Sulfate) 6x can be taken three times per day. White clay is sometimes also recommended. Other homeopathic remedies for diarrhea include Aethusa cynapium 7; Argentum nitricum 7; and Chamomilla 7.
Apple cider vinegar. Take 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar in a glass of water (you can add honey) every time you eat a meal and before bed. Vinegar is a natural antiseptic that might help cleanse the digestive tract.
Apples. Eating an apple (without the peel) might help stop the cramping of diarrhea. Or grate an apple and let it stand at room temperature until the apple turns brown.
Oats. Oatmeal can help regulate the bowel. Chewing raw or rolled oats until thoroughly dissolved, followed by a fast of a few hours, might be useful.
Bee pollen. This supplement contains many trace minerals and might help rebalance your bowel.
Blackberries. Unsweetened blackberry juice can be taken, one spoonful every few minutes. Blackberry wine is sometimes used instead.
Unprocessed bran. This is not the kind sold as breakfast cereal. Unprocessed bran absorbs many times its own weight in fluid and may help absorb excess fluid in the bowel.
Carob powder. Full of pectin, which fights germs and helps make bowel movements normal.
Boiled carrots. Take 1 tsp. every 15-20 minutes.
Carrot juice. Sip throughout the day. Heat with carob powder to make soup, if desired.
Charcoal. Activated charcoal (in capsules, as a supplement) can absorb toxins in the bowel. But beware, it will also absorb medications and nutrients. Burnt toast might also work.
Cottage cheese mixed with sour cream. Nibble by the spoonful until diarrhea symptoms stop.
Garlic. Chew raw, peeled garlic cloves.
Honey. Mix honey with water or apple cider vinegar or both. Sip freely, unless you have blood sugar control issues.
Lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice added to hot water or tea might help.
Nutmeg. A pinch of powdered nutmeg eaten plain or added to tea.
Orange juice with sugar and salt. Mix 1 tablespoon of sugar and a pinch of salt into half a cup of orange juice. Dilute with 1-1/3 cups water and take by spoonful every two hours. May help restore electrolyte balance.
Pumpkin leaf tea. Works with leaves from squash or gourd plants also. Steep in boiled water.
Radishes and milk. Blend fresh, raw radishes with cold milk. Thicken mixture with 1 tsp. corn starch. Sip slowly.
Rice water. Boil white rice (not instant) in water; drain, saving water. Let water cool and add rice flour to thicken. If possible, eat the boiled rice afterward.
Tomato and cabbage juice. Blend in equal parts, sip slowly. Tomato soup also might work.
Herbs that have been reported as helpful for diarrhea include agrimony, silver lady’s mantle, bilberry, sage, Iceland moss, silverweed, tormentil, allspice, American cranesbill, amaranth, bayberry, blackberry, boneset, chamomile, caraway seed tea, catnip tea, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, feverfew, skullcap, geranium, ginger, golden seal, meadowsweet, mugwort, peppermint, raspberry leaf, yarrow, and turmeric.
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