Diarrhea often occurs mostly due to food or water poisoning or emotional disturbances, or the lack of proper & safe drainage system. When the water or food is contaminated by foreign bodies or Vitamin C or magnesium, you tend to get this problem.
It is a common ailment among all age groups. Improper or irregular eating habits with too much fried stuff or vegetable or junk food causes diarrhea.
Studies show that diarrhea is one of the main causes of death in infants.
Frequent watery, loose bowel movements and vomiting are seen in acute infectious diarrhea.
Salt loss is also seen in this disease.
The most common symptoms of diarrhea are cramps, dehydration, weakness, mild fever, and distention in the abdomen.
When the colon does not absorb the required fluid during the digestion process, diarrhea occurs.
Viral infections and bacterial toxins also cause it.
If you are allergic to milk, dairy products also cause diarrhea. Chronic and acute diarrheas are the most commonly known diarrheas.
Even in this case, rushing to the doctor can be kept as the last resort for this disease. You can try all the age-old remedies for curing diarrhea before visiting the hospital for pills or injections.
Few natural remedies are given below for your benefit:
Mix a teaspoon of sugar with half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water as the initial remedy. Keep giving this to the patient until dehydration and vomiting ceases.
You can boil the pomegranate skin soaked in water for an hour, and strain it. The strained water can be used in treating diarrhea.
You can even give small quantities of sesame seeds & goat milk’s paste to the person suffering from diarrhea.
You can give fruit juices to the patient.
The elimination of the bodily residue in a liquid form from the Guda (anus) is known as Atisar by Ayurveda India’s native language. This symptom, if not treated well and in-time, can also result in severe dehydration.
Hetu (the causes, according to Ayurveda texts)
- Consuming excessive quantities of water
- Eating emaciated & dry meat
- Unaccustomed foods
- Puddings of Tila (sesame seeds)
- Sprouted grains
- Excessive wine consuming
Foods; large portions of dry food
- From Arshas (piles)
- Improper oil therapy
- Suppression of urges
Poorvarupa (premonitory symptoms as referred to by Ayurveda treatments)
- Pricking pain in the region of the heart
- Rectum & alimentary tract
- The weakness of the body
- Flatulence and Indigestion
Rupa (clinical features): As quoted by the herbal remedies’ references.
Vataja Atisara: Excrement is in a small watery quantity, expelled with noise, pain, and difficulty.
Pittaja Atisara: Suffering from excessive thirst, fainting, perspiration and burning sensation accompanied by deep yellow and/or green excrements (may even contain blood) expelled with pain and a burning sensation followed by the ulceration of the rectum.
Kaphaja Atisara: The result is solid, slimy, white, fatty, uncooked, mixed with Kapha (mucus), frequent, heavy, foul-smelling, accompanied by the difficulty of elimination & followed by pain.
While anyone suffering from the above will simultaneously experience sleepiness, laziness, disliking of food, mild straining at stools (or tenesmus), horripilation, nausea, feeling of heaviness in urinary bladder, rectum & abdomen together with the feeling of non-elimination of feces though actually eliminated.
Tridoshaja Atisara: Manifested with the symptoms of all the Doshas.
Bhayaja & Shokaja Atisara: Diarrhea caused by fear of anxiety, usually a quick warm elimination.
Ayurveda herbal medicine natural treatments
Langhana (fasting) is ideal at the commencement of the disease/disorder. The patient who is suffering from pain in the abdomen, flatulence, and excess of salivation should be induced to vomit by using Ayurveda medicine. Purgation and vomiting.
When the doshas are slightly increased, fasting is indicated. Water well cooked with either Vacha or Prativisha, musta and Parpata or Hrida and Nagara should be given to drink.
When weak hunger is felt the patient should be given light foods, in little quantity, at the proper time; that undergoes digestion quickly and bestows taste, the strength of digestive fire (digestive juices & enzymes) and of the body in general.
Commonly used Medicinal Ayurveda products
- Vatsakadi Decoction (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Pathyadi Decoction (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Tryushanadi (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Shunthayadi (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Narayan (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Kutajavaleha (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Kapardik (Siddhayog Sangraha)
- Shankha (Siddhayog Sangraha)
- Agastisutaraj Rasa (Yog Ratnakar)
- Kanaksundar Rasa (Yog Chintamani)
- Karpur Rasa (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)
- Piyushvalli (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
- Shankhodar (Yog Ratnakar)
- Kutaj Ghan Vati (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
- Jatiphaladi Vati (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Panchamrut Parpati (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Vijay Parpati (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Rasa Parpati (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Kutajarishth (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Baboolarishtha (Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
- Mustakarishtha (Bharat Bhaishajya Ratnavali)
Proper Diet for Diarrhea
Diarrhea refers to a condition in which the person undergoes watery stools more than thrice in a day. By taking proper diet you can sustain yourself from diarrhea instantly. Diarrhea can be a result of various factors like- unclean food, infections, parasitic invasions, intestinal disease, harmful virus or surgical removal of gallbladder etc.
Often, some foods don’t at all go with your body and when you consume them also diarrhea will attack you. A variety of reasons can cause diarrhea, so unless you find out the reason behind it you cannot decide upon the food and treatment you are supposed to take.
The common outcome of diarrhea is dehydration. The body loses all its fluids and sodium and potassium salts rapidly due to diarrhea. All these fluids should be immediately replenished to the body to save it from collapsing.
Symptoms of dehydration include fatigue, skin dryness, less urination, giddiness, and unquenchable thirst. If a kid is suffering from diarrhea then you can administer drugs like Infalyte and Pedialyte.
Only when diarrhea is stopped you can get back to your normal diet. Until then avoid foods like milk products, oily foods, and foods containing higher levels of sucrose and fiber.
Once diarrhea comes down you can slowly start taking skinless chicken, boiled potatoes, rice, properly cooked carrots, etc. Water, broth, fresh fruit juices can provide some relief during diarrhea.
During diarrhea, the following foods will provide great solace to your tummy. Pulpless fruit juices, canned fruits, bananas, green beans, bread made out of refined wheat, plain rice, oatmeal, etc. Cook the vegetables properly.
Uncooked will affect your digestive system. Foods containing soluble fiber like boiled potatoes, orange, and grapefruit, cream of rice, cream of wheat are also allowed.
If the diarrhea is accompanied by cramps or bloody stools or high fever then you better rush to the doctor immediately. Uncontrolled diarrhea will affect your body day after day. Acute dehydration will leave your body fragile, and vulnerable. You wouldn’t be able to perform daily activities and lead a normal life.
A healthy diet will replenish the lost body salts and fluids instantly and sustains your body metabolism. Take a balanced diet and rest well until you are free of diarrhea. Diarrhea caused due to normal improper food etc will go off in a day or two on its own.
You need not worry about it much. Just be cautious about your diet. If diarrhea prolongs for several days then it is a serious condition and seeking professional medical assistance is a must.
Sometimes diarrhea affects individuals when they are traveling abroad. Such a condition is known as traveler’s diarrhea. In such circumstances avoid eating cooked food that was prepared in unhygienic conditions.
Do not drink tap water and carry a bottle of mineral water along with you. Avoid eating raw meat or any other meat whose origin you are not sure about. Try to take fresh veggies, salads, fruits, and fruit juices.
Depend more on canned or fresh food rather than the cooked items. Drink lots of water constantly. A balanced diet and ample rest is the best remedy for diarrhea.