Diarrhoea is an increase in the frequency or fluidity of a bowel movement or both. In general it is a result either of the contents of the colon holding in excessive amounts of water, which can happen in coeliac disease, an infection, an inflammatory condition such as colitis.
Most cases of diarrhoea are mild and brief and need no treatment other than the replacement of fluids and salts which are lost. Severe diarrhoea which lasts for more than 48 hours (24 hours in children) should be investigated. Don’t use over the counter remedies to stop diarrhoea, as they can mask the underlying cause. If there is an infection, such as food poisoning, your body needs to get rid of the toxins!
Minor bouts of diarrhoea, including stress and pre-menstrual diarrhoea can be treated with natural remedies.
Nutritional Supplements that could help. (Refer to the individual supplement for cautions in use.)
|Supplement/Herb||What it does||Dosage|
|Multivitamin and mineral formula||Replaces vital nutrients which are lost.||High potency formula as directed|
|Acidophilus||To replenish the good bacteria in the gut.||1 capsule after each meal.|
Diet and Lifestyle Factors
Replacing lost fluids is vitally important. You can make your own rehydration drinks by adding 8 teaspoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of salt to a litre of boiled water and drinking small amounts at frequent intervals.
Avoid all dairy products for the first 48 hours. If you have been unable to eat, reintroduce bland foods such as banana, boiled rice, apples, wholemeal toast. Try blueberries fresh, frozen or as a juice.
Tea contains tannins which can inhibit diarrhoea, drink some without tea or sugar.
Papaya or pineapples are naturally anti-inflammatory and help digestion.
Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)
- Argent Nit
- Arsen Alb