Frequent passage of unformed watery bowel movements. It is a frequent
symptom of gastorintestinal disturbances. Types of diarrhea: Acute,
dysenteric (see dysentery), emotional,
epidemic (in newborns), fatty, infantile, lienteric, membranous, mucous,
purulent, simple, summer, travelers'.
Diet; inflammation of the mucosa of the intestines; gastrointestinal
infections; certain drugs; psychogenic factors. May be caused by incomplete
digestion of food, food poisoning,
stress, certain foods such as beans, infection,
disease of the pancreas, cancer, drugs, laxatives, antacids, caffeine,
viruses, bacteria or other microorganisms, consumption of water in
foreign countries, foods or chemicals the body cannot tolerate, allergens,
green fruits, and rancid foods.
Sometimes accompanied by vomiting. Runny stools, cramping, frequent
bowel movements, thirst, and abdominal pain, and possibly a fever.
Strong tea; whey; rice milk; arrowroot; corn flour; blackberry brandy.
Gradual return to ordinary diet. Severe cases of diarrhea should be
checked by a doctor, especially in children and infants. Loss of fluids
can lead to dehydration and loss of minerals. Drink plenty of liquids,
include hot carob drink, carrot juice, etc. If diarrhea persists or
if there is blood in the stools, see the doctor. An allergy test to
see if you have food allergies would be a good idea.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
Charcoal, 4 tablets every hour with water until the diarrhea subsides,
(never take with other vitamins or drugs. Kelp, 5 tablets
per day, replaces lost minerals. Garlic, 2 capsules 3
times per day, kills bacteria and parasites. Acidophilus, taken
as directed on the label, replaces "friendly" bacteria. Calcium, 1,500
mg. per day, replaces the calcium depleted from the body and
also helps in forming stools. Digestive enzymes, taken as directed
with meals, is high in pancreatin, needed in normal digestive processes.
Oat bran, 4 capsules at bedtime, helps in forming stools.
Unsaturated fatty acids, taken as directed on the label, helps in
forming stools. Vitamin B complex, taken as directed
on the label. Vitamin C, 500 mg. 3
times per day. Vitamin D, 400 IU
per day, is needed for calcium absorption. Vitamin E,
400 IU per day, Protects the cell membranes that line
the colon wall.
- Alum, root, wild
- Bayberry bark
- Benne leaves
- Bistort root
- Bitter sweet
- Blackberry root
- Black haw
- Black Indian hemp
- Black root
- Blue flag
- Castor bean
- Cherry, wild, bark
- Cohosh, black
- Dock, yellow
- Elm, slippery, bark
- Flag, sweet
- Ginger, wild
- Golden rod
- Horsetail, grass
- Hound's tongue
- Jasmine, yellow
- Labrador tea
- Life everlasting
- Life root
- Moss, Iceland
- Oak, white
- Peach tree leaves
- Persimmon bark
- Pleurisy root
- Poppy seeds
- Primrose, evening
- Raspberry, red, leaves
- Red root
- Rhubarb, root
- St. John's wort
- Samson snakeroot
- Shepherd's purse
- Strawberry, wild, leaves
- Sweet gum
- Wahoo, bark
- Water Avens root
- Water Pepper
- White pond lily
- Willow, black, American
- Witch Hazel
- Yam, wild
- Yerba santa
Blackberry root, chamomile tea and raspberry leaves can be beneficial
if you have occasional bouts of diarrhea. Herbs can be added to applesauce,
bananas, pineapple or papaya juice. Take cayenne capsules 2-3
times daily. Ginger tea is good for cramps and abdominal pain.
Slippery elm bark is also beneficial. Take 6 capsules
or take 3 tsp. per 8 oz. of water.
A high-fiber diet is important. Eat oat bran, rice bran, raw foods,
yogurt, and soured products daily. Increase liquids, adding sea water
concentrate to steam-distilled water.
Do not take any medication to stop diarrhea for at least 2 days.
This is the body's way of throwing off toxins. Contact the doctor
if any of the following conditions occur: the diarrhea lasts for more
than 2 days; there is blood in the stool; the stool appears as black
as tar; fever above 101 F.; severe pain in abdomen or
rectum; dehydration is evident (dry mouth, wrinkled skin); or urination
is reduced or stopped.
Do not consume milk products. Also, limit fats, wheat, and foods
Rice water treatment can be beneficial. Boil 1/2 cup
of brown rice in 3 cups of water for 45 minutes,
strain, and drink 3 cups daily of the rice water. Eat
the rice as well. The rice helps to form stools and supplies the needed