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Diarrhoea
What Is Diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is an increase in the wateriness, volume, or frequency of bowel movements.

Although uncomfortable, most diarrhoea is not serious and will go away in a few days without treatment. See a health care provider, however,  if the diarrhoea is particularly severe, lasts more than a few days or contains blood in the stool.

Children and elderly people should be particularly careful. Diarrhoea can be serious, even fatal, for infants and elderly people because of dehydration and the loss of electrolytes.
Chamomile
Chamomile has a balancing and tonic effect on many body systems and is an excellent supplement for digestive health. Specifically it has antispasmodic properties, meaning it helps relax muscle contractions, particularly in the smooth muscles that make up the intestines. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce the inflammation associated with diarrhoea and soothe the irritable bowel.

Both German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) and English chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) are used to treat similar conditions.

It is usually taken as a tea. Dissolve 3 - 4 g powder (about 3 tsp.) in 1 cup hot water, strain and cool. Drink three times per day.


Goldenseal
Goldenseal is one of the best antibiotics for intestinal infections. It   contains berberine, a compound  that kills many types of bacteria, including the ones that cause diarrhoea. Berberine has also been shown to kill a wide range of other types of germs, such as those that cause candida (yeast) infections, viruses, and various parasites such as tapeworms and Giardia.

Berberine may also activate white blood cells, making them more effective at fighting infection and strengthening the immune system.

Goldenseal is regarded as a tonic to aid digestion, sooth upset stomach, and as an antibacterial and antiviral agent. It is considered a natural antibiotic and is most often combined with echinacea in preparations designed to strengthen the immune system.

Like Penicillin, Goldenseal should not be taken over a long period of time because it will also affect healthy bacteria. One can compensate by adding yoghurt or Acidophilus to one's diet.

Dose: The usual dose is 30 - 120 mg, up to 3 times daily. (Do not take goldenseal if you are pregnant). Alternatively, a third of a teaspoon of goldenseal root with 1 glass of water; 3 times daily. Include one capsule of acidophilus once a day.


Rice or Barley Water
Rice or barley water, fresh vegetable juices (especially carrot and celery), miso broth, or other clear broths help restore proper fluid and electrolyte balance. Make rice and barley water using 1 cup of raw grain to 1 quart of boiling water. Let steep for 20 minutes. Strain and drink throughout the day.


Bilberry
Extract of bilberry ( Vaccinium myrtillus ) has astringent properties which help suppress the action of the mucous membranes in the intestine. Take 4 g per day spread over several doses. Do not take bilberry if you take blood-thinning medication.


Barberry
Plants containing berberine  such as Barberry (Berberis vulgaris)  can be used for infectious diarrhoea. Berberine has been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria in test tubes, and also may help the immune system function better.

A few studies have suggested that barberry improves symptoms faster than antibiotics, perhaps because it has astringent properties, but that antibiotics may be more effective at actually killing bacteria in the intestines.

Dose: 250 - 500 mg three times per day. (Do not take barberry if you are pregnant.)


Agrimony
Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatorium) is used specifically to treat stomach, liver and kidney ailments. It has long been recognised   as   a traditional remedy for diarrhoea. Usual dosage is 3 g (about 1/2 tsp.) per day, or make up as a tea - 3 teaspoons per cup of boiling water 3 times per day.


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Symptoms of Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is usually a symptom of another ailment. Symptoms you might experience with diarrhoea are as follows:

   * Frequent need to defecate
   * Abdominal pain, cramping
   * Fever, chills, general sick feeling
   * Thirst
   * Weight loss

Causes of Diarrhoea
Most diarrhoea is caused by an infection (viral, bacterial, or parasitic), often from food or water. Diarrheoa produces watery stools and lasts only a few days. Eating local food and drinking local water during foreign travel can result in "traveller's diarrhoea." Diarrhoea can also be caused by reactions to medications (including some vitamins, minerals and herbs) and ingestion of milk or dairy products by people who are lactose-intolerant. A different type of diarrhoea that results in blood in the stool, accompanied by fever or abdominal pain, could be caused by intestinal disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease or Crohn's disease.

Treatment for Diarrhoea
Since diarrhoea is your body's way of getting rid of toxins, it's best to let it run its course. Drink plenty of liquids, and avoid solid foods, coffee, chocolate, dairy products, and strong spices. Introduce clear soup, crackers, white bread, rice, potatoes, applesauce, and bananas as diarrhoea gets better. Certain natural remedies are available for symptomatic relief.


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