Home Remedies and Ayurvedic Treatment For Diarrhea: Diarrhea is the condition described by loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.Diarrhea is a problem of the digestive system in which the patient has to clear the bowels repeatedly. The characteristics of this disease are liquid stool, bloating, gas, and cramping. If the bowel movements do not become regular in a few days, it is necessary to consult a doctor to stop severe dehydration.
As per WHO, “More than 2.3 million annual deaths were reported among children in India, and about 3,34,000 are attributable to diarrhoeal diseases. Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe Diarrhea in children in developed and developing countries.
Ayurveda and Diarrhoea
According to Ayurveda, the causes of Diarrhea are weakened digestive fire, usually caused by excess Pitta. Ayurvedic remedies pacify Pitta and kindle the digestive fire gently. There are various strategies specifically to counter Pitta’s hot, sharp, and liquid qualities. Also, it supports the return of regular bowel movements. It is also related to Jatharagni Mandya (low digestive fire).
According to the Ayurvedic treatment for Diarrhea, weak digestive fire, improper food, impure water, toxins, and mental stress usually cause Diarrhea. Aggravated Vata pulls down the fluid part from various tissues of the body and brings it into the intestine. This fluid mixes with the stool, which then leads to loose, watery motions. Depending upon which particular Dosha is vitiated, Atisaar (Diarrhea) has been classified into Vataj, Pittaj, Kaphaj, Sannipatik,
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Symptoms of Diarrhea
Having at least three loose motions in 24 hours is considered to be Diarrhea in modern science, which affects all age groups at one time or another. It can range in severity from slightly watery feces and a brief upset stomach to longer-term to extremely liquid wastes and cramping tummy pains. The following are the symptoms of Diarrhea:
- Increased defecation frequency
- Watery motions
- Abdomen cramps
- Reduced urine quantity
- Mucous with stools
- Dehydration, thirst, and bad-smelling from the mouth
As per Ayurveda, Diarrhea can be caused due to bad dietary and lifestyle habits. Here are symptoms of Diarrhea according to classical Ayurvedic texts:
1. Amatisara: The stool in this kind of Diarrhea is Picchila (slimy) with a foul smell that sinks in water, known as Amatisara.
2. Pakvatisara: Diarrhea with the feeling of lightness in the body and stool that does not sink in water is known as Pakvatisara.
Causes of Diarrhea
The primary cause of Diarrhea is gastrointestinal tract infections. It can also occur due to various other issues that vary from one person to another. Here are some common causes of Diarrhea:
- Consumption of contaminated foods or water
- Low immune response and poor hygienic conditions
- Consumption of spicy or heavy food; difficult to digest
- The adverse effect of antibiotics
- Lactose intolerance
- Diarrhea can occur with other diseases like; ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, and Antibiotic reaction
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Viral infection, Rotavirus, Norovirus, and Adenovirus
Ayurvedic Treatment For Diarrhea
In most cases, Diarrhea can be managed at home. A patient in a severe case has lost a lot of water due to loose motion, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. In simple cases, when the patient has 4-5 bouts of loose activity, he or she can be given electrolytes. A straightforward electrolyte form mixes 1 teaspoon sugar and a pinch of salt in a glass of boiled, cooled & filtered water. Similarly, the patient may need Intravenous (I.V) electrolytes which is also sometimes known as ‘Saline Water’ in India.
You can treat Diarrhea with home remedies. Some home remedies include simple kitchen ingredients, and for some, you need some herbs. These herbs are readily available in the market. Here are some simple kitchen and herb-based home remedies for Diarrhea:
Simple kitchen based Recipes
- Take 5 gms powder of dry roast cumin (Bhrishta Jiraka) or root of Motha (Mustaka) or fruit of Pippali (long pepper) or Shunthi (dried ginger) and mix with 1 liter of Takra (buttermilk) and divide into four droughts; take doses at the interval of six hours.
- 1 to 3 gm(s) of dried ginger (Shunthī) powder with an equal part of Sharkara (raw sugar) two times a day as it helps to relieve the symptoms of Ama.
- Add a pinch of finely grated ginger with honey and eat. Do not drink water immediately afterward; wait for 10 minutes.
- Blend 1/2 cup of fresh plain yogurt (ideally homemade), 1/2 cup of water, and ⅛ teaspoon fresh grated ginger, and drink. This probiotic drink is easy to digest, and it gently kindles Agni.
- Take 50 gms of fresh pomegranate skin. Soak it in 800 ml of water for one hour. Boil until a quarter of the volume remains (200 ml). Store this mixture in a clean dry bottle. Take a couple of tablespoons several times a day. If there is blood in the stools, add half a teaspoon of honey to the decoction.
Simple Preparations with Ayurvedic Herbs for Diarrhea
1. Take the powder of Indrayava (kurchi seed), Tvak-Dalachini (cinnamon bark), the root of Ushira (Khas), the seed of Jambu (Jamun), and fruit pulp of Bilva (bael) in the same quantity. Consume 3 to 6 gms after mixing with Takra (buttermilk) three times a day.
2. Mix powder of Purana Laja (pop of old paddy), the fruit of Dhanyaka (coriander), and Mocharasa (silk-cotton tree resin) in the same quantity. Add fruit of Śatapuṣpā (fennel) powder to the mixture. Consume 3 to 6 g. of this powder with warm water two times a day.
3. Take Powder of Jatiphala or Jaiphala (nutmeg), the fruit of Jiraka (cumin), and the fruit pulp of Bilva (bael) in equal quantities. Add grounded Churṇodaka (lime water) in the mixture and make pills of 800 mg. Take one pill in the morning with Taṇḍulodaka (water obtained from the washing of raw rice) in the case of Pitta Pradhana Atisara, and with Karpura-Ambu (camphorated water) in case of Kapha Pradhana Atisara.
Ayurvedic Medicines For Diarrhea
Along with the home remedies, various Ayurvedic formulations help to treat Diarrhea and its related issues. These Ayurvedic formulations will also help to keep you hydrated and remove stomach infections. Here are the Ayurvedic medicines for Diarrhea:
Himalaya Diarex Tablet
Diarex Tablet is an Ayurvedic medicine preparation of herbs like Kutaja and Bilwa, which have astringent and antimicrobial properties. It ensures the normal functioning of gastrointestinal health.
This medicine eliminates common microorganisms responsible for acute and chronic infectious Diarrhea. Also, it helps to treat colic, bloating, fungal infections, microbial infections, oxidative stress, fungal infection, diabetes, and other conditions.
Dose – 2 tablets twice a day with plain water.
Maharishi Ayurveda Ambimap Tablets
Ambimap is a unique combination of Ayurvedic herbs in treating Diarrhea, dysentery, and parasitic intestinal disease. It possesses a multi-directional approach to control Diarrhea and Dysentery.
Ambimap is very beneficial in controlling and curing loose stools caused by harmful viruses, bacteria, or parasites. It counteracts parasitic infection and helps to balance the metabolic fire (Agni) and digestion. It effectively controls spasmodic episodes, and the patient gets relief very quickly.
Dose – 1 tablet thrice a day with plain water
Diet and Lifestyle Modifications
As per Ayurveda, a healthy diet and lifestyle help to treat various diseases and disorders. Diarrhea is related to the stomach infection that at some point causes due to unhealthy food and lifestyle. Also, to maintain your digestive health and treat Diarrhea, you should consider these modifications in your diet and lifestyle:
- Consume water and liquid foods in sufficient amounts.
- Consume light, easy-to-digest food, for example, liquid rice, porridge.
- Soups made from lentils are also suitable for Diarrhea. Additionally, you can consume fruits like sweet lime, Oranges, Apples, and Melons.
- Avoid Non-veg items, eggs are also not allowed.
- Also, consume boiled water.
- Include cow milk and goat milk in your diet
- Avoid food that produces gas formation, for example, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, meat, fish, etc.
- Avoid sweets, sugary drinks, carbonated beverages, fermented food items, and caffeinated foods.
- Stress, restlessness, and late-night awakening should be avoided.
- The timing of the meal should not vary, and specifically, one should consume dinner two-three hours before bedtime.
- Try to stay out of the sun to prevent fluid loss through sweat.
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Diarrhea works on an individual according to the body’s constitution and diet follow-up. Every patient should observe precautions in diet, the time of usage of the medicine, and home remedies to obtain speedy results. Accordingly, the improvement in Agni, electrolytes, administration of antibiotics, and diet management are some Ayurvedic approaches that offer beneficial effects in managing Diarrhea.