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The Ayurvedic Path to Gaining Relief from Diarrhea Symptoms

29-Sep-2020
The Ayurvedic Path to Gaining Relief from Diarrhea Symptoms

Diarrhea is a fairly common issue in a large number of people; the average adult suffers from diarrhea-like symptoms at least a few times in a year. Most of the time, this uncomfortable situation resolves anywhere between a few hours to a day or two at the most. 

You will certainly have to consult with your doctor in case you are facing diarrhea symptoms more often, longer, or in greater intensity. However, milder symptoms can be taken care of using the Ayurvedic approach to Diarrhea. In this blog, we will discuss the causes of this problem along with the most effective herbal remedies and tips to follow for relief.      

Main Reasons Why Diarrhea Symptoms Occur

Major Diarrhea symptoms include watery or loose stools at frequent intervals. These are caused due to the one or more of the following reasons - 

  • The elimination of stools prior to the reabsorption of excess water. The body reacts this way when it detects a harmful pathogen or toxin in the ingested food or drink. 
  • An inflammation in the intestinal wall that results in the leakage of excess fluids to be passed along with the stool and indigestion. 
  • Another cause of diarrhea can be certain prescription medication that can give the body watery stools as a side effect.

Common and Serious Symptoms of Diarrhea

The symptoms of this disease can vary based on its severity. While its common symptoms are rather inconvenient, they generally get better within a short period of time. However, there are certain symptoms that are rarer and indicative of a worse problem. 

Let us first look at the most frequent symptoms of Diarrhea, which are the following - 

  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Watery stools
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting

Rarer diarrhea symptoms, such as the ones mentioned below, mean you need to consult a doctor - 

  • High frequency of watery stools in a period of twenty-four hours (at least ten times)
  • Fever
  • Dehydration, which is indicated by
    • Reduced skin elasticity - you can check this by pinching a bit of skin to see if it rebounds. If it doesn’t, then the skin is less elastic
    • Dark urine in little quantity
    • Dryness in the mouth, which may be accompanied by a sticky sensation as well
    • Intense thirst
  • Loss in weight
  • Deteriorating health conditions

How to Deal with Diarrhea Symptoms the Ayurvedic Way

The most important thing to do in such cases, apart from taking allopathic or Ayurvedic diarrhea medicine, is to maintain hydration. Lost fluids must be replenished through small sips of liquids like plain water, mint tea or water to which you have added a pinch of salt, some lime juice, and a bit of sugar for rehydration and replenishment of lost minerals.

Treatment Using Natural Herbs and Remedies to Relieve Diarrhea Symptoms 

Here are some of the most beneficial remedies to use as Ayurvedic medicine for diarrhea -  

  • Electrolytes - Oral Rehydration Solutions contain vital electrolytes that are designed for this purpose - to replace all the lost electrolytes in the body.
  • Curd - Curd and its different forms like buttermilk and yogurt contain good bacteria that assist in eliminating bad bacteria from the intestines by producing lactic acid, which kills bad bacteria. Yogurt mixed in white rice with a bit of salt to taste is an especially useful diarrhea treatment in stopping frequent bowel movements. 

You can also create these two ayurvedic remedies from common household ingredients to heal your gut and promote healthy digestion - 

  • 1. Add a pinch each of rock salt, crushed black pepper, and roasted jeera (cumin) powder to a glass of chach (buttermilk). Drink this delicious beverage twice a day. 
  • 2. Take two tablespoons of yogurt and mix in it a quarter teaspoon of turmeric powder, a few curry leaves, and a pinch of salt and hing (asafoetida) before bringing this mixture to a boil. This must be drunk twice or thrice daily to receive great digestive as well as antibiotic, antimicrobial, and antiseptic effects. 
  • Ginger - An inseparable aspect of Indian cuisine, ginger is excellent for a vast range of digestive issues and takes care of the gut. Its juice is helpful in providing relief from diarrhea symptoms. 
  • Fenugreek - Fenugreek seeds also prove useful in providing relief during digestive problems, so you can grind some of it into a fine powder and store in an airtight container for use in case of stomach upsets. 

To use, take a teaspoon of this powder and mix it in a glass of buttermilk to consume once or twice during diarrhea. Another way to use its seeds is by boiling a teaspoon of them in a glass of water and drinking this water when in stomach trouble.

  • Coriander - Both coriander seeds and leaves by boiling either of these in water, then straining and drinking the concoction. 
  • Mustard - Mustard seeds offer antibacterial assistance that proves effective in treating diarrhea. Simply add a quarter teaspoon of either whole seeds or their powder to a tablespoon of water and leave it to soak for an hour. Take this "tonic" at least twice daily for the best results. 
  • Banana - Ripe bananas are a rich source of potassium that can be eaten as-is for instant replenishment. Alternatively, you can also mash one completely ripe banana and mix it with some buttermilk as an effective treatment for diarrhea symptoms. 
  • Lemon - Lemon is excellent for this condition and can be used in more ways than one to serve as a remedy for dysentery. One of the simplest ways is to mix a teaspoon or two of lemon juice in a glass of lukewarm water along with a pinch of salt and sugar (optional). 

Drinking this liquid several times in a day will help you feel refreshed and rehydrated along with replenishing the necessary minerals lost due to frequent bowel movements. 

  • Black Tea - Black tea contains tannin that acts as an anti-inflammatory and cooling agent for the stomach. You can drink some as is or add a bit of sugar and a teaspoon of lemon juice to it for additional benefits. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar - Take a glass of warm water and add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar before drinking it. Due to its acidic properties, it helps soothe the irritated gut and eliminates diarrhea-causing bacteria to help cure it.

 

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