Diarrhea - Symptoms, Natural Treatment & Homeopathic Remedies
Using Homeopathy for Diarrhea & Loose Stools
Diarrhea is a symptom - loose or watery stools, often accompanied by abdominal cramps - that can indicate minor or major disturbances in the digestive system or other bodily functions. It is usually not serious. Virtually everyone experiences this symptom at some point, with some people more prone than others. People with irritable bowel syndrome have diarrhea more frequently than those without the disorder, often alternating with bouts of constipation.
The effects of diarrhea can be especially devastating to infants; for many years the leading cause of infant mortality in the world was dehydration associated with diarrhea. In recent times, however, increasing awareness about and availability of Oral Rehydration Solution has lowered the incidence of death from this cause - with pneumonia becoming the leading cause of mortality.
There are many possible causes of diarrhea, with some of the leading ones being viral infection (an intestinal or stomach flu), bacterial infection (most cases of food poisoning and traveler's diarrhea), other organisms, foods that upset digestion, food allergies, various medications (including antibiotics), intestinal diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis, alcohol abuse, diabetes, cancer, radiation therapy, overuse of laxatives, long-distance running, alimentary canal surgeries, hyperthyroidism, and malabsorption of nutrients - such as lactose intolerance. (The full list for possible diarrheal bases or diagnoses would be very lengthy.)
Conventional Treatment Treats the Symptoms Not the Cause
Conventional treatment starts with the watch and wait approach, as most cases of diarrhea pass within several days. It's strongly recommended that someone with diarrhea drink plenty of (noncaffeinated) fluids - in small servings - to prevent dehydration. Among the medications sometimes given for the symptom are Pepto-Bismol, Kaopectate, and Imodium A-D, all in tablet or liquid form - but it is often best to allow the body full range to purge whatever it needs to, rather than trying to curtail the process with medications.
Among alternative treatment and holistic approaches for diarrhea are the following: Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Apples (Malus domestica), Blackberry and Raspberry (Rubus spp.), Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), Carob (Ceratonia siliqua), Carrots (Daucus carota), Tea (Camellia sinensis), Oregon Graperoot (Mahonia aquifolium), Garlic (Allium sativum), Peppermint (Mentha x piperita), Catnip (Nepeta cataria), and Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Homeopathy Matches Your Individual Symptoms to a Homeopathic Remedy So You Feel Better Right Away
A skillful homeopath will select a remedy that will alleviate the severity and frequency of the symptoms while addressing any underlying imbalance in the vital force that is bringing forth the problem. When treating diarrhea homeopathically, some of the considerations involved in choosing an effective remedy include the consistency, odor and color of the stool, the response to eating various types of foods, the presence of flatulence, the degree and location of pain, the tendency to crave water or not, degree of physical weakness, and many other factors.
Among the more than 100 homeopathic remedies for diarrhea, two especially prominent ones are Arsenicum and Veratrum album, with Arsenicum indicated for smaller amounts of stool that is usually dark colored and malodorous and Veratrum for more copious and watery stools accompanied by abdominal pain. Other homeopathic treatments include Ferrum, Sulphur, Cinchona officinalis, Bryonia, Rumex crispus, Podophyllum, Petroleum, Kali bichromicum, Aloes, Croton tiglium, Podophyllum, Phosphorous, Rheum, Calcarea, Argentum nitricum, and Mercurius.