Diarrhoea


Overview

Diarrhoea is passing loose, watery stool for three or more times in a day. It occurs when the lining of the intestine is unable to absorb fluid, or it actively secretes fluid due to infection, inflammation, etc. If Diarrhea lasts for weeks or longer, it may have other underlying  conditions such as irritable bowel disorder, a persistent infection or inflammatory bowel disease.

Symptoms

  • The excessive loss of water in your stool can also sometimes lead to dehydration.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Loose watery stools.

Causes

  1. Excessive intake of oily, fatty food, hot and spice etc
  2. Taking unhygienic/unclean water or food
  3. Food intolerance such as Lactose intolerance
  4. Food allergy
  5. Adverse effect to a medication
  6. Infection due to bacterial, virus, parasite
  7. Excessive intake of alcohol
  8. Seasonal changes (if the body is not accustomed to it)
  9. Anxiety or Fear 
    In Ayurveda, Biological elements(known as Dosha) are present in our body; vata, pitta and kapha. Balancing of these three dosha is necessary for good health.Diarrhea, known as Atisara aggravated vata because of the above factors and pulls down the fluid part from various tissues of the body and brings it into the intestine. There this fluid mixes with the stool which then leads to loose, watery motions. 

Treatment

Treatment protocol aims at:

  • Maintain the normal digestive function and help to prevent future occurrence
  • Stimulating digestion and maintaining the normal bowel movement.

The first line of treatment should always be avoiding the causative factors.If the problem persists then consider the following treatment protocol: 

1. Loose watery stools,Stomach cramps - Inflammation/infection in the digestive tract, causes colon to contract and empty frequently causing too much liquid to be eliminated; this condition can be managed by using Musta, Kutaja, Indrayava, Bilva, Vidanga. These herbs kill microbes, remove the toxins and treat inflammation.

2.Loss of appetite and nausea -  Unhealthy or contaminated food or drinks also weaken the digestion. Lashunadi vati, Sankhavati , Chitrakadi vati stimulate digestion and maintain the gut.
 

 

Herbs

Musta, Kutaja, Indrayava, Bilva, Vidanga, Lashunadi vati, Shankhavati, Chitrakadi vati

When to see a doctor?

Diarrhoea is particularly frequent or severe, or associated with other symptoms, such as:

  • If you have diarrhoea for weeks or longer, you may have a condition such as irritable bowel disorder, or a more serious disorder, such as a persistent infection or inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Your stool is dark or black – this may be a sign of bleeding inside your stomach.
  • Signs of dehydration – including drowsiness, passing urine infrequently, and feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
  • Weight loss.
  • A severe or continuous stomach ache.
  • Persistent vomiting.
  • Blood in your stool.

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