Diarrhea

Also indexed as:Loose Stools
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Primary Remedies

Arsenicum album

This remedy relieves foul-smelling, burning diarrhea from food poisoning, associated with weakness and relieved by heat or hot food.

Phosphorus

This remedy can be soothing if a person has a weak or empty feeling in the abdomen, followed by diarrhea that runs out “like an open faucet.” People who need this remedy are often thirsty, and may be fearful when ill.

Podophyllum peltatum

This relieves watery diarrhea with cramping pain. The diarrhea occurs most often in the morning, and is often caused by excessive eating of fresh fruits.

Sulphur

Urgent, hot diarrhea that occurs in the early morning, making the person rush to the bathroom, suggests a need for this remedy. Burning is often felt in the digestive tract, and the anus can be itchy, red, and irritated. The person may also have hemorrhoids that burn and itch.

Other Remedies

Argentum nitricum

If a person has diarrhea when anticipating a stressful event (such as giving a speech or a public performance, taking a test, or attending a party) this remedy should come to mind. Bloating and flatulence are usually seen, pain may be felt in the region of the groin, and the diarrhea may look green. Diarrhea that occurs immediately after eating or drinking, or after eating too much sugar, will often respond to Argentum nitricum.

Bryonia

This remedy is often helpful for diarrhea during flu (especially when the person feels grumpy and wants to lie still and be left alone). It may also be helpful for diarrhea that occurs when a person gets overheated, then drinks a lot of cold water. Symptoms often are worse in the morning. The person’s mouth may be very dry.

Chamomilla

Hot, green, watery diarrhea with abdominal pain and gas suggests a need for this remedy. The person’s face will be red and flushed (sometimes only on one side) and problems may be worse from warmth. Children who need this remedy will often seem extremely angry, and scream or hit. Adults are irritable and hypersensitive.

Cinchona officinalis

This relieves exhausting, painless diarrhea with bloating of the abdomen and foul-smelling gas.

Colocynthis

This remedy relieves abdominal cramps relieved by bending over, with strong pressure and heat.

Gelsemium

This remedy is often indicated if trembling and weakness accompany diarrhea, especially when nervousness, fear, or emotional upset is the cause. Gelsemium is also useful during flu with diarrhea, droopy lethargy, fever, chills, and headache.

Ipecacuanha

If a person has diarrhea accompanied by extreme or constant nausea, this remedy may bring relief. Cutting, clutching pains are worse around the navel, and the diarrhea looks frothy or green.

Petroleum

This helps relieve diarrhea after eating cabbage or sauerkraut, associated with a general feeling of cold, and hunger after bowel movements.

Pulsatilla

If diarrhea occurs after eating rich and fatty foods, this remedy can be helpful. Queasiness and abdominal pain are likely to occur, and the diarrhea has a changeable appearance. The person usually is not be thirsty, feels worse from being warm or in a stuffy room, and is better in open air. A need for attention, sympathy, and comforting is a strong indication for Pulsatilla (a very useful remedy for children).

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The information presented here is for informational purposes only and was created by a team of US–registered dietitians and food experts. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements, making dietary changes, or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires June 2015.

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