When thin, loose and watery stools occur 3-4 times a day and continues for a few weeks, one is said to have diarrhea.

Diarrhea is accompanied by abdominal pain (colic) which lessens as the stool gets passed.

It is a non-serious condition lasting for 2-3 days  and may heal even without any treatment. But when it extends on for weeks, medical help becomes necessary.

In young children diarrhea is usually caused due to viral infections. 

Acute Diarrhea: 

Lasts for 1-2 days and resolves on its own. It is normally caused by bacteria, virus or parasites.

Chronic Diarrhea: 

The symptoms may persist for more than a few days and may indicate the presence of an underlying disease or condition. 

 

If timely treatment is not taken, diarrhea may also lead to dehydration. In case of people having a weak immune system, or who are young adults and young children, dehydration can be life threatening.

 

Symptoms of dehydration

  • Excessive thirst
  • Dry skin
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Dark urine
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness 
  • Crying without tears (in children)

 

Homeopathy is effective both for acute as well as chronic cases of diarrhea. 

In case of chronic diarrhea, a homeopath studies your underlying disease or condition and prescribe the remedies accordingly.

Although The symptoms indicated with each homeopathic remedy may not be directly listed but it is your mental emotional and physical state that determines the suitable set of remedies.

A homeopath may analyse your previous medical history, consistency, quantity and frequency of stools.

A consideration to all these factors enables her to provide you a state of  overall well-being.

Homeopathic treatment for diarrhea in adults 

 

Causes of diarrhea

  • Infection
  • Diet change
  • Drinking excess alcohol
  • Surgery
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Coeliac disease

 

Let us discuss some of the common causes in detail

Virus

Norwalk virus, cytomegalovirus, and viral hepatitis

Rotavirus is common in children

Bacteria and parasites

These can easily enter your body through contaminated food and water. Diarrhea caused  due to these living organisms is common in developed countries and is known as travelers diarrhea.

Medications: 

Antibiotics can also cause diarrhea. Certain antibiotic medicines may disturb the healthy count of good and bad bacteria in intestine leading to diarrhea.

Lactose intolerance

Dairy products such as  milk contain lactose. Many people may be intolerant to lactose and may have diarrhea after taking milk products.

Other disorders that can cause chronic diarrhea include Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, microscopic colitis, irritable bowel syndrome.

Infection

Contaminated food might contain bacteria, virus or parasite  that may enter your body system and may cause diarrhea.

Some of the common parasites include  salmonella, shigella, escherichia coli.

Rotavirus in children

Rotavirus is a common cause of infection in children.

Can cause inflammation inside stomach.

Can cause severe diarrhea, fever, dehydration, vomiting.

Side effect of medications

Certain antibiotics, antacids and diabetes medications can cause diarrhea.

Food allergy

This is also a common case where the body detecting a substance it is allergic to reaction severely 

Digestive disorder

Some common diseases which can causes this are irritable bowel syndrome,  crohn’s disease, celiac disease, colitis, inflammatory bowel disorder.

Diarrhea is common among children and following symptoms indicate immediate medical attention

  • Blood and pus in stool
  • Diarrhea lasting more than 48 hrs
  • Rash
  • Fever above 38 degree Celsius
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Pale looking

 

Normally it is a common and not severe if timely treatment is taken.

But when this continues for a long duration and happen multiple times a day.

Here,  it indicates that there is some underlying cause that needs to be addressed.

A detailed analysis may lead you to know whether it is due to infection or inflammation in the bowels.

 

Homeopathic Medicines for Diarrhea

Arsenicum Album

  • Foul smelling diarrhea from food poisoning
  • Weakness
  • Relieved by heat

Phosphorus

  • Empty feeling in abdomen
  • Thirsty
  • Fearful

Sulphur

  • Diarrhea occurs early morning
  • Burning in digestive tract
  • Red , itchy and irritated stomach

Bryonia

  • Diarrhea during flu
  • When person gets overheated
  • Symptoms worse in morning
  • Dry mouth

Gelsemium

  • Flu with diarrhea
  • Lethargy
  • Fever 
  • Chills
  • Headache

Pulsatilla

  • Diarrhea after fatty foods
  • Feels worse from warm and better in open air

Veratrum Album

  • Watery school
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Coldness and blueness of the body

Cinchona officinalis

  • Rumbling abdomen
  • Perspiration
  • Thin watery stools

 

Note: This is a generalized list. There are over 4000 homeopathic remedies available and your health issue might require a different remedy. Therefore, consult a homeopath.

If you still have any doubt or concerns, please feel free to drop me a message at info@RChomeopathy.com.au and I will get back to you soon.