Homeopathy treatment for Diarrhea, Acute (See also Amebiasis and Food Poisoning.)

Homeopathy Treatment

Homeopathy treatment for Diarrhea, Acute  (See also Amebiasis and Food Poisoning.)

Description

Acute diarrhea is usually due to infection by such bacteria as Staphylococcus, E. coli, Salmonella, or Shigella or such parasites as amebas or Giardia lamblia. Infection may come from eating or drinking contaminated food or water (see Amebic Dysentery). Some diarrhea is caused by emotional or digestive upset.

Symptoms

The stools are loose or watery, sometimes profuse or explosive, and may be foul-smelling. Food particles may be found in the stool.

Complications

Diarrhea often results in loss of fluids and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium, which must be replaced to prevent dangerous levels of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. Homeopathic medicines can stop diarrhea, but rehydration is still important.

Look

Observe the stool if possible.

Note the color, consistency, and odor of the stool.

Are the eyes sunken?

Are the lips dry and chapped?

Get the stool tested for parasites if there is reason to suspect a parasitic infection.

Listen

"My stools are nearly all mucus. I feel like the stool's coming out all the time." Aloe

"My stools are very loose since I ate a pint of fresh cherries yesterday. Is it something serious?" Arsenicum album

"I got a rash on my scrotum at the same time as the diarrhea started." Croton tiglium

"Ever since I got back from Mexico last week, I have diarrhea that shoots out because of the gas. 1 also have lots of cramping and rumbling in my abdomen." Podophyllum

"I feel just terrible. Every time I sit on the toilet, the diarrhea just pours out, and I start shivering and sweating. The-only thing that makes me feel better is ice." Veratrum album

Ask

When did the diarrhea start?

How long has it been going on?

What is the stool like?

Is there pain or cramping?

Is there gas?

What makes the diarrhea better or worse?

What time of day does it occur?

Are there any mental or emotional symptoms with the diarrhea?

Did any other physical symptoms start along with the diarrhea?

How are you sleeping?

Pointers to Finding the Homeopathic Medicine

If stool is like jelly or jello due to mucus, give Aloe.

·         If the person is chilly, anxious, nervous, and restless; Arsenicum album is your best bet.

·         If diarrhea comes immediately after eating or drinking, look at Croton tiglium.

·         If the stool shoots into the toilet, think of Podophyllum first, then Croton tiglium and Gambogia.

·         If there is a lot of rectal itching with the diarrhea, combined with urgency first thing in the morning, Sulphur is indicated.

·         If the diarrhea is violent and is accompanied by pro- fuse sweating and chills, give Veratrum album.

Dosage

·         Give three pellets of 30C every two to four hours, depending on the severity, until you see improvement.

·         If there is no improvement after three doses, give a different medicine.

·         After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.

·         Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every one to four hours).

·         Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) generally need to be given only once. Repeat only if symptoms return with intensity; give only infrequently in this case.

Other Self-Care Suggestions

Drink plenty of fluids and replenish such electrolytes as sodium and potassium. Knudsen Recharge, Gatorade, Emergen-C, and electrolyte solutions available from pharmacies are useful. Clear liquids such as water, vegetable broth, and diluted fruit juice help replace fluids.

·         The diet should be light and bland, including vegetable soup, whole-grain toast, brown rice; bananas, and applesauce.

·         Applesauce with carob powder can be helpful for infants or children with diarrhea.

·         A warm pack over the abdomen is soothing and may reduce cramping. Calcium (1000 mg per day) and Magnesium (500 mg per day) may also help to reduce cramping.

·         One tablespoon psyllium seed husks per day often helps to firm up stools.·



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