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Diarrhea is the body’s cleansing
response, removing unwanted substances by way of the digestive
tract. Looseness of the bowels can be caused by allergens,
contaminated food, toxins, viral and bacterial illness, or occur
during times of emotional stress. Some babies have diarrhea during
teething, and many people experience diarrhea as a physical
overreaction to nervousness.
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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
Arsenicum album: Diarrhea
accompanied by anxiety, restlessness, and exhaustion suggest a need
for this remedy. Burning pain is felt in the digestive tract, and
the person may be thirsty for frequent small sips of tea or water.
The stools may be watery and have a putrescent odor.
Simultaneous diarrhea and vomiting is another strong indication. Arsenicum
is often useful when diarrhea has been caused by spoiled or tainted
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.
Colocynthis: Cutting and cramping
pains in the abdomen precede the diarrhea when this remedy is
indicated. The person feels relief from doubling over, or from
putting hard pressure on the abdomen. This remedy is often helpful
when diarrhea follows anger (especially if the feelings were not
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.
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: Profuse, gushing,
watery diarrhea that is usually not accompanied by pain suggests the
use of this remedy. The abdomen rumbles and gurgles before the
diarrhea passes, and urging may soon be felt again. Bouts of
diarrhea are often worse in the morning, and also in hot weather.
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
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.
Select the remedy that
most closely matches the symptoms. In conditions where
self-treatment is appropriate, unless otherwise directed by a
physician, a lower potency (6X, 6C, 12X, 12C, 30X, or 30C)
should be used. In addition, instructions for use are usually
printed on the label.
physicians suggest that remedies be used as follows: Take one
dose and wait for a response. If improvement is seen, continue
to wait and let the remedy work. If improvement lags
significantly or has clearly stopped, another dose may be
taken. The frequency of dosage varies with the condition and
the individual. Sometimes a dose may be required several times
an hour; other times a dose may be indicated several times a
day; and in some situations, one dose per day (or less) can be
If no response is seen
within a reasonable amount of time, select a different remedy.
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