Diarrhea from the point of view of Ayurveda
Diarrhea refers to passing loose, watery stools three or more times a day. If the condition persists for a day or two it’s called “acute diarrhea”. A condition of diarrhea lasting more than a few days may be a sign of a more serious problem.
Diarrhea is most commonly caused by the infections of bacteria, viruses and parasites in the digestive tract. These microbes generally enter the digestive system through infected food, water, milk or other foods. Diseases such as cholera and typhoid also cause diarrhea.
Non-infectious conditions that can cause diarrhea are: Inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal allergies, intolerance to lactose or gluten, bowel cancer, use of certain medicines like antibiotics, cancer drugs.
Any type of diarrhea is known to cause dehydration, which leads to a loss of fluid and important electrolytes in the body.
In Ayurveda, diarrhea is called “Atisaaram”. “Ati” means excess and “saranam” indicates overflow. According to Ayurveda, weak digestive fires, improper food, impure water, toxins and mental stress usually cause Atisaaram. Depending on the particular Dosha is vitiated, Atisaaram is classified into the following types: Vataj, Pittaj, Kaphaj, Sannipatik, Bhayaj and Shokaj.
The Vataj Atisaaram features a motion with gasses and sounds. Pittaj Atisaaram causes movement with a burning sensation that gives off an unpleasant odor. Kaphaj Atisaaram is a sticky, oily, white substance with an unpleasant odor. Sannipatik Atisaaram is a product of the three doshas and has mixed properties. Bhayaj and Shokaj Atisaaram are caused by fear and sadness.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat diarrhea
One of the most effective Ayurvedic treatments for diarrhea is Langanam – fasting. Ayurvedic treatments like Agni Dibana and Ama Bachana help in balancing the fire of the digestive system and detoxifying the body, and Sudhana treatment means bio-purification using Vamanam, Virechanam treatment methods.
An Ayurvedic doctor can prescribe different internal medicine according to the symptoms and their nature – acute or chronic. Oral Ayurvedic Medicine like Bolabadhavati is very helpful in indigestion and diarrhea, and Ambimap is effective in controlling and treating loose stools caused by harmful viruses, bacteria or parasites. Diarex eliminates common microorganisms responsible for acute and chronic infectious diarrhea, and Swarnaprava Darasa is a reliable remedy for acute and chronic digestive problems. Agnikumararasam also treats indigestion, pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.
Each remedy is recommended to be used only under the supervision of Ayurvedic doctors. You are welcome to contact our Ayurvedic doctor to determine the most appropriate course of treatment.
More tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of diarrhea:
- Stay hydrated – drink more water and soup
- Eat light, easy to digest food
- Don't eat heavy, spicy, fried food
- Avoid foods that produces gas – like beans, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, meat, fish
- Avoid sweets, sugary drinks, and soft drinks
- Avoid fermented foods
- Boil 1 tsp of ginger with water and drink every hour
- Make a paste of 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 tsp ginger + 1 tsp ground cumin with honey and take three times a day
- Overcome stress and negative thoughts
- Avoid drinking alcohol and smoking
Check the Ayurvedic treatment of other digestive diseases:
Acid reflux (GERD), Anorexia nervosa, Gastritis, Crohn’s disease, Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Hyperacidity, Constipation, Coeliac, Appendicitis, Food poisoning, Colon polyps, Intestinal worms, Hemorrhoids, Pancreatitis, Peptic ulcer, Anal fistula, Lactose intolerance, Mouth ulcers, herpes.