Article by Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay)
There are many useful herbs and remedies for diarrhea and dysentery. These remedies, in conjunction with medical care yield better results.
Water – Water is the first and foremost home remedy for dysentery. When you have dysentery you will be passing watery stools. Your body will be losing all the water from your body. You need to replace it on regular basis for recovery and also to keep yourself hydrated. Drink lot of water.
Electrolytes – You also lose lot of electrolytes from your body. Therefore you need to regularly take oral rehydrating solutions (ORS) by mixing electrolyte or pedialyte or rehydralyte which is available easily in the stores.
Yoghurt – is the best one for dysentery. It has good and gut-friendly bacteria in it which fights against bad bacteria present in the colon. It helps producing lactic acid in the intestines which kills the bad bacteria. When these bacteria get killed your recovery will be faster. When you are suffering from dysentery, you will feel better once you start taking lot of yoghurt. Like a typical Indian, you might also try taking yoghurt with rice adding pinch of salt for taste.
Curds and Buttermilk – Curds and Buttermilk are said to be the best remedy in Ayurveda for all the colon disorders. Like curds or yoghurt, it will help to encourage intestinal friendly bacteria in the stomach to grow well and help you recover from dysentery. Both Buttermilk and curds will have good bacteria that produce acetic acid and destroy harmful bacteria in the stomach.
Curd and turmeric – Make a concoction of 2 tablespoons of curd, ¼ teaspoon of turmeric powder, a pinch of asafoetida, curry leaves and salt in water and boil them. Drink this warm concoction 2-3 times in a day. Turmeric is known for its antimicrobial, antiseptic and antibiotic properties.
Medicated buttermilk – A glass of buttermilk should be taken with a pinch of rock salt (saindhava lavana), roasted cumin seed powder and black pepper twice in a day.
Ginger – Gut is always safe and healthy with ginger usage. It is an integral part of Indian kitchen and a part of Indian home remedies for not only diarrhoea but also for a wide range of digestive disorders. Ginger juice helps in curing dysentery and diarrhea.
Ginger juice and castor oil – (My favourite in clinical practice):
After the acute phase has gone off and when you don’t have mucus coming out in stools and when you don’t have tenesmus, you can think of taking hot water mixed with ginger juice and castor oil. This flushes off the intestine toxins and bad bacteria. This will help in preventing recurrences and keep the gut healthy and immune. This formulation also has worked wonders in acute cases also and helps in quick relief from dysentery.
10-15ml of Castor oil mixed in 1 glass (150-200ml) of hot water, 2-3 spoon of ginger juice should be added to the mixture and served hot. 1 spoon lemon juice can also be added to beat the smell of castor oil.
It should not be advised in those having castor oil irritability or to those having prolapsed of rectum or sensitive colon.
Castor oil – small doses of castor oil mixed in hot water will help in minimizing the straining during bowel movement. It helps in quicker elimination of toxins and acts as a lubricant and gentle purgative. But this has to be taken strictly under medical supervision.
Ginger compound – Take dried ginger, nutmeg, black pepper and cumin seed in equal quantity, pound them and make it into a powder. Take 1 teaspoon of this mixture to 2 teaspoons of psyllium husk and a pinch of rock salt. Consume this with buttermilk in the morning. Take the same mixture mixed in lukewarm water in the later part of the day.
Dry ginger powder – Mix ½ teaspoon dry ginger powder in a cup of buttermilk. Drink this mixture 3-4 times in a day. Ginger has antibacterial and antifungal properties. It relieves pain abdomen, tenesmus and improves digestion. It is a perfect remedy for dysentery.
– Bilwa or Bael fruit is extensively used for treating diarrhoea and dysentery in Ayurveda. Pulp of bael fruit taken with warm water twice daily for a few days will get you relieved from dysentery. You can also mix the pulp of ripe fruit with jaggery and consume it 3 times a day to get cured from dysentery. The pulp of unripe bael fruit mixed with an equal quantity of dried ginger and buttermilk is an effective cure for chronic dysentery. It should be regularly taken.
Terminalia chebula – Take half teaspoon of powdered Haritaki or Terminalia chebula with lukewarm water at bedtime.
Fenugreek seeds – Powder fenugreek seeds and keep it in air tight container. In dysentery, mix 1 teaspoon full of fenugreek powder in buttermilk and take it once or twice in a day. Alternatively you can also boil the seeds in water and drink this concoction to cure dysentery.
Mustard seeds – They have certain antibacterial properties which help in treating dysentery. Add ¼ teaspoon of mustard seeds or their powder in a tablespoon of water. After 1 hour, drink this water like an oral tonic. Consume it 2-3 times in a day.
Coriander – Have water boiled with coriander seeds frequently. You can also boil smashed pulp of coriander leaves with water, strain it and use hot. This will give you relief from pain and tenesmus and also will relieve dysentery when used regularly.
Pomegranate – Pomegranate is not just a fruit, it is a wholesome medicine. It is extensively used in many Ayurvedic medicines and has been traditionally used as a part of home remedies in India. The fruit shall be boiled in the water, strained and served hot to cure dysentery. It is also highly beneficial in diarrhoea. 2-3 glasses should be taken in a day.
Alternatively boil 50 grams of pomegranate rind in 250ml of milk and reduce it until it becomes one third. Give this to the patient to drink in 3-4 equal doses. The concoction offers good relief from dysentery.
Pomegranates with Grape – Take a cup of pomegranate juice mixed with a cup of grape juice added with a pinch of turmeric to it.
Ripe banana pulp – mash a fully ripe banana and mix it with buttermilk. This is a simple yet highly effective recipe to cure dysentery and diarrhoea
Lemon Juice – Lemon juice is a refreshing drink as all of us know. In dysentery, due to fluid and electrolyte loss, you will start feeling very weak. To combat this weakness, you need to add lemon juice to lukewarm water and drink it many times a day. This will not only provide you with the energy you need but also will be a good remedy in dysentery. A pinch of salt can be added to the drink.
Lemon concoction – Slice 2 lemons and boil it for a few minutes in 200ml of water. Strain and consume this concoction. You can take the juice of one lemon and mix it with a pinch of salt and little sugar. Have it every hour to clear all the toxins from your intestines.
Lemon and milk – Mix juice of ½ a lemon in a cup of cold milk and drink instantly. Do this for 5-6 times in a day.
Lemon and mint – Mix 1 teaspoon lemon juice with 1 teaspoon mint juice and mix them with 1 teaspoon of honey. Take this mixture at least 2-3 times a day to get relieved from dysentery.
Lemon seeds – Lemon paste along with its seeds and a pinch of salt is said to be an effective natural remedy for dysentery. 1 tablespoon of this paste taken 2-3 times a day is beneficial.
Mint and cardamom – Boil 5-6 leaves of mint, 1 table spoon fennel seeds, 1 small piece of cinnamon and 2 black cardamoms in 4 glasses of water. After 10 minutes, strain it. Add 1 spoon of sugar and a pinch of salt to it. Drink this at least 2-3 times in a day.
Onion mixture – mix small pieces of onion, coriander, curd, sugar and tender leaves of peepal (Ficus riligiosa) taken in equal quantities, chew this fusion many times a day to get cured from dysentery
Ribbed gourd – Take 5-10 grams of powdered ribbed gourd seeds with buttermilk. Consume this twice daily. This provides relief from dysentery.
Raw Papaya – Boil grated papaya in 3 cups of water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and drink the liquid warm, for 2-3 times in a day. It is good for dysentery and relieves stomach cramps.
Chamomile Tea – Tea made from chamomile flowers is a good option in dysentery. Mix a spoonful of mint leaves to chamomile and boil them. It should be strained and served warm. Similarly chamomile tea with peppermint leaves is highly beneficial in dysentery.
Blackberry – Boil 1 or 2 tablespoons of blackberries or dried blackberry leaves in 1 and ½ cups of water for 10-15 minutes. Strain and use warm several times in a day. Tannin rich blackberries are said to provide effective cure for dysentery. It has antioxidants and antibacterial properties.
Black tea – Drink black tea with little sugar added to it. The tannin in black tea will help to reduce the intestinal inflammation and also provides cooling effect on the stomach. ½ spoon lemon juice can be added to the tea.
Starchy Liquids – Intake of starchy liquids like arrowroot water, rice gruel, barley water and coconut water will help in treating diarrhoea and dysentery
Red radish and corn starch – Blend a cup of red radish, a cup of cold milk and a teaspoon of cornstarch. This is an effective remedy for dysentery.
Carrot – Carrot juice or boiled carrot can be consumed as an effective remedy for dysentery. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals. It provides good energy on consumption. It is a source of pectin and helps in maintaining body fluid.
Orange Juice – It helps as an energizer and nutrient for those suffering from diarrhoea and dysentery
Psyllium seeds – Mix 1-3 tablespoons of powdered psyllium seeds in water and drink it. This adds to the bulk of the stool as it soaks up excess fluid in the intestine.
Apple cider vinegar – Mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and drink it. It is useful in soothing the irritated stomach and gut in dysentery. It also destroys the bacteria causing dysentery.
Consult Dr Raghuram