What is Loose Motion/Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is the condition of having three or more loose or liquid bowel movements per day. It is a common cause of death in developing countries and the second most common cause of infant deaths worldwide. The loss of fluids through diarrhea can cause dehydration and electrolyte imbalances.
Loose Motion/Diarrhea Causes:
The main causes of diarrhoea are overeating or eating of wrong foods
- Nervous irritability
- Use of antibiotic drugs
- Excessive intake of laxatives
- Parasites, germs, virus, bacteria, or a poison which has entered into the body through food, water, or air
- Allergies to certain substances or even common foods such as milk, wheat, eggs, and sea foods
- Emotional strain or stress in adults and fright in children.
- Certain organic diseases affecting the intestines may also lead to diarrhoea.
Loose Motion/Diarrhea Symptoms:
- Frequent passage of watery stools.
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Nausea and vomiting
Loose Motion/Diarrhea Prevention Tips:
- Children should be instructed to wash their hands frequently, especially after using the bathroom.
- Use care when preparing raw poultry or meat. Food should be cooked to the recommended temperatures. Avoid raw or rare meat and poultry.
- Fruits and vegetables consumed raw should be thoroughly rinsed in clean water.
- Unpasteurized (raw) milk may be contaminated with bacteria and should always be avoided.
- Use caution when traveling, especially to foreign countries. Do not eat foods from street vendors. Don't drink water or drinks with ice cubes made from tap water if the country is deemed unsafe.
- Make sure to only drink bottled mineral water.
Loose Motion/Diarrhea Home Remedies:
- Buttermilk: It is one of the most effective home remedies in the treatment of diarrhoea. Buttermilk is the residual milk left after the fat has been removed from curd by churning. It helps overcome harmful intestinal flora. The acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. Buttermilk may be taken with a pinch of salt three or four times a day for controlling this disease.
- Carrot Soup: Carrot soup is another effective home remedy for diarrhoea. It supplies water to combat dehydration; replenishes sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulphur, and magnesium; supplies pectin; and coats the intestine to allay inflammation. It also checks the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria and prevents vomiting. This soup should be given in small amounts to the patient every half an hour.
- Fenugreek: Fenugreek leaves are useful in diarrhoea. One teaspoon of seeds which have been boiled and fried in butter should be taken with a cup of buttermilk twice daily. The seeds are also beneficial in the treatment of this disease.
- Ginger: In case of diarrhoea caused by indigestion, dry or fresh ginger is very useful. A piece of dry ginger should be powdered along with a crystal of rock salt, and quarter of a teaspoon of this powder should be taken with a small piece of jaggery. It will bring quick relief as ginger, being carminative, aids digestion by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.
- Mint: Mint juice is also beneficial in the treatment of diarrhoea. One teaspoon of fresh mint juice, mixed with a teaspoon each of lime juice and honey, can be given thrice daily with excellent results in the treatment of this disease.
- Bottle Gourd (lauki): The juice of bottle gourd is a valuable medicine for excessive thirst due to severe diarrhoea. A glass of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken every day in treating this condition.
- Pomegranate (Anar): The pomegranate has proved beneficial in the treatment of diarrhoea on account of its astringent properties. If the patient develops weakness due to profuse and continuous purging, he should repeatedly be given about 50 ml of pomegranate juice to drink. This will control the diarrhoea.
- Mango Seeds: Mango seeds are valuable in diarrhoea. The seeds should be collected during the mango season, dried in the shade and powdered, and kept stored for use as a medicine when required. A dose of about one and a half to two grams with or without honey, should be administered twice daily.
- Turmeric: Turmeric has proved to be another valuable home remedy for diarrhoea. It is a very useful intestinal antiseptic. It is also a gastric stimulant and tonic. One teaspoon of fresh turmeric juice or one teaspoon of dry turmeric powder may be taken in one cup of buttermilk or plain water.
- Rice: Rice is useful in treating diarrhoea in children. A teaspoon of powder of charred parboiled rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk, should be given in dose of thirty grams every half an hour. This will bring excellent results.
- Garlic: Garlic is a powerful, effective, and harmless germ killer. It aids digestion and removes intestinal worms, and should be used in diarrhea treatment.