Diarrhoea/Loose Motion causes and Home Remedy

DIARRHOEA/LOOSE MOTION Diarrhoea is the passing of frequent, watery stools, often accompanied by pain in the stomach resulting in fatigue due to dehydration.


  • Overeating, eating spicy food, or indigestion Use of strong antibiotics or excessive use of laxatives
  • Consumption of contaminated food and water, through which bacteria, germs, viruses, and other parasites gain entry into the human digestive tract.
  • Certain organic diseases affecting the intestines may also lead to diarrhoea.
  • Emotional disturbance and stress Eating stale food or food cooked in unhygienic conditions Symptoms
  • Pain in stomach, tiredness, and not feeling hungry
  • Passing of blood and mucus in severe cases
  • Frequent, loose or watery motion with a slight stomach ache
  • Fatigue, thirst and sometimes mild vomiting

Home Remedies

    • Buttermilk 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 to remove harmful intestinal flora and rebuild benign flora. The lactic acid in the buttermilk also fights germs and bacteria. Buttermilk can be taken with a pinch of salt three or four times a day for controlling this condition.
    • One teaspoon of fresh mint juice, mixed with a teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey can be taken thrice daily to get excellent results.
    • In case of diarrhea caused by indigestion, dry or fresh ginger is very effective. A piece of dry ginger should be powdered along with a rock salt crystal and a quarter of a teaspoon of this powder should be taken with a small piece of jaggery. It will bring quick relief as ginger is a carminative i.e. it aids digestion by stimulating the gastrointestinal tract.
    • One teaspoon of fresh turmeric rhizome juice or a teaspoon of dry turmeric rhizome powder may be taken in one cup of buttermilk or plain water. It is a very useful intestinal antiseptic. It is also a gastric stimulant and tome.
    • Cook half kg of carrots in 150 ml of water until they become soft. The pulp should be strained and add enough boiled water to it to make the mixture measure a liter. Three-quarters of a tablespoon of salt may be added. This soup should be given in small amounts to the patient every half an hour. It provides 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.
    • Mango seeds are helpful in providing relief during diarrhea. The seeds should he collected during the mango season, dried in the shade, powdered, and stored. A dose of about 1 and 1/2 to 2 g mixed with or without honey, should be administered twice daily.
    • Rice is useful in treating diarrhea in children. A teaspoon of powder of charred parboiled rice, mixed with a glass of buttermilk, should be given in doses of 30 g every half hour. This will bring excellent results.
    • Cooked or baked apples are good for diarrhea. The cooking process softens the cellulose. Much of its value as regulating material is thus lost and is effective in controlling diarrhea.
    • Banana contains pectin and helps the growth of friendly bacteria. This is it a good remedy for diarrhea.
    • Rice gruel, sago gruel, and barley water are good for controlling diarrhea.
    • One teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water cures watery stools. Take this only once in a day. Only two doses are enough to cure diarrhea, there is no need for another dose.

  • Mash a ripe banana and mix a teaspoon of tamarind pulp and a pinch of salt. Take this mixture twice a day.
  • Drink warm mild tea to which a half teaspoon cardamom powder is added while it is boiling, preferably without milk and with little sugar. This helps control diarrhoea.
  • Mix 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder with a ripe banana. Eat this mixture to control diarrhoea.
  • Make a paste of 15-20 tender curry leaves, mix it with a teaspoon of honey and eat.
  • Do not resume a normal diet as soon as diarrhoea stops. Eat something lighter and provide adequate rest to your digestive organs.
  • Take some date seeds and burn them till charred. Mix this ash with water and drink it.
  • The juice of bottle gourd is quite effective in cases of excessive thirst caused due to severe diarrhoea . A glass of plain juice with a pinch of salt should be taken daily in treating this condition.
  • Consuming a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds along with a glass of buttermilk or a glass of warm water is a good remedy.
  • Drinking half a cup of pomegranate juice, 3 to 4 times a day is very good for controlling diarrhoea as a pomegranate has astringent properties.

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