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Natural Treatment For Diarrhea
One of the most important treatments for diarrhea involves the patient consuming adequate amounts of water to replace that lost, preferably mixed with electrolytes to provide essential salts and some amount of nutrients. Drink fresh citrus juices, and/or you add electrolytes to distilled water with a pinch of salt and a few drops of lemon essential oil or a slice of lemon. Raspberry, agrimony, and peppermint leaf teas are all effective for diarrhea, but gentle enough for children. “Raspberry tea is given to reduce fever and calm diarrhea. A good tonic herb with a rich supply of vitamins and minerals that help build strong bones and general good health. Generally considered safe, with no unwanted side effects.” (Grieve, Maud) Meadowsweet is a specific for diarrhea in children, it's astringent action combined with nutritives makes it safe, mild, and effective. (Dawson,Adele) You may have to hold their noses to get them to drink it, however, as it is very bitter.
Diarrhea is most commonly caused by myriad viral infections but is also often the result of bacterial toxins and sometimes even infection. Oregon grape root and goldenseal contain berberine may relieve diarrhea caused by intestinal bacteria. Oil of cloves can relieve nausea and indigestion, and may relieve diarrhea caused by intestinal bacteria. Geranium oil is a traditional remedy for diarrhea and dysentery. It is anti-infectious, anti-spasmodic, and astringent, affecting all aspects of this condition. Oak bark is a powerful astringent treatment for throat and mouth infections, bleeding gums, and to cure acute diarrhea. Taken as a strong tea, oak bark stops the acute diarrhea of gastroenteritis. (Mabey,Richard ,41)
IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, is a debilitating disorder of the intestines that caused irregular bowel movements.