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Stopping diarrhea with herbal remedies

Diarrhea is caused by an imbalance in the digestive system; perhaps from overgrowth of bacteria or an ingested poison. It may be brought on by lack of fiber in the diet, an enzyme or vitamin A deficiency, intestinal parasites, colitis, a reaction to rancid nuts, eating unripe fruits, or food allergies. Symptoms include uncomfortably frequent, fluid, and excessive bowel movements.

Diarrhea is a way for the body to rapidly remove toxins but can cause severe dehydration and loss of nutrients. It may be best to let diarrhea run its course for a couple of days. You should drink plenty of water during bouts of diarrhea to guard against dehydration. Soothing herbs like chamomile, catnip, or fennel tea are excellent drinks to sip on throughout the healing process. Meals should be small and frequent.

There are many astringent herbs that help stop diarrhea. Astringents contain tannins that tighten and contract human tissue. The result is fluid retention that can quickly halt diarrhea and reduce any bleeding. Agrimony, bayberry, comfrey leaf, yellow dock root, peppermint, slippery elm, white oak, white willow, black walnut, green tea, red raspberry leaf, and mullein are all astringent and excellent for treating diarrhea, dysentery, and even cholera. Cinnamon and dried berries (blackberry, blueberry, and strawberry) are also astringent and can help. A good tea recipe is one teaspoon of powered cinnamon to one cup of boiling water. Steep ten minutes before drinking.

The key when treating diarrhea, dysentery, and cholera is to drink plenty of uncontaminated water, to avoid consuming any additional harmful microorganisms, to avoid sugar and fruit juices that feed parasites, to reduce absorption of toxins into the body, to transport toxins out of the body, and finally to heal the bowels with mucilaginous herbs.

Mucilaginous herbs soothe and heal damaged parts of the digestive tract. They also carry toxins out of the body without feeding harmful bacteria. Mucilaginous herbs include psyllium, slippery elm, and marshmallow. They should be consumed with large amounts of water. 

A recipe for slippery elm balls calls for a dough to be made of slippery elm powder and a little honey. Roll into bite sized pieces and dust with more slippery elm powder. Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator and eat often as a snack. Use 1oz powdered slippery elm bark, Add about 1/8 – 1/4 cup of honey (also a very healing substance!) and prepare to get a little sticky. Mix everything with your hands until you have formed a ball.  Break off fat blueberry-sized bits and line them up on waxed paper.  You also have the option of dipping them into cocoa or carob powder to relieve any remaining stickiness. Let them air dry for 24 hours and they will keep on the shelf indefinitely (this might be difficult if your kitchen is too humid), or the balls can also be placed in the refrigerator.  The honey helps to keep them fresh for a very long time, but I bet you won’t have any trouble using these up before long! Take one as needed.  (And yes, they taste good, too!)

There are three important steps to remember. Drink plenty of uncontaminated water. Flush toxins by drinking lots of astringent tea. Heal by consuming mucilaginous herbs.

It is also a good idea to slowly replace lost nutrients like potassium and sodium by drinking plenty of alfalfa, nettle, or red clover made into a tea.

Other foods that are good when treating diarrhea include boiled rice, oatmeal, cooked whole grains, bananas, and steamed vegetables. Wine with meals can also help by killing harmful bacteria.

* When using tea to treat diarrhea never add sugar or milk as they feed bacteria. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy.

A tea to control diarrhea - White Oak bark and White Willow bark. Mix in equal parts. Boil 2 tsp. of the mixture in ½ cup water for a short time. Take unsweetened, in mouthful doses.

A tea to control diarrhea - Red clover flower tops, nettle leaf, and slippery elm bark. Boil 1 tsp. tormentil root briefly in ½ cup water and steep for 1 to 2 minutes. In this tea, parboil 1 tsp. each of the other plants.

DISCLAIMER - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.