We have all experienced periods of frequent loose stools - that very common condition called diarrhea. For over 200 years, homeopathy has been used with great success to relieve patients with this unpleasant condition. In fact, the homeopathic treatment of patients with diarrhea has been the subject of numerous research studies showing homeopathy's effectiveness .
The following are just a few of the more common remedies frequently used for patients with diarrhea:
Aloe: this person has to get to the toilet in a hurry or risk an accident. The urge to stool often comes immediately after eating or drinking. There can be loud rumbling sounds from the abdomen, as well as some cramping after food or drink. The stools are gurgling and sputtering.
Arsenicum album: the adult or child is restless, cold, and weak with a great thirst for small sips of water. They may have painful cramping in the abdomen with a sensation of burning. They are worse from eating and drinking. May have excessive vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. Stools are often yellow and very offensive smelling. Patient is worse after midnight, usually 1am.
Colocynthis: this person will have violent cramping, often obliging him or her to bend over. Pain is only relieved by pressing on the abdomen and doubling up. Pain is often worse after food or drink. There will be a frequent urge to stool.
Magnesia phosphorica: Again the patient has violent colic and cramps which may make the patient bend double and press the hand on the abdomen. In this case, warm applications to the abdomen bring relief. The child or adult cannot lie on their back stretched out. They feel worse in cold air and from cold water.
Mercurius corrosivus: This patient is recognized by their incessant, persistent urge to stool with cramping pains. The child or adult strains before, during and after the stool. They also may feel some tenderness around the abdomen.
Veratrum album: No household should be without this remedy. The patient needing it has these three characteristics: excessive vomiting and diarrhea (sometimes simultaneously), excessive cold sweat (particularly on the forehead), and exhaustion. There are profuse watery discharges which are often violent in both directions. Much shivering.
Podophyllum: characterized by painless, very offensive diarrhea, often worse at 4am. The stool is usually quite forceful and can be green, yellow or chalky colored. It can be frothy with pieces of undigested food.
Dose with either a 30C or 200C potency to start by placing one pellet under the tongue or one pellet in water, stirring vigorously and taking teaspoon doses as needed. Always cease dosing when relief begins and only redose if symptoms again worsen. Keep the child well-hydrated. As with any medical condition, consult with your physician if you have any concerns about the severity of your illness as it may first require medical diagnosis and/or intervention and monitoring.
About Dr. Samet:
Dr. Lisa Samet N.D. provides Washington Homeopathic Products with a weekly column on using homeopathy for the family. She's a naturopathic physician who specializes in homeopathic medicine and she's a partner with Dr. Andre Saine N.D. Dr. Samet graduated from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1998 and has been practicing in Montreal since then. She was born and raised in New York.
Dr. Samet has chosen to focus on homeopathy because in her experience it is the deepest healing modality available in that it does not just soothe or palliate symptoms but can actually stimulate the body to start to heal itself. Dr. Samet sees patients in her Montreal office as well as remotely using Skype.