Effective treatment for diarrhoea can be found in Ayurveda.
►The seed of mango or salted mango can be dried and stored. One spoon of it mixed with honey or buttermilk can be given to stop diarrhoea.
►Plucking the tender leaf of curry leaf along with the bud, grinding it and offering mixed with buttermilk will help keep the ailment at bay.
►Fried and ground ponkaram mixed with 400 mg curd when taken four times a day helps stop diarrhoea.
►Fried and ground raw rice and cumin are made into a paste. Take one spoon from it mixed with tender coconut water for three days to completely cure the ailment.
►Decoction made from the root of koovalam plant, coriander, muthanga, iruveli and dried ginger when taken with the occasional addition of honey is ideal.
►Have ground cloves, thippali, ayamodakam, dried ginger and mango seeds in equal measure in buttermilk to get relief from diarrhoea.
For severe diarrhoea
Make a bund around the patient’s navel with raw or dry gooseberry skin ground in pure water and retain ginger juice in it. The severe diarrhoea will subside within fifteen minutes.
For all diarrhoea
►Taking 7 ½ g ground thumpa flower mixed in 60 ml tender coconut water is ideal.
►Take 15 grams of the tender root of peral mixed in old rice gruel water. This will halt all kinds of diarrhoea.
►Take juice of the skin of ambazham and coconut milk in equal measures to dispel diarrhoea.
Bile related diarrhea can sometimes become colitis.
Here are a few remedies that could work wonders:
►Boil goat’s milk by adding four times water in it. Remove from stove, allow to cool and add honey and sugar. Have it to get relief from colitis.
►Have rice gruel prepared by adding fried rice to naruneendi, irattimadhuram, pachottitholi and peralmott in equal measures to keep colitis as bay.
►Curry leaf decoction: Prepare a decoction of 15 grams of curry leaf, five grams dried ginger and 20 grams each of gourd and kadukkathod. Stomach cramps can be cured by drinking 60 ml of this decoction daily four times (during daytime at three hour interval) with epsom salt.
►Pure water treatment: Take 100 ml of pure water stored from the previous night and have by adding 25 ml gingely oil to remove stomach cramps, however old the blood-phlegm causing them are.
(The author works at the Appavu Vaidyan Ayurveda Chikistalayam, Kottayam)