Herbal Cures for Diarrhea

According to the University of Michigan Health System, diarrhea is any attack of frequent, watery stools. These attacks can be mild and last for a short time or they can be severe and can last for days and weeks. In severe cases, the person may be at risk for dehydration, which can be a serious medical condition. Fortunately, there are some herbal treatments to help you cure your bout of diarrhea. Do not use herbs for treating diarrhea without consulting with your doctor first, and note that some herbal treatments can make infections worse, according the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Carob

Carob comes from the carob tree, which is grown mainly in the Mediterranean. The herbal portion of carob comes from the dried, powdered pods of the plant. According to the University of Michigan Health System, carob is rich in tannins, which have a binding effect on the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract. Some research has shown that carob may be especially useful in treating infants and young children suffering from diarrhea. The recommended dose of carob is 15 grams of powder mixed with applesauce when given to children.

Carob also may be used to treat adult cases of diarrhea.

Psyllium

If your diarrhea has been recurring and is difficult to treat, then you may need to try psyllium. Psyllium, which is very high in soluble fiber, comes from the husks of the seeds of the plant called Plantago ovata. Psyllium is considered a bulk forming fiber, which means that it soaks up excess liquid in the stool. According to the University of Michigan Health System, taking a dose of 9 to 30 grams per day of psyllium can help bulk up the stool and end severe cases of diarrhea. Taking this on a continual basis can help keep diarrhea from recurring.

Slippery Elm Powder

If intestinal inflammation is the cause of your diarrhea, then the herbal treatment slippery elm may be useful. Slippery elm can have a very soothing effect to the intestines. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that slippery elm should be taken as follows: Begin with one ounce of powder to one quart of water. You should begin by making a paste with the powder and a small amount of the water. Then, gradually add in the remaining water and simmer on the stove until it reduces to about 1 pint. Place the solution into an airtight container and take one teaspoon every 30 to 60 minutes until the diarrhea is relieved. This treatment may relieve the irritation or inflammation that is causing the diarrhea.

About this Author

Kristie Jernigan is a health writer living in Charlotte, N.C. Her articles have been published on various websites including eHow and LIVESTRONG. She has gained valuable experience working in the health care arena for over 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from East Tennessee State and a Master of Science in health care administration/gerontology from the University of Phoenix.