Acute diarrhea is usually due to infection by such bacteria as Staphylococcus, E. Coli, Salmonella, or Shigella or such parasites as Amebas or Giardia lamblia.


The stools are loose or watery, sometimes profuse or explosive and may be foul-smelling. Food particles may be found in the stool.


Disrrhea often results in loss of fluids and electrolytes such as sodium and potassium,which must be replaced to prevent dangerous levels of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance.

  • If stool is like jelly due to mucus, give Aloe.
  • If the person is chilly, anxious, nervous and restless, Arsenicum album is your best bet.
  • If diarrhea comes immediately after eating or drinking, look at Croton tiglium andGambogia.
  • If the diarrhea is violent and is accompanied by profuse sweating and chills, give Veratrum albulm.

    Drink plenty of fluids and replenish such electrolytes as sodium and potassium. Electrolyte solutions available from pharmacies are useful. Clear liquids such as water, vegetable broth and diluted fruit juice help replace fluids.

    The diet should be light and bland, including vegetable soup, whole grain toast, brown rice, bananas, and applesauce.

    A warm pack over the abdomen is soothing and may reduce cramping. Calcium and magnesium (500 mg per day) may also help to reduce cramping.

    one tablespoon psyllium seed husks per day often helps to firm up stools.

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