How to Cure Dysentery Naturally by Herbs

Dysentery is an infection of the intestine that can lead to loose motion and pain in the abdomen.

This can be caused by either amoeba (amoebic dysentery) or bacteria (bacterial dysentery).

In regular medicine, one is given a single or a combination of antibiotics and anti-protozoal drugs for the cure.

However, this might not be an effective and quick method in many cases, and the pain and problem can linger for a long time.

However, there is an effective means to control and cure this dysentery by natural herbs.

Natural means to treat diarrhea and dysentery include

  1. Kutuja (as kutujarishta)
  2. Bilva plant
  3. Banana
  4. Probiotics + Buttermilk 
  5. Oral rehydration salts.

Kutuja:

This is obtained from the bark of the plant Holarrhena Antidysenterica.

kutuja powder is an excellent remedy to treat dysentery.

Even with associated symptoms like vomiting, weakness, and excessive pain in the abdomen, kutuja can work wonders.

Being a pharmacist, I say it is even more effective than modern medicine-based drugs like antibiotics (ofloxacin) and antiprotozoal (metronidazole).

If you find that modern medicine is not helping you as expected to treat diarrhea or dysentery, you must try it.

One can find it in powder form or an alcoholic extract.

Both are effective and act fast, and most people can see relief starting from the first dose, too.

Bael:

The ripe or unripe fruit pulp of Aegle Marmelos helps in acute and chronic dysentery.

It can also be used for Irritable bowel syndrome and excess flatulence.

It has antimicrobial properties and also helps to remove toxins from the gut and promote relief of dysentery.

It is available as powder or tablets.

Banana:

Bananas are soft on the gut, and when used in times of infection, they help to provide strength and also remove toxins from the gut.

Besides, they add bulk to the stool and absorb excess liquid.

Thus, it can help in the treatment of dysentery.

Probiotics + Buttermilk:

The human intestine has many types of bacteria, which are called commensals.

In fact, these are 10 times more than the actual cells making our body.

These bacteria in the gut are friendly and supportive of health. They are found to be involved in breaking the food components and helping in their absorption. Besides, they also prevent the growth of other harmful bacteria that cause infections.

During the conditions of dysentery or diarrhea, this normal gut flora is altered, leading to heavy infection and pain due to a rise in harmful bacteria.

So, replenishing friendly bacteria in our gut can control the harmful microbes and relieve dysentery.

These bacteria are available as probiotics with various friendly bacterial strains. One can take them with buttermilk or water frequently.

And do not be afraid of overdose, as excess usage can result in constipation and nothing else.

Buttermilk itself has lactobacillus-based friendly bacteria. So, having it at times of upset gut can provide relief.

Oral rehydration salts (ORS).

Since dysentery or diarrhea causes loss of water from the body, there can be weakness and vertigo-like symptoms.

In severe cases, it can lead to even coma or death, especially in children and old age people.

So, the patient should take ORS to rehydrate the body at the earliest after the onset of loose motions.

Sometimes, loose motions can happen as the gut tries to clean itself.

In such a case, the use of ORS helps to replenish lost water and electrolytes, thus helping in the relief of weakness and other symptoms.

Other useful herbs include

  • Tinaspora cordiofolia (giloy).
  • Ginger (As tea)
  • Woodfordia fruticosa (Fire Flame Bush)
  • Pomegranate¬†
  • Musta (Nut grass/Cyperus rotundus)

References:

  1. Commensal organisms
  2. Oral rehydration salts
  3. Pharmacological basis for the medicinal use of Holarrhena antidysenterica in gut motility disorders
  4. Can bananas really treat diarrhea?
  5. Medicinal uses of the bael fruit
  6. Ginger relieves intestinal hypersensitivity of diarrhea in irritable bowel syndrome.
  7. Exploring the therapeutic potential of Woodfordia fruticosa
  8. Antidiarrhoeal activity of Cyperus rotundus

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