- How To Stop Diarrhea - Treatments for Stomach Cramps and Loose Stools
Knowing how to stop diarrhea can be as simple as knowing the actual cause. If you have acute gastroenteritis you may just have to wait it out.
Diarrhea treatment can include using both natural foods and herbs as well as over the counter medication to stop loose bowel movements. Chronic diarrhea may be more difficult to stop and may require investigation into the cause such as C diff infection or food sensitivities and reactions.
There is nothing more distressing than non-stop diarrhea. It can weaken you very quickly.
Simple treatment with rest and fluids is all that is necessary for most people. If you have acute stomach cramps and loose stools you may be at first concerned with how to stop the diarrhea but in fact that may not be the best course of action.
Since a virus has set up shop in your colon and is causing both the stomach cramps and loose bowel movements, it is best to literally let itself blow out of your system rather than trying to stop it. If you had good colon health to start with, then when the acute infection is over you should be able to re-establish a normal bowel movement pattern again.
Sometimes however, it takes a bit of extra effort if things don't go back to normal quickly. This simply means your colon needs a bit of help to get back to normal. If nausea and diarrhea do not subside after an acute episode of gastroenteritis it could also mean that your colon health was not that great before the stomach cramps and diarrhea started so it cannot heal itself from the assault of a microscopic invader. If you do not pay attention to re-establishing colon health you could find yourself with chronic diarrhea which is much more distressing and inconvenient.
The No-brainer Diarrhea Treatment
If you can link your loose stools to something you have eaten or some new chemical such as a medication added to your system then diarrhea treatment can be as simple as removing the offender from your system and waiting it out. Things should return to normal soon.
See also Diarrhea Diet - Foods for Diarrhea, Stomach Cramps and Loose Bowel Movements
How to Stop Diarrhea Naturally
You may have to get some of these products from a health food store or an online natural health source, but they are good to have on hand for future episodes of acute gastroenteritis. The goal of diarrhea treatment is to re-re-establish the health of your colon be giving it what it needs. ie fluids, fibre and the good types of bacteria also called probiotics.
add soluble fibre to your diet - try pureed carrots, apples or even a fibre supplement to give some bulk to your stool. This will slow down the transit time in the colon and allow more water to be absorbed creating a more formed stool.
re-establish normal flora in the colon with a probiotic supplement - probiotics are essential for restoring and maintaining a healthy colon.
start drinking chamomille tea - if it doesn't stop the diarrhea it may help with stomach cramps.
try some blackberry root bark tincture - most natural health sources say that this can be powerful in treating diarrhea.
A natural treatment for restoring colon health in patients with C Difficile Colitis is a fecal transplant. You would not want to try this at home, but the research indicates it works incredibly well.
Over the Counter Medication
As a last resort and if you are sure that you have had an acute infection and it is over (you have no fever and your appetite has resumed) but loose bowel movements persist, a single dose of loperamide (Imodium) can often stop the diarrhea tap. If this medication does not work, see your physician as this medication should not be repeated many times (see package insert and instructions).
Chronic Diarrhea Treatment
Sometimes it is very difficult to know how to stop diarrhea if it is not linked to a specific onset and goes on for a long period of time. Chronic diarrhea needs investigation to determine the cause. Food sensitivities, alcohol, and lack of probiotic balance in the colon can all be contributing factors and it is most likely that they are all present at the same time, so it can be complicated.
A natural health practitioner such as a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (DTCM) or a Naturopathic Physician would be the best health care practitioner to help you re-establish colon health.
The purpose of the information provided here is to help you cooperate with your doctor and other
health practitioners. It is not intended to take the place of medical advice and you are encouraged to
discuss health concerns with your physician or a professional health care provider who is
familiar with you and your unique personal health context.
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