Generally, diarrhoea occurs when agni (the digestive fire) becomes weak. As a result, absorption and assimilation become minimal, and the undigested foodstuff gets eliminated as a liquid, watery stool.
To relieve diarrhoea, Ayurveda aims to strengthen agni and to pacify whatever dosha - generally pitta - is aggravated. Indigestion, nervousness, or eating some wrong food or food combination can also create diarrhoea.
The first line of defense against diarrhoea is to immediately reduce pitta in your diet. Follow the guidelines for the pitta-pacifying diet, especially keeping away from spicy and fermented foods.
Ghee 1 teaspoon
Nutmeg ½ teaspoon
Ginger powder ½ teaspoon
Natural Sugar 1 teaspoon
Mix together and eat. Like the ginger-sugar mixture above, take this formula 2 or 3 times a day for 2 to 3 days.
Shatavari ½ teaspoon
Arrowroot ½ teaspoon
Mix together, and take with ½ cup warm water 2 or 3 times a day.
Diarrhoea can sometimes cause dehydration. To prevent this from happening, add 1 teaspoon of natural sugar, 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and a pinch of salt to a pint of room-temperature water, and sip throughout the day.
NOTE: If the diarrhoea continues beyond three days, it would be wise to consult a doctor.
Poppyseed Porridge: You can also make your child a porridge of poppy seeds. Bring ½ cup milk and ½ cup water to a boil, then add about 1 teaspoon poppy seeds. The seeds will swell and become soft. They will make a nice, easily digested porridge. It is a good food that helps to stop diarrhoea. As a bonus, your child will also sleep soundly.
Calcium Supplements: Babies may also get diarrhoea when they are teething. Teeth are a by-product of asthi dhatu, or bone formation. When babies start growing teeth, especially the incisors or canine teeth, vata in the asthi dhatu gets provoked, their digestive fire becomes weak, and they may get diarrhoea. At that time, they need more calcium. You can give the child a simple calcium supplement in the correct dose for children.
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