Diarrhea may be the outcome of a variety of factors. A person with acute diarrhea can become dehydrated very quickly, which is why it is very important to get medical attention promptly if the condition persists. If stomach upset or the common cold occurs along with an acute case of diarrhea and is accompanied by a lack of appetite, vomiting, and nausea, Huo Hsiang Zheng Chi Wan can be a reliable remedy you can avail of.
If the cause is contaminated water or food, a strong smell and a burning sensation may accompany the diarrhea. If this is the case, the Chinese medicine practitioner in Fremont can come up with a plan of treatment that kills the bacteria and restores normal digestion function. To accomplish this, he/she may use Huang Lian Su Pian and Mu Hsiang Shun Chi Wan. To make sure the pathogens are killed, most practitioners will recommend a laboratory test.
In the case of chronic loose stools, spleen qi deficiency is the underlying pattern of disharmony. Added symptoms may include gurgling sounds in the stomach, a pale tongue and face, poor appetite, and fatigue. To remedy this pattern an effective known as Shen Ling Bai SZhu Pian can be used. This formula is made up of Atractylodes and Codonopsis herbs that help tonify the spleen. Some astringent herbs such as lotus herbs are also added to the formula to stop the diarrhea.
A few days of herbal medicine and one to two acupuncture treatments are usually enough to treat acute diarrhea. A couple of stomach meridian points (25 and 37) are very effective and immediate relief is felt the moment these meridians are needled. For chronic types of diarrhea caused by a deficiency of yin or qi, moxibustion can be helpful when applied to the aforementioned points.
If parasites or bacteria are the cause of the diarrhea, herbal medicine as described above is the suggested treatment. In chronic types of diarrhea, the duration of the treatment may vary; usually the decisive factor is ultimately the person’s dietary habits. It may take a few weeks to a month to completely treat severe cases of qi deficiency.
Diarrhea of all types necessitates the continuous intake of adequate amounts of liquids to avoid dehydration. Vegetable broth and hot peppermint tea are ideal choices. The best solid food to eat is plain white rice to firm up the stools and calm the abdomen until the condition resolves.