Subject: Chronic Diarrhea--Herbal Remedies???
From: lmurphy.bud.peinet.pe.ca (Leo Murphy)
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 1995 17:57:08 -0800 (PST)
Hi: I'm new to this group and this is my first posting. I hope that someone out there might have some suggestions for me. It's difficult for me to discuss this problem especially without going into a lot of personal history. I don't want to bore people with that so I'll just say that I'm a paraplegic who has lost sixteen feet of small intestine. This bowel surgery has left me with what's called short bowel syndrome. Diarrhea is a constant problem. I can be hit at any time and because of my paraplegia this sometimes results in incontinence. Some days aren't too bad but this is totally unpredictable. A good day can turn bad at any time. I no longer work and have very little social life. My self-confidence is shot.
As far as treatment, I eat a very low fat diet as I can no longer digest fat and I take Immodium several times a day. The Immodium is very expensive and doesn't alleviate the problem. It just seems that things are worse if I don't take it. I also have to take MCT oil several times a day. This is for nutritional reasons since it's a form of fat that doesn't have to be digested. It's also extremely expensive. A colostomy is not a viable option for reasons that I won't go into. My question is; Are there any effective and inexpensive herbal remedies for chronic diarrhea? I'd be very grateful for any recommendations. Thanks in advance. Leo
From: kidkaos.uslink.net (pete hanson)
lmurphy.bud.peinet.pe.ca (Leo Murphy) wrote:
> This bowel surgery has left me with what's called short bowel syndrome. Diarrhea is a constant problem.
What always works for me is just making sure to eat one or two bowls of rice a day. Works overnight, or with in about 3 or 4 hours., The rice absorbs excess moisture and also makes sure you don't get constipated also. Simply remedy but it works :)
From: jennifer.thayer.merlins-realm.com (Jennifer Thayer)
> What always works for me is just making sure to eat one or two bowls of rice
My grandmother drinks the water that rice has been boiled in for similar relief. Also tea that has been made by boiling cinnamon sticks.