Diarrhoea is a condition in which there is a frequent passage of watery unformed stools. It can lead to dehydration and in the extreme cases can also lead to death. Diarrhoea can be acute or chronic. It has a sudden onset and lasts less than two weeks but sometimes takes longer.


Diarrhoea is caused due to following reasons:

  • Viral or bacterial infections
  • Due to certain intestinal disorders such as celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disorder, crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, intestinal allergies, intolerance to lactose or gluten and hyperthyroidism.
  • Due to body’s reaction towards certain food items or medicines such as antacids
  • Incomplete digestion of the food
  • Over eating
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Eating a meal before the previous meal has been digested
  • Due to certain food allergies
  • Due to bowel disorders and putrefaction in the intestinal tract


  • Uncontrollable bowel movements
  • Increased frequency of loose and watery stools
  • Cramps in the abdomen
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Blood in stools which often lead to reddish or black colored stools.
  • Reduction in the quantity of the urine
  • Burning sensation in the anus
  • Low blood pressure
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fever along with chills
  • Weakness in the body
  • Cold and dry skin


According to ayurveda, diarrhoea is compared with atisara. Atisara is caused due to weakened digestive power or due to malabsorption of the food material in the colon which is further caused due to the imbalance of different doshas in the body. When food is not digested or absorbed properly, it is excreted out from the body in the semi liquid or watery form. This is known as atisara.

As per ayurveda, vitiated vata dosha pulls down the fluid part from various tissues of the body and bring it into the intestine. This fluid then mixes with the stool and leads to loose and watery stools.

Atisara has been classified into 6 divisions depending upon the vitiated dosha:

  1. Vataja Atisara – Patient passes painful loose motions with sound and foam.
  2. Pittaja Atisara – Patient passes green, blue or red colored stools with offensive odour.
  3. Kaphaja Atisara – Patient passes sticky, oily and white colored motions with bad odour.
  4. Sannipatika Atisara – Patient passes mixed stool.
  5. Bhayaja Atisara – This is caused due to extreme fear
  6. Shokaja Atisara – This is caused due to extreme grief.

Single herbs useful in diarrhoea are:

  • Arjuna
  • Babool
  • Bael
  • Banyan
  • Bahera
  • Kakmaachi
  • Harad
  • Methi
  • Shatpushpa
  • Amalaki

Ayurvedic formulations beneficial in diarrhoea are:

  • Kutajarishta
  • Kutaj bilwa syrup
  • Kutaj ghan parpati vati
  • Bilwadi churna
  • Gangadhar churna
  • Jatiphaladi vati


  • Avoid eating food from outside.
  • Avoid eating uncooked vegetables.
  • Avoid eating peeled and stored fruits.
  • While travelling, drink only bottled mineral water.
  • Drink plenty of fruit juices and water.
  • Take light, easy to digest foods such as khichadi.
  • Soup made from lentils is highly beneficial in curing diarrhoea.
  • Have fruits such as sweet lime, oranges, apple and lemons.
  • Avoid eating heavy, spicy and fried foods.
  • Avoid sugarcane and its byproducts.
  • Avoid eating non vegetarian foods.


  • Take two teaspoon of lemon juice. To this add half teaspoon of ginger paste. Add a pinch of black pepper. Mix well and consume it twice a day.
  • Take two teaspoon of cumin seeds and add two teaspoon of fenugreek seeds. Roast the mixture and crush the mixture to obtain the powder. Take four teaspoons of this mixture and add a bowl of yoghurt to it. Mix well and consume this three times a day.
  • Make a powder of Indian gooseberry and add some black chebulic myrobalan. Take this mixture at two times a day.
  • Add some mango nut powder to water. Drink this once a day. This is highly useful in curing diarrhoea.
  • Buttermilk with black salt is highly beneficial in diarrhoea.
  • Prepare a mixture of half teaspoon each of ginger juice, lemon juice and one fourth teaspoon of pepper powder and take this twice a day.
  • Take 50 grams of fresh pomegranate skin and soak it in 800 ml of water for about an hour. Boil until it is reduced to one fourth. Store this mixture in a clean vessel. Take 2-3 tablespoons of this mixture 4-5 times a day. This is highly beneficial in diarrhoea.


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