Diarrhea occurs when an individual passes loose, watery stool. Acute diarrhea can last for 1-2 days, and resolve itself without medication, while chronic diarrhea can be an indicator of an underlying chronic condition. There are many causes of diarrhea, including parasites, food intolerances, reaction to medicines, intestinal disease, bacterial or viral infection, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Diarrhea.
The Chinese Medicine treatment of diarrhea generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of diarrhea:
The treatment of conditions with acupuncture can be a complicated endeavor that should only be undertaken by individuals with a deep understanding of the underlying Chinese Medicine theory (and/or whatever system being used for treatment). There are many approaches, but generally speaking few viable approaches are involved on a point to condition basis. Rather using proper diagnostic procedures the patients diagnostic pattern is ascertained and that is what is treated. The protocols listed here exemplify some of these clinical approaches.
The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Diarrhea
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating diarrhea. For a complete list from our store with more details see our diarrhea formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (27) chinese herbs may be useful for diarrhea. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
Used for Yang Collapse in emergency situations but also to tonify Kidney Yang Deficiency in less severe cases. Aversion to cold, very cold limbs, sensations of deep cold, fatigue, sleepiness, diarrhea with undigested food, vomiting, abdominal pain.
The pulse will be deep and thin or deep and faint and the Tongue will be pale with a white, slippery tongue coating.
Generally used with roundworms - abdominal pain, irritability, stifled chest w/heat, vomiting after eating, cold hands and/or feet. Roundworms may be observed in vomit.
Also has a broader application in chronic diarrhea, IBS, or other digestive disorders characterized by both heat and cold. Symptoms may be chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain (often that is better w/heat).
With parasites the tongue and pulse are less critical, with chronic conditions the Tongue may be red with a white coating.
Signs of damp-heat with interior clumping which may settle into the abdominal region and/or rise upward to the head. Fever, irritability, red eyes, constipation, dark urine, flushed face - middle warmer issues - jaundice, dysentery, tongue/mouth ulcers.
Pulse will be be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red, swollen with a yellow greasy tongue coating.