Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014
What is Diarrhea?
Diarrhea is a condition characterized by very loose or liquid bowel movements, and while it can be inconvenient, embarrassing, or painful, more significant is the fact that the risk of dehydration has made watery diarrhea a common cause of infant death worldwide, and a dangerous affliction in developing nations. The common triple threat of stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea is altogether an unpleasant experience and may be indicative or symptomatic of another disease; diarrhea and vomiting might be the flu. Likewise, inflammatory bowel diseases or irritable bowel syndrome may cause chronic diarrhea. If there is blood visible, it is dysentery.
Diarrhea can commonly occur while you are traveling and experiencing different local bacteria that your body is unfamiliar with and not yet able to tolerate. In some cases it can take up to seven years to develop immunity to these new bacterial flora. Due to fluid loss, diarrhea may cause imbalances in electrolytes and salt levels within the body, making it very important to treat electrolyte loss and stay hydrated.
Natural Remedies For Diarrhea
Here at Earth Clinic, we have numerous natural and home cures for diarrhea, and quite a number of user favorites worth trying such as apple cider vinegar, tumeric, cinnamon, and activated charcoal. In addition, many users have shared specific remedies for chronic diarrhea or cures for the cause of their diarrhea. Have a look and let us know what you try to cure your ailment.
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- 10 Ayurvedic Remedies to Cure Diarrhea
- Activated Charcoal
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric
- Baking Soda and Fresh Lemon
- Banana Peel
- Barley Water
- Black Peppercorns
- Black Tea
- Black Tea and 6 Crackers
- Black Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Blackberry and Raspberry Tea
- Blackberry Brandy
- Blackberry Juice
- Blueberries, China Brown Sugar
- Boiled Milk
- Bread Pudding
- Brown Sugar
- C. Diff Diagnosis
- Cayenne Pepper
- Cream of Wheat Cereal
- Cream of Wheat Cereal, Cinnamon
- Diarrhea Remedies
- Dietary Recommendations
- Electrolyte Drink for Diarrhea and Cholera
- Flour Mixed in Water
- Granulated Soy Lecithin
- Ground Flaxseed
- Hibiscus Tea
- Hydrochloric Acid
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iodine for Diarrhea -- Bulgarian Remedy
- Lemon Juice
- Menstrual Diarrhea
- Multiple Remedies
- Parasite Cleanse for Chronic Diarrhea
- Pickle Juice
- Pomegranate Juice
- Poppy Seed
- Post-Diarrhea Diet
- Psyllium Husk
- Raw Egg
- Remedies Needed
- Rice Milk
- Rice Water
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Leaf Tea
- The Bratt Diet
- The "M" Word
- White Rice
01/02/2006: Anon from USA: "1. Drink 3-4 times half a cup of water with a few drops of mint essence or peppermint added.
2. Drink a mixture of 1 tsp mint juice, 1/2 tsp ginger juice, and 1 tsp honey.
3. Grind a lemon along with seeds and rind to a paste. Add some salt. Take 1 tsp of this paste 2-3 times.
4. Drink 1/2 tsp of dry ginger in 1 cup buttermilk 3 - 4 times a day.
5. Chew a few pieces of the inner lining of pomegranate with salt, and/or drink pomegranate juice.
6. Mix 1 Tbsp poppy seeds, 1 tsp edible gum, 1 tsp cardamom powder, 1/2 tsp nutmeg powder, and 2 tbs sugar, and grind to a powder. Chew this concoction every 2 hours.
7. Mix 1/2 tsp lemon juice, 1/2 tsp ginger juice, and 1/4 tsp pepper powder and drink it.
8. Mix 5-6 chopped basil leaves, 1/4 tsp sea salt, some black pepper in 3 Tbsp of curd, and eat it. repeat this 4 times a day for one week for complete reconditioning of stomach.
9. Roast 1/2 tsp cumin seeds and 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds. Mix and powder it, add to 4 tsp of yogurt. Take 3X a day.
10. Grate one raw papaya. Add 3 cups water, boil for 10 mins, strain and finish the water in one day."Replies
08/30/2013: John from Manchester N.j. replies: "Just saying, all the cures you give are things I would say, most people don't have in their homes. And with this you can't go out shopping."
[NAY] 03/26/2014: Emi from Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina replies: "I am not sure if these work, but it is too complicated for sure.. If you are down with a stomach virus and fever, I doubt that you can be up and grind, rub, squeeze, and cook these ingredients even if you would somehow have them at home - and like someone else said - you just don't.."
[YEA] 02/24/2014: Healer J from Phoenix, Az: "I had severe Diarrhea for 2 weeks. I was getting weak and dehydrated. it was embarrassing and scary. I took 2 capsules of activated charcoal in the morning, then in the middle of the night I took 2 more. It worked 100%. I'm totally better. I also took ACV 2 tbsp, with 1 tbsp of honey, with a splash of warm water. I am a huge fan of ACV. I think it was the charcoal that cured me though, or perhaps the combo. THANK GOD! I was really sick. I'm good now. Thank you everyone for your posts. :o)"
[YEA] 07/23/2012: Kentucky Mama from Clinton, Ky: "I have been married to my husband for 23 years. I just realized that I haven't bought pink diarrhea medicine for over a year. I used to have to buy it for him regularly. If he gets diarrhea, he (and even my teenage sons! ) head for the charcoal. Some take a few tablets, some put a teaspoon of powder into glass of water. It is amazing how much it helps. My husband's diarrhea has probably decreased also because he doesn't consume much dairy. Ice cream more than once a week always gets him started again. He can tolerate raw goat milk from our goats with no problem. Keep charcoal on hand at all times and read about what it is good for. It is cheap and amazing!"Replies
03/10/2013: Ladyliza from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "If this happened a lot, you might want to find out what was causing all the problems. The doctor can order a fecal test and tell you exactly what the problem is."
[YEA] 01/28/2012: David from Lake Worth, Fl: "This stuff is amazing! I did a Google search for something that would stop diarrhea. I've had it for a week and it intensified yesterday for some reason. I had to go every 30 minutes (even waking up from sleep and having to go)! Apple Cider Vinegar, apples, and yogurt would not stop it. I went this morning to The Vitamin Shoppe and picked up their version of Activated Charcoal since many people on this site swear by it. I took it at 9 am. I haven't had to go since. DEFINITELY a keeper for my medicine cabinet! I thank you and so does my toosh!"
[YEA] 09/01/2010: Kelly from Cincinnati , Ohio: "Just wanted to put my 2 cents in. A friend had diarrhea a few weeks ago and could not take off work. He tried to use immodium anti diarrhea med with no success. I remembered activated charcoal from this website and went with him to the hf store. The directions said to take w/ food so he did and the diarrhea was put in check w/ the first dose (2 caps). Thanks again earthclinic!"Replies
[YEA] 08/08/2011: Dennis from Grand Forks, N.d. replies: "From the military I learned about charcoal for the runs. Hence if plagued by this nusience, I put some bread in the toaster, burn it, apply butter & jam liberaly, eat & within 2 hours all symptoms are gone. cheapest remedy ever."
[YEA] 02/10/2012: Jeanie from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "When growing up we always had charcoal for an upset stomach. It still works on food poisoning also."
[YEA] 05/06/2009: Crista from Pekin, Illinois: "My husband and I are currently in school so our diet is not always the best because we are always studying. Because of this on the occasion food does not agree with us and of course the diarrhea happens, or even just a really upset stomach with maybe quite softer poo later. Anyways, I looked this up on the website and actually other websites as well. I found the activated charcoal in the stomach section of a pharmacy store. It really works. My husband had a particularly bad case so I made him take I think two capsules. He was reluctant, but after he took it he stopped having diarrhea and at the time he was vomitting as well. This stopped it all. It wasn't a miracle feel better, but the erradication stopped instantly. Because he was having an aweful time it took him till the next day to feel better. After that moment when either one of us has a thought of upset stomach we go straight to the activated charcoal. I usually just take one capsule and am done with it. Like I said it doesn't make you feel purfect, but it stops the problems out right. Not only did I use it for this, but because of its absorbtion properties I put it on a bug bite as a paste with water applied it to a bandaid and it stopped itching rather quickly. I think I made that to runny, but it worked well despite my mixing abilities."
[YEA] Odilon from Palm Coast, Fl: "Raw Activated Charcoal, works like a dream for diarrhea, in hours not days."Replies
[WARNING!] 05/18/2012: Doats from Hamel, Minnesota, Usa replies: "Activated charcoal has such great absorbtion qualities but that can cause problems when mixed with medications. I urged my adult son used it for his diarrea and I think it absorbed too much of his seizure medication and he began to have tiny petit mal seizures within a while. Just be careful that you don't absorb a life saving medicine to cure diarrhea."
06/07/2012: Peacock05 from New York, Ny replies: "It is true you are not supposed to take this medicine within a few hours of taking other medicines. I too have seizures and I make sure to take charcoal many hours before I take other medicines."
[YEA] 03/30/2010: Bobbi from Auburn, California: "At the first sign of gastro-intestinal upset take 1/3 cup of aloe vera juice. Relieves diarrhea and associated cramping within 15 minutes. Better than Kaopectate or Immodium AD. It can be purchased in the Health Food section of most grocery stores. The taste is not horrible but not great either. For children the aloe vera juice can be added to orange or apple juice to disguise the taste. I have been using this remedy since 1991 and swear by it."
[YEA] 07/17/2010: Leriejane from Seattle, Wa, Usa: "Eating an apple has always helped my family get rid of diarrhea. It helps your body begin to have tighter stools. We used to have a 'body ailments' chart that listed foods as remedies, and that was one of them."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/09/2011: Norak from South Salt Lake, Utah replies: "I've had a terrible bout of LD for the last 2 days -- going between every 20 min to 2 hours or so -- and just a bit ago found this site. After reading all of the comments, I figured I'd try at least one of these remedies where I had the ingredients immediately available. After eating the apple, it seems to have at least calmed my stomach, hopefully it stays that way. This is a great site. Thanks to all who've posted."
[NAY] 08/21/2012: Kelli from Launceston, Tas, Australia replies: "This totally didn't work for me :( I've had diarrhea for five days and this is the only remedy I can try until I get paid tomorrow, the apple has made the nausea worse, and my stomach feels like its burning. Glad it works for some, but will be steering clear from now on I think."
11/04/2012: Molly from Spring Valley, Ny replies: "Have yourself tested for c.difficile, do some research on it."
[YEA] 10/25/2008: Gordon from Columbus, WI: "Not sure why I haven't shared this remedy before for diarrhea. I have used it for years with success. I just take an apple with skin on and shred it. I eat anywhere from 1/2 to all the apple. It has cured diarrhea every time. I have used this remedy with success for more than 10 years. Doesn't matter what brand of apple but I tend to use one that isn't real sweet."Replies
[YEA] 10/17/2011: Jase from Winnipeg, Mb replies: "It works. Amen. Thanks & my bum thanks you too."
Apple Cider Vinegar for Diarrhea
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 1 to 2 Tablespoons
- Filtered Water - 8 to 10 Ounces
Take 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink. Do so twice a day until the diarrhea is completely gone (though one dose may do it for some).
[YEA] 06/10/2014: Sofia from Wilmington, De: "ACV for diarrhea:
Have had a one week bout of "the runs"... Took two tablespoons of ACV in water, drank with straw as to not mess up my teeth and Blam! It stopped in 4 hours. I tell you - this stuff is a life saver! I'll continue that dose 2x a day for awhile. Thanks earth clinic!"
[YEA] 04/22/2014: Callie from Naples, Fl: "I am on a juice fast and had horrible diarrhea with stomach cramps and shooting pains in my lower digestive tract for hours. I felt so bad that I came to Earth Clinic to try to ANYTHING to feel better. I had tried ginger tea with raw honey, but that didn't do the trick. I read the comment and decided to try 1 TBS of ACV (with the mother) in a glass of water and within minutes ALL of the pain, cramps and rumbling completely stopped and I haven't had any diarrhea since. It is a "miracle cure"! Thank you!"
[YEA] 02/01/2014: Mary from Charlotte, Nc: "I woke up at dawn not feeling quite right. Ate light, then started running from the bottom and then both ends. I finally (DUH! ) thought of Earth Clinic. Followed the advise of others and drank 1 tbsp of ACV w/mother. Figured if I threw it up, so what, it's worth a try. Like a MIRACLE cure! First the nausea went away immediately, then the lower stomach aches, cramps and running stopped. I've since had a cup of, hot broth and will soon have some toast. Thanks to all of you and this great website."
[YEA] 08/08/2013: Colby from Angola, In: "Well... I do not normally take the time to reply to things I find on the internet, but this is one I felt led to share my thanks for finding. I really appreciated finding this ACV trick for helping with my 5 days of horible diarreah! I was on my 5th day of this terrible bug and had allot of pressure in my belly and within 20 minutes of taking the prescribed dosage, I noticed significant relief. About 3 hours later I woke up and took another dose, which was very hard to get down, but did so and I am Very Pleased to share that I have felt very good today and did not have one episode of stuck on the toilet! Really glad to find a natural remedy! Thanks So Much! - Really!
Colby, From Indiana"
[YEA] 06/18/2013: Lydia from Las Vegas, Nv: "C. Difficile-Associated Diarrhea Cured With Apple Cider Vinegar.
OK, I was a skeptic... A desperate skeptic but a skeptic just the same. When I came to earth clinic looking for a cure, I probably would have tried anything I read at that point as I have been battling C Diff for over 6 weeks, lost almost 25lbs, lost all my strength and was very close to losing my sanity. I had literally tried every drug cure they. Prescribe, every over the counter and was still racked by round the clock diarhhea along with pain, spasms, dehydration and weakness. I AM NOT EXAGERATING... I took 2 tbs of Apple Cider Vinegar in 6oz of water & in 20 minutes felt relief. When you have chronic diarhea, there is always a "tense" or "sick" feeling in the pit of your stomach; like you are just waiting to get sick again. ACV took that away on my first dose. By my second dose I was able to go 2 hours without visiting the bathroom- it was a real miracle. I actually slept for the first time in weeks by my 3rd dose (2 Tbs, every 2 hours- organic, with the mother- in 6-8oz of electrolyte water. )
ACV is a miracle! I would have never believed it, but I am a believer now. I will never be without a bottle. I know this sounds dramatic but I honestly believe ACV might have saved me a major health battle. I was going downhill. Fast, my Dr. had. Given up and I was supposed to check in the hospital the day I tried ACV. I never had to go to the hospital, I am still in shock that such a simple cure worked but I am a true believer now!"Replies
06/07/2014: Wendy from Kenosha replies: "WTH!!!! You guys really need to stop promoting apple cider vinegar as some magic cure!!!!!!! IT DOESN'T HELP DIARRHEA, IT CAUSES IT! If you don't agree you can take it up with my butt!!! Also it's very acidic and can cause stomach problems."
06/08/2014: Kelly from Cambridge, Ma replies: "Cool your jets, Wendy. A little ACV never hurt anyone.
People eat things that contain vinegar every day - salad dressings, pickles, condiments, etc.
A couple of tablespoons in water sipped throughout the day has benefited countless people. Just because you're not one of them, doesn't mean it isn't effective (or recommended) for anyone else."