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Diarrhea Remedies

Last Modified on Feb 01, 2016

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.

Remedies for Diarrhea

Natural Cures

The Popularity of Diarrhea Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
10 Ayurvedic Remedies to Cure Diarrhea12006-01-02
Activated Charcoal92015-09-23
Aloe Vera12010-03-30
Apple Cider Vinegar512014-11-16
Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda12010-02-09
Apple Cider Vinegar, Coconut Oil12011-08-13
Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric12009-01-12
Baking Soda and Fresh Lemon12005-09-02
Banana Peel12008-11-20
Barley Water12009-12-30
Black Peppercorns12012-07-10
Black Tea02008-05-18
Black Tea and 6 Crackers12007-12-19
Black Tea, Apple Cider Vinegar12010-11-13
Blackberry and Raspberry Tea10000-00-00
Blackberry Brandy12008-04-12
Blackberry Juice22009-08-16
Blueberries, China Brown Sugar02008-06-20
Boiled Milk32009-09-05
Bread Pudding12006-06-27
Brown Sugar02008-06-22
C. Diff Diagnosis02009-03-08
Cayenne Pepper12006-10-05
Coke and Alka-Seltzer12015-03-01
Cream of Wheat Cereal12008-05-19
Cream of Wheat Cereal, Cinnamon12009-03-27
Diarrhea Remedies02013-08-17
Diatomaceous Earth12016-01-31
Dietary Recommendations12008-08-25
Electrolyte Drink for Diarrhea and Cholera12008-01-26
Flour Mixed in Water12008-12-19
Granulated Soy Lecithin12013-03-15
Ground Flaxseed22012-02-18
Hibiscus Tea12010-05-23
Hydrochloric Acid12012-08-13
Hydrogen Peroxide12011-07-14
Iodine for Diarrhea -- Bulgarian Remedy22007-12-13
Lemon Juice12007-02-03
Matchstick Remedy02015-11-22
Menstrual Diarrhea02014-05-01
Multiple Remedies12013-01-06
Parasite Cleanse for Chronic Diarrhea12013-12-15
Pickle Juice52014-03-07
Pomegranate Juice12014-01-24
Poppy Seed12012-04-17
Post-Diarrhea Diet02013-03-17
Psyllium Husk12007-09-21
Raw Egg10000-00-00
Rice Milk12006-08-14
Rice Water22012-01-15
Sesame Seeds12008-03-04
Sunflower Leaf Tea12009-06-05
The Bratt Diet12007-09-15
The "M" Word12008-03-03
White Rice12009-01-07

10 Ayurvedic Remedies to Cure Diarrhea  
6 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Anon (USA) on 01/02/2006

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.

Replied by John
Manchester N.j.
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.
Replied by Emi
Sarajevo, Bosnia And Herzegovina
[NAY]   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..
Replied by P
San Francisco, CA
[YEA]   I have a few of these at home and contemplating using them. Maybe because these are more common items in the Indian kitchen. Thanks!
Replied by Batzi
I don't get it. No one has family or a friend they can call on to help [buy the ingredients, make the suggested rememdy] if they're in such a bad state?
Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
My mom used to boil milk and make us drink it after it cools. It tastes awful and do not add sugar. Just hold your nose and drink it. It works like a charm!

Activated Charcoal  
11 User Reviews | 9 YEA | 1 WARNING!

Posted by Marcia (Kansas City Area) on 09/23/2015

[YEA]  I was in complete and total distress. I found myself the night before with food poisoning Im guessing. I have no idea what else could make me so violently ill. I felt fine when I went to bed...but woke about 11:30 pm with the most horrible pain in my stomach area which continued to get worse with each passing minute. Wound up with a succession of vomiting sessions within the next 6 hours. I had to be awake to call in to work at 6 am. I stayed homethat day and didnt really feel bad....but certainly not better rather puny and weak.

This morning, I got up to diarrhea of the watery kind. I knew I had to go to work no matter how I feel. They will fire you for more than 2 points on your attendence...and I already had 2 points....both due to a car problems. Next point would be termination. I sat here at my pc and found the info about diarrhea and the activated charcoal was what hit me as most important. I wound up at WalGreens Pharmacy this morning and found a bottle there. I took it just like someone I had read about this morning had taken it which was 2 capsules. I was so surprised that I didnt have any more bouts with diarrhea. I still didnt feel good and could hardly wait for 4 pm to roll around.

I am soooooo very grateful to Earth Clinic and all who put out there what worked best for them. If it hadnt been for this forum....I dunno where Id be. fired...maybe. Thank you again.

Posted by Healer J (Phoenix, Az) on 02/24/2014

[YEA]  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)

Posted by Kentucky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 07/23/2012

[YEA]  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!

Posted by David (Lake Worth, Fl) on 01/28/2012

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Kelly (Cincinnati , Ohio) on 09/01/2010

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Dennis
Grand Forks, N.d.
[YEA]   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.
Replied by Jeanie
Los Angeles, Ca
[YEA]   When growing up we always had charcoal for an upset stomach. It still works on food poisoning also.

Posted by Crista (Pekin, Illinois) on 05/06/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Odilon (Palm Coast, Fl)

[YEA]  Raw Activated Charcoal, works like a dream for diarrhea, in hours not days.

Replied by Doats
Hamel, Minnesota, Usa
[WARNING!]   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.
Replied by Peacock05
New York, Ny
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.

Aloe Vera  
1 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Bobbi (Auburn, California) on 03/30/2010

[YEA]  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.

9 User Reviews | 4 YEA | 1 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Frankie (Chattanooga Tn) on 09/25/2014

[YEA]  Reading some of the posts on how to eliminate or manage GI problems I wanted to put my 2 cents in.

I have been managing my GI problems now for over a decade; going to two different GI doctors and being told there is nothing wrong that it is just stress. There are times that doctors can't fix you so you have to do it yourself.

I have tried prescriptions from the doctors, activate charcoal, Aloe Juice, OTC and none of it is a true fix. Either I feel more dehydrated or backed up; the activated charcoal messed with my life saving medications. I have had my gallbladder removed, doctors thought that was the problem.

I have found one simple thing that works. The old saying of an apple a day keeps the doctor away. It's true! As long as I eat one apple a day I don't have diarrhea or painful cramps. It doesn't matter the type of apple, I do change them up so I can have a bit of variety. Apples have pectin, which will help bind better than Prevalite powder, and apples taste way better.

I am not saying don't take the prescriptions your doctor say to take but try a apple a day. I have found that for me if I limit how much onions, garlic, tomatoes, and greasy foods I eat it helps. But on my cheat day and I get fried chicken I make sure I eat at least two apples.

By eating a apple a day I was able to cut out 3 medications; I do have breakthrough days but it is only if I don't eat apples or went over broad on the fried chicken.

Replied by Lou
Tyler, Tx
Have you ever tried eliminating gluten? I think it is the #1 cause for IBS.

Posted by Leriejane (Seattle, Wa, Usa) on 07/17/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Norak
South Salt Lake, Utah
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.
Replied by Kelli
Launceston, Tas, Australia
[NAY]   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.
Replied by Molly
Spring Valley, Ny
Have yourself tested for c.difficile, do some research on it.
Replied by Dee
British Columbia, Canada
C. difficile (antibiotic-induced very severe diarrhea) often can be controlled by taking Saccharomyces boulardii a probiotic that displaces the C. difficile bug and reflorates intestines with its beneficial yeast which will survive better than beneficial bacteria probiotics in a gut overwhelmed by C. difficile.

Posted by Gordon (Columbus, WI) on 10/25/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Jase
Winnipeg, Mb
[YEA]   It works. Amen. Thanks & my bum thanks you too.

Apple Cider Vinegar  
63 User Reviews | 50 YEA | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED | 1 WARNING!    Treatment

Posted by Kcat (Greensboro, Nc) on 11/16/2014

[YEA]  Apple Cider Vinegar for Diarrhea:

I agree with another writer who wrote this stuff is miraculous. It tastes bad, but the results are so amazing, I am happy to chug it.

I put 2T of apple cider vinegar--just the regular kind from my grocery store--into 6 ounces of water. I could feel the difference in about 15 minutes--this after four weeks of agony, and countless doses of probiotics, vomiting and diarrhea.

My guess is that I developed c. difficile colitis related to months of antibiotic use. Anyway, I could barely eat, I was miserable and nothing worked. This did. In spades. Today I have no symptoms.

Last night I drank 3 glasses of the mixture. Today I have sipped on one glass, throughout the day, not because I need it, only because I am in awe of it. This stuff is like some elixir of the gods. Whatever miraculous thing it did to my body, I'm all in. Thanks Earth Clinic .

Replied by Tinyx
South Bend, Indiana
Apple Cider Vinegar worked for my husband's diarrhea too. He used to take Imodium whenever he had diarrhea but lately the drug can no longer cure it and he felt bloated. So I followed the advice of EC contributors and have him take 2 tablespoons of ACV mixed in 8 oz. water. It worked fast and he does not complain of stomach discomfort or diarrhea since then.
Replied by Misha
I make a tea out of the Apple Cider Vinegar. I put cloves, allspice and crushed cinnamon sticks in a cheese cloth and soak it in hot tea. After it cools I add the ACV and drink it.
Replied by Phyllis Allison
Roswell, Ga
I have always been a fan of ACV but never used it for diarrhea. I'm not even sure I have diarrhea, it's more of a loose bowel problem. It has lasted for about 4-6 months, no blood just when I need to go, I need to go then! I have not been on any drugs so that's not it. I have tried to find out what caused this and can only think of 2 things I've changed in my diet.

The first was I started taking 1 tablespoon of coconut oil every day, the second, I've been eating a lot of bread. I can't believe coconut oil could have caused it when it is touted to be such a wonderful help for so many things. I am beginning to think it's a gluten intolerance.

Today, I have already taken my first dose of AVC in 6 oz of water and will not eat any bread of any kind for at least 2 months and see if that does the trick. Thank you so much for all of your input - I do not like drugs of any kind as they seem to do as much harm as good. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!

Replied by Victoria
Hi, It could possibly be the coconut oil.. I started with half a teaspoon of coconut oil a few years bag and seemed to be going toilet much more regular, it wasn't watery it was just more urgent and softer.. Other people who have tried it also have had the same experience! It seems to speed up the metabolism which some people dont mind.

Hope this helps.

Posted by Marine17 (Nicosia, Cyprus) on 08/25/2014

[YEA]  Worked like a miracle! Watery stool in the morning, took 2 Tbs right after (having read it on here of course) and diarrhea was fully gone!

Posted by Sofia (Wilmington, De) on 06/10/2014

[YEA]  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!