What Can I take to Stop Diarrhea?
Here are the top herbal medicine for diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disorders:
Peppermint is perhaps the most common herbal medicine for diarrhea, especially if your condition is IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Some of IBS’ signs and symptoms include:
When you have diarrhea, the tendency is for you to also experience abdominal pain. This is where peppermint vastly helps.
In a study, it was found that peppermint oil significantly reduced abdominal pain in diarrhea-predominant IBS because of its menthol content, which has a cooling and soothing effect. It is important to note that while it’s safe to drink peppermint tea (made from boiling the leaves), the study was centered on consuming peppermint oil in capsule form.
Remember: You should always talk to your physician before thinking of using peppermint as an herbal medicine for diarrhea. Even though it is rare, there could be side effects, especially if you are taking other medications or have other pre-existing health conditions.
Artichoke, the beautiful looking plant which is often considered a vegetable, is considered as one of the best herbal medicines to improve digestion.
Not only is it naturally filled with fiber, but inulin – one particular fiber it contains – also acts as a prebiotic that is good for gut health. Because it helps a lot in our digestive health, you can consider artichoke as a good herbal medicine for diarrhea.
In one study, 208 people who were suffering IBS were given 1-2 capsules of artichoke leaf extract daily for 2 months. They reported that the symptoms (which include diarrhea) were reduced by 26% and their quality of life improved by 20%.
Other than its digestive benefits, artichokes may also be good in:
- Reducing bad cholesterol
- Increasing good cholesterol
- Improving liver health
- Lowering blood sugar levels
Remember: If you are going to consume artichokes as food, it s generally safe. However, be careful as allergic reactions may occur if you are allergic to plants like marigolds and daisies. Be especially careful if you are going to take artichoke leaf extract (in capsules) as an herbal medicine for diarrhea or IBS.