Herbal Remedies for Diarrhoea, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms


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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Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties



Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia) tiny plants grow naturally in the rainy season all over India. In many places they are also cultivated. Typically plants have a life of one year but with due care they can survive for 5-7 years. For medicinal purpose its seeds, and the oils extracted from the seeds are used. Plants bear flowers in winter and the flowers turn into fruits in summer.


The plants are 2- 7 ft. tall, straight and soft. The branches are relatively hard and have knots. The leaves are normal with a mid-vein and are 3-5 inch long and round. They are oily and have black spots on the upper and lower surfaces. The flowers are bluish which grow from a light purple joint of the leaf and the main stem.


The seeds have a volatile oil, a resin, a stable oil and two crystalline chemicals known as psoralen. The peel of fruit contains psoralidin chemical. Its anti-dermatoses and anthelmintic properties are due to these two chemicals only.


It is sweet, bitter and pungent when cooked. It is a purgative, cool, tasty and dry in nature. It is beneficial for curing heart related problems and cough, bleeding diathesis, bronchial asthma, dermatoses, urinary disorders, fever and is anthelmintic. Fruits enhance pitta and are beneficial for hair and skin.



Grind its root to form a paste and add a little amount of roasted alum in it. Use the mixture to brush the teeth every morning and evening. It cures any infection in the teeth.


Take ½ gm. seed powder with ginger juice, 4-7 times a day. It gives relief from cough. The phlegm loosens and is easily released.


Cook and eat the leaves, every morning and evening regularly for a few weeks.


Take 20 ml juice of spreading hogweed, ½ gm psoralea seeds powder and mix them well. Give this mixture to the patient every morning and evening.


Take 3 gm harad, 3 gm ginger root and 1 gm psoralea seeds. Grind them all. Give ½ teaspoonful of this mixture with jiggery every morning and evening.


After the menstrual cycle is complete, grind the seeds in oil and apply in the vagina. It reduces the potential for conceiving.


  1. Take 5 parts of psoralea seeds, 1 part arsenic sulphide. Grind them all in cow urine and apply the paste on the white patches. It cures white patches.
  2. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds and ringworm plant, and grind them in vinegar. Apply this paste on white patches.
  3. Grind equal quantities of psoralea seeds, sulphur, and gudmar. Soak 13 gm of this powder in water overnight . Next day morning, strain the solution and give to the patient. Apply the sediment part on white patches. It cures leucoderma.
  4. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds oil, 2 parts turak oil and 1 part sandalwood mix them and apply. It cures skin problems and leucoderma.
  5. Take 1gm psoralea seeds powder and 100 ml decoction of Indian gooseberry or kbair. Give these together to the patient it cures vitiligo.
  6. Soak psoralea seeds in curd for 3 days and then let it dry. Extract its oil and store in a bottle mix nausadar in it and apply on patches.
  7. Take equal quantities of psoralea of psoralea seeds, kalaunji and poppy seeds and grind them with madar leaf extract apply this paste on white patches
  8. Take equal quantities of amounts of psoralea seeds, tamarind, borax and anjeer roots. Grind them with water and apply the paste on white patehes it cures vitiligo.
  9. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, ringworm plant, and geru. Grind them and kbaral with ginger juice. Apply it on white patches and let dry in the sun it cures leucoderma.
  10. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, geru and gandhak. Grind them and kharal with ginger juice. Prepare tablets of 15 gm each. Soak 2 tablet in 35 ml water at night. Next day, give this solution to the patient, followed by fresh water.
  11. Take equal quantities of psoralea seeds, celery seeds, ringworm plant seeds, and lotus stem. Grind them and mix with honey. Prepare small tablets. Give 2 tablet in the morning with decoction of anjeer root.
  12. Take 2 gm pure psoralea seeds, 3 gm sesame seeds, and 3 teaspoonful honeys. Give this to the patient every morning and evening. It cures vitiligo (white patches).
  13. Take 150 gm psoralea seeds, 30 gm geru and 60 gm ringworm plant seeds. Grind them all and sieve through a soft cloth. Store the powder in a cloth and dry over the fumes of extract of trailing eclipta alba. Store this powder and every morning and evening take little amount with cow urine and apply.
  14. Take 2 parts psoralea seeds, 1 part each of neela thotha and borax. Grind them and sieve through fine cloth. Mix it with trailing eclipta juice and keep it for a week. Mix lemon juice in it and apply. It cures white patches. This treatment is quite bitter for skin. In case of acne or boils, stop this treatment.