Herbal Remedies for Dysentery, Ayurvedic Treatment – Causes & Symptoms


Dysentery is defined as the disorder of the digestive tract characterized by the inflammation of the intestine where in the patient passes blood or mucus stained stool, have severe colic pain and formation of ulcers. Dysentery can be acute or chronic in nature. Acute dysentery is characterized by pain in the abdomen, diarrhoea and loose motions. The patient feels a constant desire to evacuate. In dysentery all the digestive processes are disturbed and the secretions are either stopped or changed. In chronic cases, the liver is seriously affected and the patient looses a lot of weight.


  • Lack of sanitation and hygiene
  • Entry of parasites through contaminated food and water
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Infestation of protozoa or parasitic worms
  • Due to chemical irritants
  • Due to inflammation of the rectum and large intestine
  • Improper diet or due to intake of insufficient diet.
  • Drinking too much liquid with meals
  • Over eating
  • Wrong combinations of food
  • Habitual constipation


  • Blood or mucus in the stool
  • Constant urge to defecate
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Acute pain in the abdomen
  • Weakness in the body
  • Restlessness in the whole body
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleeplessness
  • Abdominal distension
  • Burning sensation while passing urine
  • Feeble and weak pulse
  • Rapid breathing
  • Pale look of the patient


According to Ayurveda, dysentery is compared with Pravahika. Continuous consumption of indigestible food that is oily, heavy, dry and cold food, including the Agantuja causes vitiation of vata and kapha.

Colon is the seat of the vata dosha. Vitiated vata dosha causes disturbance in the colon with pain and vitiated kapha dosha causes strotas avrodha or the blockage of the channels. Hence the colon becomes weak and cannot digest or absorb the food properly and produce more mucus leading to the condition of Pravahika. Four types of Pravahika are described in the Ayurveda.

Single herbs that are found to be beneficial in dysentery are:

  • Arjuna
  • Bael fruit
  • Coriander seeds
  • Black night shade
  • Chebulic myrobalan
  • Indian pennywort
  • Indian gooseberry
  • Ribbed gourd seeds
  • Curry leaves
  • Indian hemp

Ayurvedic formulations useful in dysentery are:

  • Kutajarishta
  • Kutaj Parpati Vati
  • Kutaj Bilwa Syrup
  • Dadimashtak Churna


  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration.
  • Carry clean, filtered or boiled water while travelling.
  • Wash all fruits and vegetables before consuming.
  • Take in milk, boiled rice and sugar.
  • Fruits with a sour taste like pomegranate, citrus fruits and amla are useful in the case of dysentery.
  • Avoid fried foods, ghee and other fats, chillies and heavy meals.
  • Avoid meat and its preparations.
  • Avoid cold bath.
  • Curd mixed with rice is highly beneficial in curing dysentery.
  • During a severe attack, the patient is advised complete bedrest.


  • Take a handful of coriander leaves and crush them to make a paste. Add one glass of water and heat the mixture for 2-3 min. strain the mixture and drink it lukewarm.
  • Crush two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds and add a bowl of curd to it. Mix well and eat 2-3 times every day.
  • Take 8-10 curry leaves and crush them to make a paste. Then press on the sieve and extract the juice. Add one teaspoon of honey and have this two times a day.
  • Make a combination of powdered dried ginger root, black pepper, long pepper and amla powder in equal quantities. Take one teaspoon of this powdered mixture with lukewarm water twice a day.
  • Take 1-2 teaspoons of the pulp of a ripe bael fruit with water two times a day. It is very helpful in relieving dysentery.
  • Chew equal parts of the tender leaves of peepal leaves, coriander leaves and sugar to relieve the condition.
  • Powdered seeds of the mehendi plant mixed with ghee should be made into small balls and take twice daily with water.
  • Eat dates or kharjur to cure dysentery.
  • Take in roasted cumin seeds with honey after meals to overcome dysentery or loose motions.


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Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) – Benefits, Medicinal Usage and Properties

Tamarind, Tamarindus indica


Tamarind (Tamarindus indica) trees are quite tall and are quite popular. These are dense and proving shade, that’s why these are grown along the roadsides. Tamarind is quite a common tree.


Unripe tamarind it is bitter and heavy and cures gas formation it cures pitta cough and blood disorders.


Promotes digestive functions it is dry and purgative it is hot and cures kapha and vata.


Cure urinary disorders have binding properties enhance and maintain potency.



Gargle with tamarind water, cures mouth problems due to pita.


Soak 5gm tamarind in a glass of water. Crush it and stain the solution. Mix sugar in it and give this to the patient. It cures headache due to pitta.


In case of boil or acne on eye lips, rub the tamarind seed with water and apply the paste on the boil.


Tie the poultice of tamarind flowers on eye. It cures the swelling.


Boil 8 gm. tamarind in 4 liter water till water is reduced to half. Mix 13 ml rose water in the remaining solution. Strain the solution and use this to gargle. It cures swelling in the throat.


  1. Boil 12-15 gm. tamarind leaves in 500 ml water till water is reduced to ¼. Give this decoction to the patient. It cures diarrhea.
  2. Give 5-8 ml slightly warm juice of tamarind leaves to the patient.
  3. Grind 17 gm. peel of tamarind seeds, 7 gm. cumin seeds and palm jiggery. Give small amount of this powder to the patient to de taken orally. Give it 4- 6 times at an interval of 4-6 hours. It cures old diarrhea due to indigestion also.
  4. Give 4-6 gm. powder of tamarind seeds kernel, with water every morning and evening. It cures diarrhea and also diarrhea caused by indigestion.
  5. Take the bark of root of old tamarind tree and half the amount of black pepper. Mix the two in butter milk and prepare small tablets like the size of pea. Give 3-5 tablets thrice a day. It also cures diarrhea due to indigestion.


Give 11-20 gm. juice of its flowers thrice a day.


Give 10-20 gm. of its leaf juice after dipping a red hot iron rod 4-6 times a day. Continue this treatment for a few days.


Take its bark and rock salt in an earthen pot and burn them. Give 120mg of the white ash to the patient. It is very beneficial in curing stomach pain and indigestion.


Give water of ripe tamarind. It strengthens stomach, enhances appetite and cures all the wounds in intestines.


Crush 20gm tamarind in 400ml water and then strain the solution. Add 40gm sugar candy, 30gm cinnamon, 3gm cloves, 3gm cardamom in the solution. Give less than 3ml of this solution to the patient. This is beneficial in curing weakness.


Soak 120gm tamarind seeds in 200ml milk. After 2days, remove the peel and grind the solution. Give 5gm of this mixture every morning and evening with water or cow’s milk. It cures urinary disorders.


Mix tamarind seeds in lemon juice and apply on the affected area.


Mix 1-2gm powder of its bark with sweet oil and apply it on burnt area.


Soak 20gm tamarind in glass of water overnight. Next day, strain the solution and mix Isabgol powder in it. Give this to the patient. It controls pitta fever.


Grind the pulp of fruit in cold water and apply on the bald head. It cures the impact of heat stroke and faintness.


Rinse the boils and wounds with decoction of its leaves.


Prepare cold infusion with tamarind leaves and turmeric. It cures small pox.