Types of Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea is classified as acute and chronic diarrhoea. Acute diarrhoea is considered less serious and lasts for a couple of days, while chronic diarrhoea can last for more than 2 weeks and needs serious medical care and in some cases hospitalization.
Symptoms of Diarrhoea
The main symptom of diarrhoea is loose, watery bowel motions (stools, faeces) 3 or more times a day. Accompanying signs and symptoms may include:
• Urgent need to go to the toilet
• Abdominal pain and cramping
• Change in colour of stools
• Mucous, pus, blood, or fat in stools
• General body weakness and tiredness
• Distaste in meals
Causes of Diarrhoea
Diarrhoea occurs when the lining of the intestine is unable to absorb fluid, or it actively secretes fluid. The continuous intake of heavy, spicy food and the use of stale, polluted and adulterated substances cause problems in the digestive system and it decomposes after reaching the intestines. Thus, the intestine fills up with stool due to non-cleansing of bowels causing the contamination as well. Sometimes, the urge of consumption of alcohol, change of atmosphere, consumption of cold food substances just after walking in sunshine and too much consumption of oily foods also causes Diarrhoea.
Treatment of Diarrhoea
In cases of Diarrhoea it is very important that one tries his level best to eliminate his faecal matter and the toxic substances, accumulated in the intestines rather than trying to stop the process. Diarrhoea has been the object of numerous forms of treatment for centuries. The best option for treatment of acute diarrhoea is the early use of Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT). The BRAT (Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast) diet is an effective way to treat diarrhoea. It relies on bland, low-fibre foods that help the stool become firmer.
Avoid all heavy foods, particularly fried foods, which overtax the digestive system. Simple boiled vegetables and Khichari are ideal.
Yoga Asanas for Diarrhoea
Yoga Asanas and Pranayama are the best means of developing and maintaining a strong digestive power and thereby eliminating diarrhoea as well as dysentery and colitis. The effective yoga asanas for diarrhoea include Pawanmuktasana, Vajrasana, Bhujangasana, Mayurasana, Shalabhasana, Paschimottanasana, Matsyendrasana, Sarvangasana and Shavasana.