Natural remedy for dysentery must begin with identification of causes of infection. Dysentery can be caused by protozoaal and bacilli infection.While Bacillary dysentery can be treated quickly through medication, amoebic dysentery takes a long time to get cured.
It must also be accompanied by an analysis and improvement of sanitary conditions.
Following are some of the natural home remedies that are effective in treatment of dysentery
Arjuna: A decoction made of the bark of the herb provides relief from dysentery. This drink can be taken in doses of 15 to 30 grams. The bark has cooling effect. It arrests bleeding. It provides relief from fever.
Bael fruit: Bael fruit or wood apple is a natural coolant which arrests dysentry. Unripe or half ripe fruit is good for digestion. This fruit strengthens the stomach and promotes its action.
One tablespoon of the pulp of the fruit mixed with enough amount of jaggery should be given thrice a day. In chronic cases, 15 gm of unripe fruit pulp should be roasted over the fire. Mix 250ml of water or buttermilk to this pulp. Add jaggery to sweeten the infusion. Drink this thrice a day. 15 gm of the pulp can be mixed with equal amount of dried ginger. Then 250ml of buttermilk can be mixed to it. The patient can drink this thrice day.
Coriander seeds: A herbal decoction can be made of two tablespoons of dried out coriander seeds. This can be taken with water or buttermilk. This helps in soothing the irritation in intestinal layer. Coriander seeds also help in reducing mucus in the stool.
Lemon: Peel and slice about three lemons. Add about 250ml of water to it and boil for a few minutes. Strain this infusion. This infusion should be taken thrice daily.
Banyan: Soak leaf buds in water overnight. Drink this infusion in morning for better results. The leaf buds arrests bleeding or secretion.
Pomegranate rind: Take about 60gm of pomegranate rind and boil it 250ml of milk. Remove it from fire when one third of milk has evaporated. This should be given in three equal doses at regular intervals. This will provide relief from dysentery.
Musk melon: Sometimes dysentery may be accompanied by soft and mucilaginous secretion in the intestines. Some of the portion may be left stuck inside. If this condition persists for a long time, it may force the intestine to contract.
In such cases musk melon is very effective. The fruit has properties which expel the matter with faeces.
Black nightshade: Black nightshade corrects the disordered processes of nutrition. It includes digestion, absorption, utilisation and excretion of food substances. It restores the normal function of the system. It reduces the pain and irritation. They also improve the appetite. An infusion made of the plant is useful for dysentery.
Butea: Gum, seeds and leaves of butea have medicinal properties. The leaves are effective in arresting the secretion and bleeding. The gum is mild and useful for children and women in delicate conditions. The leaves can be chewed as it is to treat the disease. An infusion of the gum as rectal enema will provide instant relief. Fresh juice of the leaves also can used for treating this disease.
Ishabgul: Ishabgul is useful in chronic dysentery. In case of heaviness in the stomach and intestines, take about 50ml of castor oil. This should be taken with one cup of milk thrice daily. This ejects hard lumps of stools. After a few motions have cleared the intestine, take 10 gm of isabgul seeds. Mix this with 100gm of curd and drink it three to four times a day.
Ribbed gourd seeds: The seeds contain a chemical similar to emetine. This can be useful for acute and chronic amoebic dysentery. Take about five to ten grams of the seeds with one cup of buttermilk. Drink it twice a day for better results.
Onion: Cut onion into small pieces and mix it with curd. Add equal parts of tender peepal tree leaves, coriander leaves and sugar. Chew this slowly.
Chebulic myroblan: This is mild and safe. It strengthens the stomach and promotes its action. It corrects the disordered processes of nutrition and restores the normal function of the system. Take four grams of the pulp of the unripe fruit. Add honey and clove and cinnamon. Take this mixture twice a day.
Curry leaves: Curry leaves strengthen the stomach and promotes its action. Tender curry leaves mixed with honey is very effective for dysentery.
Dill: Dill leaves helps in improving the functioning of the stomach and it also sooths the stomach. Taking dill regularly helps in digestion and prevents constipation. Dill seeds yield powerful carminative oil. Sauté the seeds in ghee with fenugreek seeds in equal amount. This will treat bacillary dysentery. The seeds roasted and powdered should be mixed with curd or buttermilk for best results.
Henna: The leaves arrests secretion or bleeding. The seeds yield palmitic , linoleic stearic acids. The seeds should be powdered and mixed with ghee. Make small balls of the size of betel nut. This can also be taken with water.
Indian gooseberry: The fruit is cooling and refreshing. It increases the volume of urine. A drink, made of Indian gooseberry, mixed with lemon juice and sugar candy controls bacillary dysentery. One tablespoon of the paste of leaves, mixed with honey or buttermilk is also effective to treat the disease.
Indian hemp: The leaves reduce the pain and irritation. It increases the secretion and discharge of urine. It arrests bleeding. Take two grams of dried leaves mix it with sugar and black pepper to treat dysentery.
Indian pennywort: It corrects the disordered nutrition processes and restores its normal functioning. It counteracts inflammation. The leaves are effective in early stages of dysentery in children. Take three or four leaves and add cumin and sugar to it. Make a paste of this mix. Apply this paste to the navel for better results.
Diet: Initially, the patient should fast as long as the acute symptoms are present. Only orange juice and water should be taken during this time. The patient can substitute it with buttermilk as an alternative. Buttermilk fights bacteria.
When the acute symptoms are over, the patient can take curd, rice, fresh ripe fruits and skimmed milk. Solid foods should introduce gradually and carefully as per the pace of recovery. All types of flesh foods must be avoided. Tea, coffee white sugar and white flour and alcohol in all forms must be avoided.
The patient must be given small doses of castor oil in the form of emulsion. This facilitates faster removal of offensive matter. It also minimises the strain during defecation and lubricates the ulcerated surfaces. The mechanical removal of accumulated poisonous matter should be done by giving low pressure enema. This can be done twice or thrice daily, giving as much water as the patient can tolerate. A hot water bag may be applied over the abdomen.