Dysentery is an infection of the intestines caused by either a group of bacteria called shigella (this type of dysentery is called shigellosis) or by protozoan (single-celled) parasites called Entamoeba (this is called amebic dysentery).
There are two types of dysentery:
Shigellosis: includes sudden, watery diarrhea. Sometimes bacterial contamination of the blood (toxemia) can also occur. Severe cases of shigellosis may lead to bacteremic shock or cardiovascular collapse.
Amebic dysentery: the development of diarrhea is more gradual, and diarrhea can be mixed with blood, pus, and mucus. Another symptom is straining bowel movements that produce only scarce amounts of blood-stained, watery mucus. Dehydration may occur and fluids must be replenished in the body. Possible complications of amebic dysentery include amebic cysts in liver, brain, and other important organs.
Also see Parasites.
The two most common causes of dysentery are infection with a bacillus of the Shigella group, and infestation by an ameba, Entamoeba histolytica. Both Shingellosis and Amebic dysentery are spread by fecal contamination of food and water and are most common where sanitation is poor. Risk of Amebic dysentery is greater in regions where human excrement is used as fertilizer. Most common in the tropics, but may occur in any climate.
Caution: If you suffer from either shigella or amebic dysentery, seek prompt medical attention.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
Since acute diarrhoea is most commonly an attempt by the body to rid itself of toxins, assisting the process with a one-day liquid fast of water, fresh-squeezed vegetable juice, and/or broths and soups, can often bring an end to diarrhoea symptoms.
If you often experience diarrhoea, you may want to consider a short colon cleanse and see how your body responds. If positive, consider doing a series of short colon cleanses, up to 5 days a month for 3-6 months to start, seeing if the episodes subside.
Frequent diarrhoea can also be an indicator of parasites and bugs in the colon. Consider reading through the parasite protocol. If you identify with the indicators, bring this information to your alternative doctor and take steps toward parasite testing.
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
Have soothing baths two to five nights a week, and alternate hot and cold water packs placed over the abdomen. This will help to relieve symptoms.
We detail several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
*Purified water is essential for any hydrotherapy treatment. Remedies for Treating Chlorinated Bath Water offers clear instructions and recommendations.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
Eat a clove of garlic each morning and evening, followed by hot tea with lemon (unsugared). Also eat lots of plain, organic yogurt. Avoid sugars of any kind, as well as alcohol during attacks and for at least a week after symptoms abate, as both bacteria and parasites feed on sugar and alcohol.
During the initial stages of diarrhoea, you should abstain from eating solid foods, especially fruits.
Consume plenty of fluids, such as pure, filtered water, barley water, rice water, and/or vegetable broth and juices.
Link to this: To prepare barley or rice water, follow these simple steps:
Take one cup of organic brown rice or whole barley of any variety. Rinse well and allow to drain in strainer while bringing six cups of pure water to a boil. Add the grain of choice and allow to reboil. Turn down flame to the lowest possible temperature after one minute and allow to simmer for one hour. Strain off the water for drinking. You can discard the grain or store it in a container for up to three days to add to a quick muffin or bread recipe.
As your symptoms start to ease up, you can reintroduce homemade organic broths and soups, especially freshly made organic vegetable, chicken or miso soup.
Once you are ready, if you are not lactose intolerant, you can try eating plain, unsweetened yogurt. Steamed and mashed or pureed starchy vegetables such as carrot, red potatoes or yams are also good. Bananas are slightly binding, so they are a common post-diarrhea food that may work for you. If you crave toast or crackers, choose an organic whole grain variety, and chew well to insure easier digestion. Avoid beets, as they can make symptoms worse, as can too many combinations of foods at one time. Best to choose one food and eat your fill, waiting at least 3 hours before eating another food.
Once symptoms completely pass, slowly return to eating solid foods, emphasizing organic whole foods, and continue to drink pure, filtered water throughout the day. Avoid milk and dairy products other than a small amount of plain yogurt, and all foods to which you may be allergic or sensitive. If you are unaware of your food allergies, consider being tested by a specialist in food allergies and/or environmental medicine.
As your strength and appetite return, move on to adding more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and organic free-range protein sources from meat, such as lamb and bison, poultry, and/or wild caught fish.
For overall health, the following foods should also be avoided: all commercially processed foods, sugars, refined carbohydrates, unhealthy fats, as well as alcohol, coffee and other caffeine products, sodas, and commercial non-herbal teas.
During and for 4-6 weeks after episodes of dysentery, be sure to supplement with acidophilus, bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus bulgaricus to restore healthy bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Citrus seed extract should also be taken during this time, to kill off any residual bacteria or parasites that might still be present. Vitamin A in therapeutic doses for the first five day, followed by maintenance doses, should also be taken, to boost your overall immunity.
Take Fivelac – one packet three times a day.
Digestive enzymes www.qnhshop.com
Organic apple cider vinegar – 1tsp with each meal
Allicin C – 2 capsules three times a day
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Stress Reduction: Stress reduction techniques, such as biofeedback and hypnosis, are recommended for diarrhoea brought about by anxiety or stress. Stress reduction techniques are also very helpful for dealing with emotions such as anger, depression, and hopelessness that can exacerbate diarrhoea symptoms.
Holistic health practitioners help their patients accomplish stress reduction through the use of various mind/body medicine techniques, such as biofeedback, hypnotherapy, and relaxation exercises.
Meditation is another form of stress management that can be highly effective. There are many ways to meditate. Here is one of the easiest ways (link to following) One of the easiest is simply to sit comfortably in a chair with your eyes closed as you focus on your breathing. Do this for five or ten minutes twice a day and gradually extend each session to 20-30 minutes. To enhance your efforts, concentrate on mentally repeating a peaceful phrase each time that you inhale and exhale, allowing all other thoughts to arise and pass without becoming involved in them. At first, this may seem difficult, but with committed practice you will eventually find yourself able to do so while experiencing greater degrees of calm and peace.
The Ayurvedic herb triphala is primary recommendation by Ayurvedic physicians, both for treating and preventing dysentery. Other useful herbs include cumin, goldenseal, and nutmeg. For children with diarrhoea, Ayurvedic physicians recommend drinking blended bananas and applying cumin paste to the child’s forehead and abdomen. We recommend you visit a licensed practitioner to make sure your medication is tailor-made to yo and your symptoms.
- The following are also used:
- Lashundai bali
- Bhuwaneshar ras
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In Western medicine diarrhoea is generally seen as a symptom of food poisoning but in Chinese medicine, it can have a number of causes and appropriate remedies. We recommend you visit a licensed practitioner who will be able to prescribe the relevant remedy for you. The following are often used: dang shen (bellfower root), bug u zi (scruffy pea seeds), rou dou kou (nutmeg), wu zhu yu (evodia fruits) and wu wei zi (schizandra fruits.)
Acupuncture and acupressure are also beneficial. Consult a licensed practitioner who can work on the appropriate points.
Chamomile, black pepper, cypress, eucalyptus, lemon, and Melissa are all effective essential oils that can be used to stem attacks of dysentery.
Useful homeopathic remedies for diarrhoea include Apis mel., Argent nit., Arsen alb., Calc carb., Chamomilla, Colchicum, Ipecacuanha, Merc sol., Natrum Sulf., Nux vomica, Sulfur, and Veratrum al.
Use a decoction of oak bark to reduce the diarrhea and fluid loss. Drink an infusion of meadowsweet and chamomile to ease abdominal discomfort. Eat a clove of raw garlic morning and evening.
Flower Essences: Take Rescue Remedy® for the accompanying stress, and Olive for exhaustion caused by dysentery.
Juice Therapy: Useful juice remedies include carrot and apple juice; carrot, apple, and celery; and carrot, celery, garlic, parsley, and spinach. One of our favorite juices,Essence of Creamy Chocolate, consists of romaine lettuce, spinach and carrot; it is also a great choice.
Lifestyle: If you smoke, stop, and also avoid exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke. In addition, since diarrhoea can often be a result of anxiety, it is important to learn how to effectively cope with and manage stress. Also try to exercise regularly.
If you are currently taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, these could be exacerbating or causing diarrhoea.
Garlic as a preventive food
Because of its high sulphur content, garlic helps to regulate digestive activity and kill germs. Try taking garlic capsules, or use liberal amounts of fresh garlic in your cooking as a preventive measure. Avoid garlic if you don’t digest onions well.
Apple vinegar for intestinal function
Apple vinegar contains large amounts of potassium, pectin and beta carotene. These gently help restore destroyed intestinal flora so intestinal function can return to normal. Drink a glass of noncarbonated mineral water with 2 teaspoons of apple vinegar three times a day until the problem eases. A damp, hot compress soaked with apple vinegar soothes pain; apply it to the abdomen for two hours twice daily…
Soothing flaxseed pouch
A flaxseed pack relaxes gastrointestinal cramping and discomfort due to inflammation. Fill a fabric pouch big enough to cover the lower abdomen with raw flaxseed or rice and stitch closed. Hang the pouch over a pot of boiling water to heat it with the steam for about 30 mins. Place the pouch (as hot as you can stand) on your abdomen. Cover with a towel and a wool blanket and leave in place for about one hour.
Lemon Balm – Known for its healing properties in alleviating dysentery
Alternative Professional Care
If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of dysentery: Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Detoxification Therapy, Magnetic Field Therapy. Naturopathic Medicine, Osteopathy, Oxygen Therapy (ozone colonics) and Traditional Chinese Medicine. (See Glossary for descriptions of these Alternative Therapies.)
Comfrey, the miracle herb for dysentery: www.naturalnews.com/032431_comfrey_healing.html
Lemon balm and its healing properties: www.naturalnews.com/033599_lemon_balm_herb.html
An Ayurvedic perspective on dysentery: www.timeswellness.com/article/126/2012031720120312144157471d8d10362/An-ayurvedic-perspective-on-amoebic-dysentery.html
Ayurvedic herbs to treat dysentery: www.ayurvedic-medicines.com/dysentery.html
TCM treatment of dysentery: tcmdiscovery.com/News/info/20071030_4957.html
Home ayurveda cure: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWJMtja-Fto
Healing properties of bentonite clay: www.naturalnews.com/028014_bentonite_clay_healing.html
Pu-erh Tea a natural tonic for dysentery: www.naturalnews.com/026747_tea_Pu-erh_cholesterol.html
Researchers discover dysentery bacteria: www.naturalnews.com/032042_superbugs_bacteria.html
Charcoal can alleviate dysentery: www.naturalnews.com/032570_activated_charcoal_cholesterol.html
Further Information (links and books)
Healing benefits of Ume Plum www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/umeboshi.html
Healthy Digestion the Natural Way: Preventing and Healing Heartburn, Constipation, Gas, Diarrhea, Inflammatory Bowel and Gallbladder Diseases, Ulcers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and More, Dr Lindsey Berkson; The Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse: An All-Natural, At-Home Flush to Purify and Rejuvenate Your Body by Andreas Moritz;
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
judith hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.