Diarrhoea is an uncomfortable subject to talk about. It’s even more uncomfortable to live with. Yet, it’s a problem we’ve all dealt with it at one time or another. For the ‘lucky’ ones it’s a temporary problem. For many others it’s a chronic condition, which can have serious physical, emotional and social consequences. No matter what the cause, when you get diarrhoea, you want it to go away fast. However, trying to find a natural solution that doesn’t involve harsh drugs, which can often cause more problems than they solve, can be difficult.
Now, a new formulation called Diarex – made up of five herbs traditionally used in Ayurvedic (ancient Indian) medicine for diarrhoea – may hold the answer, both for those who experience only periodic bouts of diarrhoea and those who have suffered with chronic IBS for years.
At HSI, we’re always on the lookout for approaches that bring together ancient remedies that are backed up with modern research. That’s why we were so impressed with the research findings on Diarex, which has been found to relieve diarrhoea regardless of the cause. Better still, it has no known side effects or contraindications.
What’s going on that makes you dash for the nearest toilet?
Diarrhoea occurs when there is too much fluid in your gastrointestinal tract. The reason for this is usually linked to cells called enterocytes, which line the walls of your intestines. They are responsible for the final phase of digestion and absorption and for regulating the secretion and reabsorption of water and electrolytes. Under normal conditions, the enterocytes secrete enough fluid to aid digestion and make waste matter pass smoothly through your digestive system, and then reabsorb any excess.
Problems can soon occur when something interferes with this process. In some cases, it’s easy to pinpoint the problem – infectious agents, for example, are notorious for preying on enterocytes and wreaking havoc in your gastrointestinal tract. Toxins like E. coli and vibrio cholerae (the bacterium that causes cholera) overstimulate the secretion of fluid in your intestine, which causes loose, watery and frequent stools.
When it comes to diarrhoea caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the explanation isn’t quite so clear-cut and the root causes most likely vary from person to person. But the important thing is to find something to relieve its symptoms – not only for your peace of mind, but for your long-term health as well. Frequent bouts of diarrhoea mean that your body is not reabsorbing all the fluids it needs to function properly. In addition, many of the nutrients from your foods and supplements cannot be utilised properly either – passing through your digestive system before they have a chance to be effectively absorbed.
Five-herb combo can offer much-needed relief
A study, at Banaras Hindu University Hospital in Varanasi, India, was conducted to assess the efficacy of Diarex in 50 patients. About a quarter of the participants (24 per cent) suffered with chronic diarrhoea (meaning their symptoms had been present for more than a month), while the rest of the group had acute diarrhoea (symptoms present for seven to 14 days). All of the participants had bowel movements at least three times a day, with about a quarter of the group having a movement more than 10 times per day.
The chronic group took two tablets three times a day for 10 days; the acute group took two tablets three times a day for three days, followed by one tablet three times a day for two more days. Following this, an impressive 70 per cent of the participants had reduced their bowel movements to only two or three times per day and only one patient was still in the seven to 10 times a day range.1
Another trial assessed the effects of Diarex on 49 people with IBS. They all took two tablets three times a day for 10 days, followed by two tablets twice a day for the next 50 days. Before treatment, the majority of the patients (62 per cent) were having three to six bowel movements per day, with some having 10 or more. After treatment, more than 80 per cent of the participants were down to two to three times a day, and only one patient was having more than seven bowel movements per day.
What to take for best results
The recommended dosage is one Diarex tablet twice a day (taken for two to three days in total). If you suffer from chronic diarrhoea you may need a higher dose. However, it’s important that you consult your practitioner to determine the correct dose for you.
Ancient Herbs That Help Calm The Bowels
Each of the five herbs contained in Diarex have been used traditionally in Ayurvedic medicine to help treat diarrhoea. However, together they appear to be even more effective. They include:
Bael tree fruit (aegle marmelos) contains tannins, which have been clinically proven to help control diarrhoea.
Conessi tree (holarrhena antidysenterica) has been shown to be particularly effective against a class of dysentery-causing parasites called entamoeba histolytica.
Guduchi stem (tinospora cordifolia), like conessi tree, has also been found to be effective against entamoeba histolytica.2
Pomegranate fruit (punica granatum) has been proven effective against internal parasites and bacteria like E. coli, staphylococcus aureus and candida albicans.
Nut grass (cyperus rotundus) is a traditional ingredient in Indian and Asian herbal anti-diarrhoea formulas.
1. Lakshmi P., Sharma N. et al. ‘Clinical Evaluation of New Diarex in acute and chronic diarrhea’ The Antiseptic 2001 October;98(10):371-372
2. Irfan S, Prabhakar B ‘Efficacy of New Diarex in Diarrhea’ The Indian Practitioner 2001 July;54(7):497-499