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Diarrhea and vomiting are not independent diseases, but symptoms that occur in connection with a wide variety of diseases. Diarrhea and vomiting can occur together or completely independently of one another. Medications do not always have to be used immediately - in lighter cases, home remedies such as tea, light food, healing earth and much more help.
Definition, causes, symptoms: diarrhea
If more than three times a day unshaped, low-viscosity stool is discontinued, this can be described as diarrhea or diarrhea. If the condition persists for more than a month, it is called chronic diarrhea. The intestine is no longer able to absorb water and electrolytes from the faeces. There are many reasons for this: bacterial and viral gastrointestinal infections, food poisoning, food intolerance, medication and psychological influences. Examples of causes of chronic diarrhea include diabetes, hyperthyroidism (hyperthyroidism), inflammatory bowel diseases (e.g. Crohn's disease), and medications that have to be taken for a long time (e.g. cardiac glycosides, cytostatics).
Symptoms that can accompany diarrhea include abdominal pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, sweating, weakness and circulatory problems.
Definition, causes, symptoms: vomiting
Vomiting is controlled by the vomiting center in the brain. This empties the stomach and, in very rare cases, the intestine, in reverse and reflex. Most often, vomiting is preceded by nausea, increased salivation and / or pressure in the upper abdomen.
Causes of vomiting are: Viral or bacterial infections of the gastrointestinal tract, poisoning, disgust, drugs, food intolerance, gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum), appendicitis (appendicitis), biliary colic, liver failure, intestinal obstruction, inflammation of the kidneys, heat stroke, migraines , Head injuries, pregnancy and much more.
Vomiting that does not want to get better, that is accompanied by other symptoms, such as fever and weakness, and / or has been going on for a long time, should be taken seriously and a doctor should be consulted. Small children can dry out internally relatively quickly, which is why a visit to the pediatrician is essential. If vomiting occurs like a gush, blood is added or if this suddenly occurs without any precursors, a clinic should be consulted.
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Home remedies for diarrhea
Diarrhea can be harmless and often passes without treatment. The following home remedies can promote healing and provide relief.
Even our grandmothers made tea for a wide range of complaints, including diarrhea. To this day, tea is still “modern”.
Tea blend 1
For this, chamomile flowers and peppermint leaves are mixed. A heaped teaspoon is brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water. The brewing time is approximately eight minutes. It is best to drink three cups of the tea in small sips. This tea is also a good home remedy for vomiting.
Tea blend 2
The tea blend consists of 10 grams of peppermint leaves, 20 grams of chamomile flowers and 20 grams of bloodroot. A heaping teaspoon of the mixture is, as with the other recipes, poured with about 250 ml of boiling water and strained after about ten minutes. The bloodroot contained is said to have a particularly quick effect in the case of diarrhea. It has an antibacterial, antispasmodic and astringent effect.
Blackberry leaf tea
Two to three cups of blackberry leaf tea can provide relief from diarrhea. Two teaspoons of the herb are brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water and poured off after about eight minutes. Several cups, drunk throughout the day, are recommended.
Black tea has an astringent effect, especially if it lasts longer. This is a simple, helpful home remedy for diarrhea. Instead of the usual two to three minutes, the tea should brew for about ten minutes. Afterwards, the black tea tastes a bit bitter, due to its tannins.
Dried blueberry tea
It is essential to use dried blueberries for this, as the fresh ones can do the opposite. The dried fruits have an astringent effect and the intestinal peristalsis slows down somewhat. Two teaspoons are boiled in a quarter liter of water for about fifteen minutes and then strained. Two or three cups, distributed throughout the day, drunk in small sips, provides relief.
Healing earth is one of the well-known home remedies that serve well in a wide variety of diseases. It binds toxins in the intestine and then naturally releases them to the outside. Therefore, it is also a good way to cure diarrhea in a natural way. The best and easiest is to take healing capsules, which are available in every drugstore.
Home remedies from the kitchen
Garlic and onions both have a disinfectant effect. If you have diarrhea without any accompanying symptoms, chopped onion or garlic pieces, eaten throughout the day, can help.
Bananas have a stuffing effect. It is best to eat them, crushed with a rusks. Eating a grated, unpeeled apple has also proven itself.
Carrot soup is also recommended as a home remedy for diarrhea. It is also popular with children. Carrots are peeled, cut into small pieces and boiled in water for one hour and then pureed. The resulting porridge is then refilled with water, seasoned with salt and consumed in small portions several times a day. The sugar molecules formed during cooking can bind the bacteria in order to then excrete them.
Home remedies for vomiting
Vomiting also does not necessarily have to have bad causes. The following home remedies can help here.
Vomiting is always a very unwelcome affair, although it is usually a healthy response from the body to get rid of things that are unhealthy and un digestible. Home remedies, such as the tea recipes mentioned below, help to prevent or at least alleviate vomiting. As soon as you can drink again, make sure you have sufficient fluids: Still water or herbal tea are best suited here. The liquid is best drunk lukewarm in small sips.
The ginger root helps with colds, sore throats, but also against nausea and nausea. For the tea, a piece of the root is peeled, cut into slices, and scalded with boiling water. Four to six small slices are required for one liter of water, depending on the level of sharpness. The tea should brew for about twenty minutes.
Tea blend 1
The following tea mixture relieves the urge to vomit and soothes the stomach: 15 grams of peppermint leaves, 10 grams of chamomile flowers, 10 lemon balm leaves and five grams of aniseed fruit (lightly toasted). A teaspoon of this mixture is scalded with about 250 milliliters of boiling water and strained after seven to eight minutes. The tea is drunk in small sips three times a day.
Tea blend 2
If the focus is on nausea and nausea, the following home remedies can help. For the tea blend, celandine and peppermint are mixed in equal parts and a teaspoon of which is brewed with a quarter liter of boiling water. The tea is ready to drink after about seven to eight minutes. This is also drunk in small sips and three times a day.
Tea blend 3
Anise and chamomile flowers are mixed in equal parts. To do this, anise has to be touched beforehand so that the essential oils can escape. A heaping teaspoon of the mixture is poured with 250 milliliters of boiling water, stripped after about seven to eight minutes - this is a good home remedy for vomiting and the associated nausea.
Melissa spirit is an ancient home remedy that is used for a variety of complaints. This remedy can also help with nausea and vomiting. Melissa spirit consists of - as the name suggests - lemon balm leaves and various spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, galangal and cloves.
Theriak is a blend of herbs that dates back to ancient times. However, the recipe for this has been modified over and over again in many years. Theriak is also known as a component of the so-called Swedish herbs, i.e. a mixture of herbs in the mixture of herbs. Swedish herbs are an excellent home remedy - can be used for a wide variety of complaints and ailments, including nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Acupressure is an easy to use home remedy for vomiting, or for nausea and nausea. For this, a specific acupuncture point is massaged. This is located on the forearm, about three finger widths below the wrist, in the middle, between the two tendons. The point is very helpful for nausea and vomiting and is massaged with your finger in small circular movements for about thirty seconds. This can be repeated several times. Acupressure also helps with travel sickness.
Tea for the stomach and intestines
A well-known remedy for vomiting and diarrhea is the well-known chamomile tea. It is best prepared from dried chamomile flowers: ten flowers are scalded with a liter of boiling water, strained after seven to eight minutes and drunk lukewarm several times a day. This calms the stomach and intestines.
Start eating slowly
In the case of acute diarrhea and / or vomiting, a day of food leave is recommended. However, care must be taken to ensure adequate hydration.
If you want to eat something, you should eat potatoes with a little salt, chicken or vegetable broth on the first day. Oatmeal porridge and rice gruel are also recommended. Start with small meals at first, increase slowly and chew well - this is important so that the body is not overwhelmed. The longer the food consists of light food, the faster the stomach and intestines recover.
Cola and pretzel sticks - is this really that healthy?
Cola and pretzel sticks are a common home remedy for diarrhea and vomiting. This does not harm adults and adolescents, but it is also not really recommended. The immense sugar content contained in cola even causes more water to be released from the body into the intestine, which means that an additional amount of fluid is excreted. The pretzel sticks contain sodium, and the body also absolutely needs potassium. Children, who lose a lot of fluids due to diarrhea, should get a suitable electrolyte solution from the pharmacy rather than drink cola and nibble pretzel sticks.
Avoid these foods in case of diarrhea and vomiting
In the case of acute diarrhea, the following foods must be avoided: whole grains, fats, hot spices, dairy products, raw food, gas, coffee, too hot and too cold.
When to the doctor?
Diarrhea and vomiting do not have to mean something bad. A harmless gastrointestinal infection can, if there are no further complaints, often be treated with the home remedies mentioned. However, if these do not bring relief, if the symptoms persist or become even more severe, a doctor must be consulted.
Diarrhea and vomiting are mostly associated with a gastrointestinal infection. This is usually contagious. Therefore, the sick people should best use their own toilet. If this is not possible, meticulous hygiene is necessary. Frequent hand washing, disinfection of the toilet seat and door handles are part of it. This is particularly important when there are several people living in one household. Contamination can be prevented by hygiene measures.
Gastrointestinal flu can be prevented by taking probiotic germs. The term probiotic means "for life". These germs occur physiologically in a healthy intestinal flora. They protect against pathogens and strengthen our immune system. Taking a probiotic preparation can protect against a wide variety of infections. After a gastrointestinal flu, the probiotics rebuild the intestinal flora. Suitable preparations are available in the pharmacy. What supports the intestine and thus the defense are lactic acid products, such as Kanne bread drink or sauerkraut juice. (sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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