A practical guide for nutritional and traditional health care.
This is a much more serious manifestation of the common diarrhea, during the stages of dysentery, the stool in the affected person is sometimes specked or tinged with blood and mucus. Frequent need to pass stool and colicky pains may characterize the diarrhea that sets in, and it can be very severe, in many cases it is common to pass stools as often as fifteen to thirty times a day during severe dysentery. A high fever and thirst usually accompanies the sudden onset of dysentery and it can come on very quickly. A weakening of physical strength and great fatigue are other symptoms that come in when there is dysentery. As a person who is very weak may not be able to drink water, other problems like acute dehydration sets in and is very often a serious side-effect as fluid loss is immense and continuous. The symptoms can be less acute in amebic dysentery, diarrhea alternating with constipation, along with intestinal cramping and the production of excess gas internally. Liver damage is the inherent danger in amebic dysentery as this can lead to other complications such as hepatitis, the formation of cysts and abscesses in the body. And all such liver problems can remain hidden for a long time and be dormant for years on end until suddenly showing up to cause physical distress.
An inflammation in the region of the colon is the cause of the diarrhea typical during dysentery, the inflammation is in turn caused by an infection in the colon due to pathogens including bacteria, many types of internal parasites and some viruses. The communication of the infection in the colon is thru direct contact with infected individuals and by the consumption of contaminated food and beverages. The two main types of bacteria responsible for the most common types of dysentery are the shigella bacteria and parasitic amebas. Where the bacteria has been responsible for causing the dysentery, it is usually because insects like flies have transferred the bacteria from exposed and infected feces to food stuffs in many regions and countries and especially in those where community hygiene standards are rather poor. Being in contact with this infected food can also transmit the germs and bring on dysentery.
Amebic dysentery is dissimilar to dysentery caused by infection from shigella, in that it mostly occurs in places or countries with hot climates. But in a similar manner to the bacterium, the ameba is also spread via contaminated water, or contaminated and improperly cooked food or through directly eating raw vegetables or fruit grown on contaminated soil and, in some rare cases, through physical contact with a person who has been infected. Even people with little or no sign of the illness or infection can transmit the germs through physical contact with persons, they are simply known as carriers, and pass the illness very effectively. Especially in places where sanitary practices are rather less developed or poor, these types of dysentery can be quite abundant. Issues like proper hygiene, cleanliness and proper appraisal of the food and water drunk assume much more important roles when one is traveling in tropical climates, as such regions are often rich in dysentery producing pathogens.
Supplements and herbs
Ideally the supplements used should assist the body in ridding itself of the pathogens or parasites involved in bringing on the attack. Common condiments like garlic and grapefruit seed extract possess anti parasitic and bactericidal properties and where the need arises they can be used over a long period of time. In place of raw garlic capsules which are both odorless simple to consume are a good alternative. Tablet and liquid forms of grapefruit seed extract is also odorless widely available; both these supplements are effective.
The natural treatment of the infection can be carried out by using Lactobacillus acidophilus and other types of healthy bacteria that treat infections by way of re-establishing the intestinal flora and promoting health. Amebic dysentery can be treated effectively using this method it is also effective against other forms of bacteria responsible for diarrhea in humans. These supplements mentioned above are both prophylactic as well as therapeutic; they are equally good in prevention or cure charcoal tablets help bind toxins and retard the illness while the attack from diarrhea is on.
Herbal treatments are most effective in eliminating bacteria and parasites that cause dysentery and aid in the relief of the consequent diarrhea.
Tea made from the condiment peppermint and chamomile will help in the healing of inflamed and irritated intestinal walls; and it is effective against pains caused by the diarrhea. For the most effective measure add about 5 drops of peppermint oil to the tea combination. Intestinal bleeding and bacterial infection can be overcome using goldenseal; it relieves diarrhea; it just stops intestinal bleeding while killing off the bacteria. Dosage should be thrice a day; 10 drops of tincture in liquid, for a total of two days. The intestinal tract is well improved using slippery elm bark which heals it effectively. For issues of taste in children about a tsp. of powdered slippery elm bark can be added to apple sauce to make it more palatable. This can be used thrice a day. Another effective herb is bayberry root bark; it eliminates harmful bacteria- the active ingredient is an alkaloid called berberine which is extremely bactericidal. Dose is one tbsp for children. Intestinal worms can be removed using wormwood in water; dosage twice daily to kill intestinal worms effectively. Any kinds of stomach issues can be resolved using silverweed including diarrhea and, especially dysentery. This is especially effective in combination with peppermint. Chronic dysentery can be alleviated using grape leaves.
Additional things you may do
During the acute phases of dysentery physical methods of alleviating pain include sitting for five minutes in about three inches of cold water; this can be repeated during the course of the day. Barefoot walking must be avoided especially along the streets, along sandy beaches in places where the tide does not reach as exposure to germs in increased. Other easily recommended steps are proper bathroom hygiene. A disinfectant should always be used and carried along with you on your daily walk. Avoid seating yourself on hot, public transportation seats for example buses and trains. And if you are in the tropical countries you should avoid using the public toilets as transmission of disease is quite easy in such places.
Other beneficial herbs