conditions diarrhea



Other:Infectious Gastroenteritis
ICD-10 Codes:A09

Naturopathic Treatments

• probiotics prophylactically
• drink filtered water
• avoid foods washed with contaminated water (e.g. salads)
• frequent hand washing

• oral rehydration solution (ORS) - to prevent dehydration
• BRAT and hypoallergenic diet)
• avoid lactose, sorbitol, fructose, etc.

Specific foods
• green bananas - folk remedy; high in tannins
• oatmeal - high in mucilage, soluble fiber
chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita)
ginger tea (Zingiber officinale)

Bulk laxatives
• psyllium (Plantago ovata)
slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

Asian formula (Kampo; TCM)
Pinellia Formula to Drain the Epigastrium (Hange-shashin-to; Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang) - drains fire and dampness in lower burner

Antimicrobials (for infectious diarrhea)
goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis)
pau d'arco (Tabebuia spp.)
wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

• probiotics - to resolve dysbiosis
peppermint oil capsules

Conventional Treatments

• antibiotics
• electrolyte solution
• loperamide

Signs & Symptoms

• loose watery stools
• frequent BM
• abdominal pain
• potential fever

• leukocytes in stool analysis (unless toxigenic bacteria)


• gastroenteritis
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• lactose intolerance
• Crohn's disease
• ulcerative colitis
• pseudomembrane colitis
• intestinal parasites
• malabsorption
• laxative abuse
colon cancer


• non-absorbable solutes in the intestine cause water to flow down osmotic gradient into lumen

• too much intestinal secretion of fluid (can be d/t: bacterial toxins, pancreatic islet tumor secreting intestinal peptide, bile acids after ileal resection)

• celiac sprue
• Crohn's disease (d/t decreased brush border enzymes)
• post-gastroenteritis (d/t decrease in brush border enzymes)
• infectious: invasive bacteria or bacterial toxin, or viral
• exudative: intestinal mucosal inflammation leading to fluid leakage


• based on presenting symptoms and patient history
• watch for dehydration and electrolyte imbalance
• stool analysis


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