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Home Remedies For Loose Motion: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021

What are the best home remedies for loose motion?

Loose motion is a condition when the affected person excretes watery stools multiple times a day and it is generally caused by bacterial or parasitic infections, food poisoning, and over consumption of spicy food. It lasts normally for 2-3 days. It dehydrates and weakens the affected person.

  1. Unripe banana:

    Green unripe bananas contain pectin and astringent that can stop and reduce loose bowel movement.

    Description:Boil 2-3 green bananas, mash it with a pinch of salt, and have it with or without rice. You can have a green banana by putting it in soup or curry.

  2. Bottle gourd:

    Bottle gourd juice is a very good drink if you’re suffering from loose motion. It soothes your tummy and helps to hydrate your body.

    Description:Take a fresh bottle gourd, cut it into pieces, and grind it in a mixer grinder to extract juice from it. Drink this juice twice a day to rehydrate your body that is losing excessive water due to loose motion.

  3. Ginger powder:

    Ginger is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory that improves digestion and soothes tummy ache.

    Description:Add half a teaspoon of ginger powder to a cup of milk and drink the mixture 3 to 4 times a day to get instant relief.

  4. Peppermint:

    This herb is anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-viral in nature thereby provides instant relief from loose motion.

    Description:In a glass of water add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and mint leaves juice extracted by crushing 10-20 mint tree leaves. Drink this mixture 3-4 times a day for better results.

  5. Coriander leaves:

    It contains important essential oils like Borneol and Linalool that helps in proper digestion and improves liver function.

    Description:Take 3-4 tablespoons of coriander leaves and grind it to make a paste. Add the paste in a glass of water and 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice. Drink this juice 2-3 times a day.

  6. Oatmeal:

    Oatmeal is a rich source of fiber and nutrients. Oatmeals also contain electrolytes like potassium and magnesium which help to maintain the electrolytic balance in the body. Oatmeal reduces the water from stools and bulks it.

    Direction:You can add oat bran in a pan containing hot water and cook it for some time. You can eat it once cooked.

  7. Apple cider vinegar:

    Apple cider vinegar possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help to fight against infection in the intestine. It kills the bacteria causing loose motion because of its antibacterial properties.

    Direction:You can take apple cider vinegar by adding 2 spoons of it in lukewarm water.

  8. Yoghurt:

    Yoghurt is a kind of probiotics which contains healthy gut bacteria. These healthy bacteria fight with unhealthy bacteria in the gut region and prevent loose motion. Yoghurt also facilitates the proper digestion of food in the stomach.

    Direction:Either you can eat plain yogurt or you can take it by adding salt and pepper to it.

  9. Blueberry Tea:

    Blueberry contains compounds like anthocyanins and polyphenols which are antioxidants. Blueberries also possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which help to fight against bacteria causing loose motion infection. It also helps to provide relief from stomach pain.

    Direction:You can make blueberry tea by adding its roots to a utensil containing hot water, and then you can add a tea bag and honey into it.

  10. Coconut water:

    Coconut water is a rich source of potassium and sodium which are electrolytes. Potassium and sodium can help in promoting the balance of electrolyte in the body. Coconut water also contains Vitamins and another source of nutrient that helps in boosting immunity.

    Direction:You can buy a fresh coconut and directly drink it.

Summary: Loose motion can be treated by taking unripe bananas, coconut water, yogurt, oatmeal, bottle gourd, Blueberry tea, Apple cider vinegar. Ginger powder, coriander leaves, and peppermint are also effective for loose motions.

Are there any side effects of remedies for loose motion?

  • If the banana is eaten in excess, it may cause constipation, obesity, low blood pressure, etc. If you’re allergic to bananas then you may suffer from stomach pain, vomiting, and respiratory difficulties.
  • If gourd juice doesn’t suit then it may cause nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal discomfort, etc.
  • If ginger is taken in excess then it may cause stomach discomfort and diarrhoea.
  • Peppermint if taken in excess causes heartburn, flushing, headache, mouth sores, etc.
  • Coriander might cause nausea, stomach problems, loss of appetite, indigestion, bowel spasm, diarrhea, etc.
Summary: Despite being effective, certain home remedies have some side effects which vary from person to person, so choose your home remedy only if you are not allergic or sensitive to the particular substance. Do not use any home remedies in excess as it may be harmful to health.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

  • Try to avoid eating spicy and junk food outside.
  • Don’t overeat.
  • Before you start drinking bottle gourd juice to treat your loose motion, taste it to check for its bitterness. You should not drink juice if it is bitter.
  • Don’t eat unripe bananas in excess as it may cause constipation.
Summary: Follow the guidelines. Avoid junk food and overeating habits.

How long does it take to recover or to get rid of loose motion?

This condition can be treated at home with natural home remedies for loose motion within 2 to 3 days. Consult your doctor if your bowel movement doesn’t improve even after 3 days.

Summary: The time for recovery from loose motion is 2-3 days. If you don't observe any difference in 3 days then it's highly recommended to consult a doctor.

Are the results of the home remedies for loose motion are permanent?

Remedies for loose motion give permanent relief from the bacterial or viral infection thus causing loose motion. But if you don’t restrict and check your food habits then the loose motion can recur.

Summary: No, the results are not permanent if you don't practice healthy eating habits.

Is there any training or experts required to perform these natural remedies for loose motion?

The home remedies mentioned here do not involve any complex dosage or inorganic substances to cure your loose motion. These are entirely homemade remedies and are considered to be safe. So it is not required to get an expert’s help before you start with these home remedies.

Summary: No, there is no need for training or expert assistance since these home remedies are easy to perform.

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