Loose stools indicate that the intestinal contents have moved too quickly through the intestines for fluid absorption to take place, or that water has been drawn from the cells lining the intestinal tract and added to the food residue. Like vomiting, diarrhea can lead to considerable fluid and salt losses, but the composition of the fluids is different. Stomach fluid lost in vomiting are highly acidic, whereas intestinal fluids lost in diarrhea are nearly neutral. When fluid losses require medical attention, correct replacement is crucial.
Loose stool is a symptom of various medical conditions and treatments. It may occur abruptly in a healthy person as a result of infections (such as food poisoning) or as a side effect of medications when used in large quantities, food ingredients such as the sugar alternative sorbitol and the fat alternative olestra may also cause loose stools in some people.
Loose stool may also occur as a result of disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, such as irritable bowel syndrome or colitis. Irritable bowel syndrome is one of the most common gastro intestinal disorders and is characterized by a disturbance in the motility of the GI tract.
Homeopathic treatment for loose motions
Arsenic album – loose motions with unquenchable thirst, loose stools on account of food poisoning involving nausea and vomiting.
Chamomilla – loose motions during teething period, worse after anger. The child is cross and irritable.
Bovista – loose motions before and after menses. Chronic diarrhea of old people. Worse at night and early morning.
Aconite – loose motions from checked perspiration, during heat of summer, from fight or anger, in cold nights, corrosive slimy stools, frequent and involuntary.
Aethusa cynapium – green, thin, bilious discharges, with violent tenesmus, stools of partly digested food, just after meal or at night. Stool loose with cutting in abdomen.
Agaricus – excellent remedy for loose stools in wet weather.
Aloe – involuntary stools-may be solid and without knowledge of the patient. Uncertain whether stool or gas will come. Stools lumpy and watery. Copious flatus. Patient is unable to control and has to run to the lavatory. Loose stools from beer.
Colocynthis – brown watery stools after eating or drinking. Jelly like stools of musk odor accompanied by several abdominal cramps.
Podophyllum – loose stools, green, watery, fetid, profuse, and gushing. Worse during teething, and in the morning. While bathing or washing and in hot weather. Loose stools alternating with constipation. Prolapsed of rectum before or with stools.
Nitric acid – loose stools after using antibiotics.
Gelsemium – loose motions due to fright, bad news or emotional excitement.
Croton Tig – gurgling in the intestines. Copious watery stools are shot out forcibly. Constant urging to stool. Worse while drinking or even while eating.
Natrum Sulph – stools involuntary while passing flatus; early morning diarrhea; great size of fecal masses.
Veratrum album – loose stools painful; watery, copious, and forcefully evacuated followed by great weakness.
Mag Carb – stool like scum of frog pound; green or frothy white masses, floating on the green, watery stool; aggravate in hot weather, during dentition, from artificial food.
Sulphur – morning diarrhoea ordinarily at the time when the patient begins to think about rising; between midnight and morning
Antim crud – alternate diarrhoea and constipation in old people; loose stools after overheating; after nursing, after cold bathing, at night and early morning; loose stools with nausea and vomiting, colic and loss of appetite; loose stools from acid, vinegar; stool profuse, watery, with little hard lumps.
Camphora – loose motions with great prostration and collapse; Dark brown r black stool with cutting pain in abdomen; rice watery stools
Cuprum met – violent diarrhea, with cramps in the stomach and chest; frequent watery diarrhea, with flakes; cold sweat; weak and small pulse; excellent remedy for cholera.