CLASSIFYING THE IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: TRYING THE COMMON-SENSE APPROACH – RESTING THE BOWEL, TAKING A BULKING AGENT FOR DIARRHOEA & CAN MY DOCTOR GIVE ME ANYTHING FOR DIARRHOEA?

Resting the Bowel
If your stool is frequent and fluid, rest and take fluids only, but avoid milk and citrus drinks. Filtered, bottled or boiled water, apple juice or clear vegetable stock thickened with arrowroot or slippery elm powder (the pure powder, not the milk drink containing slippery elm), will both soothe and heal the bowel. White rice cooked in a lot of water until it becomes a creamy liquid has the same effect.
Taking a Bulking Agent for Diarrhoea
Isogel (or linseed) is as helpful for diarrhoea as it is for constipation. Take it with only enough fluid to get it down and it will act as a sponge and absorb excess fluid in the bowel.
Can my Doctor Give Me Anything for Diarrhoea?
Yes. It could be Imodium capsules (also available over the counter as Arret) or a kaolin and morphine mixture. Resort to medicine only when you have tried resting and fluids. There are two reasons for this. One is ‘letting your guts have their say’; if they are trying to clean out toxins it is a mistake to interrupt this. The other reason is that although the drugs are certainly effective in stopping the diarrhoea, they can also leave you with constipation, and so the cycle goes on.
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CLASSIFYING THE IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME: TRYING THE COMMON-SENSE APPROACH – RESTING THE BOWEL, TAKING A BULKING AGENT FOR DIARRHOEA & CAN MY DOCTOR GIVE ME ANYTHING FOR DIARRHOEA?Resting the BowelIf your stool is frequent and fluid, rest and take fluids only, but avoid milk and citrus drinks. Filtered, bottled or boiled water, apple juice or clear vegetable stock thickened with arrowroot or slippery elm powder (the pure powder, not the milk drink containing slippery elm), will both soothe and heal the bowel. White rice cooked in a lot of water until it becomes a creamy liquid has the same effect.Taking a Bulking Agent for DiarrhoeaIsogel (or linseed) is as helpful for diarrhoea as it is for constipation. Take it with only enough fluid to get it down and it will act as a sponge and absorb excess fluid in the bowel.Can my Doctor Give Me Anything for Diarrhoea?Yes. It could be Imodium capsules (also available over the counter as Arret) or a kaolin and morphine mixture. Resort to medicine only when you have tried resting and fluids. There are two reasons for this. One is ‘letting your guts have their say’; if they are trying to clean out toxins it is a mistake to interrupt this. The other reason is that although the drugs are certainly effective in stopping the diarrhoea, they can also leave you with constipation, and so the cycle goes on.*21\326\8*

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