Best homeopathic remedies for Diarrhoea from the book Therapeutic Pointers to Some Common Diseases by E.A. Farrington…

Aconite [Acon]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea of inflammatory origin, which

appears in Summer, as the result of indulgence in cold drinks or from checked perspiration. The stool is watery, slimy and bloody.

It is also indicated in Diarrhoea from fright.

Aloe [Aloe]

Indicated in women with uterine congestion and prolapsus uteri; they frequently suffer from loose bowels, with uncertain control of the rectum. Without any warning they feel faint, with a sensation, as if, they were about to have Diarrhoea. When the bowels move, there is more wind than substance, and they become prostrated and covered with a clammy sweat. The stools contain jelly-like mucus, are apt to be worse in the morning, and there is a colic, relieved by bending double.

Alstonia Scholaris [Alst-s]

It is useful in Diarrhoea of malarial origin, here vying with China. (See China.).

Antimonium Crudum [Ant-c]

It is indicated when the stool is watery and contains little lumps of faecal matter. The Diarrhoea is made worse by vinegar and other acids, by cold bathing and by being over-heated.

It is also useful in Diarrhoea alternated with constipation, in the order persons-the stool in the latter consists of hard, dry lumps, that in the former, water mixed with faecal lumps.

Antimonium Tartaricum [Ant-t]

It is indicated when the following symptoms are present: Nausea with great anxiety, eructations tasting like rotten eggs, yawning and drowsiness. Vomiting and purging may take place, with every

symptom of collapse [Veratrum Alb.]. The vomited matters are green and watery, sometimes frothy, and contain food; the vomiting itself is associated with trembling of hands and is followed by drowsiness. The stools are profuse and watery [Verat Alb.]. Cutting colic. Thirstless or drinking little and often. Desire for acids, fruits, etc.

It is to be compared with Veratrum Alb.

Apis Mellifica [Apis]

It may be of value in Diarrhoea, which comes on during the course of Typhoid Fever of Scarlatina, or as the result of the debilitated influence of continued heat. Motion aggravates. In bad cases, the urine is scanty.

It is also useful in the Diarrhoea of the children, who are very much debilitated. The stools are thin, watery, yellow in color and usually worse in the morning: they may or may not be offensive. At very motion of the body the bowels move, as though the sphincter ani has no power. The child wakes up with a scream.

Apocynum [Apoc]

It may be called for, when the stools are copious, yellow, watery or brownish and sometimes contain undigested food; they are discharged with an expulsive force, like a cork from a bottle. The sphincter ani is so weak that stools escape unbidden or while the patient is passing flatus [Aloe]. After stool, he feels weak [Aloe] or has all-gone feeling in the abdomen and his face becomes pale and covered with cold sweat.

Aranea Diadema [Aran]

It cures Diarrhoea, in patients affected with disorders of the cerebro-spinal nervous system. The stools are watery, associated, with great rumbling of the bowels, as if considerable fermentation were going on within.

Argentum Nitricum [Arg-n]

It is indicated, when the stools are greenish and shreddy, and consist of blood, slime and epithelium, often with excessive flatulence, (<) at night, and is often provoked by the use of sugar. It seems as if the child had but one bowel and that extended from the mouth to the anus. The patient has difficulty in breathing, with long sighs.

It is esp. indicated when Diarrhoea follows any excitement; such as, fright, the anticipation of some ordeal or esp. when the imagination has been played upon. The bowels are apt to move as soon as the least food or drink is taken.

It is to be compared with Arsenicum

Arnica [Arn]

See the symptoms of this remedy in Cholera Infantum. The same symptoms also indicate it in Diarrhoea also.

Arsenicum [Ars]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea caused by sudden chilling of the stomach with ice-water or ice-cream-Alcoholic drinks in excess- certain poisons, as the ptomaine of sausage meat that has been spoiled-rancid fat-spoiled butter or fat that has, undergone decomposition-and lobster salads at certain season of the year. The stools are yellow or they are dark and offensive, sometimes involuntary; they are attended with very distressing heartburn, burning pain and sometimes burning in the stomach, like coals of fire and are followed by great weakness and coldness. The thirst is intense, but the patient drinks but little at a time. He is worse after midnight.

It is also indicated in profuse lienteric Diarrhoea coming on during or after eating [Ferrum], more after, than during eating [Cinchona] and more after midnight.

Artemisia Abrotanum [ ]

It is indicated when Diarrhoea and Piles alternate with Rheumatism.

Belladonna [Bell]

It is particularly suited to a dysenteric Diarrhoea, i.e., a Diarrhoea from cold with Enteritis, the discharges being slimy and bloody, associated with considerable tenesmus.

It is complementary to Chamomilla in the Diarrhoea of the infants.

Borax [Bor]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea of the infants and children, when the stools are watery and green or soft and yellow, always containing mucus. The Diarrhoea is preceded by colic.

Bovista [Bov]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea associated with Urticaria, the stools being followed by tenesmus and burning.

Bryonia [Bry]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, when the attacks are provoked by indulgence in vegetable food or stewed fruits and also by getting overheated in the Summer time. The stools are offensive and watery and smell like old cheese; sometimes the stools are dark-green; at other times the patient is seized with sudden griping pains, doubling him up, accompanied by copious pasty stools; the movements are esp. worse in the morning, after rising and beginning to move around [Nat. Sulph.] and also in hot weather.

It is also useful for early morning Diarrhoea, which comes on as soon as the patient moves about [Nat. Sulph.].

Calcarea Acetica [Calc-acet]

It is indicated in the Diarrhoea of the infants associated with vomiting of curdled milk and sour smelling stools [CalcareaCarb.].

Calcarea Carb [Calc]

It is indicated in the Diarrhoea during the course of Phthisis, which is (<) in morning.

In Diarrhoea of the infants it is useful when there are sour stools, rejection of milk, vomiting of curdled milk [Calcarea Ac., Mag. Carb.] and imperfect nourishment of body [Mag. Carb.] Sweat on the head, face and scalp and enlarged abdomen are its characteristics.

It also eradicates the chronic tendency to Diarrhoea in patients at puberty (more with girls, than with boys), who are threatened with Tuberculosis of the lungs, which it also checks.

Calcarea Phos [Calc-p]

Useful for Diarrhoea, in debilitated children, with green, slimy and lienteric stools, accompanied by the passage of a great deal of foetid flatus. Sometimes, the stools is very profuse, watery and hot.

Carbo Veg [Carb-v]

It comes in when Nux Vomica has ceased to act, in Diarrhoea from the bad effects of over-eating and high living. Morning Diarrhoea of the dyspeptic patients (see Dyspepsia).

Also indicated in thin, involuntary, putrid, bloody, purulent Diarrhoea of the typhoid states.

Castoreum [Cast]

Indicated when the stools consist of bloody mucus or of whitish water, with burning in anus; green mucous stools which burn. Distension of abdomen with flatus and cutting colic before stool, (>) by pressure or bending double.

It has cured Diarrhoea with watery or green mucous stools, in delicate, nervous children, who weaken under Summer heat, or during dentition, and who will not rally under the usual remedies.

Chamomilla [Cham]

Diarrhoea of infants and children, with hot, yellowish green stools, looking like chopped eggs, and often mixed with bile, causing soreness at anus, and having an odor of sulphuretted Hydrogen [Sul.]; it is esp.(>) towards evening and (>) by moving about [Mag. carb.]. Griping pains, before stool. The flatus is hot and smells like rotten eggs [Staphysagria]. Anxiety and restlessness are prominent. Esp. useful during dentition.

Belladonna is complementary to Chamomilla in Diarrhoea and colic of the infants.

Chelidonium [Chel]

Indicated in Diarrhoea when the stools are characteristically profuse, bright-yellow, or they may be clayey.

China or Cinchona [Chin]

Indicated when the stools are lienteric in character, and in appearance yellow, watery and brown, and very offensive; they are (<) at night and after a meal, and are followed by rapid exhaustion and emaciation. The stools may escape involuntarily after a meal. The flatus is also very offensive.

It is also useful in profuse lienteric Diarrhoea occurring during or after a meal [Arsenicum, Ferrum], more after than during [Arsenicum].

It is one of the best remedies in Diarrhoea occurring in hot weather after eating fruits.

Coffea [Coff]

Useful in Diarrhoea of the house-wives.

Colchicum [Colch]

Indicated when the following symptoms are present: urging to stool. Nausea, (<)from the smell of food. Offensive flatus. Vomiting and purging; offensive stools. Sensitive to the least touch. Too much exhaustion. Slow breathing. Feeble pulse.

It should be compared with Lachesis.

Colocynth [Coloc]

Indicated in Diarrhoea, with griping, cutting, colicky pains, (>) by bending double and firm pressure, and often by emission of flatus or passing stool. The pain more often precedes the stool and is relieved afterwards, although sometimes it continues after the stool. The evacuations are provoked by taking slightest food or drink, as also the pains. The stools may be fluid, copious, faecal, flatulent or papescent or slimy and bloody, preceded by violent tenesmus.

It is also indicated in Diarrhoea, from a fit or anger, with vomiting and colicky pains of the same modality as above.

It is to be compared with: Aconite, Bovista, Crot. Tig., Elat., mag. Carb., Mercurius and Veratrum Alb,. When from bad effects of anger, with: Chamomilla and Sulph.

Croton Tiglium [Croto-t]

It is indicated in profuse gushing watery Diarrhoea, with griping colicky pains and often associated with nausea and vomiting. The stools are yellowish, yellowish-green, brownish-green in colour and profuse-pouring cut with a rush or splatter, like water from a hydrant and provoked or aggravated by any attempt to eat [Argentum Nit., China] or drink or in the case of children nursing. The pain or colic is better from warm drinks. The nausea is great, and is attended by faintness and loss of sight.

Cuprum [Cupr]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea following obstinate constipation, the stools being bloody, greenish, watery. The vomiting is terrific and is spasmodic in character which seems to be relieved by a drink of cold water.

Dioscorea [Dios]

It is indicated in the morning Diarrhoea of the children, associated with griping, colicky pains making the child scream out [Bry, Nat., Pad., Sul], and bending backwards [Coloc-bending forward]. The pins are apt to fly off to other parts of the body.

Drosera [Dros]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, with stools containing bloody mucus, associated with Whooping cough.

Dulcamara [Dulc]

It is esp. indicated in Diarrhoea from cold, associated with colic.

Elaps [Elaps]

It is particularly called for, when the stools consist of black frothy blood with twisting pains in the bowels.

Elaterium [Elat]

It is the remedy for Diarrhoea, with very profuse, gushing, watery stools of an olive-green colour.

Euphorbia Corollata [Euph-c]

It is indicated in a watery Diarrhoea associated with colic, tenesmus, flatulence, burning, nausea and vomiting [Euphorbium]. The patient wants to die.

Ferrum [Ferr]

It is indicated in profuse lienteric diarrhoea, unattended with pain, coming on as soon as the patient attempts to eat or during or after eating [Arsenicum].

Ferrum Phos [Ferr-p]

See the symptoms of this remedy in Cholera Infantum.

Gambogia [Gamb]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea when the stool is expelled all at once, after considerable urging and is preceded by excessive cutting about the navel and followed by a feeling of great relief.

It is followed by Nuphar.

Gelsemium [Gels]

It is useful in Diarrhoea after fright [Argentum Nit., Opium, Pulsatilla, Veratrum Alb.].

It is called for in suddenly-appearing Diarrhoea, coming on from excitement, as for instance, stage-fright or the anticipation of some trying ordeal [Argentum Nit.], when the stools are copious, yellow and papescent. The tongue is coated white or yellowish.

It is also useful for Diarrhoea occurring during the typhoid states, when the stools are watery and frequent, and escape involuntarily.

Geranium Maculation [Ger]

It is indicated when the following symptoms are present: Constant desire to go to stool, with inability for sometimes to pass any fecal matter, then the bowels move, without pain or effort. Dry mouth. The tip of tongue burning.

Glonoin [Glon]

The Diarrhoea associated with sunstroke calls for it.

Gnaphalium [Gnaph]

It is useful in morning Diarrhoea, which recurs frequently during the day. The stools are watery and offensive, with nausea and vomiting.

Graphites [Graph]

It is indicted in Diarrhoea, when the offensive movements from

the bowels are half-digested, dark and pappy.

It is also indicated in Diarrhoea of the scrofulous children when the stools are thin, offensive, and contain partially digested food.

Gratiola [Grat]

It is useful in a Diarrhoea which is very common in Summer and seems to have as its exciting cause excessive drinking of water, whether it be could or not. The stools are profuse, yellowish, watery and gushing-comparable to water rushing from a hydrant [Crot. Tig, Elat., Podophyllum].

Helleborus [Hell]

It is indicated in jelly-like mucous Diarrhoea which accompanies Dropsy.

Hepar [Hep]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea which is worse during the day and after eating. The stools are greenish or slimy, undigested, or white and sour [Calc, Carb, Mag. Carb., Rheum.]. The whole child smells sour.

Hippomane Mancinella [ ]

The symptoms same as under Euphorbia.

Iodine [Iod]

It is indicated when the stools are whitish: sometimes they are whey-like.

Ipecacuanha [Ip]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea associated with colic, of a griping character. The pain is situated either about the umbilicus, as if a hand is tightly clutching the umbilicus or cutting pains in abdomen, which shoot across from left to right. The stools are either green or they are yellow and liquid, and covered with mucus and blood; sometimes they look just like molasses, when it i frothy; at other times the stools are black. Sometimes they may be associated with tenesmus.

Iris Versicolor [Iris]

See the symptoms of this remedy is Cholera Infantum.

Jatropha Curcas [Jatr]

It is indicated in watery Diarrhoea associated with colic, tenesmus, flatulence, burning, nausea and vomiting. Great prostration.

Kali Bichromicum [Kali-bi]

It is indicated in early morning Diarrhoea [Aloes, Bryonia, Nat. Sulph., Rumex, Sul.] when the stool is watery and is followed by tenesmus.

Lachesis [Lach]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, with watery, horribly offensive stools, in drunkards or during climaxis or typhoid states, or in Dyspepsia, caused by acids. The Diarrhoea is worse in the evening and before 12 P.M.

It is esp. indicated in Chronic Diarrhoea with great debility, with agg. in Spring weather.

Leptandra [Lept]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea with horribly offensive yellowish- green or pitch-like black stools [Mercurius] and drowsiness and despondency. The stools are accompanied by burning, distressing, colicky pains at the umbilicus. The patient has urging to stool and griping continuing after stool, but no tenesmus.

Lilium Tigrinum [Lil-t]

It is indicted in morning Diarrhoea, hurrying the patient out of

the bed [Sul.], the stool being yellow, papescent and causing an excoriating feeling at the anus. The symptoms are worse in the afternoon.

Lithium Carb [Lith-c]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea caused by drinking cocoa or chocolate.

Magnesia Carb [Mag-c]

It is the most prominent remedy for Diarrhoea with sour-smelling stools in children. The stools are characteristically sour [Calcarea Carb., Hepar, Rheum], green and slimy like scum on a frog- pond, and are preceded by grip by bending double [Coloc.], and moving about [Cham;]. Anxiety and restlessness are prominent [Chamomilla].

Mercurius [Merc]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea characterized by slimy, bloody stools, accompanied by great tenesmus, which continues even after stool.

It is the remedy in Diarrhoea, if there is much tenesmus with stools, indicating Chamomilla

Mercurius Sulph [Merc-s]

It is esp. useful when a profuse watery Diarrhoea, with great relief to the patient, is associated with chest Dropsy occurring from heart or liver disease.

Muriatic Acid [Mur-ac]

It is indicated in a watery Diarrhoea with prolapsus of the rectum, occurring during the course of Typhoid Fever. The stool is involuntary when straining to urinate.

Natrum Carb [Nat-c]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, with violent urging. The stool is watery or papescent.

Natrum Mur [Nat-m]

It is indicated in chronic watery Diarrhoea, with a dry mouth.

Natrum Sulph [Nat-s]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea in the morning (more in the forenoon) after rising and moving about, and returns quite regularly each day. The stool is watery or papescent, with violent urging [Nat. Carb.] and is associated with a great deal of flatus. The Diarrhoea is worse in damp weather. It is often required in scrofulous cases.

Nitric Acid [Nit-ac]

It is esp. indicated when the stools are putrid; they are offensive and green in color, and in children contain lumps of casein; they are also slimy, associated with much straining [Mercurius]: at other times, particularly in scrofulous children, the stools are pale, pasty and sour, as well as offensive.

In Typhoid Fever the stools are green, slimy and offensive, and sometimes purulent- the characteristic indications for this remedy.

Nuphar Luteum [Nuph]

It is useful in a yellow Diarrhoea, either painless or with colic and worse in the morning.

It has been employed for Diarrhoea during Typhoid with success.

You should look to it when chel., Gamb, etc. fail, and when exhaustion is a prominent symptom.

Nux Vomica [Nux-v]

It may be used in Diarrhoea, coming on after a debauch. The stools are papescent or watery, and are scanty, accompanied by urging. The patient retches in the morning, vomiting perhaps a little froth or sour fluid; he craves liquor which is vomited as soon as taken. He seems to be intolerant of milk. He is usually worse in the morning.

It is followed by Carbo. Veg., when it fails.

OEnothera Biennis [Oeno]

It is an invaluable remedy in exhausting watery Diarrhoea. The evacuations are without effort, and are accompanied by nervous exhaustion.

Oleander [Olnd]

It is useful both in adults and children, when the stools are thin and contain undigested food; the characteristic symptom being- the patient passes undigested the food he had eaten the day before.

It is also called for in Diarrhoea of infants and children, when every time they pass wind, they soil their diapers.

It should be compared with: Argentum Nit., Arsenicum, Cinchona and Ferrum

Opium [Op]

It is an invaluable remedy in Diarrhoea or convulsions coming on as a result of fright, esp. when the image of the thing, which caused extreme fear, constantly appears before the mind.

Opuntia [Opun]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, when there is nausea in the stomach and bowels. The patient feels as if the bowels were settled down into the lower abdomen.

In infants, you may look to this drug, when the lower part of the abdomen is the seat of the disease.

Paullinia Sorbillis [Paull]

It is useful for Diarrhoea which is green and profuse, but odorless.

Petroleum [Petr]

Two types of Diarrhoeas are curable by this remedy. One type is a Diarrhoea with disordered stomach made worse by the use o cabbage, sour kraut and cole-slaw; in it the stools are offensive, with great flatulence and belching of gas, tasting of cabbage.

Another type is somewhat akin to that of Sulphur. In it, the stools are offensive and watery and often contain undigested particles of food; they come early in the morning and also during the day [Sul.-only in morning] and are associated with emaciation of body.

Phosphoric Acid [Ph-ac]

It is particularly indicated in Diarrhoeas preceded by rumbling in the bowels. Th stools are frequent, persistent and copious, and may contain undigested food and may follow meals, but despite their frequency and copiousness, they do not proportionately weaken the patient.

It is particularly indicated in young persons, who grow rapidly.

Phosphorous [Phos]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea in which stools may be profuse and watery, and worse in the morning. It is also indicated in morning Diarrhoea, with painless green mucous stools, often containing undigested food [Podophyllum, Sul.], and burning thirst with hankering for ice, ice-cream or very cold drinks; the patient is thoroughly exhausted after the stool. The Diarrhoea occurring in time of Cholera epidemics also calls for it.

Involuntary escape of faeces-the faeces passing as soon as they enter the rectum, as if anus remained wide open, indicates


In Pneumonia, when despite the use of Rhus Tox. the Diarrhoea continues, it follows Rhus, the stools being yellow and blood-streaked, sometimes looking like flesh-water.

In Typhoid types of fevers, the Diarrhoea, with flaky, dark and often bloody stools is an indication for this remedy. There is extreme weakness after the stool.

It also eradicates chronic tendency to Diarrhoea in patients who are slender and over-grown for their years and narrow- chested, at the time of their puberty.

Picric Acid [Pic-ac]

It is indicated in Diarrhoea, when the stools are thin, yellow and sometimes oily, with a great deal of burning and smarting at the anus, and prostration and unsuccessful urging to stool.

Podophyllum [Podo]

It is indicated in profuse, watery, gushing Diarrhoea, the stool pouring out like water from a hydrant, hurrying the patient out of the bed early in the morning [Sul.], continuing from 3 A.M. to the forenoon or throughout the whole day although worse at noon or more during the day than at night. The stools may contain undigested food and often in children deposit a mealy sediment; sometimes the passages are wholly faecal, but are too frequent; or they may be changeable and are usually worse in the morning [Sul.]; they are renewed immediately by eating [Argentum Nit., Crot. Tig., China]. The stools are preceded by retching and vomiting and spasmodic contraction of the stomach, making the child scream out [Bryonia, Dioscorea, Nat. Sulph., Sul.]. After stool, a weak, faint feeling in abdomen [Aloe], weak rectum and prolapsus ani; there is a tendency to burning, soreness and rawness at the anus [Sul.].

E. A. Farrington
E. A. Farrington (1847-1885) was born in Williamsburg, NY, on January 1, 1847. He began his study of medicine under the preceptorship of his brother, Harvey W. Farrington, MD. In 1866 he graduated from the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania. In 1867 he entered the Hahnemann Medical College, graduating in 1868. He entered practice immediately after his graduation, establishing himself on Mount Vernon Street. Books by Ernest Farrington: Clinical Materia Medica, Comparative Materia Medica, Lesser Writings With Therapeutic Hints.