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Western Diagnosis

Diarrhea refers to loose stools and frequent defecation. The symptoms which may accompany diarrhea are: abdominal pain, cramps and distension, fever, thirst, and vomitting.

There are many possible causes of diarrhea but the most common involve the consumption of food that has spoiled (food poisoning), inflammatory bowel disease, caffeine, stress, consumption of contaminated water, indigestion, food allergies, bacterial, viral or other infection, and cancer.

Although mild diarrhea is not considered serious, dehydration is a consequence of this ailment and body fluids should be continually replenished.

Eastern Diagnosis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the causes of diarrhea include infections due to external pathogens, injury to the internal organs due to improper diet, and a deficiency or dysfunction of one or more of the internal organs.

The most common internal cause is spleen deficiency. The spleen's inability to adequately and properly transport moisture and transform food into refined essence leads to diarrhea. Failure to transport moisture can lead to dampness, which will further injure the spleen and thereby aggravate the deficiency.

In general, acute diarrhea is primarily due to excess dampness, while spleen deficiency is the cause of chronic diarrhea.


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