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12 Effective Remedies For Dysentery

Reviewed by Dr. Bhakti Kapse, General Physician
12 Effective Remedies For Dysentery Hyderabd040-395603080 November 12, 2019

Research shows that an estimated 165 million people worldwide may be infected by bacillary dysentery. About 1.1 million people die from the infection every year (1).

Dysentery is one of the most common gastrointestinal ailments. Without adequate care and timely intervention, it may lead to death. Hence, it is important to seek treatment on time.

Let’s delve deeper and find out more about dysentery and some natural ways to ease the symptoms and speed up your recovery.

What Is Dysentery?

Dysentery is a digestive problem characterized by loose and watery stool. It is accompanied by intestinal inflammation and stomach cramps. It can cause discomfort for a few hours or days. However, in some cases, it is known to last longer.

Dysentery may be caused by bacteria and amoeba. Bacillary dysentery is mild while amoebic dysentery is mostly severe and requires immediate medical intervention.

What Causes Dysentery?

Dysentery is caused by Shigella bacteria or an amoeba called Entamoeba histolytica. The most common cause of dysentery is poor sanitary conditions. Stale food, contaminated water, and exposure to human excreta are other causes of dysentery.

How do you know if you have dysentery? Find out in the next section.

What Are The Symptoms Of Dysentery?

You can tell that you have dysentery if you exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Loose motions
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever

These are fairly common symptoms to detect. What makes dysentery so common and rampant?

How Does Dysentery Spread?

Dysentery typically spreads as a result of poor sanitary conditions and habits. The infection spreads through contact with food or water that has been contaminated with excreta.

Shigellosis (bacterial dysentery) is spread through close contact with an infected person and infection with contaminated food and drinks. Amebic dysentery is primarily spread by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water in tropical areas that have poor sanitation.

Patients typically contract two types of dysentery. They are discussed below.

Types Of Dysentery

  1. Acute Dysentery: Acute dysentery lasts for lesser than two weeks or 14 days. It is characterized by abdominal pain and loose motions. In rare cases, pus is observed in the stools.
  2. Chronic Dysentery: Chronic dysentery lasts for more than 30 days. If acute dysentery is not treated on time, it can turn chronic. The general health of the individual gets disturbed, and it can prove to be dangerous in the long run.

Some complications of dysentery are postinfectious arthritis, generalised seizures, and haemolysis of red cells due to antibody formation. Amoebic dysentery may cause liver abscess, which requires prolonged medical treatment and hospitalization for drainage.

Now that you know how to tell if you have dysentery and what symptoms to watch out for, let us take a look at some simple home remedies to treat it.

Note: These home remedies may help in mild to moderate cases of dysentery. However, in severe cases, it is recommended to seek medical intervention.

12 Home Remedies To Treat Dysentery

1. Orange Juice

Orange juice contains flavonoids that exhibit anti-inflammatory properties (2). These properties can help soothe the intestinal lining. The juice can also help keep you hydrated.

You Will Need

Orange juice

What You Have To Do

Drink this throughout the day.

How Often You Should Do This

You may drink up to 3-4 glasses of orange juice during the day.

2. Buttermilk

Buttermilk contains probiotics or good bacteria. Probiotics promote digestion by maintaining the balance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive system (3). They may also help shorten the duration of the infection.

You Will Need


What You Have To Do

Drink buttermilk all through the day.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink up to 3-4 glasses during the day.

3. Raw Papaya

Papaya is a mild laxative that helps reduce stomach cramps and promotes regular bowel movement. It is known to relieve digestive and abdominal issues like constipation, dyspepsia, and dysentery (4).

You Will Need
  • 1 raw papaya
  • 3-4 cups of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel the raw papaya and grate it. Boil it in water for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Strain the liquid and consume it while it is warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this 2-3 times a day.

Caution: Do not go overboard with papaya as overconsumption may result in stomach irritation and aggravate the symptoms.

4. Terminalia Chebula

Terminalia Chebula is an herb that exhibits antibacterial properties that can help alleviate infection associated with dysentery (5).

You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Terminalia chebula powder
  • 1 glass lukewarm water
What You Have To Do

Consume Terminalia chebula (Haritaki) before sleeping at night.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat every night until you feel better.

Caution: Do not consume excessive amounts of this herb as it may aggravate your condition.

5. Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek possesses excellent medicinal and nutritional qualities. Its constituents reduce inflammation in the digestive tract. This may, therefore, prove to help provide relief from the symptoms of dysentery (6).

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seed powder
  • A glass of buttermilk
What You Have To Do

Mix the fenugreek seeds in a glass of buttermilk and consume it.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this two times daily.

6. Lemon

Lemon has antimicrobial properties (7). Since dysentery is a microbial infection, the antimicrobial properties may help combat the infection-causing bacteria.

You Will Need
  • 2 lemons
  • A glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil the lemon slices in water for a while.
  2. Strain and consume this concoction.
How Often You Should Do This

Make sure to consume this concoction all through the day.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains active agents that exhibit antibacterial properties (8). Hence, it may help in eliminating the bacteria that cause dysentery.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 glass of water (preferably warm water)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water.
  2. Drink it.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat as required.

8. Black Tea

The tannins in black tea promote the reduction of intestinal inflammation (9). Therefore, black tea may help alleviate the symptoms of inflammation associated with dysentery.

You Will Need
  • Black tea leaves or 1 tea bag of black tea
  • A cup of boiling water
  • Lemon (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil a cup of water and add some black tea leaves. Alternatively, you may steep a tea bag in a cup of boiling water.
  2. Add a dash of lemon for taste and drink it while it is warm.
How Often You Should Do This

Have this concoction of black tea and lemon two times a day.

9. Green Banana Pulp

Green banana promotes the production of fatty acids in the stomach and can help in soothing diarrheal diseases (10). Hence, it may relieve discomfort due to dysentery.

You Will Need
  • Green banana
  • 1-2 cups of buttermilk
What You Have To Do
  1. Mash the bananas and mix it with buttermilk.
  2. Consume the pulpy mixture.
How Often You Should Do This

Consume the mixture once daily.

10. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile tea acts as a digestive relaxant and is used to treat gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhea. It also exhibits antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties (11). Hence, it may also help in reducing intestinal inflammation triggered by dysentery.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers or a chamomile tea bag
  • 1 cup water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil a cup of water and add some dried chamomile flowers. Alternatively, you may steep a chamomile tea bag in a cup of hot water.
  2. Add the mint leaves for taste.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this concoction 2-3 times in a day.

11. Carrot

Carrot juice is a rich source of fiber and can help with infantile diarrhea (12). These activities can also help alleviate the symptoms of dysentery.

You Will Need

4-5 carrots

What You Have To Do
  1. Blend the carrots to get fresh juice and sip on it.
  2. Alternatively, you may also consume carrot soup.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink 2-3 glasses of carrot juice in a day.

12. Bael Fruit

Bael fruit or wood apple is known to aid digestion and exhibit antiparasitic properties. It is also rich in tannins, which can help reduce inflammation (13).

You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons bael fruit pulp
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the bael fruit pulp with water and consume it.
  2. Alternatively, you can mix a teaspoon of the pulp in one cup of water, along with a teaspoon of dried ginger.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink this 2-3 times a day.

Following these remedies can ensure easy recovery from dysentery. We also advise you to keep in mind the following precautionary measures while employing any of these remedies.


  • It is completely normal to undergo fasting for a couple of days when you have dysentery. But you must make sure to have fluids.
  • Hydration is crucial to recover from dysentery. You may consume fluids like black tea or a sports drink infused with electrolytes.
  • Avoid refined and processed foods and alcohol.
  • Avoid caffeinated and aerated fluids as they can worsen the condition.
  • Your diet should include plain yogurt, skimmed milk, steamed rice, and fresh ripe fruits like bananas.
  • Consume foods that are rich in starch like boiled potatoes, boiled rice, etc.
  • Avoid spicy foods.
  • Take adequate bed rest to ensure a speedy recovery.

As the adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here’s how you can prevent dysentery.

Preventing Dysentery

  • Make sure that the water you drink is potable and free of germs. You may boil water or use a water purifying system before drinking it.
  • Make sure that everything you eat is washed diligently and cooked to eliminate germs.
  • Avoid consuming fruits and vegetables that are unpeeled or cut open.
  • Avoid milk and dairy products that have not been pasteurized.
  • Avoid consuming red meat in hot weather.
  • Avoid sharing towels.

Try out a combination of these tips and remedies to treat dysentery at home. In case your symptoms persist, consult a general physician immediately.

Be patient with these methods as they are home remedies and may take a little longer to show their effects. Every patient is different, and so is the nature of their ailment. We also strongly recommend that you consult with a doctor to be doubly sure of the method of treatment required for your case.

The most important aspect of dysentery is to take care of dehydration. Oral rehydration solutions and oral fluids are recommended to replenish the loss of electrolytes like sodium, potassium, and water. Shigellosis is usually self-limiting, and the person recovers within a week. If you have shigellosis, avoid cooking or preparing food for other people and don’t go swimming. People who have shigellosis and work with children should stay home until they recover.

Hope you find this article helpful. Do share your feedback and suggestions in the comments box below.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Is dysentery contagious?

Dysentery is a contagious disease. Exposure to and contact with contaminated food and water increases your chances of contracting the disease.

Can dysentery kill you?

In some cases, dysentery may lead to severe diarrhea, characterized by mucus or blood in the stool. If left untreated, it can be life-threatening due to the extreme loss of fluids.

What is the difference between diarrhea and dysentery?

If you have diarrhea, the stools you pass will be watery. It may or may not be accompanied by cramps or pain. However, a patient with dysentery typically passes stool with mucus and blood and has abdominal pain.


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