In this condition the intestinal tract becomes invaded by Entamoeba histolytica, a parasitical microorganism, which is usually transmitted by contaminated foods or liquids. The symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, lack of appetite and general weakness, with blood and mucus being visible in the stool in severe cases. If all these symptoms are present, it means the parasites have multiplied to such an extent as to cause abscesses, ulcers or tumours in the lower intestines. If they migrate to other organs, such as the stomach or liver, it is possible for severe complications to result. If they become encysted, they will be difficult to reach and remove. This disease is most common in areas with poor sanitation, such as the tropics, although carriers may be found virtually anywhere.
The diarrhea can be relieved by use of demulcent and astringent herbs, while the parasites can be dealt with specifically by use of garlic (taken orally and/or as an enema). Even encysted amoeba will be removed by the use of garlic over a period of time.
Worldwide one of the most used and best remedies is rice water. For this we take 6 cups of water with one cup rice (instead of normal 2 cups water to one cup rice) and boil till rice is done. The water left over, or even the soupy rice mixture is good to both relieve the diarrhea and often the parasite. Take 2 – 6 cups daily.
Single Herbs: Goldenseal, Barberry, Artemisia spp., Garlic.