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Dysentery Relief

The symptoms of dysentery differ from traditional diarrhoea by the presence of blood in the stool. This bleeding occurs due to an invasion of bowel tissue by pathogenic microorganisms. Typically, dysentery is a symptom of infection by either Shigella, Entamoeba histolytica, or Salmonella. Though other microorganisms can also cause dysentery.
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Dysentery Info

“I heard that Commentary and Dissent had merged to form Dysentery.”

Woody Allen (from the movie Annie Hall)

 
The symptoms of dysentery differ from traditional diarrhoea by the presence of blood in the stool. This bleeding occurs due to an invasion of bowel tissue by pathogenic microorganisms. Typically, dysentery is a symptom of infection by either Shigella, Entamoeba histolytica, or Salmonella. Though other microorganisms can also cause dysentery.

In developed countries, dysentery is, in general, a mild illness, causing mild symptoms normally consisting of mild stomach pains and frequent passage of stool. Symptoms normally present themselves after one to three days and are usually no longer present after a week. Temporary lactose intolerance can occur. In some caustic occasions, vomiting of blood, severe abdominal pain, fever, shock, and delirium can all be symptoms.

Dysentery results from viral infections, bacterial infections, or parasitic infestations. These pathogens typically reach the large intestine after entering orally, through ingestion of contaminated food or water, oral contact with contaminated objects or hands, and so on.

Some microorganisms – for example, the Shigella bacterium - secrete cytotoxins, which damage intestinal tissue on contact.

Most viruses directly attack intestinal cells, hijacking their metabolism to make copies of themselves, which leads to cell death.

Dysentery may also be caused by amoebiasis, an infection by the amoeba Entamoeba histolytica. This is known as amoebic dysentery. Proper treatment of amoebic dysentery is important; insufficiently treated amoebiasis can lie dormant for years and then lead to severe, potentially fatal, complications. Amoebic dysentery (amoebiasis) is caused by an amoeba (a single-celled parasite) called Entamoeba histolytica. It is mainly found in tropical areas.

When the amoebas inside the bowel of an infected person are ready to leave the body, they group together and form a shell that surrounds them. This ‘bunching together’ of amoebas is known as a cyst. The cyst passes out of the person's body in their faeces and is able to survive outside the body.

If hygiene standards are poor; for example, if the person does not dispose of their faeces hygienically, it can contaminate the surroundings, such as nearby food and water. If another person then eats or drinks food or water that has been contaminated with faeces containing the cyst, they will also become infected with the amoeba. Severe dysentery may also be caused by shigellosis (Marlow Syndrome,) an infection by bacteria of the genus Shigella, and is then known as bacterial (or bacillary) dysentery.

There are natural health remedies available that can help alleviate the symptoms of dysentery.

NZ native herb Koromiko (Hebe stricta) is a specific herbal diarrhoea remedy that works quickly and effectively to treat dysentery and as a general bowel detox. During the Second World War, NZ troops suffering from diarrhoea and dysentery in overseas postings were sent Koromiko leaves which were chewed raw or drunk as an infusion. Additionally, taking supplements containing ‘friendly bacteria’ (e.g. primadophilus reuteri) may help outcompete the harmful pathogens causing the dysentery.

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