Natural Remedy For Diarrhoea

I would like to share a little old folk remedy which I learnt from an old auntie… I used to be very stressed out when my DD was down with diarrhoea. We saw the doctor who gave medication but it was slow to work… until I found out the secret is in rice water. As a matter of fact, even my then Indonesian maid also knew about it! I have found it effective again and again.

My auntie instructed me to boil some rice in lots of water. I was very skeptical about this folk remedy, which seemed so primitive to me. Never heard of this cure before. To my surprise, it worked, and my DD was up and running as normal again the very next day.

Some searching made me stumble upon these info:

It is said that a Prof Wong Hock Boon had presented a paper on it at some conference after he had done clinical trials. His results were published in the Lancet, the Medical Journal all doctors read. It is also said that he was credited for saving the lives of 2 million African babies by this method.

Impressive, right?!

It is rice water and not rice that does the trick. You take a handful of rice and boil it in a large saucepan with lots of water. Like three or four large glasses. Then you cool that and drink the water. If you are in a hurry to relieve the ailing person, take the saucepan off the fire and dunk it in a frying pan or basin of cool water with ice cubes if necessary. This gives the patient a chance to drink the rice water sooner and cure himself or herself sooner.

When drinking the rice water, make sure there is lots of it. You have to tell the patient that enough water must go in to line your guts from throat to other end, all 10 to 12 metres of it. If you take rice, it stays in the stomach. If you take broth, some of it may go into the small intestine. But if you take rice water, it will carry rice grains to every inch of your small and large intestine to the end where the problem is.

Also, check this out:

It is good to pass on the news to everyone you know because the complaint is so common and people suffer unnecessarily. You would be doing your friends a great favour to relieve them of their misery when the occasion arises.  I used to be very reliant on Lactoel forte and Smectite before I learnt this little trick.

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Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this great tip.

I give DD Lactoel forte as well. Now we shall try this au naturel remedy 🙂

Glad you are better, AnalectReader

You are most welcome, AnalectReader.

Glad to hear that you are getting better and that the remedy works for you too.

Take good care of yourself!  

It worked!

Dear RRMummy,

I didn’t expect myself having the chance to try your remedy SO SOON! I got diarrhoea for the whole day yesterday till this morning. After drinking the rice water, U know what, magically I don’t have to rush to the toilet till now! It worked!

Thank you, my 

will try it if in need

Hi RRMummy,

Thanks for sharing.  Will try for sure. 

Great Tip

Hmmm… Great Tip.. But has anyone tried to see whether it works on adults too?

Personally, I hate going to the doc and I also hate the lacteol forte powdery stuff that docs give nowadays to treat diarrhoea.. I prefer the old skool charcoal tabs anytime as it works like a charm!!

Thank you.

Thank you, RRMummy.

Will let you know if i ever need to try this over Lacteol Forte.


Hi buds, just so long as boiled

Hey buds, I wait till the water start boiling, start seeing the steam coming out from the top hole on the rice-cooker (i.e before rice cook) then I start to scoop them out.. by then, the water kinda have a white mirkish colour to it… Ya, I think 4 glassful should be enough… err.. then again, my gals are very small size so lenght of their intestines is shorter.. 

No harm taking slightly more.. if needed.. let me know..



Actually I hav received

Actually I hav received this remedy solution info thru forwarded email fr frens few mths ago. But nv try it out. Seems it was true as u hav tried for ur DD.
Great! 🙂 Thx for sharing. I wld try it for my kids in future.

Remedy for diarrhoea

Heyya RRMummy…

No need to wait for rice to cook, right?

How many minutes roughly to boil the rice with the 4 glassfuls of water to get enuf water for a kid patient who has diarrhoea you reckon? My girls are both fine with Lacteol Forte. And this Lacteol Forte has to be taken on time as directed, until it clears. Not as and when. Works for me and hubs too… so far. Have to put the rice water remedy to the test first then can comment which works faster! Tks for the reference RRMummy!


Thanks for the tips. I

Thanks for the tips.

I heard it from somewhere, but not really serious about it until you confirm that i works. I will try it next time.

Hi RRMummy, It's the water

Hi RRMummy,

It’s the water that comes off after you wash the rice. Not the cooked ones.

It will leave a natural smooth velvety feeling on your face. Acts as a natural moisturing agent.

Black Sugar Water

My MIL’s personal remedy is to drink black sugar water. And it works for mild case of diarrhoea.

For face?

Hi winth, good for face? This I must try.

So is it the water from washing the rice or the one cooked like above?



Great piece of info

Great piece of info there!

I only know rice water is good for washing face, didn’t know rice water is so miraculous!


Hope it helps!


You are most welcome. Thanks for the kudos! I hope it works for her too. Please keep me updated, ya.



This may be the solution for my niece. She is always having diarrhoea and lactoel forte does not seem to work on her.

Thanks RRMummy!

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