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.
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.
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.