Diarrhea that lasts for more than 2 weeks is considered persistent or chronic.
Causes can be:
II. not caused by an infection:
Sample of Chinese Herb Formulae
Chronic diarrhea due to pixu (spleen deficient):
Caution about ai ye: use caution in case of yin deficiency or heat in blood. The effective ingredient is the volatile oil and it is the toxic ingredient which can cause inflammation of the skin mucus. When taken orally can cause irritation of the of the digestive tract. After absolving, it can arrive at the liver and can obstruct the metabolism of the liver and can cause jaundice type of hepatitis. Its effect toward the central nervous system is prominent. In toxic reaction, the central nervous system becomes over active and can induce seizure. Because of the changes of the reflex of the nerves, it can damage the walls of blood vessels and causes hyperemia (increase of blood flow to the part of body) of the uterus and causes bleeding. Toxic range is 20 ~ 30 g if taken orally.
Also see chronic morning diarrhea
See Chinese Herb Dictionary for Latin botanical names.
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