This is usually described as frequent watery stool or loose stools.


In each case of diarrhoea there are variations and these will determine the cause and diagnosis


  • Does smell foul?

  • Is there abdominals pain, flatulence and belching?

  • Is there a burning sensation?

  • What is colour of the stool?

  • Is there a feeling of cold in the body?

  • Are there any heat signs?

  • Is there tiredness and bloating after eating?


A foul smell and burning sensation both indicate heat in body or retention of food. Abdominal pain or distension with flatulence and (or) belching indicates liver Qi invading spleen. This means the spleen and stomach are too weak to function probably so the liver’s function of moving Qi is too strong. If the diarrhoea is early in the morning with lower back pain or weakness that improves with warmth then could indicate kidney yang deficiency. If the stools are loose with increase bowel movement, poor appetite and tiredness (especially after eating). Then this could indicate a spleen Qi deficiency.

  • ST25

  • SP15

  • REN12

  • REN6

  • ST36

  • SP3

  • KID7



Avoid raw food because your body has work harder to digest the food. The digestive system is like a cauldron on a fire. If the food is raw then it needs more heat, this will leave the body with less energy and colder inside. This will cause bloating, loss of energy and cold watery stools. Eat steamed or boiled root vegetables, ginger, fennel, oats and rice. If you have smelly stools with a burning sensation then avoid hot spicy foods.


Essential oils


Apply all oils with a carrier oil and do not ingest it orally.


  • Peppermint smooths the muscles in the gut. Peppermint is cold nature so only use if you have signs of too much heat

  • Ginger warms up the stomach and intestines.


These are guidelines and to receive advice that is personal to you then book an appointment with your local acupuncturist and aromatherapist