Stool Indicators

The following table summarizes conditions that can be indicated through general stool analysis:

Stool indicator Association
Slow transit time Difficult-to-digest meals, poor digestive secretion, poor tone of the intestinal walls, and weak peristalsis.
Rapid transit time Easily digested food, watery food, non-absorption of water from the stool, closed pores of the intestine.
Starts out hard and ends up loose An untoned, unexercised colon and need for fiber.
Diarrhea upon rising in morning Rumex Crispus (Yellow Dock)
Delay of stool upon rising Slow transit time
Stool comes out part way then recedes Spasm interfering with peristalsis; often with colicky pains, alternating diarrhea and constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome, not constipation. Anti-spasmodics.
Stool is well-formed but does not come out easily Good intestinal tone but poor rectal sphincter tone.
Dry, hard, difficult, long transit time, dark. True constipation
Loose, diarrhea Weak, small intestine/spleen (Gentian, Bayberry), infections, worms, emotional-irritable bowel issues and absorption issues.
Bloody diarrhea Ischemic colitis (Comfrey, Cranesbill, Goldenseal, Marshmallow, Fenugreek).
Dry/hard/thin Excess heat, contracted colon (Psyllium , Slippery Elm, Rhubarb).
Hard balls all stuck together Constipation. Drink water, 1/2 body weight in ounces unless Kapha, add fruit and fiber, and flax seeds, freshly ground.
Narrow, noodle-like feces Internalized tension, Crohn’s disease, fibroids, tumors.
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