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Tarry black stools Ayurvedic Perspectives

Tarry black stools (Melena)


Written by John Immel, Asheville, NC
Babies have tarry black stools called melena for the first few days after birth. Otherwise, tarry black stool indicates implies blood in the stool that has been digested. This tarry black stool will have a peculiar smell and indicates upper gastrointestinal bleeding.

Baby Poop

Bloody Poop

Disclaimer: 'Tarry black stools' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.

Aggravated Doshas & Qualities

Symptoms Tell A Story

The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances, showing you where your body is weak. Specifically, they reveal the doshas & qualities that may have become aggravated. If you notice a quality or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.

One or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated.If you have a systemic imbalance of one of these doshas or qualities, Ayurveda would generally recommend avoiding foods and lifestyle habits with that quality.

Vata aggravatingPitta aggravatingDigestive Effects Help
HotDryDifficult
Pungent

Key: V = Vata, P = Pitta, K = Kapha. A slash through a dosha means it an aggravated dosha. To learn more about the symbols above, click on them.

Correct Imbalance

Food and lifestyle habite with the following effects may reduce imbalances associated with 'Tarry black stools'.
EasyCold
Astringent
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Anti-InflammatoryBlood-TonicDemulcentHemostaticVulnerary

Stage of Disease: 4 - Tissue Degeneration

If you have symptoms in this category it means your imbalances have overwhelmed your body's resistance causing a full-fledged disease. Once imbalance reaches this stage it is more likely to cause acute or chronic conditions. You might be tempted to focus your attention on fighting diseases in this category, but dismiss earlier warning signs of imbalance. Ayurveda emphasizes healthy diet and lifestyle choices to restore balance. The preventative approach suggests you pay careful attention to every stage of disease development.

ayurvedic notes

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The Color of Your Poop
Green Stool
Yellow Stool
Brown Stool
Orange Stool
Gray/Tan Stool
Bloody / Tarry Stool
The Shape of Your Poop
Type 1 Separate hard lumps, like nuts or rabbit pellets (hard to pass)
Type 2 Sausage shaped but lumpy
Type 3 Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface
Type 4 Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft
Type 5 Soft blobs with clear cut edges
Type 6 Fluffy pieces with frayed edges, mushy
Type 7 Watery, no solid pieces, entirely liquid

Educational Resources

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Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
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Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
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Ayurvedic Herbs & Natural Products for Tarry black stools

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Tarry black stools.

Aloe Vera Gel
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
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Skin tonic. Cools and soothes irritated tissues. For dietary, cosmetic and household use.

Bhringaraj
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifying
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Light yet nourishing herb that nourishes fluids, calms the liver and eyes, & supports the nervous system.

Arjuna
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$13.31
Famous heart tonic in Ayurveda that also assist bone mending.

Diet for Tarry black stools

A diet rich in these foods & nutritional supplements may help re-balance the aggravated qualities and doshas in tarry black stools.
Aloe Vera GelVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingCoconut WaterVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
HibiscusVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingPomegranateVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
Rose PetalsVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying

Related Symptoms & Habits

The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Tarry black stools' See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Discomfort in abdomenProlonged bleeding when cut
Stomach UlcerDuodenal Ulcer
Bloody stools

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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