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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.

Tarry black stools indicates one or more of the following doshas and qualities may be aggravated. Generally you would avoid foods and lifestyle habits that would aggravate these qualities:

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.

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

Browse these educational resources for 'tarry black stools'.
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Don't Flush the Evidence: Learn How to Examine Your Poop
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Your bowel movements reveal important information that can help you stay healthy. Learn how to be a health detective through this humorous but informative lecture.

Specialty Formulas by Joyful Belly

Please review these herbs & products below to determine which ones might be helpful for Tarry black stools.
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Stomach Ulcer Tea
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha aggravating
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Protect your stomach, reduce burning & acidity.

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Hemorrhoid Redux
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
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Soothes hemorrhoid, softens stool, and reduces hemorrhoid size.

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.

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Bhringaraj
Vata pacifyingPitta pacifying
$13.31
Light yet nourishing herb that nourishes fluids, calms the liver and eyes, & supports the nervous system.

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Aloe Vera Gel
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
$13.84
Skin tonic. Cools and soothes irritated tissues. For dietary, cosmetic and household use.

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

The following herbal actions and effects have been traditionally suggested for 'Tarry black stools'.

EasyCold
Astringent
Pharmacological Effects
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

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

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

Comments & Personal Experiences

How does 'tarry black stools' affect your quality of life? What aggravates it? What has helped you? Is there something you'd like to know about 'tarry black stools'?

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