Just received an email today subject Quickest Way To Stop Diarrhea and would like to share with you for this might come in handy some day.

Quickest Way To Stop Diarrhea written by a Singaporean:

Why should anyone suffer when he or she has a diarrhea? There’s a simple solution and no one should suffer when having diarrhea.

The solution is a folk remedy, rice water, which is simply rice cooked with a lot of water. Rice and rice water are very common to most Asian and is part of their daily diet.

The writer then went on to share that he had a doctor friend who went to Singapore with his wife and granddaughter for a farewell and in his honor dinner. Both the wife and granddaughter ended up with very bad gastroenteritis. They went to a doctor but the medication from the doctor they visited was working too slow.

His mother (the writer’s mother) boiled some rice with a lot of water and took it to the hotel. The writer was a little embarrassed because he was ashamed to treat his guest with folk remedy..not knowing if it was going to work.`Surprisingly it worked and both the doctor wife and granddaughter claimed that the rice water cured them and were able to go out for dinner the next night.

He went on to mention Professor Wong Hock Boon a notable pediatrician that had done some clinical trails on rice water and diarrhea that was credited to saving the lives of 2 million African babies through this method. Here’s the link to his article http://rehydrate.org/dd/dd06.htm#page2 published in the Lancet, the Medical Journal all doctors read.

Here’s the antidote:

Boil a handful of rice with at lot of water say 3-4 glass of water, let it cool it down and serve . Just add ice if you need it in a rush to cool it down.

You have to make sure you have a lot of rice water because your goal is to line your guts from your throat to the other end, all 10 to 12 meters of it. If you take only the rice it will stay in your stomach but if you take the rice water itself, it will carry all the grain to every inch of the small and large intestine all the way to the end clearing the problem.


the solution is so easy, we wonder why anyone has to suffer.

Of all the ingredients here, the most potent is Rice, but not in the usual form we eat it in, and neither would rice porridge work too well.

The secret is in rice water.

This is already known in this region. Ask your maids — Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Filipina and they would know about it.

My Malaysian relatives know about it.

(My mother) knew about it. When Dr Albert Winsemius came to Singapore for a farewell and thank you dinner in his honour, he brought along his wife Aly and his granddaughter, Jolijn. Both women came down with very bad gastroenteritis. They saw the doctor who gave them medication. It was slow to work.

Mother boiled some rice in lots of water and went to their hotel with two 1.5L bottles of rice water.  I cringed in shame at the offer of this folk remedy, which seemed so primitive to me. Never heard of this cure before.  To my surprise, it worked, and they were even able to go out for dinner the next day. Both were exclaiming how the rice water did the trick of making them well again. Well, lucky it worked, I thought to myself.

I was discussing this some years back with Kim Ng, the ex-matron of KK Hospital . She said, yes, that is what Professor Wong Hock Boon, the notable pediatrician teaches. I was shocked and made some comment how could he? It was common knowledge so what had he to do with it?

Many months later, I regretted laughing at it.  Dr Christina Shanta Emmanuel, who is the CEO of…uh, which group I have forgotten, either National Health Group, or Polyclinics, or whatever.. regarded me seriously when I brought up the topic like it was good fun.. She said that Prof Wong Hock Boon had presented a paper on it at some conference after he had done clinical trials.

Then his results were published in the Lancet, the Medical Journal all doctors read. In fact, said Shanta, he was credited for saving the lives of 2 million African babies by this method.

I am impressed.

It is rice water and not rice, that does the trick. I have found it effective again and again.


You take a handful of rice and boil it in a large saucepan with lots of water. Like three or four large glasses. Then you cool that and drink the water. If you are in a hurry to relieve the ailing person, take the saucepan off the fire and dunk it in a frying pan or basin of cool water with ice cubes if necessary. This gives the patient a chance to drink the rice water sooner and cure himself or herself sooner.

When drinking the rice water, make sure there is lots of it. You have to tell the patient that enough water must go in to line your guts from throat to other end, all 10 to 12 metres of it.  If you take rice, it stays in the stomach. If you take broth, some of it may go into the small intestine.

But if you take rice water, it will carry rice grains to every inch of your small and large intestine to the end where the problem is.

How does it work? Even Prof Wong Hock Boon doesn’t know. Read the article by going to this site:


It is good to pass on the news to everyone you know because the complaint is so common and people suffer unnecessarily. You would be doing your friends a great favour to relieve them of their misery when the occasion arises.

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