Acute gastrointestinal illness can occur from a variety of causes. You may have succumbed to a viral infection such as norovirus, you may have a case of food poisoning from contaminated food, or you may have overindulged in rich food or alcohol, for example.
Symptoms typically include nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, stomach cramps, and fever. Symptoms usually pass by themselves within a week or so, but the effects can be debilitating and miserable.
Homeopathy can provide surprisingly rapid relief for an upset stomach. It works by matching your experience of the symptoms to the homeopathic medicine that produces this exact symptom picture. A well matched remedy will shorten the illness, reducing recovery time, and getting you back on your feet.
It is important to remember some sensible practical measures alongside homeopathic medicines. Take plenty of fluids to remain hydrated. Rest as much as you can and stay at home. As your appetite returns reintroduce food which is gentle and easily digested, such as home made bone or vegetable broth, mashed apple and banana, and avoid dairy foods and meat as these make your digestive system work harder. It is also best to avoid refined sugar as this hampers your immune system.
Food poisoning can be very serious, so if symptoms persist or you are in any way concerned, do seek medical help without delay.
Here are some of the homeopathic medicines which can be taken safely at home to speed up your recovery. Choose the one which most closely matches your symptoms. You can also consult with me for professional treatment via Skype if you wish.
Arsenicum – the individual is anxious, restless and chilly. They need warmth and feel better for it, but may be thirsty for cold water which produces vomiting. Diarrhoea and vomiting with burning pains in abdomen, and anguish and prostration. Food poisoning from bad meat, unripe or overripe fruit, contaminated water.
Nux vomica – this remedy should be thought of when abdominal cramping is prominent, and especially in cases where the person has intense nausea and wants to vomit but cannot ( I have seen Nux vomica provide rapid relief in this type of case). There may be abdominal bloating and discomfort, better for warmth, and accompanied by headache and irritability. Symptoms are usually worse in the early morning. This is one of the main remedies for the bad effects of over-indulgence (rich food, stimulants such as coffee, alcohol).
Veratrum – the gastrointestinal symptoms may look similar to Arsenicum, with diarrhoea and vomiting (sometimes simultaneous), and there is extreme chilliness – the person cannot get warm, this is one of the coldest remedy states. There are typically abdominal cramps, and profuse watery diarrhoea, accompanied by exhaustion and collapse. Veratrum is one of the three main remedies that have been used historically, as well as in the present day, in the treatment of epidemics of asiatic cholera, and has saved many lives. I have used this remedy successfully to treat a number of individuals badly affected by norovirus, and some of the main indications are the profuse diarrhoea with exhaustion and collapse.
Ipecac – is a useful remedy for gastrointestinal complaints with constant nausea which is not relieved by vomiting. The symptoms are often accompanied by salivation. Ipecac is noted as a remedy for the bad effects of eating pork and rich foods.
China – this remedy is invaluable as a recovery support following exhausting illnesses, especially with loss of fluids (eg diarrhoea and vomiting). A short course of the remedy China will boost energy and promote recovery in most cases where weakness, exhaustion and headache persists. It is of course vital to rehydrate carefully too.
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