food poisoning remedies

MaryRowe Posts: 736 ✭✭✭✭

I just came across this article. Looks interesting, but I'd like the opinions of more knowledgeable folks here.....And are there other herbal remedies for food poisoning?


  • monica197
    monica197 Posts: 332 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I wish I would have know this a few years ago after I ate that salsa - wow, was I sick...for a couple days!

  • annbeck62
    annbeck62 Posts: 1,028 ✭✭✭✭

    I haven't heard of the remedies suggested so can't speak to them but for me activated charcoal works great.

  • Tave
    Tave Posts: 952 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Sorry, I've not heard of these remedies for food poisoning. Fasting and wormwood work best for me. Activated charcoal helps many people, and my sister always has it in the medicine cabinet.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 2,153 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I love these books. I have both The Lost Ways I and and The Lost Ways II, The Lost Superfoods, The Lost Book Of Herbal Remedies and The Forager’s Guide To Wild Foods. Very interesting reading.

  • dipat2005
    dipat2005 Posts: 1,293 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Back in the 1980's I got food poisoning from something I ate in a restaurant and was sick at home for two days and spent 3 days in the hospital. I was really sick and never ever want to be that sick again.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,690 admin

    I hadn't heard about the Jello thing before but it does make some sense. Although, I think I would be using plain gelatin instead of the super sweet, artificially colour, artificially flavoured Jellos.

    You have to treat food poisoning like anything else. Match the person and the symptoms to the remedies. You don't necessarily want to stop vomiting or diarrhea. In cases of food poisoning, you want to get rid of the contaminated food as soon as possible and that means it will come out one end or the other. But you don't want either to go on too long or you will become dehydrated.

    Activated charcoal would certainly be a first choice for me to consider in cases of food poisoning. It will absorb anything that contains a toxin and help move it out of your system. Once the offending material is gone, then you can treat the resulting symptoms.

    As pointed out in the article, food poisoning is caused by bacterial infection of the food. Oregon Grape root is a great antibacterial agent to use for the bacteria that was mentioned. I would be taking regular, large doses of OGR.

    Ginger is great for tummy upsets, nausea and vomiting. Bitters will help with nausea and vomiting, particularly something with gentian in it. Raspberry or blackberry leaf would be a good choice for diarrhea. Yogurt would be very good when you are on the mend, to replace the good bacteria in your system. If cramping is a symptom, I would suggest Cramp Bark tincture. Garlic is good for most everything but I would be cautious in case of food poisoning cause raw garlic could cause aggravation to an already tender tummy.

    Hydration is so important when vomiting and diarrhea are both involved. I would avoid the sports drinks and clear sodas suggested in the article because they are high in sugar which bacteria really loves. But you could flavour your own bubbly water with a bit of juice. Or try a homemade electrolyte beverage or coconut water. For kids (or adults), homemade popsicles can help with hydration and give you a way to add medicinal ingredients. TGN's Hydration Handbook has good suggestions.

    When you are starting to feel better, ease back into eating. Just because you are starting to feel hungry again, this is not the time to eat a big steak or a plate of lasagne. Start with plain, simple foods. Broth and soups are good first foods after an illness. Particularly if they contain adaptogens to help with the stress of illness.

  • Cornelius
    Cornelius Posts: 872 ✭✭✭✭

    I know activated charcoal is a good one. It is also used by emergency rooms for many types of poisonings since it binds the toxins and can help prevent them from being absorbed by the intestinal lining.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,498 admin

    Ditto on charcoal