Food poisoning is one of the most common illnesses. Roughly one out of every 6 Americans will get food poisoning a year. Many of these people will end up hospitalized. Prevention of food-borne illness is of utmost importance, but what can we do if we do get food poisoning? Let’s talk symptoms and then we can get down to what homeopathic remedies help alleviate these nasty attacks of food poisoning.
The symptoms of food poisoning generally come on within the first couple of hours after eating a contaminated food. The symptoms come on fast and include: nausea, vomiting, watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
When you first realize you have food poisoning, take activated charcoal capsules. NOT to be mistaken for charcoal from the grill. They sell activated charcoal capsules at health food stores and local pharmacies. Charcoal works by trapping toxins in a process called adsorbing. Be sure to take charcoal 2 hours BEFORE or after any supplements or medications because it will adsorb them as well. This occurs when there is a reaction of elements including nutrients, chemicals and toxins. Charcoal will soak up toxins and foods and move them through the bloodstream to be removed through the Gastrointestinal tract. Hospitals use activated charcoal to adsorb drugs in patients that overdose on drugs.
I have experienced food poisoning first hand, and let me tell you, it is NO JOKE. I thought I was dying. The symptoms hit me so hard and fast. The burning stomach pain, diarrhea, and nonstop vomiting brought me to my knees. I was praying for some miracle. That miracle happened to be the homeopathic remedy Arsenicum Album. Within a few hours of taking the remedy, I was feeling better and back on my feet and able to hold down liquids and caring for my children.
I am providing a list of some of the common remedies used for food poisoning. This list is not exhaustive of all the remedies that could be used. There are literally thousands of remedies and too many to list. These are common remedies that are usually available at your local health food store.
Acute food poisoning homeopathic remedies
Arsenicum Album: Worse from eating and drinking, after bad meat, chilly, restless, anxious, thirsty for small sips of water. Violent vomiting and diarrhea at the same time. Gets better with warmth and warm drinks. Worse from sight or smell of food, much pain in the stomach and intestines. Symptoms worse at night or come on during the night.
Phosphorus: much vomiting and diarrhea, burning pains, weakness, anxiety and restlessness, thirsty for cold drinks. Nausea and vomiting worse after warm drinks. Vomits as soon as water warms in the stomach. Vomits after eating or drinking only a small amount. Diarrhea with uncontrollable stools. Empty weak feeling in the stomach.
Pulsatilla: Bad fish, eating cakes, rich food, ice cream, spoiled meat and rotten fish. Heartburn, queasy, bad taste in mouth, nausea after drinking, vomits partially digested food. Stools changeable, diarrhea with green mucous or constantly changing color and consistency.
Colocynthis: Cramping, abdominal pain better with pressure and warmth. Worse from eating or drinking. Vomit as pain becomes more intense. Cramping and then diarrhea.
Lycopodium: Bad shellfish
Uticaria urens: sick from eating shellfish with skin reactions, hives
Veratrum album: Good for vomiting and diarrhea (if arsenicum album doesn’t work). Violent diarrhea, colicky pain, diarrhea temporarily relieves crampy pains. Simultaneously vomiting with diarrhea. Motions causes diarrhea and vomiting. Severe chilliness, and cold sweats. Severe weakness. Thirsty for a lot of water.
Nux Vomica: Too much food, alcohol, fatty food, spicy food. Crampy, hangover, pressure, vomiting,but it doesn’t relieve sick feeling. Heartburn, nausea, empty dry heaving, sour burps, irritable
Ipecac: Persistent extreme nausea and digestive distress, nausea continues after vomiting. Vomiting is severe, worse from eating or drinking. Worse from smell of food, little thirst. Cutting pains in the stomach. Green stools. Tongue coated with increased salivation.
China: Promotes recovery after fluid loss from symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea that lead to exhaustion and dehydration
I hope this list is very helpful should you experience food poisoning. I know how horrible it can be when you lack the tools to help the symptoms. I recommended a small 30 remedy acute homeopathic kit for all clients. Having the remedies on hand for acute situations is so important.
Heather Stafford, Homeopath