During my studies in India, which lasted 6 years, I experienced food poisoning, vomiting, upset tummy and many other digestive problems innumerable times. It was quite an inconvenience as it would happen all the time and at the worst possible moments. The last thing any one needs while in medical school is to be constantly sick. Some of the local doctors i would go to would actually get annoyed by me as they thought i was neglecting my health.
The truth is, i was having a very hard time adjusting to the diet as most restaurants and food services were run with extremely poor hygiene. The local people didn’t seem to have a problem as they grew up with this and developed a stronger immunity towards these things, but it really gave me a roller-coaster ride with my health. So here are my personal solutions:
1. Betel Leaves
Betel leaves are known to possess anti-emetic and anti-microbial properties. In my personal and clinical experience, I have found Betel leaves to be just as effective as several OTC anti-emetics. These can usually be purchased at any Indian grocery store.
Although betel leaves are very effective on their own, its better to be consumed together with the other digestive condiments that it is usually prepared with to avoid the extreme taste. This preparation is traditionally taken after meals in India and other parts of Asia.
Ginger is a known digestive, carminative, and anti-inflammatory, yet many people underestimate its anti-emetic effects. In fact, ginger is the sole ingredient in Dramamine’s “All natural” anti-emetic sold as an OTC drug in the USA.
Taking one glass of hot water with a teaspoon of dry ginger powder and sipping on this continuously can be very effective in counteracting vomiting, nausea and even mild food poisoning. Not to forget, its extremely useful for indigestion (Except when acidity is involved).
A few other things which are useful for vomiting, nausea, and food poisoning are:
According to the Ayurvedic method of treatment, it is best to first allow whatever morbidity is present to be expelled. Afterwards, if the vomiting does not subside on its own, it is recommended to administer a purgative like “Triphala” which will relieve the vomiting by stimulating gastric emptying, promoting peristaltic movement and producing a laxating effect. Also, a digestive/carminative herb like Fennel, ginger or the Ayurvedic preparation known as “Trikatu” should be given to assist in restoring proper digestive function.
Common Ayurvedic purgatives:
Common Ayurvedic Digestion promoters:
These medicines can be purchased online and in some health stores. Make sure to consult an Ayurvedic doctor first.
(These Ayurvedic preparations mentioned, should only be used under the proper guidance of an Ayurvedic Physician)
(Always use medicinal herbs under the supervision of a doctor)
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By Dr. Nishal R.
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