Not the best way to spend a few days. Food poisoning can be a memorable event in someone’s life because it is so overwhelming and relentless. Homeopathy is at the ready to help. What would take many hours, and sometimes even days, to recover, homeopathy can transform to a short version and then leave the sufferer in a better state than it found him to start.
When we decide to use homeopathy for this malady, the remedy must be chosen based on symptoms and the cause. In other words, the symptoms point the way. This is reason enough to not use conventional meds to cover up what the body wants us to know. The benefits of having symptoms outweigh the short amount of relief. What ever remedy is chosen, take it every hour if the symptoms are extreme and every 4-5 hours if less intense. As soon as there is relief, stop taking the remedy. The first remedy we think of when we have been poisoned by bad meat is Arsenicum album. A person requiring this has a sudden attack of nausea, vomiting, great weakness and a dry mouth. There is usually anxiety and restlessness and even a fear of death. This is accompanied by an unusual thirst for small sips of warm water and burning at some area, most often rectally. There may be straining. It can often be traced back to the ingestion of ice cream or bad meat.
Another powerhouse remedy to consider is Bryonia. Food poisoning requiring this remedy most likely comes on from over eating. There is pain that is extreme and although there is thirst, no sooner does the sufferer drink the desired cold water, but he vomits it. Where the Arsenicum patient wants to move around, the Bryonia patient craves stillness. In fact, movement only serves to cause further nausea and retching. Even moving his head or eyes can make matters worse. He is comforted with applications to the abdomen and is often curled into a ball on the floor or bed. The cause can sometimes be found to point squarely to a meal of cabbage, ice cream, old cheese or simply food that is too rich.
Pulsatilla is a remedy that often responds to someone who craves ice cream, but simply can’t tolerate it. It can also be brought on by eating bad fish, pork, fatty and creamy foods like peanut butter, cream and cheese. There is bloating and belching up food that tastes tainted. Often the mouth is dry, but there is rarely thirst and a desire for fresh air or a cool light breeze upon him. While the symptoms are not severe, the person is comforted by walking outside in the air.
There are more remedies to consider. Should you be interested, follow up with the next article entitled “Food Poisoning Again”.