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Gastroenteritis

Gastroenteritis is usually caused by an inflammation of the stomach and the intestine, this inflammation is brought on by either a virus, and certain types of bacteria, or a possible toxin present in food or water that has been contaminated; sometimes an allergic reaction may also bring on this condition. The time limit for the various symptoms that come about during the infection, like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, and stomach pain, and sometimes cramp, is in general about forty-eight hours. This is true both in the elderly and in infants, and a doctor should be consulted in all cases.

Supplements and herbs

A supplement that reduces the nausea felt and soothes the inflamed mucous membranes, while reducing the levels of acids in the stomach is an infusion made from the meadowsweet herb, this infusion can be prepared by pouring a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoons of the dried herb, the herbal essence can then be allowed to steep and infuse into the water, this resulting tea can be drunk thrice daily. When all the symptoms of the disorder have started manifesting themselves a decoction of the slippery elm can be used to soothe the inflamed digestive tract, this can be used in dosage of about a part of the powdered bark in eight parts of water mixed well and boiled and allowed to simmer for a quarter of an hour, the resulting tea can be drunk thrice a day, in amounts of about half a normal sized cup per session.

Homeopathy

The following homeopathic remedies may be used in treatment, a single dose can be used every 10 minutes for up to 6 doses in total or in a day, this can be repeated if it becomes necessary or if the symptoms do not go away, some of the symptoms of gastroenteritis include the advent of a profuse diarrhea which comes accompanied by a burning and colicky stomach, there is also a lot of restlessness, and a raised emotional state such as anxiety, and the patient may feel cold. The homeopathic remedy called as Arsenicum album can be used at a dosage level of 6c for treatment of those symptoms. For cases of vomiting and the diarrhea, if they are present with profuse cold sweats, the Veratrum album remedy can be used at a dosage level of 6c. If the symptoms come after the patient has taken some stimulants, for example coffee, alcohol, or a lot of hot spices, in such cases the sweats may also be alternating with an urge to pass motion but nothing can usually be passed, such cases call for Nux vomica; it can also be used at a dosage level of 6c. On the other hand if there is a burning sensation in the rectum and the anus, with involuntary and embarrassing evacuations of stool, Aloe can also be used at dosage levels of 6c. The production of greenish stools, and a painless diarrhea, with a lot of gurgling noises in the abdomen and stomach cramps, the patient may worsen in the early mornings. For the aforementioned symptoms  Podophyllum can also be used at a dosage level of 6c.

What else you can do

Do not eat during the attack, but drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration: Mix 1 quart of water with 2 scant teaspoons of sugar or honey, and 1 teaspoon of salt; drink as needed.
Once the diarrhea and vomiting have subsided, eat plain, whole-grain foods and vegetables. Bananas help settle the stomach. Live yogurt with Lactobacillus acidophilus helps restore protective bacteria to the stomach.
Take a supplement of high-potency acidophilus powder: Take 1/2 tsp of Lactobacillus acidophilus powder, with 1 tsp of Bifidobacteria powder, and 1/2 tsp of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, in one glass of water, thrice a day.

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