Herbs That Heal Gastroenteritis

Herbs That Heal Gastroenteritis:

Introduction

Gastroenteritis means inflammation of the stomach and small and large intestines. Viral gastroenteritis is an infection caused by a variety of viruses that results in vomiting or diarrhea. It is often called the "stomach flu," although it is not caused by the influenza viruses.

Symptoms

The symptoms of viral gastroenteritis usually begin 24–48 hours after you are infected. This time is called theincubation period.
The incubation period for bacterial gastroenteritis can range from 12 hours to 5 days, depending on the bacteria responsible.
Repeated episodes of diarrhoea are the most common symptom of gastroenteritis. Loose, watery stools are usually passed three or more times within 24 hours. The stools may contain traces of blood and mucus.
Other symptoms of gastroenteritis include:
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Headaches
  • A high temperature (fever) of 38–39C (100.4–102.2F)

How can I know if I have Gastroenteritis?

If you have any of the following symptoms:
  • Vomiting that lasts for more than two days
  • An inability to keep liquid down for more than a day
  • Diarrhoea that lasts for more than three days
  • Blood in your vomit or in your stools
  • Seizures (fits)
  • Changes in mental state, such as confusion
  • Double vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Signs of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sunken eyes and an inability to pass urine

Ayurvedic Cure

Asparagus (Asparagus racemosa) Asparagus is known to be an antispasmodic. It reduces the fire in the stomach. The root of the asparagus is effective in reducing the hyperacidity of the digestive system.

Bitter Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) The tea of the bitter chamomile is effective in allaying the gastritis that is caused due to tensions and worries.

Cardamom (Elattaria cardamomum) Cardamom has soothing effects on the stomach. It is especially beneficial if the gastritis causes heartburn.

Fennel (Fenneliculum vulgare) Fennel is used as a digestive traditionally by Indians. After each meal, there is a tradition of chewing some seeds of fennel. Fennel soothes the stomach, facilitates digestion, reduces flatulence and relieves the stomach of excess acidity.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) The extract of ginger is effective in treating the acid dyspepsia that is associated with gastritis. It is especially useful for people who consume more of a non-vegetarian food.

Indian Gooseberry (Emblica officinalis) The Indian gooseberry, or amla, is very beneficial in the treatment of several stomach ailments, gastritis included. The other digestive ailments it is used for dyspepsia, burning sensation, anorexia, vomiting and hemorrhage.

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) The root of the licorice can soothe the inflammation and the injury to the stomach. It is also known to reduce the proliferation of Helicobacter pylori.

Rhubarb (Rheum emodi) Rhubarb is a mild agent; so it is effectively used in treating gastritis problems in children. It can reduce the acidity in the stomach.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) Sandalwood helps in gastritis because it has cooling properties. It can soothe the stomach muscles inflamed by gastritis.





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