Homeopathy for Food Poisoning

Homeopathy is a safe treatment for the uncomfortable but temporary symptoms of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps, and sweating that often accompany food poisoning. Treatment involves examining the symptoms of an illness and treating these symptoms with a diluted homeopathic remedy that would cause these symptoms in a healthy individual if given in full strength. This is the “like cures like” theory upon which homeopathy was built.

Homeopathy is a safe and natural way to treat illness with little risk of side effects and no chance of addiction, and can be taken in conjunction with traditional medicine. In searching for the proper homeopathic relief from symptoms, people need to be patient and diligent in matching the right formula and remedy with the specific symptoms.

How Does Homeopathy Treat Food Poisoning?

Before administering homeopathy for food poisoning, a homeopathic practitioner will consider the patient as a whole being, assessing all the factors -- physiological, psychological, and intellectual. Then he or she will match the treatment to the symptoms.

When taking homeopathic remedies, take one dosage and wait to see if you feel better. If you do, you need not take any more. If you don’t, take one more dose and wait again for symptoms to subside.

The following homeopathic remedies are indicated for the following food poisoning symptoms:

Arsenicum Album - One of the best homeopathic remedies for common food poisoning symptoms is arsenicum album, which is made from oxide of arsenic. Use arsenicum when you have symptoms of watery diarrhea, chills, nausea and vomiting; if you have feelings of restlessness, weakness, anxiety, and nervousness; and when you thirst for cold water. Use when symptoms worsen in the cold and late night hours, and improve with warmth, hot food and drink, and warm compresses.

Take 6C or 12C potency every two to three hours until symptoms subside. Arsenicum is especially good for food poisoning from meat, fish, canned food, and ptomaine poisoning, and for general traveler’s food poisoning.

Veratrum Album – made from white hellebore. Use when experiencing symptoms of both diarrhea and severe and frequent nausea and vomiting; if you have accompanying cold sweats, and coldness in the abdomen or forehead, and crave cold water; feel weakness and exhaustion. The opposite of arsenicum, use veratrum when symptoms feel worse with warmth.

Take 6C or 12C every two to three hours. Veratrum is helpful for food poisoning from botulism, bad meat, and discomfort from alcohol and tobacco.

Podophyllum - made from May Apple. Use when you have diarrhea only and no vomiting; when diarrhea is watery, explosive, foul spelling, and gurgling; when you feel exhausted and lethargic after repeated bouts of diarrhea; with headache, body ache, and cramps; after eating or drinking water worsens the symptoms.

Carbo Vegetabilis - made from charcoal. Use carbo vegetabilis when feeling bloated, full, gaseous, and flatulent; when belching relieves pressure and improves symptoms; with sweatiness, weakness, and exhaustion. Take 6C or 12C every two to three hours. Carbo vegetabilis is helpful after ingesting decayed food, milk, fats, and rich food.

China - made from Peruvian bark. This is an effective remedy when suffering from dehydration. It is beneficial for food poisoning from meat, fish, and tainted water, alcohol, or milk. If feeling dehydrated after prolonged diarrhea or vomiting; weakness from being sick; gas; and insomnia, china is the appropriate remedy.

Nux Vomica - made from the seeds and bark of Strychnos evergreen. Good primarily for general cramps, hangovers, and overindulgence in rich food and wine. Symptoms of a sore abdomen, irritable bowel, gas, pressure, and vomiting indicate nux vomica as the remedy. Symptoms are instigated by fatty or spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, and junk food.

Common sense strategies for preventing food poisoning are keeping cold food cold, hot food hot, washing hands before eating or preparing food, keeping raw meats away from other food, avoiding or specially preparing naturally toxic foods (like puffer fish or mushrooms), and limiting consumption of alcohol or caffeine.

What Is Homeopathy?

Homeopathy subscribes to the “like cures like” philosophy of curing illness by treating like symptoms with like remedies. This strategy has proven successful in the treatment of allergies and in the use of vaccines, where the introduction of a small amount the offending substance initiates the immune system to build antibodies to fight off the more severe disease or condition. In homeopathy, the substance that causes symptoms similar to those of the illness is prepared in an extremely reduced dose, composed of one part per billion or trillion diluted in water.

When used undiluted, the substances used in homeopathy will cause symptoms of illness and can even be toxic or deadly. While the majority of homeopathic remedies are safe due to its low concentration and dilution, people are advised not to forgo concurrent conventional medical treatment while taking homeopathic remedies.

What Is Food Poisoning?

Food poisoning is a generally temporary condition caused by ingesting food or beverages contaminated with bacteria, toxins, viruses, parasites, or naturally occurring toxins (i.e. fugu or mushrooms). Susceptible food (such as salads made with mayonnaise) left out in the heat, undercooked hamburger, raw seafood, and raw eggs are the primary culprits. Unsafe food handling, improper storage of food, and poor hygiene practices, such as not washing hands after toilet use or before eating, also contribute to food poisoning.

Symptoms occur 24 to 48 hours after contamination and include diarrhea, vomiting, cramps, weakness, fever, and dehydration. Although very uncomfortable, the toxins associated with food poisoning eventually work their way out of the body within a few days. It is important to stay hydrated during this time. Conditions similar to food poisoning that need immediate medical attention are cholera and botulism.

Additional Resources

Homeopathic treatment of food poisoning” by Mary Aspinwall.

Castro, Miranda. The Complete Homeopathy Handbook: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints. St. Martin's Griffin, 1991.

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