Can Food Poisoning Be Treated With Alternative Medicine?

How to treat food poisoning at home?

How to treat food poisoning at home?

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Drink rice water, diluted apple cider vinegar and consume probiotics. Herbs like licorice, ginger root, Chinese cinnamon bark, Skullcap and Asian Ginseng can relieve food poisoning. Ayurveda suggests a liquid gruel of goat milk, curd, honey and fried paddy. Herbs like turmeric and Fenugreek seed extracts can help eliminate harmful bacteria from the system.

When you consume foods that are contaminated with toxins or bacteria, it may result in food poisoning. It is usually caused due to consuming stale foods or those that have crossed the expiry date.

What Causes Food Poisoning?

Food can be contaminated in any stage from cooking, processing, packing, storage to serving.

  • E.Coli

    in uncooked hamburgers, contaminated water or ice, raw milk or vegetables fertilized by cow manure

  • Listeria monocytogenes

    in dairy products and cold processed meats

  • Salmonella

     in eggs or poultry

  • C. botulinum

     in improperly home canned foods

  • C. perfringens

    in previously cooked food that isn’t sufficiently re-heated

  • Staphylococcus aureus

    usually through the hands of food handlers; found in salad dressings or toppings.

  • Fish

    poisoning from fish that isn’t well-refrigerated or fish that feed on certain algae [1].

Common symptoms of food poisoning are diarrhea, vomiting, lack of energy, high fever and stomach cramps a few hours after consumption. The first thing you must do to treat this condition is seek conventional medicine. This is because alternative remedies work more on preventing the problem, than treating it. In alternative medicine, we focus on strengthening the body. However, certain herbs and nutrients help protect the body from unnecessary toxins.

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Nutrition Guidelines To Tackle Food Poisoning

Here are a few home remedies for food poisoning that will help in quick relief.

  1. Water

    Drinking plenty of water can help prevent dehydration and in flush out toxins.

  2. Fiber

    Dietary fiber slows down absorption of toxins and helps clear out toxins through the digestive tract.

  3. Rice Water

    Rice water helps soothe an upset stomach and helps relieve indigestion. To make rice water, rinse 1 cup rice and add to a bowl of water. Let it sit for 15 mins and use.

  4. Apple Cider Vinegar

    Mix 2 tsp in one cup warm water and drink. Dilute it and drink in moderation.

  5. Probiotics

    Probiotics can help restore the balance of good bacteria in the intestine. However, those with weak immune systems should consult their doctor before taking probiotics [1].

Herbal Remedies For Food Poisoning

Some common herbs used for food poisoning are licorice, ginger root, Chinese cinnamon bark, Skullcap and Asian Ginseng. However, do check if you’re allowed to use these herbs and whether they may interfere with your current medications [1].

Ayurvedic Remedies For Food Poisoning

As per Charaka Samhita, in Ayurveda, food poisoning is classified as a difficult-to-treat condition. However, the key symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting can be alleviated with herbal medicines.

Herbal Combinations

Take these in the form of liquid gruel.

  1. Small five roots like  Shalaparni (Deamodium gangeticum), Prishnaparni (Uraria picta ), Brihati (Solanum indicum), Kantakari (Solanum xanthocarpum), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). This mix can help treat diarrhea, fever and vomiting that come with food poisoning.
  2. Shalaparni (Deamodium gangeticum), Bala (Sida Cordifolia), Bilwa (Aegle marmelos), Prishniparni (Uraria picta) soured with pomegranates. This is useful for  diarrhea.
  3. Hribera, Utpala (Water Lily), Musta (Cyperus rotundus) and Prishniparni (Uraria picta) prepared with goat’s milk having half water.
  4. Ativisa  (Aconitum heterophyllum) and Sunthi (dry ginger) soured (with pomegranates). 
  5. The tender young leaves of Vata, Undumbar, Aswattha, Plaksa, Lotus. This is beneficial in P-type Diarrhea. 
  6. Goat milk, curd, honey, fried paddy. This helps alleviate diarrhea and fever. 
  7. Gruels prepared with kacchura root, grains of sali rice etc. in curd, buttermilk, sour gruel, milk or sugarcane juice cooled and added with sugar and honey as well as with ghee, marica and cumin seeds tasted as sweet and salty are wholesome and alleviate all type of diarrhea.

Antimicrobial Herbs

These herbs help eliminate harmful bacteria. They can be consumed regularly as a preventive measure and as complements to other treatments to reduce the intensity and impact of food poisoning.

  • Turmeric
  • Seed extracts of Fenugreek
  • Eucalyptus Cineria
  • Aloe Vera
  • Triphala
  • Extracts of Swetia Chirata [2]


  1. Food Poisoning, University of Maryland Medical Center
  2. Dr. P.H Kulkarni, Antimicrobial Plants of Ayurveda


Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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