Intestinal Flu Can Strike like Lightening!
It can happen after attending a gathering where the food was unclean. It might have been prepared by a carrier, who was not washing hands the way he/she should have done – vigorously at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
It is not in the scope of these pages to differentiate between various forms of digestive disorders. We’ll focus here on epidemic gastroenteritis.
It often starts in semi-closed community environments such as families, school cafeterias, ships and vacation spots.
20 to 50 percent of the people of that community can get sick from the food or water-borne pathogens spread from person to person.
Recently a large number of people suffered from acute intestinal flu because of packaged spinach or lettuce bought in a supermarket.
It is a highly contagious disease and causes millions of cases of diarrhea each year in the west. In developing countries, it is a major cause of death, because of the lack of clean drinking water.
Any unclean practice can be a cause of intestinal flu symptoms, which appear within 4 to 48 hour after exposure to the virus and last for 1-2 days, though the symptoms can last as long as 10 days.
They usually begin with nausea and vomiting, followed by cramps and watery diarrhea, possibly headache, fever and chills.
Most people recover without complications, but the flu can be serious when people do not Drink Enough Fluids.
When the first symptoms appear, take the Chinese Medicine’s herbal remedy PO Chai Pills
Available in any Chinese Herbalist store, this amazing patent formula is a standard in every Chinese household. It is used in nausea and headache due to stomach flu, overeating, hangover, unfamiliar diet, motion sickness, indigestion. It is a must for world travellers. And it’s suitable for children
Herb Huang Lian (Rhiz.Coptidis) is an example of holistic medicine for burning diarrhea. It detoxifies, therefore it is also used in cancer treatments.
I use Pau d’Arco (Taheebo) tea also as a cleanser. In the case of intestinal flu, drink it as a tea, but use it also as an enema to cleanse the colon in order to speed the healing process.
Allow the gastrointestinal track settle by not eating for a day.
Sip clear liquids or suck on an ice cube if still nauseous.
Gradually re-introduce foods – dry toast, broth, applesauce, bananas, rice etc.
Avoid dairy products, caffeine, alcohol until well.
Get plenty of rest.
Drink extra liquids to replace what was lost through vomiting and diarrhea.
Dehydration can affect especially young children, the elderly with chronic conditions and people with a weak immune system.
Symptoms of dehydration are excessive thirst, dry mouth, no urine or little yellow urine, no tears, severe weakness, dizziness.
If untreated the symptoms can become life-threatening. A professional health care provider should be contacted immediately.
For Intestinal Flu Prevention:
Strengthen the immune system (please click here)
Wash hands thoroughly after bathroom.
Wash hands before eating.
Disinfect contaminated surfaces.
Do not consume foods or drinks which you suspect are contaminated.