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Diarrhea in Travelers Can Be Prevented With Herbal Remedies

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Diarrhea in Travelers Can Be Prevented With Herbal Remedies


The risk of contracting a gastrointestinal disease when traveling to many tropical, subtropical, and underdeveloped nations is higher while traveling to these regions. Bacteria, parasites, and viruses are the most common causes of these infections. E Coli, staphylococci, shigella and salmonella species, campylobacter jejuni, cryptosporidiosis, and hepatitis A are among the tiny germs at the top of these pretty stomach-wrenching (for all the wrong reasons...) charts.

The most common source of infection is contaminated food, with contaminated water following in second. Ice cream, drinks served in re-used coconut shells, raw fish, ice, and food from street sellers are all possible hazards that may derail your trip and leave you with less than savory memories to share with family and friends when you return home.

Nausea, stomach cramps, and diarrhea associated with such acute infections typically subside within a few days after the onset of the illness (unless, of course, you have contracted hepatitis A or something like giardia). In any case, if you are unfortunate enough to get ill after a few days, you should seek medical attention.

The good news is that there are natural treatments you may use to boost your immune and digestive systems, which will give your body a better chance of coping with its new surroundings. It is possible to create an excellent travelers' mix out of the plants listed below. To consume them, a tincture should be prepared, which may be obtained by visiting a local herbal dispensary if one is available in your region, or by consulting with a herbalist in your area.

Astragalus is a herb that has been used to treat a variety of ailments (Astragalus membranaceous)


The antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties of astragalus are well documented. This food contains polysaccharides, which help to strengthen the immune system. It has been shown that astragalus stimulates the activity of phagocytes and natural killer cells and that it raises the number of antibodies in the blood. Picrorrhiza glabra (Picrorrhiza glabra) (Picrorrhiza kurroa)

In general, larger dosages of this Ayurvedic herb may induce diarrhea and flatulence in more sensitive individuals, therefore it is recommended to start with modest doses and work your way up. Because it is a bitter plant, it has a stimulating effect on the digestive system.

It also has anti-malarial properties, as well as the ability to boost the immune system and protect the liver. Picrorrhiza stimulates all elements of the immune system, including B and T cell activity, as well as the activity of phagocytes, which are white blood cells. Traditionally, this plant has been utilized in Ayurvedic medicine to treat liver disorders as well as immune system issues.

Goldenseal is a herb that is used to treat a variety of ailments (Hydrastis Canadensis)


Goldenseal is a gut antibiotic that, among other things, helps to decrease the presence of adherent E Coli and stimulates certain immunological processes in the body. It has been shown that berberine, which is one of its active components, may stimulate the activity of macrophages, which are responsible for the digestion of pathogens and viruses.

Because barberry includes berberine, which is a very important component, we've included some more information about it below. Given that goldenseal is a bitter plant, it is also beneficial for the digestive tract. Goldenseal, on the other hand, should not be used if you are pregnant or suffer from high blood pressure.

Barberry is a kind of berry (Berberis Vulgaris)


One of the active components of this plant, berberine, is an anti-protozoic that may help protect travelers against giardia, leishmania, and treponema pallidum, among other parasites. Other noteworthy effects of berberine include its ability to inhibit the growth of giardia, dysentery, and candida, as well as the viability of the cholera virus. 

Berberine and palmatine, two of the main ingredients, have antibacterial properties as well. Berbamine, which is an alkaloid like berberine, is a powerful anti-bacterial compound that seems to operate by boosting white blood cells and platelets in the bloodstream. Because the component palmatine has uterine-stimulating properties, pregnant women should avoid using this plant during pregnancy. 

Barberry is yet another gut antibiotic that also happens to be an anti-malarial (though no self-respecting herbalist would suggest anything other than medical therapy if you do happen to acquire malaria, of course).

Echinacea is a flowering plant that is used to treat a variety of ailments (Echinacea purpurea or augustifolia)


Echinacea is an immune stimulant that may be used to treat a variety of ailments. His most active components include polysaccharides and alkamides (particularly isobutyl amides), both of which are immune stimulants, as well as polyacetylenes, which are antibacterial and antiviral agents as well as anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agents. 

Echinacea is known to stimulate the activity of phagocytes, which are cells that are part of the immune system. It is also known to be anti-viral and anti-microbial. Inhibiting the activity of the enzyme hyaluronidase seems to be one of how echinacea appears to operate. When bacteria enter and spread through the body, they utilize this enzyme to break down the connective tissue that stops them from entering and spreading through the body. As a result, it is an ideal addition to a traveler's medicine kit.

These treatments are not intended to be used as a preventative measure, such as vaccination. They operate on the premise that increasing your body's chances of being healthy is a good thing. Nothing, however, can take the place of common sense. 

Before you eat, wash your hands thoroughly. Drinking ice or water from water bottles that have had their seal broken is not recommended. Cocktails should be served in glasses that are not very attractive, such as old coconut shells. It is not recommended to consume anything that is not easily peeled. It is not recommended to consume ice cream or drink unpasteurized milk. 

Be cautious when purchasing food from street sellers. Some individuals do this and are OK with it. However, they are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal disturbances. As a precaution, it's a good idea to have some oral hydration salts with you.

Above all, have a wonderful time on your vacation!

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