If you are feeling particularly upset in the stomach, chances are you’ve contracted gastroenteritis… or stomach flu, its common household name. The term refers to the inflammation of the intestines or gastrointestinal tract or both. There are many different ways in dealing with stomach flu. But first, let’s discuss the symptoms.
Stomach Flu Symptoms
Stomach flu involves pain in the stomach, sure, but first you need to know the symptoms before making up your mind that you, indeed, have the stomach flu.
The symptoms of stomach flu include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Sometimes… fever
But it should be noted that not everyone affected will show all these symptoms. Some afflicted individuals have been known to develop mild fever of 37.7 C (100 F), just about, while others maintain a perfectly normal body temperature. Many of the symptoms though related to stomach flu usually subside after a period of two to five days.
Natural Stomach Flu Treatment
Make no mistake: stomach flu can be very uncomfortable. But the truth of the matter is that most people who suffer from it do not require a visit to the doctor for treatment. It is perfectly normal, and natural, to treat stomach flu at home with the help of some basic medication.
There are some homeopathic ingredients and herbs that are known to be effective cures for stomach flu. One of these is the Arsenicum alb which is often prescribed by practitioners in soothing digestive diseases. For abdominal pains accompanied by vomiting, nausea and diarrhea, all common symptoms of stomach flu, Colocynth may also be prescribed and is proven effective in its treatment.
If you aren’t familiar with the term, Colocynth is also commonly known as “bitter cucumber” or “bitter apple”. You can visit your local health food store to find this particular homeopathic remedy… just in case someone in your family should come down with stomach flu.
Another natural ingredient used in the treatment of stomach flu is wind flower in its homeopathic form, known to safely relieve both children and adults from the effects of nausea and vomiting. But if the cramps, headaches and spasms are the ones giving you trouble, then magnesium phosphate (tissue salt) is the one you want.
Watch this video from youtube where it talks about how to treat stomach flu.
It Isn’t As Bad As You Think
Stomach flu is not considered a major or life-threatening disease. As long as you keep these pointers in mind, then you should be able to handle a minor case of gastroenteritis just fine on your own.
As with any medical condition… if the symptoms persist, consult your family doctor to get professional help.