Herbal Cures To Stay Infection Free On Your Next Journey
Posted Mar 22 2011 7:29am
Travelling to the tropical or developing countries and scared that a gastrointestinal infection will kill the fun? Not anymore. In this article we will discuss about some herbal remedies to ensure a sickness free travel.
The gastrointestinal illness on a travel trip is usually caused due to a bacterial infection, or a virus or parasite attack. Most common organisms that cause sickness are E coli, staphylococci, salmonella, shigella, cryptosporidiosis, campylobacter jejuni as well as hepatitis A. The main cause of infection is contaminated food and water. You have to be extra cautious of drinks and ice creams served in coconut shells as these are reused by the vendor. Also, food items from the street vendors are a contributing cause to the spread of infections amongst travelers.
The symptoms of infection may be nausea, diarrhea and stomach cramps and is not life threatening unless you have got giardia or Hepatitis A. If you see the symptoms worsen then you must consult a good doctor. In fact, keep the local doctors and hospital number handy before you head out on your holiday.
The good news is that there are several herbal cures which will make your digestive system and your immunity strong enough to fight an infection on your travel trip. The below listed herbs are best taken in the form of tinctures, pack them along with your first aid kit.
1. Astragalus: Astragalus is a popular herb and is an excellent anti viral, anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial. An element present in Astragalus known as polysaccharides improves the functioning of the immune system. This herb helps in improving the functioning of antibodies in the body and also enhances the functioning of the phagocytes.
4. Barberry: Barberry acts as an anti protozoic and can protect you during your travel trip against infection causing germs like giardia, leishmania, and treponema. Barberry is also effective against candida and cholera vibrio. Barberry is also anti bacterial in nature and it increases white blood cell count and platelet count. This herb should not be taken by pregnant women as it stimulates the uterus.
These herbs are not meant to replace vaccines. These herbs work by making your body and system stronger to fight against diseases. Take proper care on your travel trip and stay healthy.