Acute cases of diarrhea, nausea and vomiting due to a viral or bacterial infection can be effectively treated at home using single homeopathic remedies. Diarrhea, nausea and vomiting caused by overindulgence in food or drink can also be treated homeopathically. Most of the remedies mentioned in this article can be found in a standard Homeopathic First Aid Kit or at your local health food store. They are completely natural, easy to administer, and have no side effects. All the remedies mentioned below should be used in a 30C potency (strength). Look for “30C” written at the end of the given remedy name (e.g. Arsenicum Album 30C).
Arsenicum Album: The first remedy to try in cases of food poisoning or traveler’s diarrhea. There is vomiting and diarrhea. People needing this remedy are weak, chilly, anxious and thirsty.
Nux Vomica: A great remedy for nausea and vomiting, especially after alcoholic drinks or overindulging in food. It’s known as “the hangover remedy.”
Colocynthis: A good remedy for diarrhea anytime there is abdominal pain that is better from pressure and bending double.
Ipecacuanha: Good for persistent nausea, with or without diarrhea, which is not relieved by vomiting.
Podophyllum: Another common diarrhea remedy. The stool is profuse and offensive smelling. The stools may be yellowish or green and are often completely liquid, and the bowel movements can come very frequently.
Bryonia: Diarrhea and/or vomiting that is worse from the slightest motion. This person is irritable, wants to be left alone and feels warm.
Since homeopathy is safe and non-toxic, the remedies can be given to pregnant women and children. Dosage is the same for adults and children: a few pellets dissolved in the mouth, taken preferably 15 minutes away from food or water. The remedy can be repeated every half hour for the first few doses, then a few times per day thereafter. Remedy response is very fast in cases of acute diarrhea and vomiting, so if there is no response after waiting a few hours, it means that you have chosen the wrong remedy.
Avoid heavy, rich foods and sweets. Eat foods that are easy to digest such as yogurt, bananas, white rice, or cottage cheese. Drink lots of diluted juice, vegetable broth, or rice water to avoid dehydration.
“Homeopathy for Children” Gabrielle Pinto and Murray Feldman, 1996.
“Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines” Stephen Cummings and Dana Ullman, 1997.
“The New Synoptic One” Frans Vermeulen, 2001.