Gastroenteritis is an inflammatory condition of your alimentary canal, specifically stomach and intestine. It is commonly known as Stomach flu.

Causes of Stomach Flu

  • Bacteria (E.coli, Salmonella) and viruses(rotavirus, norovirus) are the cause of gastroenteritis. These organisms enter you body through contaminated food and water, uncooked meat or seafoods.
  • Person with weak immunity and following poor hygiene like sharing utensils of infected person, improper hand washing after visiting toilet are commonly affected.

Symptoms of Stomach Flu

  • Indigestion.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Abdominal cramps.
  • Loose watery stools.
  • Mild rise in your body temperature.
  • Dehydration.
  • Feeling dizzy.
  • Muscular pains.

Dos and Don’ts

  • Drink buttermilk (chaas) to replenish your body fluid.
  • Take bedrest.
  • Avoid solid/heavy / complex foods.
  • Eat light and easily digestible foods like gruel/ soup/ softly cooked rice. You can add pepper and cumin to improve your digestion.
  • Don’t take anti diarrhoeal or anti emetic medicines immediately. Few bouts will help to clear the microorganisms from your digestive system.
  • Avoid dairy and caffeine products.
  • Take fluids in small and frequent sips. Avoid taking large quantity at a time. It may trigger vomiting or diarrhoea again.
  • You can boil musta, coriander seeds and dry ginger powder in drinking water and sip it frequently.
  • You can chew jeera and dry ginger powder with pinch of salt to prevent nausea and improve your digestion.
  • Drink pomegranate juice with elachi and sugar candy to reduce vomiting.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Stomach Flu

The following Ayurvedic medicines are beneficial in the treatment of stomach flu.

  • Vilwadi gulika
  • Dadimashtaka churna
  • Ushiradi kashayam
  • Mustharishtam
  • Kutaja 

Prevention of Stomach Flu

  • Avoid sharing others’ utensils, towels, etc.
  • Wash your hands well before having food.
  • Avoid roadside foods.
  • Drink boiled and cooled water only.
  • Wash vegetables and fruits well in running water before consumption.
  • Cook meat and other sea foods well.

Vilwadi gulika

Benefits:
  • Cures allergies
  • Used in the treatments of insect bites and poisoning
  • Treats gastro enteritis, dyspepsia and recurrent fever
  • Effective in treating herpes zoster and warts

Dosage:

Internal use : 1 – 2 tablets once or twice a day, before food or as directed by Ayurvedic doctor.

Adjuvant:
warm water, Honey or any other medicated decoction as prescribed by the doctor.