Travelers checking out lots of tropical, sub-tropical and developing countries run an increased threat of suffering an intestinal health problem. These are generally triggered by germs, parasites and infections. The tiny bugs at the top of these rather gut wrenching (for all the incorrect reasons …) charts are E Coli, the staphylococci, shigella and salmonella types, campylobacter jejuni, cryptosporidiosis, and hepatitis A.
Infected food is the greatest perpetrator, with water coming in 2nd. Ice cream, mixed drinks served in re-used coconut shells, raw seafood, ice, and food from street suppliers are potential threats that can disrupt your experience with less salacious memories to hand down to family and good friends.
The queasiness, stomach cramps and diarrhea from such acute infections generally sorts itself out after a few days (unless obviously you have contracted hepatitis A, or something like giardia). If you are unfortunate enough to be sick after a few days, you must see a physician.
Luckily, there are treatments you can take that will reinforce your immune and digestion system and ideally offer your body a much better possibility at handling its brand-new environment. The herbs I describe below would make an exceptional travelers mix. The very best type to take them in would be as a cast, which can be comprised by going to a local organic dispensary if you have one in your location, or alternatively, a regional herbalist.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus).
Astragalus is a great anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial. The polysaccharides in it support the immune system. Astragalus increases the activity of phagocytes, natural killer cells, and the levels of antibodies in the blood.
Picrorrhiza (Picrorrhiza kurroa).
It is also anti-malarial, supports the immune system, and secures the liver. Picrorrhiza motivates all elements of the immune system, such as B and T cell activity, and the activity of phagocytes.
Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis).
Goldenseal is a gut antibiotic, which for example assists minimize adhesive e coli, and encourages some immune functions of the body. Goldenseal, being a bitter herb, it is likewise excellent for the digestion system.
Barberry (Berberis Vulgaris).
Berberine, one of the active constituents in this herb is an anti protozoic, which helps secure tourists against giardia, leishmania, and treponema pallidum. The active constituents berberine and palmatine are also anti-bacterial. The constituent palamtine is a uterine stimulant, however, and as such pregnant ladies should not take this herb.
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea or augustifolia).
Echinacea is an immune stimulant. Its primary active constituents are the polysaccharides and the alkamides (especially the isobutylamides), which are both immune stimulating, and the polyaceytlenes, which are antibacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal. Echinacea supports the activity of phagocytes, which become part of the body immune system, and is likewise thought about anti-viral and anti-microbial. Among the ways echinacea appears to work is by preventing the action of the enzyme hyaluronidase. This enzyme is used by micro-organisms to break down the connective tissue that avoids them from getting in and spreading out through the body. For these reasons, it is outstanding as part of a travelers treat mix.
These treatments are not created as a prophylactic, like a vaccine. They work on the concept of providing your body an increased possibility at staying healthy. Do not consume ice cream or beverage unpasteurized milk.
Above all, enjoy your vacation!
Referrals: C Fisher & G Painter, Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere<br>
Class notes from Ses Salmond, licensed Natural Therapist and Herbal Medication teacher.