Diarrhea and vomiting caused by cholera dehydrate the body; severer the symptoms, quicker the dehydration. The first thing that must always be done is to slow down or stop further dehydration. This can be done through the use of ORS (Oral Rehydration Solution) and salted juices, which can be purchased from the market. If pre-made ORS is not readily available for whatever reason, an alternative can be prepared by adding sugar and common salt to water. The same treatment can be given to the patient of food poisoning. Proper medical treatment can then follow. In case oral intake of liquids is not tolerated and is vomited out as soon as taken, the fluids may have to be administered intravenously.
There are a good number of very effective homeopathic remedies that can quickly check the diarrhea and vomiting. They include Aconitum Napellus, Arsenicum Album, Camphora, Cantharis, Carbo Vegetabilis, Ipecacuanha, Veratrum Album and many others. I have seen Arsenicum Album, Camphora, Ipecacuanha and Veratrum Album giving very rapid effects. The remedy, potency and dose would depend on symptoms, modalities and condition of the patient, which a homeopath can easily look into.
When a person is sick, the tendency is to run to the doctor be it cholera, food poisoning or anything. People do not want to take the risk of treating themselves through home remedies. It is fine but if medical treatment is not readily available as can happen in the poor countries, one is not left with many options. In such cases, as a first aid at least, a home remedy can do wonders. Here are few of those:
- A cup of black tea without sugar or milk taken frequently can help a lot. It would not only help in checking the diarrhea and vomiting but also make up the deficiency of water to some extent. In sever cases, a small piece of cinnamon can be added while boiling the tea. Remember that it is black tea, not any other.
- A teaspoonful of mixture of onion juice and honey (50% each) can also do wonders.
You might like to try these home remedies but remember that these might be considered as first aid for a bit of palliation only, not as the replacement of the advice of your doctor.