Main symptoms of Cholera that is diarrhea and vomiting are somewhat similar to food poisoning. Cholera is caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholerae transmitted through intake of food or water contaminated by the feces of the infected person while food poisoning occurs through use of infected or stale food. Cholera can affect any one at any age.
Causes of Cholera
Cholera is primarily caused by:
- Poor hygiene and bad sanitation that can exist in camps, slums and even at home. There are many countries with improper or no sanitation at all in their small towns and villages. Such conditions can be commonly seen in South Asian countries. Thus the risk of outbreak of cholera as epidemic in such areas is always there.
- Eating from unhygienic places.
- Lack of potable water. A huge section of the world’s population lacks clean drinking water. In certain areas some people are compelled to drink even from the community ponds.
- Use of unclean utensils etc. Cooking and eating utensils washed in unclean water can lead to cholera particularly if the utensils have been washed in the water taken from community ponds.
Symptoms of Cholera
The symptoms usually appear suddenly due to a very short incubation period and become sever right away. Common symptoms are:
- Sever diarrhea and vomiting, which can be very frequent and profuse causing rapid dehydration. The severity of dehydration weakens the patient and can lead even to death. If cholera outbreaks as epidemic, the death rate can be quite high.
- In many cases, food or water is vomited out as soon as it reaches the stomach.
- Mild to sever abdominal pain.
- Mild or no fever at all. In fact the temperature may drop due to dehydration.
- General weakness due to dehydration.
If the sufferer is already weak in the body, the effects of cholera can be severer and even fatal. Weak and under nourished persons particularly the children in poor countries are easy targets of cholera.
Homeopathic Treatment for Cholera
There are a good number of very effective homeopathic medicines that can rapidly control the diarrhea, vomiting and fever and can cure cholera. They include Aconitum Napellus, Arsenicum Album, Camphora, Cantharis, Carbo Vegetabilis, Ipecacuanha, Veratrum Album and many others. We have had wonderful results from these medicines. The cure was very rapid.
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 as first aid. 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.
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 are only a first aid, not a replacement of proper medical treatment. Go for the advice of your doctor.