How to Beat the Stomach Bug.

Via Brent Binder
on Jan 29, 2013
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The Porcelain Chakra
The Porcelain Chakra

The norovirus has rapidly spread across the globe from Australia to the UK and is now peaking in the USA.

However this isn’t the same old seasonal flu, the influenza virus, that causes respiratory illness of the lungs, throat and sinus cavities. The norovirus prefers to infect the digestive tract.

It’s major identifying symptom is repeated, and often projectile, vomiting, but it also causes a complete flush out the bottom of the digestive tract as well. The combination can lead to severe dehydration which is the most common complicating factor.

My experience this year with the norovirus includes the usual stories from dozens of patients who tell me their whole office floor is out with the stomach flu. But as of this week, I have encountered the virus first hand with my three most important patients, my pregnant wife and two-year-old daughter.

So, finding an herbal prescription for the norovirus has been the center of the last 48 hours in my life. And I am recommending the one ultimate tonic for anyone who is suffering from the so-called “Throw up and Diarrhea Virus.” If it does get you, it’s likely to knock you down for a day or two, possibly more.

Here’s how to get back up.

Marshmallow Flower
Marshmallow Flower

Althaea officinalis is an herb named from the Greek word althein, which means to cure.

Commonly known as Marshmallow, the root contains a powerful stash of antidotes of specific importance when aiding in the recovery from the norovirus. I also highly encourage the use of this herb as a primary medicine for an influenza infection.

Here’s why.

  • Althaea officinalis is a reputable source for mucilage, which soothes the irritated lining of the digestive and respiratory tracts after violent upheavals from your stomach and prolonged bouts of cough.
  • Marsh mallow relieves pain via salicylic acid, nature’s original blueprint for today’s synthesized aspirin.
  • The herb has been used traditionally to treat GI disorders and strengthen the digestive system. Modern science has revealed that its contribution in these areas is due to the plant’s polysaccharides that coat and protect the lining of the stomach.
  • Anti-viral properties stimulate the immune response to help control and clear infections.
  • It contains high amounts of vitamin A, B complex, zinc, and trace amounts of calcium, iron and iodine to help replenish the body’s loss of nutrients.

During the initial onset of the virus, take a few small sips of your brew in between prostrations to the porcelain goddess. Gradually increase your dosage as strength returns to your stomach. Drink lukewarm to cold depending on preference and fill up an ice cube tray for future dosages. You don’t typically have an appetite while you’re under the spell, and the ice mallow will help hydrate, heal and restore the flow of vital impulses through your body.

Brew an elixir by adding two tablespoons of herb per cup of water. Boil down the chopped, dried root for 5 minutes. Reduce to a simmer, and use a mortar or implement to crush the root at the bottom of the pot. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove the tea from heat and let it steep for an additional 20 minutes. Strain the liquid, making sure to squeeze out the remaining thick medicinal gel. For children between the ages of six months and two years, dilute the substance by doubling the amount of water after it has cooled.

Here is my preference for buying bulk, organic and ethical.

P.S. My wife, daughter, and unborn child life force are all doing fantastic.


1. Michael Castleman, The Healing Herbs

2. Louise Fenney, M.H.Today’s Herbal Health

3. Lesley Bremness, The Complete Book of Herbs


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5 Responses to “How to Beat the Stomach Bug.”

  1. grace says:

    for the lazy, or too sick to get it together, traditional medicinals has a heartburn soother tea that is mostly marshmallow root, a little leaf, and some spearmint – won't be as efficacious, but might be great to have in a pinch. and very easy to access.

  2. guest says:

    Oh just REST and drink whatever liquids you can keep down.
    No need for expensive 'natural' remedies!
    If you have any allergies make sure you are not allergic to this plant before taking it!
    Just because its from a health food store does not make it safe.
    When sick your body tells you to vomit or get diarrhea. Don't stop those processes. They are unpleasant but its the bodies way of getting rid of the bug!
    Sleep if you are tired and you only need a small amount of liquid every hour to keep from being dehydrated.
    It does not get much more natural than that!
    Skip the marshmallow concoction and buy good hand soap.
    Wash your hands a lot! When you go to the bathroom, when you go to one store to the next, as soon as you get home. Avoid touching your face until you wash your hands. Avoid sick people if possible.
    This is the best prevention and its free.
    There is NO cure, just ways to empty your wallet 😉

  3. binder4health says:

    Thanks, Grace. I love Traditional Medicinals. They are a quality brand.

  4. binder4health says:

    Thanks, Guest.
    In regards to "vomit…Don't stop the process" – Marshmallow does not stop the process, it only makes it feel less terrible afterwards. In regards to "buy good hand soap"- It's OK to "empty your wallet" to buy soap but not to buy an herb?
    But good point about prevention. Stay away from sick people, unless it's your wife and daughter, of course. This article was not really about prevention though, it was about healing. Which I agree 100%, is done best by the bodies natural abilities. I am simply trying to help people expedite the process and feel less miserable, which actually counts for a lot during the healing process.

    Good point about allergic reactions too. I'll follow up to that. Usually people allergic to any plants of the Malvaceae family like hibiscus and okra, are at a greater risk of developing allergic reaction to marshmallow.

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