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Those who travel to developing, sub-tropical and tropicalcountries are always at risk of suffering numerous different sorts ofgastrointestinal illnesses which usually occur due to various different sortsof viruses, parasites or bacteria. The most common causes of such medicalconditions are hepatitis A, cryptosporidiosis, campylobacter jejuni, salmonellaspecies, shigella species, the staphylococci and E Coli. Most of these unpleasantmedical conditions occur when a person consumes infected food items. The secondsource of gastrointestinal problems is infected water. The most potential risksare certain food items and beverages such as food from street vendors, ice, rawseafood, cocktails served in re-used coconut shells and ice cream. Thesemedical problems are usually manifested as acute types of infections,characterized by symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea andvomiting. The condition usually resolves over the course of only a few days.Those who remain sick for prolonged periods definitely need to pay visit to adoctor. In order to prevent such medical conditions one may take certainmeasures of precaution which are very efficient in strengthening both theimmune system and the gastrointestinal tract. There is a certain traveler’s mixof herbal remedies which should always be carried around. These herbal remediesshould be taken as a tincture.

Herbal Remedies

Astragalus, botanically referred to as astragalusmembranaceus is a herb known for its very potent antimicrobial, antibacterialand antiviral properties. It is very rich in beneficial polysaccharides whichstrengthen the immune system and increase the production of antibodies andphagocytes in the body. An Ayurvedic herb, known as picrorrhiza and botanicallyreferred to as picrorrhiza kurroa is another great remedy for this type ofmedical condition. It needs to be taken in lower doses in order to avoid certainside effects. It is very bitter so it is very efficient in stimulating thedigestive system, protecting the liver and boosting the immune system. It isknown for its very potent anti-malarial properties, as well. Another greatremedy is known by the name of goldenseal, even though it is botanicallyreferred to as hydrastis Canadensis. It strengthens the immune system. It is abitter herb, very rich in berberine, an active compound responsible forincreased production of the beneficial macrophages. Pregnant women and thosewho suffer from hypertension should not use goldenseal. Barberry, botanicallyreferred to as berberis vulgaris is another herbal remedy very rich inberberine. It can be used very efficiently for the alleviation and treatment ofcholera vibrio, candida, dysentery, giardia, treponema pallidum and leishmania.Barberry contains very powerful antibacterial agents known as palmatine andberbamine, but it should not be used by pregnant women. Another great remedy isknown by the name of Echinacea.

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