Food Poisoning (Savisha Annam)

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    Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning refers to the toxic symptoms exhibited on ingesting contaminated food. Food can get contaminated at any stage from raw to cooking. Bacteria, virus, and parasites or their toxins can be responsible for contamination of food. Symptoms are usually generated from stomach or intestine. Dr.Gupta’sIAFAelivers effective treatment for food poisoning through Ayurveda. IAFA has fruitful measures to alleviate the symptoms and tiredness caused by food poisoning. 

    Symptoms of Food Poisoning

    Symptoms depend on cause of poisoning. Symptoms may be severe in poisoning occurring in raw food. They may appear within hours, days or weeks of poisoning and can last for several days. Major symptoms of food poisoning include:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Watery or bloody diarrhea
    • Fever
    • Abdominal pain
    • Abdominal cramps

    Older adults, pregnant women, children, people with chronic illness etc. may suffer from severe symptoms. The major complication caused by food poisoning is dehydration due to excess water loss from body. 


    Ayurveda explains that people who have taken poisonous food will exhibit symptoms like dryness of mouth, restlessness, sweating, tremor, loss of stability during walking etc.

    Ayurvedic Reference of Food poisoning - Savisha Annam

    Causes of Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning can be caused by microorganisms like bacteria, virus, parasite etc. Microorganisms or their toxins enter the food items during growing, harvesting, processing or preparation. Important organisms that may cause food poisoning are Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Escherichia coli (E. coli), Salmonella etc. 

    “Dr.Gupta’sIAFAelivers effective treatment for food poisoning through Ayurveda. Institute of Applied Food Allergy® has fruitful measures to alleviate the symptoms and tiredness caused by food poisoning”. 

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    -Allergist, Dr. Sahil Gupta

    Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine & Surgery
    Master’s in Health Administration

    Diet in Food Poisoning

    Do’s (Pathya)

    If affected with food poisoning one should follow following food and regimen to avoid further complications.

    • Light and easily digestible food like gruel
    • Warm food
    • Green gram
    • Drink enough warm water
    • Hot soup
    • Buttermilk
    • Take good rest
    • Adequate sleep

    Don’ts (Apathya)

    Following food and regimen should be avoided to get relieved from the symptoms of food poisoning:

    • Cold water and food
    • Heavy and fatty food
    • Non vegetarian diet
    • Milk and milk products
    • Strenuous exercise
    • Day sleep

    Yoga and Pranayama for Food Poisoning

    After getting relief from acute and severe symptoms, simple yoga postures can be practiced to achieve physical and mental relaxation. Following yoga postures will be appreciable.

    • Savasana
    • Sukhasana
    • Padmasana

    Pranayama helps to attain mental stability and cleans all body channels. It helps to bring the body tissues back to normal stage and to energize them. 

    Ayurvedic Treatment for Food Poisoning

    Ayurveda suggests internal medicines as well as purification therapy to get rid of food poisoning. Ayurveda focuses on digestion of undigested food, increase of digestive fire and expulsion of toxins.

    Internal Medicines

    • Vaiswanarachurna
    • Ashtachurna
    • VilwadiLehya
    • BharangyadiKwatha

    • SanjivaniVati
    • Kutajarishta
    • Mustarishta
    • Abhayarishta

    Purification Therapy

    This is indicated for expulsion of remaining toxins in the body and should be done based on condition of patient f symptoms persist for long period.

    • Vamana (Emesis)
    • Virechana (Purgation)

    Single Herbs for Food Poisoning

    • Tugaksheeri(Curcuma aeruginosa)
    • Ardraka (Zingiber officinale)

    • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
    • Kutaja (Holarrhenaantidysentrica)

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Question: What is food poisoning?

    Answer: Food poisoning is the toxic symptoms exhibited by intake of contaminated food.

    Question: What are the major symptoms of food poisoning?

    Answer: Main symptoms of food poisoning include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever etc.

    Question: How Ayurveda takes care of food poisoning?

    Answer: Ayurveda has well defined treatment protocol for food poisoning that includes pacifying medicines as well as purification therapy to expel remaining toxins from body. 


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