Food Poisoning

The commonest cause of food poisoning arises from poor hygiene or contaminated food. Reheating food, or not ensuring that it is cooked or stored properly, provides a perfect climate in which bacteria can flourish and with the risk of food poisoning. There are various forms of food-poisoning germs. Salmonella and staphylococcus are two of the most familiar. Lysteria, which thrives in soft cheeses and pates, can pose a hazard for pregnant women, as it can affect an unborn baby. These items are best avoided in pregnancy. In food poisoning the lining of the stomach and the intestines become inflamed, causing vomitingdiarrhoea and abdominal pains. In Chinese Medicine fresh ginger or basil are frequently used in the treatment of food poisoning.

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