How I cure my food poisoning?


Yesterday, I was down with food poisoning after an ‘outside’ breakfast.  I felt very nauseous on my way to work. By noon, I was feeling very weak and practically vomited all the foods consumed during breakfast.

During moment like this, it is necessary to fast – fast from food, work, cell phone etc.  I fasted on lemon juice, maple syrup and galangal ( see recipe in my book Leaf to Life). This is one of the best ways to fast and not fast on porridge. A good alternative is spelt kernels boiled with chopped carrots, celery, and cucumber and drink only the soup (St Hildegard recipe).

I also took remedies such as 2 capsules of SL COLON CLEANSE ( a combination of herbs to clear parasites, bacteria, fungus etc.) in divided doses and 2 garlic forte tablets.  I don’t take any antibiotics as many had shared with me how they caused chronic bloating and digestive weakness. This is due to disturbances in the gut flora. It is not sufficient to supplement just with probiotics. It does not solve the problem because intestinal integrity is compromised.

By mid-afternoon, I was down with a fever. I did a cold compress saturated with tea tree essential oil on the nape of my neck and shower my groin area with cool water.  There were ache and pain in both my legs, signaling that the body is pulling proteins to make antibodies. The body is doing its job to fight bacterial and viral infection. We need to let it do its job and this is why it is not wise to suppress fever with medications such as paracetamol.  In addition, a fever is a chance for the body to kill cancer cells if any. It is a natural detoxification programme.

For fluid, I also drink cucumber water ( organic sliced cucumber soaked in water for half hour).

I continued to fast and ate only an organic apple for dinner. My fever was gone but still felt weak on my legs.  By 730pm, I vomited again. This time I felt so much better but exhausted. Therefore I needed to rest.

By next morning, I completely recovered and fully charged with energy. I continue to fast on organic apples for breakfast and lunch.  It is necessary to break-fast only with fruits for complete recovery.  For recovery, I took Phytolec to rejuvenate my digestive power and energy.

It is normal for us to get sick once in a while.  It is how we handle it, whether it is in harmony with the body’s functions is what really determine the long-term health of the body.

As an old naturopathic saying goes – Chronic diseases (such as cancer, joint pains, poor immunity,  heart diseases, skin diseases etc.) is a result of mismanagement of acute diseases (the flu, cold,  gastric pain etc.).









About Sebastian Liew

Matthew Wood, the renowned American herbalist described Sebastian as ‘one of the most unique and talented practitioners of natural healing and herbalism.’ The New Paper (Singapore) called Sebastian Liew 'The Medicine Man'. Indeed, Sebastian is a qualified and registered Medical Herbalist (accredited by the National Herbalists Association of Australia), with a Master's degree in Herbal Medicine from the University of New England, Australia. He is the first medical herbalist in Singapore and is known to popularize phytotherapy (Western herbal medicine), European traditional medicine, and St Hildegard medicine (Germany) in Singapore and probably in Asia. Sebastian has 20 years clinical work experiences and treated numerous patients with different medical conditions from all age groups in his Singapore clinic. Sebastian authored the book, Leaf to Life: The Natural Approach to Slow Down Aging and Living a Healing Life, which set the fundamentals for healthy aging and the prevention or treatment for almost all diseases. Please visit website
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