E. coli or Escherichia coli are bacteria that live in the intestines of humans. While most forms of the bacteria are not harmful to us, certain strains of the bacteria can cause serious infections. Sometime infections from these bacteria are mistaken for food poisoning. Symptoms of the infection can include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, severe stomach cramping, constant stomach pain, and even blood in your stools. Since some of the symptoms can easily be contributed to other illnesses and infections, the only way to know if you are infected with the harmful strain of E. coli is by having a test performed by your health care provider.
Preventing the spread of E. coli is possible by making you cook beef so that no pink remains in the middle. You should wash raw vegetables before eating them. If you are cooking the vegetables, you should still wash them before cooking them. Heat will kill the bacteria preventing infection.
One herb that helps treats the symptoms and infection caused by the bacteria is uva ursi. Uva ursi is available in many different forms. It can be found as a dried herb, dried leaves and even capsule form. The herb can have a toxic effect if too much of the herb is consumed so it should be taken in small doses no more than a few times a day, until the infection is gone.
You can take about an eighth of a teaspoon of uva ursi dried leaves and add this to about 6 ounces of water. Let the leaves soak in the water for at least twelve hours. Heat this water mixture to boiling to make a hot tea. You can make other teas using the water mixture and your favorite tea as well. The tea can be consumed either hot or cold a few times a day.
If you are using the dried herb, you can add about an eight of a teaspoon to the different foods you eat. You can put it in sauces, in salad dressings, juices, or any other liquid. An easier method for you might be to use the capsule form and take those a few times a day instead.