Catching a noro virus infection always had certain inevitability about it. Sharing a house with a sick mother who had a noro virus infection for 3 days was always a pretty good risk for catching this despite my being fanatical about personal and house hygiene. Then my young daughter succumbed and was sick all night next to me. And my Aunt and her partner, plus my sister succumbed with varying amounts of time.
Noro virus is a serial infector of highly contagious proportions. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause the “stomach flu,” or gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis), in people. There are no known “cures” and very few treatments. And it seemed that Waipukurau, my old home town was absolutely full of it from young to very old.
Just when I thought I had escaped and got home free to my own house in New Plymouth, symptoms set in. First the usual marker of diarrhoea, then cold shivers and growling guts warmed up the runway to the bathroom.
Accepting what I thought was the inevitable all night chuck session that I’d seen the rest of the family endure, I downed a table spoon of coconut oil mixed with another of manuka honey. Then it was time for a concentrated drink made from pureed fresh ginger mixed with boiling water in a small cup with honey added again.
Then it was off to bed, bucket in hand to await my fate.
Thankfully, my fate did not transpire in the predicted direction.
In fact no chucking or running to the bathroom whatsoever. And while not exactly full of bounce and joi de vie on waking from a sound uninterrupted sleep, it was 100 times better than what I had seen with the rest of the family. The results of the coconut oil / ginger dosing were sensational. Noro virus symptom free is a great place to be!
This is now the 3rd time in as many years I’ve used coconut in various forms (both virgin coconut oil and fresh young green coconut juice) to defeat the onset symptoms of viral / bacterial infections both gastrointestinal and respiratory (flu).
It was the first time in fact that I’d used it with fresh ginger root. And while not claiming that this is a cure for noro virus infection, it certainly helped control the symptoms by allowing my body to manage the level of infection by the virus.
How ginger and coconut oil works to control gastrointestinal illnesses
Coconut oil has well known anti-viral properties. It operates by stripping the outer protective shell of the virus.
You can see the evidence for this from Mary Enig, an international authority in lipid chemistry from the US at these links http://www.engelmann.com.au/documents/mary.html To quote from this paper:
The reporter commented on Enig’s observations that “Monolaurin helped in inactivating other viruses such as measles, herpes, vesicular stomatitis and Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and that research undertaken so far on coconut oil also indicated that it offered a certain measure of protection against cancer-inducing substances.”
Further that “Enig stated in her article that Monolaurin, of which the precursor is lauric acid, disrupted the lipid membranes of envelope viruses and also inactivated bacteria, yeast and fungi. She wrote: “Of the saturated fatty acids, lauric acid has greater anti-viral activity than either caprylic acid (C-10) or myristic acid (C-14). The action attributed to Monolaurin is that of solubilizing the lipids …in the envelope of the virus causing the disintegration of the virus envelope.”
See also http://www.westonaprice.org/knowyourfats/coconut-oil-studies.html
Ginger also has a long history of use of some 2000 years to treat gastrointestinal disorders including anti-emetic properties (stuff that stops you from chucking up), travel and sea sickness, recovery from chemotherapy and surgery. Ginger compounds are active against a form of diarrhea.
Ginger is also claimed to have a range of benefits for the cardio vascular system including blood pressure and LDL cholesterol reduction.
Ginger more importantly from the perspective of treating noro virus infections has claimed anti-viral properties.
Those on blood thinning drugs such as warfarin, should avoid ginger in this way. Apart from this, ginger has very few other contra-indications.
My recipe for treating noro virus infection
Coconut oil 1 dsp coconut oil
Manuka honey 1 dsp honey (not the active variety)
Eat straight from the spoon
Ginger 1 x 30-40 mm section of fresh ginger root
Manuka honey 1 x heaped tsp (or more to taste)
Blend ginger up in blender with ¼ to ½ cup of boiling water
Strain through tea strainer or similar for the juice
Add honey to taste
Author Ian Haldane
Disclaimer: This information is based on personal experience, and is no way intended to diagnose, treat, manage etc conditions that may already be under the management of a registered medical professional.