Okoubaka – a must-have travel companion
Ahead of the holiday season and the travels to foreign countries exploring unknown places, scents and tastes, I would like to bring attention to a must-have homeopathic remedy.
Okoubaka is a gem of a remedy, and a travel companion for anyone intending to experience exotic food and unfamiliar culinary customs at distant travel destinations or nearby food temples.
Okoubaka is the bark of a tree native to the African continent. Members of tribes would use it when invited to visit other tribes and could not be sure of their true intentions. For fear of potential poisoning by food or drink served at the occasion, they would ingest the bark and could thus survive such possible poisonous attacks.
Much of its traditional use, as recommended by the African medicine men and shamans, defines its herbal use in the western world today: stomach upsets, alimentary intoxication, food intolerances, and dietary changes make up the main indications for Okoubaka.
Its homeopathic application also centres mainly on the gastrointestinal tract. As such, it is being used in the treatment of gastroenteritis following the ingestion of contaminated food. It is also recommended for natural food intolerances and temporary alterations in the diet that can upset the digestive tract.
Travelling to a foreign country may also mean that a visit to a restaurant can involve the risk of potential exposure to allergens or lack of hygiene in the preparation of food. The hygiene in restaurant kitchens is rarely visible to the public eye, and sickness, intolerances and allergies from meals may come from equally hidden causes. Foods may have been contaminated during their production process. For example, vegetables may have been exposed to chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides and fertilisers. Okoubaka can prevent the outbreak of illness caused by these factors.
A person needing Okoubaka may exhibit symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach and abdominal pain with bloating or heartburn, and lack of appetite. This individual may experience irritability, may be depressive, anxious, fatigued, or may suffer from headaches and migraines. In such cases, homeopathic Okoubaka may bring about relief and recovery.
Homeopathic Okoubaka may be used as a prophylactic before embarking on travels. However, where the situation demands acute assistance, Okoubaka is just as effective. I recommend the use of this homeopathic remedy in a low potency, that is, in a low homeopathic dilution. I usually recommend Okoubaka in the potency ‘4X’ or lower, preferably ‘2X’, in liquid form, as little round granules or tablets.
Given as a prophylactic, it is recommended to start taking Okoubaka a week prior to the intended travel, three times a day, five drops/granules or one tablet. In an acute situation, Okoubaka can be taken every 10 to 15 minutes, up to eight times (five drops/granules or one tablet). Okoubaka can be purchased online via homeopathic producers or international pharmacies.
Equipped with this homeopathic remedy, potentially unpleasant surprises following culinary experiments and dietary changes can be avoided. Homeopathic Okoubaka is truly a must-have travel companion!
By Uta Mittelstadt
Uta Mittelstadt, BSc & MSc Homeopathic Medicine – University of Central Lancashire, U.K.
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