Botulism is a severe type of poisoning caused by toxins (poisons) that are made by bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.  Botulism is caused by the bacillus Clostridium Boyulinum which can be found in contaminated meat and fish, unrefrigerated and improperly cooked foods, and in food stored in home canning jars.

Types of Botulism

Botulism comes in several forms, with the three main forms being:
  • Infant botulism. This most common form of botulism begins after Clostridium botulinum bacterial spores grow in a baby's intestinal tract. It typically occurs between the ages of 2 and 6 months.
  • Foodborne botulism. The harmful bacteria thrive and produce the toxin in environments with little oxygen, such as in canned food.
  • Wound botulism. If these bacteria get into a cut, they can cause a dangerous infection that produces the toxin.
All types of botulism can be fatal and are considered medical emergencies.


All of the symptoms of botulism are the result of nerve paralysis during exposure to the toxin. Symptoms usually begin within one to two days after eating contaminated food. Symptoms of infant botulism and wound botulism also appear suddenly.
The earliest symptoms involve the eyes and face, because nerves controlling their function are affected most quickly by the botulism toxin. Early or mild symptoms, which may go away on their own, include:
  • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea (not usually present in wound botulism)
  • Double vision, blurred vision (especially when viewing close objects) or drooping eyelids
  • Dryness of the mouth
More severe cases can cause these additional symptoms:
  • Slurred or garbled speech
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle weakness in arms or legs; general fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing, sometimes severe
  • In infants, usually constipation at first; also lethargy and a "floppy" neck, arms and legs, demonstrating weak muscles; difficulty feeding; failure to cry well
Because of the seriousness of the infection it is always advisable that you should get admitted to a hospital. However, to help recover fast and to avail the mode of treatment you can take the help of herbs. Here are some herbal remedies for botulism that are quite efficacious.



Garlic is an effective natural treatment against botulism because of its anti-viral and anti bactericidal properties.  Garlic contains a lot sulphur products which is a potent natural detoxifier and antibacterial element that additionally destroys bacteria in the colon.
The toxin released by the extremely dangerous botulism (food poisoning) bacteria is responsible for the sicknesses of your body. So during the treatment the priority should be removal of the toxins. So you can avail the medicines to kill the bacteria and abstract the toxin released by the bacteria. Therefore, take 1-2 clove of garlic every day to recover from botulism fast. Take Kyloic garlic (2 capsules, three times daily, with meals).


Goldenseal was used for centuries to treat many ailments and is effective against many varieties of bacteria, yeast and fungi, including botulism. So goldenseal can be an effective treatment in fighting botulism. Goldenseal is a natural antibiotic that also destroys bacteria in the colon. This herb removes bacteria attached to colon walls and prevents toxins from being absorbed by the blood. Take goldenseal extract (one dropperful every 4 hours for first day only).


Dandelion with its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities is quite effective in treating botulism. Dandelion is an excellent detoxifier that is especially helpful in removing toxins that have built up in the intestine or stomach such as that visually perceived in botulism. The herb avails the liver to cleanse the toxin from the digestive tract as well as from the liver. Dandelion has strong diuretic properties and will remove excess fluids during the detox process. You can consume this herb in the form of herbal tea, tincture, capsule or tablet.

4.Milk Thistle

More popular as a liver tonic, milk thistle has the active ingredient of silymarin, which can repair the damage cause by toxins. This toxin can be effectively removed by this herb. Milk thistle is known as a cleanser. It is helpful in cleansing the liver as well as the bloodstream. The threat of botulism emanates mainly from the neurotoxin gave off by the bacteria in the digestive system. To treat botulism use as directed on label.


Echinacea is an immune stimulant. Echinacea supports the activity of phagocytes, which are part of the immune system, and is also considered anti-viral and anti-microbial. Your body needs support that is fighting hard to overcome the threat of this deadly bacterium. Ultimately the immune system needs a prop so that it can continue the fight. This can be done by this herb. Echinacea also help eliminate the toxins from body. The root of Echinacea can be utilized for this purpose. It is available as tincture and extract.

6.Red clover

Take red clover herb (as directed on label) to avail in cleansing liver and the bloodstream of toxins.


Utilize lobelia herbal enemas to remove toxins from colon and lower digestive tract.

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