Last Modified on Jul 24, 2014
Treatment of norovirus requires the elimination of the virus-causing agent. Common treatment options include natural supplements and antioxidants. Prevention is the best treatment, though, and can be achieved by appropriate hygiene measures, thorough heating of food and cleaning using chlorine-based disinfectants.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is an infection characterized by severe diarrhea and vomiting. The virus typically manifests as a highly-contagious gastrointestinal illness that spreads in a closed or crowded environment such as a hospital, nursing home, daycare facility or cruise ship.
Symptoms of the condition typically last 24 to 48 hours and include diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Abdominal cramps, weight loss, ill-feeling and a low-grade fever are also common.
Natural Remedies for Non-Bacterial Outbreaks
Treating norovirus is slightly more complicated than the typical bacterial infection as the norovirus is less susceptible to alcohols and traditional antibiotics. Nonetheless, the condition can be treated using several natural remedies including vitamin B6, apple cider vinegar and butylated hydroxyl toluene. Effective hygiene measures also help facilitate treatment and prevention of the condition.
Vitamin B6 is effective for treating norovirus when the supplement is taken immediately upon feeling sick. Vitamin B6 aids in over 100 enzyme reactions and also supports immune function. When taken at the first sign of illness, vitamin B6 thwarts the virus and prevents onset of the illness.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar serves to flush the system of toxins. Sipped as a tonic, comprised of water and apple cider vinegar, this compound cleanses the system without depleting nutrients from the system.
Butylated Hydroxyl Toluene
Butylated hydroxyl toluene or BHT is a food preservative that kills lipid coated viruses. When taken at the onset of norovirus, BHT eliminates the virus and prevents further progression. BHT can also be taken daily as a supplement to treat other virus-caused conditions.
Norovirus is a highly contagious condition that involves severe diarrhea and vomiting. Preventing the condition is the best line of defense; however, natural supplements and treatments can be used to shorten the duration of the condition and prevent sever onset of the illness.
[YEA] 02/17/2014: Wendy from London, England: "I would suggest using Grapefruit seed extract for Norovirus. Very, very strong so never use undiluted. If you feel nausea coming on take asap by taking a glass of water to which you add 12 drops of the Grapefruit Seed Extract. It works quickly."
[YEA] 07/24/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee: "I have been trying to get my thoughts and experiences on treating the stomach bug on paper for months. I have had an unusual amount of opportunity to try different things in the last year. Below are some things I have learned..
This past winter we had a bit of the stomach bug making the rounds at our house. I tried some new things this time around and have been pleased with their effectiveness. I have used activated charcoal for stomach issues for years and been happy with the success of it. But I was out of tablets when the bug hit and many little ones balk at drinking charcoal water because of the grit. In the last year, I read on Earth Clinic that plain water is not good for the stomach bug, that it will cause vomiting. I believe that I agree with that! Often my children ask for water after vomiting and I give it to them, only to have it come right back up! I was surprised to see on Earth Clinic that black tea is a help. We have tried that recently and found it to be quite true. I donât think I have seen any black tea come up since I started it! I sweeten it a little with honey, having seen honey as helpful to vomiting. (But not for children under a year of age.)
Another thing I have been using in the last year for nausea and vomiting is a mix of essential oils. I use equal parts of peppermint, ginger, and lemongrass. A month ago my daughter was sick and very nauseated. I rubbed a couple of drops of the mix onto the bottom of her feet and repeated that in 30 minutes. It helped her immensely! I love this treatment as oftentimes, with nausea and vomiting, a child does not want to take anything by mouth. When someone is vomiting or nauseous, I apply this every 30 minutes â 2 hours. It is also helpful with fever. I have seen this mix reduce the fever of influenza. (Again, applied to the bottoms of the feet, very often.) It is worth it to keep this mix on hand. Last year we had a severe stomach bug go through our house and I used these oils on the bottoms of everyoneâs feet for days. In the mercy of God, I didnât get it. (I think I was the only one of 11 that didnât.) I wonder if the oils helped to keep me well from it since I had them on my hand constantly as I was applying them to sick people.
Having read about the wonderful effects of turmeric on digestive issues here at EC, I have hesitantly tried it on my family. Now, I think turmeric is amazing, but for me, the thought of turmeric if my tummy isnât feeling well is kind of, well, not great. However, it has stopped diarrhea in its tracks and ended nausea in my children, teens and husband on enough occasions that I am now a fan of using turmeric for stomach issues.
Peppermint tea is great for nausea and vomiting, if you like peppermint, that is. One time when I had influenza and a fever, the only thing that was soothing to me was ice cold water with a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil in it. Peppermint is cooling and good for fever, too.
Some children, and adults, enjoy a cool washcloth on the forehead. I did this recently for my adult son when he was sick. I had a little bowl of ice water and a few drops of peppermint essential oil in it. I would dip in a cloth and wring it out and then put it on his forehead, changing it when it warmed up. He seemed to find that comforting. I think I would. When I put on my nurse hat at home I love to be able to find special things to bring a little comfort to the sick ones.
Recent another stomach bug came through and I learned another super remedy from the folks at Earth Clinic! Apple Cider Vinegar, of course! My husband had terrible stomach pain and diarrhea. After about 36 hours he was dehydrated and had lost ten pounds. He was putting essential oils on his stomach where the pain was, which helped temporarily. Charcoal was not stopping the diarrhea. Perhaps he should have taken more. Anyway, I gave him 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in 2 cups of grape juice. He repeated half the dose a couple of hours later. He had only one more trip to the bathroom. It was pretty amazing. Then I started to feel very, very sick. I put 1.5 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a cup and a half of grape juice and sipped on it as I was able. I never did have any vomiting or diarrhea, just felt awful. But my recovery was easier than my husbandâs since I didnât have to get rehydrated. I also put a drop of the essential oil blend âDigestive Supportâ made by Heritage Essential Oils into my mouth every time I felt that I might vomit. It did seem to work. The next day my 5 year old threw up at 6am. I had him sipping on vinegar juice (1 teaspoon per cup of juice for a little guy.) He didnât even drink it all. I also put oils on his feet. He was eating lunch at noon. (Just some rice. He insisted he was hungry and kept it down and was outside playing in the afternoon.) I gave everyone else in the house some vinegar in juice in the morning, just in case!
Some practical helps when vomiting begins in my house are the following:
I immediate braid girlsâ and my own hair. If anyone is vomiting, it is easier to keep braids than loose hair out of the bucket or toilet, and cleaning vomit out of hair isnât fun. I speak from experience with little girls here!
I round up buckets or containers and keep them strategically near beds in case someone new starts to throw up.
I remind children of âwhat is best to throw up on if they canât make it to the toilet and they donât have a bucket.â
Here is the best to worst list: Toilet (best), bucket (second best), vinyl/hardwood/laminate floor (good), clothes (not terrible), bed (manageable) , carpet (worst! ) This winter I learned that cleaning up vomit from tongue and groove hardwood flooring with large gaps between the boards is not easy. Guess how I know? I need to insert that into my list somewhere. I think it goes between bed and carpet.
When I have babies or toddlers sleeping in my bed or room, I lay towels down under them and keep old towels nearby if I suspect a stomach bug is in the works.
Sorry if this is TMI (too much information). Please go take some turmeric if it is. :)
Have a great day!
~Mama to Many~"
11/25/2009: Victoria from Derbyshire, Uk: "Hi, the dreaded Norovirus is on its rounds pretty bad round here, i was wondering if there are any remedies for this.. I understand apple cider vinegar is good for killing a bacterial infection but i guess it wouldnt work on the Norovirus with it being viral and thriving in acidic conditions. Any help would be great thanks"Replies
11/07/2012: Art from Vancouver Bc, Canada replies: "I understand this post was put up on the 25/Nov./09 but there was only one response to it. So here is a second response to remedies needed.
BHT (butylated hydroxy toluene) is a food preservative the can be obtained through Vitamin Reaserch Products. It has been tested and is well know to kill all lipid coated viruses including the hep-c virus. As well it has been know to cure shingles and genital warts. I have been taking it for the 10 months now and I feel like I am 20 years younger. I have seen the attitude of some who would rather not believe and suffer. That is just crazy."
11/08/2012: Art from Tustin, Ca. Usa replies: "Hi Art from Vancouver, I am interested in BHT and was wondering if you could describe specifically what health benefits you feel you can attribute directly to your BHT supplementation? Did you start taking BHT for a specific health condition? How long after starting BHT supplementation did you start to notice any health benefits and what were they? Thank You. Art"
11/09/2012: Art from Vanvouver Bc, Canada replies: "Hi, The reason I started taking the BHT is because I have hep-c and was infected by a tattoo I got in 1975. I was diagnosed in 2002 and began the conventional treatment for 42 weeks in 2003. That is when I really got slammed and for the first few months my liver enzymes rose to a from3/Feb./03 Alt- 51 to 18Feb/03 to Atl- 327. I got pretty sick feeling like I had the flue and I began to itch all over. As well I went into a brain fog and my gums were receding and my breath was really bad. I was getting a lot of body aches, bad depression with thoughts of suicide. I was getting really obsessive and frustrated about little things. I did not mention it to my doctor because I was afraid they would stop the treatment. Then when I finished the treatment I asked my doctor how long it was going to take for these side effects to wear off, he mumbled 3 to 5 years. They told me that the treatment was 99% effective and that they got almost all the virus out. That was their way of telling me it failed and that I should eat healthy and carry on.
I then discovered Milk Thistle from this site and it help take away the fluish feeling but I looked really pale and sad. Then I discovered ACV for my aching hips and it took away the burning pain after sitting or trying to get into a low vehicle after about 3 months on it. I then noticed my depression was lifting as well. Now I had been taking Omega 3-6-9 but that wasn't doing much for the depression. So I struggled for the next 6 years or so sinking further into the couch and all the while my gums were getting more infected and sore. I live on a meager pension my reward for being born with Muscular Dystrophy and couldn't afford much.
I went to a dentist and she looked in my mouth and took her dental pick and was prodding around and measuring , meanwhile her assistant was out in the waiting room trying to talk my wife into getting me a root canal. Then the dentist put her pick into my inflamed gum and pulled back on it causing severe pain. I grabbed her wrist and told her what the hell are you trying to do, torture me. I got up and walked out. I pity my wife because she has been suffering with my bad attitude and depression for 7 years now. I found myself contemplating suicide again trying to think of a way to gently relieve my supporting wife from all this. All the long I was trying to get along in life doing odd chores but even that was overwhelming. I would sweat after vacuuming one room and I as a mechanic had to maintain the car. I got an infection in my prostate which I had to get a strong anti biotic for and the a year later diverticulitis for which another dose of anti biotic to the rescue. I had bad toe nail fungus as well.
Sorry to run on but that should pretty well describe my condition before I found out about the BHT. The funny thing is for the past 7 years periodically I would log on to earthclinic looking for some easy way to defeat this dam virus and never saw Oscar's postings until I cried out to God. I was looking under the remedies tab and stumbled onto BHT so out of curiosity I clicked on it and there was my answer.
You can follow it over here at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/BHTcures/where Oscar done a lot of work to help us with dosage and drug interaction.
Now since starting to take this wonderful product I am 65 years old feeling like 40 years old. The pink eye I was getting every 3 months is now cured. No more gut pain and I can sleep in any position. My skin has become pinker again and my receding gums are healing and my breath has cleared up. My itching has almost gone, the brain fog has lifted, I feel more energy and stamina. I could not eat chicken because it would make me feel fluish in the early am. Now I can eat anything and food taste wonderful again. The swelling in my right foot has almost left and is not the problem it used to be. The toe nail fungus is now under control and I find that I heal faster again. I wake every morning with a riser and my wife is enjoying that. I still get slight pain in my right lobe depending on what I eat.
I am taking 350mg of BHT every second day in the early am. I have cut back to that from once a day because I feel over burdened with it. It is a bit of a challenge to find your right dosage and know what not to take while on it. For instance grapefruit juice and milk thistle will cause the BHT not to work, and if you have a damaged liver then L-Lysine is no good for you as it will become toxic to the liver. You have to listen to what your body tells you while taking it. My liver enzymes are dropping and are now at 79 AST and 29 GST. I found they rose a bit when I started taking the BHT but they are on the decline as posted.
My attitude has much improved and I am not as obsessive as I was. I started getting neuropathy before taking the BHT and have now got it under control with B12 and ALA. I thank God for earthclinic.com and for Oscar and Victoria over at yahoo cure site mentioned above. I hope this gives you a better understanding about my condition before the BHT and after I started taking it. Every day I feel like a new man. I may remember more and come back and post those elusive thoughts for your benefit as well.
Keep Well, Art."
11/09/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "It is great hearing from you Art, I want to thank you for this detailed report about your use of BHT to recover from hepatitis C and liver damage and the other conditions you disussed including neuropathy. The use of the BHT is different for many people. For some such as you these lower doses of BHT are the way to go. At this time we are advising no more than 350mg of BHT twice a day. And for many including you one dose of 350mg a day or every other day is best. People with badly damaged livers need to be taking the lower doses of BHT for best results. Thanks again for your detailed report....Oscar"
01/02/2013: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Anyone else have their computer crash after clicking on the link on the original post? I should have known better, but thought EC checked out links before posting them? If not, such a strange coincidence that my computer froze. Just wondering."
EC: Hi, I did check the link before posting and it was fine and took me to a legitimate page. So perhaps, it was just a coincidence. On the other hand, after you've reported this, I will take it down to prevent any other occurrences. Sorry.
[YEA] 02/03/2010: Catherine from Hickory, Nc: "Norovirus
Apple cider vinegar DOES help if sipped on regularly during the illness, however with nausea always begin treating at the beginning, for the best results. What I read years ago that works best of all the remedies I have EVER known about, Is vitamin B6 (200mg of B6). I've been using it AT THE ONSET of nausea For years. Again, it is important to treat the problem immediately. Don't wait, thinking that it will get better, it usually doesn't. After taking the B6, sip on the vinegar water, which also has a diuretic effect and helps keep your system flushed. You may, after a couple of hours, have to take another B6 (I keep some B6 tablets in my purse all the time). This treatment has gotten my family and me through many of these illness."