Alternatives to Activated Charcoal

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  1. harper

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    Imagine you are stuck in a foreign land, or in the deepest corners of a dark forest and you begin to feel this discomfort in your stomach. Let's say you ate some wild berries or fruits a few minutes prior and your stomach is now beginning to act up. Puking the bad feeling out could help; unfortunately, you don't have any access to activated charcoal. Can you name some alternative medicines that can induce vomiting, or make your stomach feel better after experiencing symptoms of food poisoning?
     
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  2. SirJoe

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    The only thing that comes to mind is mint tea and Epson salts. Both can sooth the stomach if upset, but wont induce vomiting. The only way that I know that you can induce vomiting is putting your fingers down your throat. It isn't the nicest feelings but if the situation arises then it's the only way.
     
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  3. chelsknits

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    Sticking your fingers down your throat is an obvious option but since everyone doesn't have a gag reflex, that wouldn't work for everyone. I'm not sure what could induce vomiting but peppermint is known to help with an upset stomach. Whenever I feel nauseous, I make some peppermint tea and it helps quite a bit. I'm not sure if normal mint would have the same effect or not.
     
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  4. coffee

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    Apple Cider Vinegar (dilute with water)
     
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  5. randyt

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    a alternative to activated charcoal is charcoal from a campfire.about a powdered up tablespoon in a cup of water. It will not induce vomiting but will bind the poison and pass it through.
     
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  6. TexDanm

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    Salt in excessive amounts works well. A vet told me to do it to my dog one time when she had found my wife's chocolate Easter egg stash. You know, chocolate can be poison to dogs. Even a glass of water salted to the point of saturation would probably do it.

    https://www.medguidance.com/thread/How-to-Induce-Vomiting.html
     
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    3% hydrogen peroxide works for dogs or cats, 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of weight, but not more than 3 tablespoons no matter how large. Or said differently, 1 milliliter per pound, not to exceed 45ml. I keep it in our first-aid kits, in a re-purposed "5 hour energy" bottle which holds 50 milliliters. Started keeping it after our puppy ate a good chunk of a wild mushroom, it worked (she vomited) within just a couple minutes.

    Probably safe for people too, just make sure it's the 3% variety: https://www.poison.org/articles/2012-jun/hydrogen-peroxide

    There's a long list of toxic / poisonous substances you wouldn't want to induce vomiting with of course. Attached is a guideline from 2005 for when to, and when not to, induce vomiting depending on the poison and whether you can get to a hospital quickly or not.
     

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  8. Brownbear

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    Tickling the back of your throat works well (if you can gag) and a surfeit of water dilutes any toxins and can make you vomit. It will certainly speed things through your system. If however, you've ingested a deadly toxin (hemlock) nought will save you.
     
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