Nausea occurs in conjunction with many health conditions, including food poisoning, the flu, pregnancy, stomach disorders, vertigo, migraines and cancer treatment. Many people prefer to treat nausea with natural remedies rather than taking medications. Lo han fruit, also called luo han kuo or monk fruit, is native to Asia and may be beneficial for treating nausea. Talk to your doctor before using the fruit to ease your condition.
Lo Han Fruit
Lo han fruit comes from China and grows on a vine. The fruit has a sweet flavor and is used to create a natural sweetener said to be 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. The product doesn't interfere with blood sugar and contains zero calories. Lo han fruit is a historical Chinese treatment for a variety of conditions, including bowel disturbances that produce nausea. The fruit isn't common in America, but is available fresh, dried or in extract form. Some herbal teas include lo han as an ingredient.
The most common cause of nausea is a gastrointestinal condition, according to MayoClinic.com. Most cases don't require medical attention, but ease considerably with home remedies. Drinking small amounts of fluid keeps your body hydrated and helps alleviate the nauseous feeling. This makes tea sweetened with lo han fruit a good choice. The flavor is palatable when mixed with tea, but isn't so strong that it exacerbates your nausea. If you are actively vomiting, avoid solid forms of lo han fruit, which may interfere with recovery.
How It Works
Lo han fruit works by relaxing your bowels. This allows your intestines to eliminate any bacteria in the area that contribute to a nauseous feeling. One of the traditional uses for lo han fruit is to treat the symptoms of acute gastritis, which often include nausea. It also proves effective for many minor stomach ailments, according to Beatrice Trum Hunter, author of "The Sweetener Trap and How to Avoid It." Lo han fruit extract is also available and is a good addition to a variety of cooked foods that call for sugar. Check with your doctor before using any remedies to ease nausea, in case the nausea is a symptom of another problem.
Drugs.com recommends placing 1/2 to 2 pieces of dried lo han fruit in tea as it steeps. This is equivalent to about 1/2 ounce total. If dried lo han is not available, use the same amount of lo han sweetener and stir it into a cup of tea. The dried fruit also works well in soups, which can increase your liquid intake during a bout of nausea. Lo han fruit is generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, but if you notice any adverse reactions after ingesting it, stop using it and contact your doctor.
- Drugs.com: Lo Han Guo
- "The Sweetener Trap and How To Avoid It"; Beatrice Trum Hunter; Basic Health Publications, 2008
- The Way Up: Artifical Sweeteners
- Institute for Traditional Medicine: Luo Han Guo: Sweet Fruit Used as Sugar Substitute and Medicinal Herb
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration: GRAS Exemption Claim for the Use of Go-Luo Powder Extracts From Luo Han Fruit (Siraitia Grosvenori) as General Purpose Sweeteners and Flavor Modifiers in Foods