Throw It Back Up
Like many other plants, wisteria vine poisoning is treated by first removing the toxins in your system and then treating the symptoms. You should induce vomiting within the first few hours of ingesting the wisteria vine. Stick your finger down the victim’s throat or administer ipecac syrup if he can swallow it. You should only induce vomiting if the victim is conscious and able to sit up.
Take a Dose of Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal works by bonding with poisons in your digestive system and keeping the body from absorbing them. The wisteria vine is processed like any other waste and passed out of the body as fecal matter. Doctors use activated charcoal to treat a large number of poisons. It is available without a prescription and you can administer it to yourself. That can be important if you canât get to formal medical treatment quickly. Make sure you wait until any vomiting has stopped before taking activated charcoal.
Gastric lavage treats the poison by flushing it out of your body. A tube is inserted into your stomach through the nose and water or saline solution is pumped through it. The fluids are then suctioned out of the digestive tract. Gastric lavage is very uncommon for cases of wisteria vine poisoning and typically works best in the very early stages of poisoning. It should only be done in a hospital, and only if a doctor feels that it’s necessary.
Make Sure You Replace Lost Fluids
Poisoning from plants such as wisteria vines can lead to dehydration. Vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms and will quickly drain fluids from your body if you aren’t careful. Drink plenty of water while you are recovering from the poisoning, even if you think you can’t keep it down. Take it in small frequent sips rather than big gulps. You can suck on ice if you’re having trouble swallowing, and a doctor may suggest drinking a sports beverage such as Gatorade if he’s concerned about lost electrolytes.
Take Other Medications as Prescribed
There is no real antidote for wisteria vine poisoning beyond removing the toxin and treating the symptoms. If the nausea, cramping or diarrhea is bad enough, your doctor may suggest some medications to ease them. Anti-diarrhetics can help control your stool flow, while antiemetics can treat nausea and vomiting. These sorts of medications are often available over the counter, but you should always talk to your doctor prior to taking any.
About this Author
Anna E. Dyer, BA, LMT, CN, has 10 years of experience as a natural healer and freelance writer. She has counseled hundreds of clients and published numerous written works on natural health, holistic nutrition and various fitness methods. Dyer currently writes a feature article for a women’s fitness magazine and is completing her first book.