Moro’s Stomach Virus Remedy: Carrot Soup

April 28, 2013

Moro’s carrot soup is famous as a stomach virus remedy. If it is a tasty soup I cannot tell you yet. When I do have a serious stomach virus, I will prepare this soup  to get some nutrients in my body and to get better. Moro was a pediatric and researcher and his career started with experimental research on the physiology of digestion in children.

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Moro had a great pediatric career. In 1900 he presented the first bacteriological characterisation of Lactobacillus acidophilus. In 1906 he was promoted for his work on the bacterial flora in physiological and pathological conditions of the children’s intestine. In 1908 Moro won international reputation for his simple skin test for tuberculosis, which was widely used in many countries as the “Moro test” at least until the 1960s. He described a carrot soup and other dietary prescriptions as helpful for diarrhoeal disease, which made him more famous.

This Moro carrot soup is a remedy against stomach viruses. Cook them for one hour. It supplies water to combat dehydration while replenishing your body with sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium. It also supplies pectin, and coats the intestine to reduce inflammation. There are more benefits: it will prevent vomiting and any growth of harmful germs inside your intestine.

You only need one kilo of carrots.

Peel 1 kg of carrots, cut into large pieces (3cm), cook with 1 liter of water for 30 min (a pressure cooker, if you don’t have one you have to boil it for an hour);

Drain the liquid and add 1 liter of water with a teaspoon of salt. Administer 100 ml (adults) or 30 ml (children) every 15 min.

Weirich A, Hoffmann GF. Ernst Moro (1874-1951)a great pediatric career started at the rise of university-based pediatric research but was curtailed in the shadows of Nazi laws. Eur J Pediatr. 2005 Oct;164(10):599-606. Epub 2005 Jun 2.

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5 Responses to Moro’s Stomach Virus Remedy: Carrot Soup

  1. Mai on July 6, 2013 at 21:36

    I have been trying to find this recipe, but I am confused. First, you say to cook the carrots for one hour. Then you say to cook them for 30 minutes in a pressure cooker. Then you say to drain off the first liter of water, but you don’t say if you discard it or keep it. And wouldn’t most of the nutritional value be in the first liter of water? So why drain it off and put in another liter? And, do you cook it further once you put in the second liter of water? What about the carrots? You say to administer 100 ml for an adult every 15 minutes, so do you throw the carrots away and just drink the fresh salt water that you just added to the carrots? Have the carrots deteriorated into a mush? If so, how do you drain off the first liter of water and keep what is left of the carrots if they are now basically a puree? My suggestion, is that you not write about something that you have not yet attempted to make yourself. For those who wish to try this recipe, I found a much more informative page that states:

    Carrot Soup – Diarrhea Recipe
    By G. Labrecque

    It supplies water to combat dehydration while replenishing your body with sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sulfur, and magnesium. It also supplies pectin, and coats the intestine to reduce inflammation. Moreover, it will prevent vomiting and any growth of harmful germs inside the intestine.

    This carrot soup recipe is not the traditional soup recipe your grandmother used to cook. In fact, you will only need the juice from the carrots, as you do not want to give anything solid to someone who has a diarrhea.

    What you need:

    A large cooking pot
    A strainer
    2 pounds of carrots, peeled and sliced
    1 cup water
    1 teaspoon salt

    First, peel the carrots and slice them. Then heat the carrot in 1 cup of water in the cooking pot over medium heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25-30 minutes, until the carrot is tender. Mash the carrot thoroughly and add 1 1/2 cup of boiling water. Bring to a boil again, then simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Place the strainer over a large bowl to retrieve the carrot juice, then pour the mixture into it. Press the mashed carrot with a fork to retrieve as much carrot juice as you can.

    Give 3/4 cup of carrot soup to the patient every 20-30 minutes.

    • owner on July 8, 2013 at 10:24

      Hello Maipage,

      Thank you for your comment on the Moro’s soup recipe. As I wrote in the recipe I didn’t make this soup yet, luckily I haven’t been ill for a long while. I wrote the recipe in a way I think it is understandable for a person who cooks regularly. For people who don’t cook often or people who need the exact bullet points when they cook it could be confusing, yes. The recipe you gave me is a clear one. Thanks for sharing.

      Best regards,
      Ay Lin

  2. millard on January 4, 2014 at 18:11

    The only thing wrong with Mai’s comment is that she clearly said 1-hour in a pot or 30-minutes in a pressure cooker. The rest is hog wash. As Mal said it is very confusing and you do not know what to do with what. The recipe that he sent is in plain english and is easily understood.

    My problem with the Moro vomiting virus is that I cant swallow anything without it instantly being thrown up. I cant even take my pills. Is there any remedy to this problem I have to stay in the hospital for three or four days being hydrated and feed through an IV with other drugs as well in the IV. No sleep due to the constant throwing-up. It’s a terrible situation and takes several days after leaving the hospital to recover. You must eat very small amounts of food for several days. I would like to hear from anyone who has had this problem and what they did about it. The problem with the carrot soup is that you can’t eat it with this condition. Much thanks

    • owner on January 6, 2014 at 11:09

      Dear Rambin,

      Sorry to hear that you are ill and nothing stays in your stomach, even the Moro carrot soup can’t help you. There are pill that do something with your peristalsis so that you don’t throw up anymore. They use these pills for example with food poisoning. I am not a doctor so my advice is that you talk to your doctor and dieticians because your illness is a serious problem.

      Kind regards,

      Ay Lin

  3. Les on January 20, 2014 at 00:31

    Thanks for the recipe. I had no trouble understanding it. I’ve shared it on Facebook, hopefully it will make someone feel better without resorting to expensive medicine or sugary electrolyte drinks.

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