सूचीभिरिव गात्राणि विध्यतीति विषूचिका ।।
Gastroenteritis means inflammation of the stomach and bowel, and results in vomiting and/or diarrhoea. In children, gastroenteritis is usually caused by an infection – most often with a virus, but it can also be caused by bacteria or parasites.It is frequently termed “stomach flu” or “gastric flu” because the most frequent cause of gastroenteritis is viral. As the disease severity depends on the degree of fluid loss, accurately assessing dehydration status remains a crucial step in preventing mortality.
On the basis of chief sign and symptoms present in Gastroenteritis i.e. Vomiting and Diarrhea, it can be correlate with Visūcika, a disease describes elaborately in all the Ayurvedic texts. Visuchika is described both as a disease and as a symptom in Ayurveda. The expulsion of undigested food either through upper or lower channels of the alimentary canal is known as Visuchika.
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Symptoms of Gastroenteritis
In children, symptoms of gastroenteritis include:
- Mild diarrhoea
- Abdominal pain
- Irritability (fussiness)
- Poor appetite
- Some children also have a low-grade fever or complain of a headache.
Ayurvedic reference of Gastroenteritis-Visūcika
Causes of Gastroenteritis
Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach and small and largeintestines. It is usually caused by infection with a microorganism but can also be caused by ingestion ofchemical toxins or drugs.
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Diet in Gastroenteritis
Do’s (Pathya) in Gastroenteritis
- Allow your child to rest.
- When your child’s vomiting stops, begin to offer small amounts of an oral rehydration solution.
- Gradually introduce bland, easy-to-digest foods, such as toast, rice, bananas and potatoes.
- If you’re breast-feeding, let your baby nurse. If your baby is bottle-fed, offer a small amount of an oral rehydration solution or regular formula.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the toilet, after changing diapers and after caring for a child with diarrhoea.
Don’ts (Apathya) in Gastroenteritis
- Avoid giving your child full-fat dairy products, such as whole milk and ice cream, and sugary foods, such as sodas and candy. These can make diarrhea worse
- Never drink unpasteurized milk or untreated water
- Avoid consuming solid foods
- Prefer staying away from canned and street food
Yoga Therapy for Gastroenteritis
The deep breathing techniques and postures in yoga can be useful in gastroenteritis.
- Ananda Balasana
- Nadishodhana Pranayama
- Bhastrika Pranayama
Ayurvedic Treatment for Gastroenteritis
Since Visuchika is a Amaprodosaja (diseases occur due to the accumulation of metabolic toxin) disease Langhana/Apatarpana (Lightening therapy/ reducing therapy) is suitable line of treatment but should be used vigilantly after judging patients power (bala). Amapachana (capable to digest the metabolic toxin), Agnideepana (that which increases digestive fire) drugs are the important therapeutic agents indicated in Visuchika
Internal Medicines for Gastroenteritis
- LahsunadiVati in Nimbuswarasa.
- A decoction of Nagara, Kutaja, Bilva, Sunthi, Ativisha can be used for Amapachana.
- Mahatiktakam Kashaya
- Kutaja- Bilvapanaka or Bilvavleha
Purificatory Therapies for Gastroenteritis
- Swedana (sudation)
- Phalavarthi (Rectal Suppositories)
Single herbs used in for Gastroenteritis
- Indrayava (Holarrhenaantidysenterica)
- Ativisha (Aconitum heterophyllum)
- Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia)
- Patha (Cissampelospareita)
- Musta (Cyperusrotundus)
- Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
- RaktaChandana (Pterocarpussantalinus)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergist