INTESTINAL WORMS AND AYURVEDIC TREATMENT
- Dr. Murali Manohar Chirumamilla, M.D. (Ayurveda)
Human body plays host to a variety of worms, which cause a
variety of diseases. These parasites gain an entry into the body through raw
and stale food, polluted water or directly through the skin. The worms can
be broadly categorised as flat worms and round worms.
Pinworms or threadworms are tiny roundworms found in the lower digestive tract of human beings. Commonly found in children, even the adults are susceptible to an infection.
Symptoms include a very mild tickling to severe itching or pain, which occur when the migrating female worms are in the anus or surrounding skin.
In women, migrating worms may enter the vaginal area causing a discharge. In some individuals, restlessness, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, loss of weight, and sometimes nausea and vomiting occur. Infected children are often irritable, hard to manage and inattentive at school.
Another common intestinal parasite, Ascaris Iumbricoides resembles the ordinary earthworm. Rats spread this infection and the larvae enter the human body through food. If only a few worms are present, there may be no symptoms and the condition is discovered when a worm is detected in the stools.
On the other hand, there may be a capricious appetite, with itching of the nose, sickness and vomiting with blood in the stools. There may be convulsions in children. If a worm enters the bile duct, it could also lead to jaundice. However, if there are a large number of worms, this may lead to the obstruction of the bowel.
The infection is spread through under-cooked beef, pork, fish, and through contaminated food, water and vegetables.
Guidelines & ayurvedic remedies
If you are infected with threadworm, all infected persons in the family should be treated at the same time. Dryness and heat kill the eggs. Hence, when the treatment is on, the nightclothes and towels should be cleaned daily in very hot water. Personal hygiene and household cleanliness are two ways in which the spread of pinworms can be prevented. Pinworm eggs can be removed by washing with soap and warm water. Wash hands frequently, especially before meals and after using the toilet. This will also prevent the spread of pinworms. Keep fingernails short and clean to avoid an infection.
Prevention of other intestinal parasites, especially tapeworms, requires using adequate sanitation and avoiding un-cleaned vegetables and under-cooked beef, pork and fish.
As we all are genetically different with
different constitutions and patterns, we respond to treatments in many
different ways. Hence Standard Ayurvedic Treatments are always individually
formulated. This article is intended only for information. It is not a
substitute to the standard medical diagnosis, personalized Ayurvedic
treatment or qualified Ayurvedic physician. For specific treatment, always
consult with a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
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