Ayurveda:

Gastroenteritis Overview:

Definition:

  • Gastroenteritis is a condition that causes irritation and inflammation of the stomach and intestines (the gastrointestinal tract). Diarrhea, crampy abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting are the most common symptoms.
  • Viral infection is the most common cause of gastroenteritis but bacteria, parasites, and food-borne illness (such as shellfish) can be the offending agent.
  • Many people who experience the vomiting and diarrhea that develop from these types of infections or irritations think they have "food poisoning," and they may indeed have a food-borne illness. Many people also refer to gastroenteritis as "stomach flu," although influenza has nothing to do with the condition.
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    Gastroenteritis Causes

    Gastroenteritis has many causes. Viruses and bacteria are the most common. Viruses and bacteria are very contagious and can spread through contaminated food or water. In up to 50% of diarrheal outbreaks, no specific agent is found. Improper handwashing following a bowel movement or handling a diaper can spread the disease from person to person. Gastroenteritis caused by viruses may last one to two days. On the other hand, bacterial cases can last for a longer period of time


    Gastroenteritis Symptoms

    By definition, gastroenteritis affects both the stomach and the intestines, resulting in both vomiting and diarrhea.

    Prevention

    With most infections, the key is to block the spread of the organism.

  • Always wash your hands.

  • Eat properly prepared and stored food.

  • Bleach soiled laundry.

    • Vaccinations for Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae, and rotavirus have been developed. Rotavirus vaccination is recommended for infants in the U.S. Vaccines for S. typhi and V. cholerae may be administered to individuals traveling in at-risk areas.



     

    Treatment

    1. Ayurvedic treatment [Chikitsa] does not mean suppressing the main symptoms and creating some new ones as side effects of the main treatment. It is to remove the root cause and give permanent relief.

    2. There are four main classifications of management of disease in Ayurveda: shodan, or cleansing; shaman or palliation; rasayana, or rejuvenation; and satvajaya, or mental hygiene.

    3. The treatment mainly comprises of powders, tablets, decoctions, medicated oils etc. prepared from natural herbs, plants and minerals. Because the medicines are from natural sources and not synthetic, they are accepted and assimilated in the body without creating any side effects and on the other hand, there may be some side benefits.