Dysentery is an inflammatory infection of the intestines, especially of the colon, which always results in severe bloody diarrhea and abdominal pains. It can be caused by a parasite or bacteria.
Other symptoms may include fever and a feeling of incomplete defecation. The disease is caused by several types of infectious pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Many health conditions have been explained in Ayurveda, the closest disease presentation to Dysentery is Parvahika. Parvahika means, ‘to strain’ which denotes a feeling of incomplete evacuation at defecation or straining on defecation which is a general symptom of Dysentery.
If a person consumes incompatible or unwholesome food and drinks and sedentary lifestyle form the Aam in the body associated with Pitta and Vata aggravation. The Aam causes improper nourishment in the Purishavaha channels which leads to infection. As the vitiated Vata and Pitta affect the intestine it leads to malabsorption of food, loose & watery stools, abdominal ache and weakness.
Signs and Symptoms
General Symptoms of Dysentery includes:
- Bloody diarrhea (loose motions mixed with mucus, pus and blood)
- Frequency (the person may feel to evacuate the bowel repeatedly)
- Tenesmus (a feeling of incomplete evacuation at defecation or straining on defecation)
- Abdominal pain – ranging from mild to moderate to very severe (depending on the type of infection)
- Pain around rectal
- Nausea (urge to vomit)
- Delirium (a confused mental state)
- Rapid weight loss
- Vague and generalized muscle pains
- Lactose intolerance (temporary)
Types of Dysentery:
- Bacillary dysentery
Bacillary dysentery is caused by shigellosis. It can also be caused by E.coli.
A person with bacillary dysentery may have following symptoms:
- blood or mucus in the feces
- intense abdominal pain
- Amoebic dysentery
Amoebic Dysentery is caused by an infection caused by entamoeba histolytica. When the amoebae inside the bowel of an infected person are ready to leave the body, they group together and form a shell that surrounds and protects them. This group of amoebae is known as cyst. The cyst is passed out of the body in the feces. These cysts can survive outside the body.
The infected feces contaminates the surroundings such as nearby food and water. If another person eats or drinks the food or water contaminated with feces containing cyst he also will get infected with amoebae. After entering the person’s body through the mouth, the cyst travels down the stomach. The amoebae inside the cyst are protected from the stomach’s digestive acid.
From the stomach, the cyst travels down to the intestines. Here it breaks open and releases the amoebae, causing infection.The amoebae can burrow into the walls of the intestines and cause small abscesses (pus pockets) and ulcers (painful sores). The cycle once again begins
Amoebic Dysentery can be fatal if left untreated. Insufficiently treated amoebiasis can be dormant for years. This infection is common in tropical countries.
A person with amoebic dysentery may suffer from the following symptoms:
- abdominal pain
- fever and chills
- nausea and vomiting
- watery diarrhea, which can contain blood, mucus, or pus
- the painful passing of stools
- intermittent constipation
What Causes Dysentery?
- Contaminated food
- Contaminated water and other drinks
- Poor hand washing by infected people
- Swimming in contaminated water, such as lakes or pools
- Physical contact
- Amoebic dysentery is primarily spread by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water in tropical areas that have poor sanitation
Treatment of Dysentery in Ayurveda
Ayushakti’s fundamental treatment involves the following:
- Aam Elimination (to eliminate the toxins)
- Agni Balancing (to balance the digestive fire)
- Stambhan Stopping the flow)
Ayushakti’s principles and medicines for the treatment for Dysentery:
- To rectify the digestion and metabolism process and destroy ama by administration of deepana and pachana aushadhas.
- Langhana (lightening therapies and medicines).
- To destroy the krimi (krimighna chikitsa).
- To check loose stools, to check the loss of water, electrolytes, blood and mucus (stambhana).
- To flush off the toxins and infection (ama, krimi, vishahara).
- Panchakarma measures, mainly Virechana (therapeutic purgation and enemas) after the active phase of infection and inflammation has subsided and after the passage of fluids and blood in the motion have been checked effectively.
- Diet and lifestyle changes (Pathya Apathya vinishchaya).
Detoxification Plan For Dysentery (Panchkarma)
Panchkarma permanently dispenses with these toxins (ama) from the body that cause illness are weighty and sticky, dwelling in the deepest tissue layers, permitting healing and rebuilding of the tissues, channels, assimilation, and mental capabilities.
The name Panchkarma signifies “Five Actions” , which is appropriate given that this technique depends upon five basic activities that control the body: Vamana, Virechan, Basti, Nasyam and Raktamokshana.
Virechan is the sedated purgation treatment that scrubs the body from the Pitta Dosha and eliminates toxins from the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and nerve bladder.
Sneha Basti(Anuvasan) and Niruha Basti (Aasthaapana Basti) are useful for many disorders, including chronic constipation, dysentery, sciatica, lower back pain, arthritis, gout, and rheumatism.
Ayushakti’s detoxification Panchkarma treatments are highly focused on relieving the root cause of any chronic problem by cleansing, repairing and rejuvenating the deeper tissues and cells in your body. Click here to check out our Panchkarma Detoxification Plan
- Do meditation every day
- Do pranayama and light exercise daily
- Go for morning walks
- Fasting once a week with warm dry ginger water, as per doctor’s advice
- Avoid alcoholic drinks
- Avoid suppressing the natural urges
- Don’t drink water after eating food
What should you do if you have already got dysentery?
- Fast for a day or even two. It helps to relax the stomach and helps to regulate metabolism, treats infections and inflammation, and also helps eliminate waste products.
- Ayurveda also recommends this for many acute ailments, especially digestive-related problems. It is referred to by the names of Langhana (lightening treatment) also known as Upavasa (fasting). It is important to drink plenty of fluids and water in order to stay hydrated. You can drink fluids such as black tea, herbal tea and CCF tea and vegetable soup to help in replenishing minerals and salts.
- Stay away from refined flour products and strong tea, alcohol and coffee
- Include steamed rice, fresh ripe fruits like banana, boiled potatoes, boiled rice, cooked carrots etc in your diet
- Avoid eating fried, stale hot, spicy, greasy refrigerated, canned and junk food
- Bed rest is important.
- Place a hot water bag placed over the abdomen to be relieved from discomfort.
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