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Friday, August 5, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment For Cholera


Cholera is an acute infectious water born disease of small intestine caused by bacteria Vibrio cholerae causing severe watery diarrhea leading to dehydration. It may be accompanied by vomiting and muscle cramps. It takes 1 to 5 days for symptoms to appear. Symptoms vary from none, mild to severe. Cholera can be life threatening as it may lead to death within hours if left untreated.

The disease is more prevalent in places with poor sanitation, crowding, war, and famine. In Ayurveda Cholera is known by the name 'Visuchika'.

Causes of Cholera

It is caused by bacterium Vibrio cholerae, is usually found in food or water contaminated by feces from a person with the infection.

Transmission is usually through the fecal-oral route of contaminated food or water caused by poor sanitation.

Sources of contamination are:

Vegetables and fruits grown in water contaminated with human wastes.

Raw or undercooked fish and seafood in waters polluted with sewage.

When cholera bacteria is ingested by humans, they may not get infected, but they still pass the bacteria in their stool. When human feces contaminate food or water supplies, both can serve as ideal breeding grounds for the cholera bacteria.

Ayurvedic view for the cause of Cholera

As said by Ayurveda, weak gastric fire, impure water, improper food, toxins and mental stress usually cause Atisaar. Aggravated vata brings the fluid part down from various tissues of the body and then into the intestine, this fluid mixes with the stool which then results in loose, watery motions.

Symptoms of Cholera

Symptoms appear within few hours to five days after getting infected.

  • Primary symptoms are profuse diarrhea and vomiting of clear fluid leading to dehydration.
  • Rice water diarrhea' i.e. stools resembling rice water. Stools contain mucus, epithelial cells and large number of cholera bacteria.
  • Dehydration causes dryness of mucous membranes, involving the inside of the mouth, throat, nose, and eyelids.
  • Feeling of restlessness and thirst.
  • Muscle cramps
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Skin becomes wrinkled and pale clammy.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Electrolyte imbalance.
  • Anuria may also be there.
  • Even circulatory collapse also occurs.


  • Make sure of only drinking clean water that includes bottled water or boiled water or chemically disinfected.
  • Even for brushing teeth, preparing food or drinks, making ice, washing face and hands, dish washing and utensils that you use to eat or prepare food, and even for washing fruits and vegetables clean water should be used.
  • Always eat food which is completely cooked and hot and if possible try to avoid food sold by street vendor.
  • Washing hands with soap and water frequently. Stick to fruits and vegetables that you can peel yourself,
  • Proper sterilization is essential which can be done by complete and managed disposal and treatment of infected fecal waste water produced by cholera victims and all contaminated materials (e.g. clothing, bedding, etc.)
  • Warnings should be posted around contaminated water sources, in case there is possibility of cholera contamination, with directions on how to decontaminate the water (boiling, chlorination etc.) for possible use.

Ayurvedic Treatment for cholera in planet ayurveda

1. Digestion Support Capsules:

Digestion Support Capsules is formulation of certain unique herbs that help to retain the natural pH balance in the stomach and aids in digestion of all types of food. These herbs in synergistic manner act to control acidity, flatulence, gas and also constipation. These remove the excessive "Kapha" from the intestines.


  • Amla (Emblica Officinalis): Emblica officinalis in Ayurveda is explained as one of the most useful herbs with rejuvenating properties. Stimulates excretion of digestive juices by being sour in taste. It constitutes natural citric acid and ascorbic acid that is very effective in digestion of Food.
  • Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula): It is another efficient herb that provides benefits in gastrointestinal ailments. Improves the appetite and helps in the digestion. It has anti-flatulent and gas relieving property. Improves the immunity and enhances metabolism of the body.
  • Baheda (Terminalia Bellerica): It is one of the useful ingredient in very famous formulation 'Triphala'. It removes excessive 'Kapha' which is main cause of loss of appetite. It is helpful in removing the coating of 'Kapha' from the intestines and causes proper excretion of juices.
  • Sounf (Foeniculum Vulgare): One of the common herb used in Indian kitchens in cooking. It is useful in relieving gaseous distension of abdomen, pain abdomen due to gas and acidity.
  • Dhania (Coriander Sativum): Coriander is another useful and very common herb used commonly in Indian kitchens for cooking. It improves appetite, relieves constipation and gas.
  • Pippali (Piper Longum): Efficient use in cases of low appetite and indigestion. It strengthens complete digestive system. It stimulates liver, pancreas and intestines to secrete digestive juices.
  • Jeerak (Cuminum Cyminum): Cumin is the commonly used spice in the kitchen. Finds a great role in relieving abdominal pain due to gas and flatulence. The decoction of Cumin, Fennel, and Coriander gives relief from abdominal gas problem. Jeerak improves appetite as well.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

2. Giloy Capsules:

It is an herbal formulation of extract of pure herb Tinospora Cordifolia. Provides soothing effect to the inflamed mucous membrane in the digestive tract. Increases the production of mucin which protects the stomach and duodenum.


  • Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia): Herbaceous plant having rejuvenating property and enhances immunity to fight against infections.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

3. Kutajghana Vati:

Maintains healthy Intestine. This Ayurvedic preparation is anti-dysenteric, relieves diarrhea i.e. calms all the three doshas (vata, pitta, Kapha). Especially it balances the aggravated Kapha and pitta in digestive system. It reduces inflammation of small and large intestine maintaining normal tone of intestines and restores proper digestion.


  • Kutaja (Holarrhena Antidysenterica): Well-known tree whose various parts (bark, root, stem and seeds) are known to have various medicinal properties like tonic, aphrodisiac etc. which makes its utility in chronic diarrhea, dysentery. Kurchicin is an active principle of Kutaj, which is very effective against causative micro-organisms of diarrhea, dysentery.

Dose: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water

4.Boswellia Curcumin Capsules:

  • Shallaki (Boswellia Serrata): Shallaki is an Ayurvedic plant that contains anti-inflammatory terpenoids called boswellic acids. It is found throughout India and used for many herbal preparations.
  • Curcumin (Curcuma Longa): Curcumin is derived from turmeric, (Curcuma Longa). Useful in Gastrointestinal systems. Consists of strong antioxidant that removes toxins from the body.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.

5.Green Essential Capsules:

The green essential capsules are herbal medicines that nourish the cells and fight against health ailments. These are useful in clearing heavy metals. Rich in vitamin B complex, other vitamins and minerals, iron which are responsible for tissue repair and blood formation. Green essential capsules are a very good supplement for pregnant women and growing children.


  • Grape Seed (Vitis Vinifera): Grapes are so rich in Vitamin C that boosts the whole immune system as well as a very good antioxidant that eliminates the toxins out from blood
  • Wheat Grass (Triticulum Aestivum): This herbal medicine is a kind of grass is useful in removing toxins from blood. A very useful herb for indigestion.
  • Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis): Useful herb with anti-inflammatory properties. Although it tastes like pond scum, Spirulina but it has great health boosting properties. It is full of vitamins and nutrients.
  • Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa): Versatile herb possessing qualities as a immunity booster. Effective in Stomach disorders. Tea prepared from alfalfa seeds provides alkaline benefits which is helpful to relieve hyperacidity and controls flow of hydrochloric acid thus supports the activity of the gastric enzyme called pepsin.
  • Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis): Green tea having antioxidant known as polyphenols that aids in fighting against free radicals and provides longevity by strengthening immune system.
  • Amla (Embllica Officinalis): Amla or Amlaki highly rich source of vitamin C an antioxidant. Amla increases the immunity power and fights against health ailments.
  • Chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris): Chlorella is type of algae, growing in fresh water. It enhances immune system. It is also a very good source of protein, fat, fiber, carbohydrate and minerals. Cell wall of it must be broken down before people can digest it.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

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