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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Haemophilus Influenzae Infection - Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment

Haemophilus influenzae bacterium is present as a commensal organism (an organism which derives food from another organism without helping or hurting it) in the nasopharynx of most healthy adults from where it can spread to cause systemic as well as respiratory tract infections.

Haemophilus Influenzae Infection, Symptoms, Ayurvedic Treatment

Based on the presence or absence of polysaccharide capsule, this bacterium is divided into typeable non-typeable forms.

The respiratory disorders are predominantly caused by the nontypeable forms (NTHi). The defects in the host response as well as the pathological properties of this bacterium may result in the spread of this bacterium from the upper airway to the bronchi of the lung which results in airway inflammation.

Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a bacteria that is responsible for severe pneumonia, meningitis and other invasive diseases which is most commonly found in children aged less than 5 years. It is transmitted through the respiratory tract from infected to susceptible individuals.

Nontypeable H.influenzae is the bacterial pathogen in adults with COPD. Chronic colonization of the airways contributes to the airway inflammation that is the hallmark of COPD.

H. influenzae is a component of the normal upper respiratory tract flora and is well recognized to be an important cause of infections. This bacteria is also a major cause of a variety of respiratory conditions such as COPD.

It is a gram negative coccobacillus bacterium having variable shape and can grow both in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.


Haemophilus influenzae can cause many types of infections depending on the part of the body that is affected by it. It can cause infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia, meningitis.


The symptoms of pneumonia (lung infection) include:

  • Chest pain
  • Fever or chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Sweating


The infection in the bloodstream is known as bacteremia. Symptoms include:

  • Excessive tiredness
  • High fever and leukocytosis are typical symptoms of bacteremia.
  • Lethargy
  • Anorexia


Meningitis is the most serious and most common manifestation of H.influenzae type b infection. The clinical features due to H.influenzae are indistinguishable from the acute meningitis.

The most common signs and symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Altered Central Nervous System (CNS) function


In modern medicine, antibiotics are prescribed generally for 10 days to treat the infection. The dose will depend on how serious the infection is. Other treatments such as breathing support, wound care for the parts of the body with damaged skin, medications to treat low blood pressure are administered.


According to Ayurvedic perspective, it comes under Aupsargik Roga (infectious disease) which spreads through direct contact with an infected person. Ayurveda emphasizes on the concept of strengthening host defense against diseases. The concept of immune-modulation in Ayurveda is achieved through the use of Rasayana medicines which improve the host resistance of an individual.

In Ayurveda, various herbal preparations are used clinically to prevent or cure infections. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine, many medicinal plants are useful for strengthening immunity of an individual. The primary benefits of using these herbs that are plant-derived herbal remedies are relatively safer than synthetic drugs.


  1. Septrin Tablets
  2. Kaishore Guggul
  3. Vasaka Capsules
  4. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules
  5. Giloy Capsules
Haemophilus Influenzae Infection, Herbal Remedies, Ayurvedic Medicines
Haemophilus Influenzae Infection, Herbal Remedies, Ayurvedic Medicines

1. Septrin Tablets

Planet Ayurveda's septrin tablets contain the standardized extracts of different herbs that are useful in various types of infections, respiratory problems, digestive disorders, relieve pain, inflammation etc. These tablets are also useful in enhancing the immune system of an individual.

Ingredients of Septrin Tablets are:

Sr. No.

Herbs Used

Botanical Name

Parts used




Commiphora mukul


200 mg



Curcuma longa

Root extract

150 mg



Ocimum sanctum

Leaves extract

100 mg



Zingiber officinale

Root extract

20 mg



Piper nigrum

Seed extract

20 mg



Piper longum

Fruit extract

10 mg

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

2. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishore Guggul is also known as pathyadi guggul. It is an Ayurvedic formulation which is an anti-microbial, adaptogenic, detoxifier, analgesic in nature. It purifies the blood and useful in conditions which involve impurities in blood. Therefore, these tablets are quite beneficial in H.influenzae infection.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

3. Vasaka Capsules

Vasaka Capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of the herb Adhatoda vasica. These capsules are considered as an important dietary supplement for the respiratory system. It contains vasaka which is considered as one of the best herbs for the treatment of bronchitis, excessive mucus production and detoxifies blood as well.

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

4. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

Boswellia Curcumin Capsules of Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extracts of two herbs Boswellia serrata and Curcuma longa. These capsules are anti-inflammatory in nature and also improve immunity. Turmeric helps in immune- modulation by correcting the metabolism and enables the free circulation of oxygen and nutrients to each cell due to its oxidation property. Ojas, which is considered as the essence of all the tissues regains its strength due to proper nutrition, which results in the replenishment of all tissues and the establishment of immunity.

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

5. Giloy Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Giloy Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Tinospora cordifolia. It is immuno-modulatory, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-oxidant, anti-ageing in nature. Therefore, this herb enhances immunity, detoxifies the body, effective against all respiratory conditions, improves digestion, reduces stress and anxiety, brings down a fever and balances all the doshas in the body.

Dose: Take 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Guduchi Ancient Reference

Reference: Astang Hridya Sutrasthan, Guduchiyadi Guna, Chapter No. 15, Shlok No. 16

Meaning: According to this shloka, guduchi, padmaka, arista, dhanyaka and raktchandana mitigate Pitta and Kapha, cure fever, vomiting, burning sensation, thirst and improves digestion.


Since it is transmitted from person to person. Hand washing and respiratory hygiene measures must be followed to reduce the likelihood of transmission.

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