AN AYURVEDA AND MODERN SCIENCE ASPECTS ON WORM INFESTATION IN CHILDREN: A LITERARY RESEARCH
Dr. Ashwini Patil and Dr. Diksha Patil*
Stomach ache is one of the most common health issues observed in kids and helminthic contamination is the major culprit behind it. There are many varieties of worms which live in the human frame. These worms extract their nutrients from the digestive tract of the children, especially within the intestine. Due to affable living conditions and an abundance of nutrients, parasites like worms thrive inside the human frame. When worms live in the frame of a host, they're also biologically termed endoparasites. Ayurveda describes worm infestation as a Krumi Roga. Based on their source, they are classified into four groups as follows, Kaphaj (born of phlegm), Raktaj (born of blood), Malaj (born of external excreta), Purishaj (born of feces) and out of these Purishaja Krumi may be correlated with Helminthiasis (worm infestation). Excessive intake of foods which is Madhura(sweet) or Amla(sour) , Eating in indigestion, lack of exercise and resorting to day sleep are the main etiology of Krumi Roga (worm infestation) in Ayurveda and the main symptoms are Jwara (fever), Vivarnata (discolouration of the skin), Shula (colic), Hridaroga (cardiac pain), Sadanam (lassitude), Bhaktadvesho (aversion to food), Atisara (Diarrhoea). In ayurveda, Oupsargika rogas explains infectious diseases as a result of Krumi. Treatment like Apakarshana (extraction of worms), Prakrutivighata (factors responsible for the favourable conditions for the parasites should be counteracted), Nidan parivarjana (etiologic factors of such parasites should be avoided ) is found to be very effective against Krumi in Ayurveda. This review article explores the approach and treatment of Worm infestation (Krumiroga) in children.
Keywords: Worm infestation, Krumi roga, Apakarshana, Prakrutivighat, Nidan parivarjana and Oupsargika rogas.
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