In the intestine of healthy human beings some bacteria reside who synthesize vitamin B-complex which is utilized by the body. They are called saprophytes. In abnormal conditions, the intestines are infested with parasites who not only live on their host but also produce injurious effects on them. Round worms, tape worms, hook worms, thread worms and giardia, are the common parasites found in the body.
Ova of the parasites make their way into the human body through food and drink, and they grow in the intestine if they find the atmosphere conducive for the purpose. According to ayurveda, the intestine of person who indulge in eating excessive sweet or sour things provide a congenial atmosphere for the growth of these parasites.
Signs and symptoms
The signs and symptoms of infestation with different types of worms are different. All of them cause impairment of digestion. Hook worms suck the blood of the host and anaemia sets in. There might be acute pain in the stomach with either constipation or diarrhea. The round worm is also responsible for cough, vomiting, nausea and loss of appetite. These worms are excerted through the stool alive or dead. Some of them are microscopic and some others are visible to naked eye. Urticaria, fever and bronchitis also occur in such patients.
Vidanga(Emblica ribes) and palasa(Butea monosperma) are the drugs for the treatment of this condition. The seeds of these plants are used in powder form. Either individually or jointly, this powder is given in a dose of one teaspoonful three times per day with a cup of warm water. The bowels of the patient should be kept clean and he should regularly be given laxatives. There are various preparations including vidanga and palasa. These preparations are used for the ayurveda treatment of intestinal worms.
Among the things available in the kitchen, haridra(Curcuma longa) is very useful for the ayurveda treatment of intestinal worms. The powder of this plant is given in a dose of one teaspoonful three times a day mixed with a cup of milk. Regular intake of this creates an unfavourable atmosphere for living and growth of these worms inside the intestine. These worms, therefore, come out with the stool either alive or dead. Haridra also plays an important role in the cure of urticaria and fever.
The patient should avoid taking food which is difficult to digest. Indigestion creates a suitable atmosphere for the growth of the worms. Bitter things like bitter gourd, neem flower and bitter variety of drumstick, are exceedingly useful for these patients. Sugar and other preparations of sufgar cane juice should be avoided. Leafy vegetables are also of not much use in this condition. Haridra and garlic should be added to all vegetable preparations in sufficiently large quantities.
Observation of a day’s fast every week is very useful for both the prevention and cure of intestinal worms. The patient should never suppress the urge for defecation. He should keep his bowels always clean.