Thursday, July 18, 2013

AYURVEDA FOR WORM INFESTATION IN CHILDREN

Worm infestation is one of the most common and important aspect causing health problems in children.

Symptoms of worm infestation:

Worms may manifest themselves by various symptoms as mentioned below: 
  • Increased appetite
  • Indigestion or decreased appetite
  • Recurrent mild abdominal pain around the navel
  • Bad breath
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Itching at anus
  • Whole body itching
  • White patches on the face
  • Excessive dry skin
  • Weakness
  • Lack or disturbed sleep
  • Dribbling of saliva during sleep
  • Teeth biting
  • Bed wetting
  • Boils over skin accompanied by itching
  • Headache
  • Picking of nose


Not every child with worms will have all of these symptoms. They may have any few of them from the ones mentioned above.


Causes of worm infestation:

Worm infestation may result due to: 
  • Lack of personal hygiene
  • Uncooked and contaminated food
  • Leafy vegetables should be washed thoroughly as it may carry with it eggs and larvae of the worms
  • Eating sweets in excess
  • Consumption of fried and junk foods
  • Having milkshakes made up of fresh fruits
  • Black gram (Urad dal) preparations
  • More of non-vegetarian diet



Ayurveda medication for worm infestation: 
  • Krimikuthar rasa
  • Krimimudgar rasa
  • Vidangarishtha
  • Vidangadi churna
  • Kankayan guti
  • Kapila vati
  • Kutajarishtha
  • Navayas Churna


[P.S.: Do not take these medicines without consulting an Ayurvedic physician.]


Panchkarma therapies for worm infestation: 
  • Pichu dhaaran- In complains like itching at anus, a pichu (piece of sterile cotton) soaked in sesame oil or groundnut oil should be placed at anus in small children upto age of   4-5yrs.
  • Basti- In older children, snehavasthy (enema) with medicated oil or seasame oil or mustard oil eliminates all the worms. Kashayavasthy i.e. enema with decoction of herbs like Amla,  Sunthi, Dadim twak, Daruharidra is also very effective.



Home remedies for worm infestation:

Ayurvedic home remedies which are really helpful in worms are: 
  • Powder of Vidanga (Embelia Ribes) should be taken along with honey or warm water early morning.
  • Mixture of  Dry ginger + black pepper + Pippali (Piper longum) taken with honey for 15days
  • Juice of holy basil (tulsi) leaves along with honey taken for long term culminates the habit of worm infestation
  • Mixture of Peach juice and honey
  • A decoction of Nagarmotha, Daruharidra, Shigru (drumstick) bark along with powder of Piper longum and Vidanga removes all the intestinal worms and destroys the habitat suitable for worms.
  • Carom seeds (ajwain) mixed with a pinch of salt taken on an empty stomach for a week helps to eliminate worms from the intestines
Diet and lifestyle guidance for worm infestation: 
  • Daily food ingredients like carom seeds (ajwain), Black pepper, asafetida (hing), black salt, dry ginger, garlic, turmeric are good deworming agents.
  • Habit of drinking boiled water, coconut water or water medicated with carom seeds (ajwain) and embelia ribes (vidang) also serves the purpose.
  • Avoid potatoes, sweet yogurt, curd rice, ripe bananas, custard apples, pineapples etc.
  • Avoid bread, jam, noodles, cheese, pastries and other bakery products and junk food.
  • Increase intake of vegetables and foods like snake gourd, capsicum, bitter gourd, drumstick, radish, garlic and raw bananas.
  • Have dal-rice in your meals along with chapattis and vegetables. Also have a spoonful of clarified butter (ghee) along with a pinch of pepper powder.
  • Avoid sleeping in day time, over eating, and drinking excess of water.
  • Wash your hands before and after eating and also when contaminated during playing with pets or any other ways.



 A little care and good personal and dietary habits can keep your child away from several health problems.
(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurveda doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)

This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare

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