FOOD POISONING  – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Food poisoning is an illness caused due to contaminated food. It is also known as foodborne illness.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • CAUSES OF FOOD POISONING 
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FOOD POISONING 
  • DIAGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • TREATMENTS FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • PROGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • COMPLICATIONS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • FOOD POISONING   AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FOOD POISONING 
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FOOD POISONING 
  • YOGA FOR FOOD POISONING 

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Abdominal pain

CAUSES OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Bacterial infections – Escherichia coli, Clostridium botulinum, Clostridium perfringens, Salmonella, Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus
  • Viral infections – rotavirus
  • Parasitic infections – Toxoplasmais

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF FOOD POISONING 

The microbe enters into the gut through contaminated food and water, followed by colonization of the epithelial layer of the small intestine by penetrating the mucous. The penetration of the mucous is facilitated by mucolytic enzymes. The production of endotoxin by the bacteria is the major key factor for the virulence mechanism. Food poisoning results in diarrhoea that is either secretory or inflammatory, resulting from either damage to the intestinal mucosa (via cytotoxins) or alteration of the balance between absorption and secretion, causing loss of salt and water from the gut (via enterotoxins).

DIAGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Diagnosis through signs and symptoms
  • Stool culture
  • Blood tests 

TREATMENTS FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Antibiotic therapy
  • Nutrient supplementation
  • Intake of fluids

PROGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Prognosis is based on the causative factor and condition of the patient

COMPLICATIONS OF FOOD POISONING            

  • Dehydration
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Infective arthritis
  • Nervous system damage due to microbial invasion

FOOD POISONING AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,treatment of food poisoning based on atisara chikilsa.
  • Food poisoning can be correlated with the disease ‘vishuchika’ in Ayurveda.
  • Food poisoning  is considered as a communicable disease ( janapadha udwamsana vyadhi)

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Intake of unhygienic food and water
  • Excessive vitiation of doshas
  • Defect in the normal functioning of agni (digestive power)

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Abdominal cramps followed by diarrhoea

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Vata, pitta and kapha dosha move through all channels of circulation. Due to the subtle nature of vata it impels the remaining two doshas.
  • The aggravated vata having provoked these two doshas, exacerbated and fills up the empty channels and moves greatly inside them or by getting enveloped by the other doshas.
  • The aggravated doshas reside in the intestine (site of agni) and produce abdominal pain followed by diarrhoea
  • Agantuja (external) factors are also involved in the pathogenesis of food poisoning.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Atisara – watery stools
  • Sula – abdominal cramps
  • Trishna – thirst
  • Chardi – vomiting
  • Ksheena – weakness
  • Shirasula – headache

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF FOOD POISONING 

  • Ayurvedic treatments are effective in the early stages of food poisoning

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Vilwadi gulika
  • Mustakarishta
  • Mustadi pramadhya
  • Vidanga lauha
  • Gangadhara churna
  • Kutajaghana vati
  • Vatsakadi churna
  • Kutajarishtam
  • Dadimashtaka churna
  • Kapithashtaka churna

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Pichavasti – medicated enema ( in the case of profuse diarrhoea)

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR FOOD POISONING 

Internal administration

  • Kutajaghana vati
  • Vatsakadi churna
  • Kutajarishtam
  • Dadimashtaka churna
  • Kapithashtaka churna
  • Vilwadi gulika
  • Mustakarishta
  • Mustadi pramadhya
  • Vidanga lauha
  • Gangadhara churna

HOME REMEDIES FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Fluid intake
  • Avoid chances of dehydration and electrolyte imbalance

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Avoid food items which produce dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items, gruels, goat’s milk
  • Avoid taking food and water from the disease prevalent areas
  • Take proper rest.

YOGA FOR FOOD POISONING 

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – Calms the mind and gets relief from irritations associated with food poisoning 

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

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Writer:
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