In Ayurveda, Kala Azar is known as Kala Jwara. The other names of Kala Azar are Visceral Leishmaniasis, Black Fever and Dum Dum Fever. It is an infectious disease which is caused by parasites that belongs to genus Leishmania and is generally transmitted by the bite of infected female sand fly. Kala-azar is most common in India (particularly Eastern and Northeastern states), China, along the shore of Mediterranean, North Africa, South America and other tropical and subtropical countries of the world.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS
According to Ayurveda, Kala Azar is caused by an organism transmitted by the bite of a sand fly. The symptoms of kala-azar may vary from one person to the other. Some of the common symptoms include high fever and drenching sweats which can be malaria, Chills, rigors, weight loss, insomnia, abdominal pain, joint pain, anorexia, fatigue, poor appetite, cough, burning feet, epistaxis and diarrhea. Many patients suffer from blue or black spots on the forehead, abdomen, face, hands and soles of the feet. There is also a continuous distension of the stomach. The bones of the arms and legs also pain continuously.
MEDICINES AND PRESCRIPTIONS
Ayurvedic Medicine I
- 60 mg Tamra Bhasma.
- 60 mg Yakritaplihodaradilauha.
These should be taken at midday and night with honey two times daily.
Ayurvedic Medicine II
- 60 mg Shuddha Nilanjan.
- 60 mg Mukta Bhasma.
- 120 mg Praval Bhasma.
- 120 mg Shuddha Swar nagairika.
- 120 mg Shankha Bhasma.
This mixture should be taken four times daily with honey.
DIET AND OTHER REGIMEN
Nourishing foods should be given to the patient. The foods should include milk and milk products, fruits and vegetables, eggs. The patient should avoid excessive physical exertion.